Travel Tuesday: The Alaska Railroad
The Alaska Railroad’s summer schedule is now in full effect with some new stops included. Tim Sullivan with the Alaska Railroad joined Daybreak with the details on what’s new this year.
The Coastal Classic train is offering daily round-trip service from Anchorage to Girdwood to Seward. Sullivan says it’s one of the best trips visitors could take.
“We have expanded our Gold Star Service this year, our exclusive service on the train will be all inclusive,” Sullivan said. “So all of your meals are included in the price of the ticket. Really just a great opportunity to get out and see what’s south of Anchorage and all the beauty that way.”
Heading north is the Denali Star Train. Ticket holders get the opportunity to see the beauty between Anchorage and Fairbanks with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali National Park and Preserve. If the weather is just right, passengers can get a million-dollar view of Denali.
Starting June 1, passengers can hop aboard the Glacier Discovery Train. Guest get access to glacier cruises in the Prince William Sound, the Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, rafting, hiking and ice climbing while enjoying the scenic views.
For passengers looking for a little more freedom to ride the train and sightsee on their own, the Whistle Stop Service is available. The train will pick up and drop off whoever wants to hop off and explore.
“People hop off and disappear in the woods for days,” Sullivan said. “They come on back out and look like they have been out in the woods for days.”
The Hurricane Turn Train runs 55 miles from Talkeetna to Hurricane and back. The Denali Zipline Service is a new tour package that is being offered this year through the Alaska Railroad.
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