Looking to keep the kids engaged and get out of town this winter? Erin Kirkland with AKontheGO recommends the Alaska Rail Road’s winter trains. Kirkland’s choice? The train to Talkeetna, as it’s just right for the kids and parents.


“You can bring snacks, you can bring books, we brought some games, and three hours went pretty quickly,” Kirkland added. According to her, the train departs around 8 a.m. On the train itself there’s three cars, one of which is a dining car. With that many cars, Kirkland said there’s plenty of room to roam and see the beautiful sights of Alaska. Along the way to Talkeetna, Kirkland recommends setting up a scavenger hunt, but there are other fun things to do.


Once in Talkeetna, there are plenty of things to do. Keep in mind that trains typically run once a day, so an overnight stay there is inevitable. For a list of places to stay, or more ideas of things to do, visit Talkeetna’s Chamber of Commerce site. To book a train ride, visit the Alaska Railroad’s website.



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