(Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks)
Find yourself gazing out a window, watching beautiful forested and mountain scenery drift by as you travel by rail between the northernmost cities of the United States, in the heart of Alaska. Enjoy multiple nights in Anchorage, a city representing more than 40% of Alaska's entire population, and explore the city with your private expert guide before you take a train journey which takes you between Seward, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. Take a guided boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park, carved out over millennia by shifting glaciers, and home to the Harding Icefield, one of the largest in the United States. Orcas and Humpback whales, as well as sea lions and puffins may be spotted on your tour. Enjoy a wilderness jetboat tour from Talkeetna, watching for beavers, moose and the majestic bald eagle. Watch for more moose in addition to other wildlife such as bear and caribou, with a tour into the impressive Denali National Park. Experience the art of gold panning, and embark an authentic riverboat, navigating the waters surrounding Fairbanks. There will always be something to keep your interest piquing on this incredible journey.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
The Ramada Anchorage Downtown (3*) offers fantastic views of Mount Susitna, as well as Cook Inlet and the Ship Creek Valley. All guests enjoy various amenities including complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless internet access, free parking, and a 24-hour convenience store.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
The remainder of your day is free to spend at leisure in Anchorage.
Relax on board as you take a train transfer to Seward today. Approximate duration is 3.5 hours.
The Holiday Inn Express® Seward HarborHotel (3*) is located on Resurrection Bay with magnificent Mount Marathon towering in the distance. The hotel offers a one-of-a-kind Alaskan experience. With on-site event space for up to 65, a 24-hour Business Center and complimentary wired Internet access, business travelers have all they need to conduct business from the hotel. Seward Regional Airport is within two miles of the property, too, making travel more convenient. Home to the only indoor swimming pool in town and host of the fantastic, free and hot Express Start Breakfast Bar, this hotel in Seward is certainly the smart choice.
On this 110-mile roundtrip tour you will travel through Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Kenai Fjords N.P. consists of miles of beautiful fjords and coastal landscape, and is home to a variety of marine animals such as orca (killer whales), humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and puffins, amongst others. Tour includes a deli- style lunch
Relax on board as you take a train transfer to Anchorage today. Approximate duration is 3.5 hours.
Anchorage is headquarters to the Alaska Railroad and the journey to Talkeetna begins here. Several miles into the trip, the heavy birch forests of Eagle River and Chugiak lead to the Knik and Matanuska Rivers. The expansive watershed harbors wildlife like moose, bear, the occasional wolf and abundant waterfowl. About 40 miles from Anchorage comes the Matanuska Valley, Alaska's agricultural center and home to the towns of Palmer and Wasilla. Just south of Talkeetna, 70 miles further, the first view emerges of Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak. The train makes its stop in Talkeetna, a small town with a mining history and now, a popular takeoff point for climbers to Mt. McKinley.
This scenic 2-hour tour aboard the 51-passenger Talkeetna Queen will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore and historical artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. Along the way, look for bald eagles, beavers, or moose. During your tour, you'll stop at a wildnerness site where you will take a leisurely 1/4 mile nature walk and visit an authentic trapper's cabin with its original furnishings, offering insight into how trappers lived in "Bush" Alaska at the turn of the century. You will also visit a replicated Native Alaskan encampment to learn about the indigenous culture.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (4*) is set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Mt. McKinley. Built atop a high bluff, the lodge overlooks the Susitna River Valley and surveys the entire Alaska Range, with Mt. McKinley right in the middle. This lodge offers unforgettable views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range, yet is just minutes from adventures of a lifetime.
From Talkeetna, the Denali Star Train follows the serpentine banks of the Susitna River. On clear days, more views of Mt. McKinley emerge across the river presenting many chances for photos. Black and brown bear frequent the sandbars and scuttle into the brush as the train approaches. Next, the Indian River Canyon is home to many beavers and beaver lodges can be seen in the ponds along the way. The track climbs toward tree line, first crossing Hurricane Gulch, the longest bridge on the railroad. The train moves into Broad Pass, at 2,363 feet it's the highest point on the railroad, and where caribou migrate through during the fall. Thousands of travelers visit Denali National Park and Preserve to see wildlife like wolves, caribou, Dall sheep, moose and bear, and Mt. McKinley.
From The Denali Bluffs Hotel (3*) you’ll experience a unique opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Alaska Range and the Nenana River. The Denali Bluffs Hotel is tucked into the spruce and birch of Sugarloaf Mountain, neighbor to Mt. McKinley. It's a perfect location to rest and rejuvenate between your Alaskan adventures. Designed to make guests feel at one with nature, the Denali Bluffs Hotel features guest rooms in a warm and cozy wilderness setting. The Denali Bluffs Hotel is a perfect base camp for your wilderness excursions and just minutes away from the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Departing from your designated Denali park entrance hotel, this narrated bus tour takes you through the pristine wilderness of Denali. The experienced naturalist driver-guide will provide an overview of the land and its wildlife as you travel approximately 53 miles on the park road. Along the way, stops will be made at scenic overlooks and for viewing wildlife, such as bears, caribou and moose. A boxed snack and bottled water will be provided on your tour.Please note, depending on weather and road conditions, this tour averages between 6-8 hours June-August, and shorter in May and September.
From Denali, the Denali Star Train follows the route to the coal-mining town of Healy follows after a 10-mile jaunt through Healy canyon, where the surging waters of the Nenana River cuts through the steep-sided cliffs. As the track levels out, Nenana comes into view. It is home to one of the remaining original Alaska Railroad Depots, now a museum and gift shop. The track cuts through the northern boreal forests of interior Alaska. Birch, aspen and willow fill this landscape where gold miners first came to seek their fortunes. Fifty-eight miles from Nenana, Fairbanks, the "Golden Heart City" signals the end of the line - but just the beginning for more adventure, culture and history in the Last Frontier.
Located in the heart of downtown Fairbanks, the Bridgewater Hotel (3*) is surrounded by colorful hanging baskets and award winning flower gardens. Alaska’s genuine northern hospitality can be found at the Bridgewater Hotel, a unique boutique-style hotel with the service and amenities of a traditional hotel. An attentive staff and the friendliest general manager you’re likely to meet will ensure your stay is unforgettable. You’ll discover a blend of Alaskan charm, affordable accommodations and be humored by the fabulous stories of Fairbanks’ river front history.
Experience Fairbanks and the historic sites of downtown Fairbanks. Stop at the University of Alaska Museum (admission included), Trans Alaska Pipeline, Morris Thompson Cultural Center and Pioneer Park.
A 1 hour flight aboard Alaska Airlines will bring you back to Anchorage today.
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