Alaska Railroad adds two adventure packages for summer

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Alaska Railroad's new South to the Sea package travels from Anchorage to Seward on the Coastal Classic Train.
Alaska Railroad's new South to the Sea package travels from Anchorage to Seward on the Coastal Classic Train. Photo Credit: Glenn Aronwits

The Alaska Railroad is expanding its traditional summer schedule with new package tours to Denali National Park & Preserve and Kenai Fjords National Park.

The new North to Denali and South to the Sea round-trip experiences will depart from Anchorage, operating from mid-May through early September 2019. 

"The Alaska Railroad is excited to offer two new summer packages that highlight iconic Alaska adventures around the state as well as two of our beloved national parks," said Dale Wade, the company's vice president of marketing and customer service. "We look forward to helping create memorable experiences with visitors and locals alike under the midnight sun."

The four-day North to Denali package kicks off with a Denali Star Train trip from Alaska's largest city to the community of Talkeetna. There, guests transfer to the Hurricane Turn Train to experience one of the country's last remaining flag stop services. Adventure travelers and off-the-grid locals regularly use the train to access remote cabins and backcountry trails.

The North to Denali package kicks off with a Denali Star Train trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna.
The North to Denali package kicks off with a Denali Star Train trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna. Photo Credit: Sarah Bufkin

After a jetboat ride and an overnight stay back in Talkeetna, passengers continue north on the Denali Star Train for two nights in Denali. Daytime activities there include guided tours, wildlife watching outings and optional rafting, flightseeing and adventure options.

The North to Denali package starts at $1,385 per person, double occupancy.

The Alaska Railroad's new South to the Sea package travels from Anchorage to Seward on the Coastal Classic Train, and features five days of adventure. Guests tour Exit Glacier, visit an Iditarod-champion sled dog kennel and take a small-boat wildlife and glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. The trip includes overnights in a remote wilderness lodge and in Seward, along with opportunities to hike, kayak, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center and take a ziplining tour.

South to the Sea packages start at $2,135 per person, double occupancy

The two new tour options round out a roster of packages and seasonal routes transporting travelers to Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks and several stops in between. Additional Alaska Railroad summer offerings include:

The Coastal Classic Train (operates daily, May 11 through September 16, 2019) travels south from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm to the rugged Kenai Peninsula. The trip ends in the coastal community of Seward, a popular jumping off point for Kenai Fjords National Park; a return train operates in the evening.

The railroad's flagship Denali Star Train (operates daily, May 11 through September 17, 2019) connects Anchorage and Fairbanks, by way of Denali, Talkeetna, Wasilla and scenic Southcentral and Interior Alaska sites such as Hurricane Gulch.

The Hurricane Turn Train (operates Thursday through Monday, May 16 to September 16, 2019), the Alaska Railroad's flagstop service, offers on-call pickups and drop-offs in the backcountry between Talkeetna and Hurricane Gulch. Common stops along the 55-mile route segment include Chase, Curry, Sherman, Gold Creek, Twin Bridges and Chulitna.

The Glacier Discovery Train (operates daily, May 25 through September 16, 2019) travels round-trip between Anchorage and Grandview with stops in Girdwood, Portage and Whittier. The route, which also includes a Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop accessible only via the Alaska Railroad, attracts sightseers and day-trippers interested in rafting, hiking, glacier cruises and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center visits.

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