Fur Rendezvous has been the premiere winter festival in Alaska for over 80 years. The springtime event in Anchorage brings the community together to share culture, compete in various races and activities, and celebrate!

This week's Travel Tuesday takes a look at a new way to enjoy Fur Rondy, courtesy an old friend: the Alaska Railroad. This year the railroad is launching their inaugural Fur Rondy Express, a round-trip train ride from Anchorage to Indian.

According to Meghan Clemens, the Alaska Railroad's marketing and communications manager, the two-and-a-half-hour ride is a popular route for other special event trains.

"We'll depart from down here at the Anchorage depot for a ride down along beautiful Turnagain Arm," Clemens said, "and on board [the train], we're going to have Fur Rondy-themed events and entertainment so it should be a good time for folks of all ages."

Alaska Railroad says the Fur Rondy Express will feature a bluegrass band, a balloon artist, a gold pan game and performers from the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Clemens said it would a great way to break away from the high energy of downtown Anchorage for a few hours during Fur Rondy.

"[It's a] reminder for people to get out and enjoy the train during the wintertime," Clemens said. "Summer tends to be our busiest season, so I think people tend to forget that we run all season long. And we've got some great winter packages going, particularly for folks in Anchorage."

The Fur Rondy Express runs twice on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $69 for adults and $35 for children ages two to 11 years old. Children under the age of two ride free with an adult.

For more information and to book tickets for the Fur Rondy Express, visit AlaskaRailroad.com or call 907-265-2494.

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