Discover Spectacular Alaska onboard the Alaska Railroad ! Observe Alaska’s scenery from wrap-around glass enclosed dome cars or open viewing platforms, enjoy delicious meals or tableside beverage service and stay in deluxe resorts and lodges along the way. Travel into the wilds of Denali National Park and observe the Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat with towering Mt. Denali in the background, get a glimpse of the past and the present in Fairbanks and Talkeetna and discover Anchorage on the shores of Cook Inlet. Our tour includes a variety of activities and sightseeing options at Denali Village for your convenience. Please Note: The Package is also available in reverse!
Arrive at Fairbanks Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Spend the remaining day on leisure. Visit the renown Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska's natural history best collection, the lively Alaskaland or take an authentic narrated 20-mile sternwheeler roundtrip cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers with a stop at an reconstructed Athabascan Indian Village were you learn about native hunting and fishing techniques and watch a dogsled demonstration. While in Fairbanks, you have also the unique chance to fly by bush mail plane to Alaska's vast, roadless interior. Enjoy the scenic flight above the arctic circle and experience at Fort Yukon how the Gwich'in Athabascan Natives live in rural or "Bush" Alaska. Put your hand in the Yukon River, travel through the Wetlands and crest the rounded peaks of the Northern Edge of the Alaska Range searching for moose and Dall sheep. Overnight: Fairbanks
Fairbanks - Denali National Park
Board the Alaska Railroad in Fairbanks for the departure at 8:15 am. You can choose between the regular rail car or glass-domed compartments - with large panorama windows ensuring unobstructed views of snowcapped mountain ranges, pristine scenery and wildlife. You will be picked up at the Denali rail station at 12:30 pm and transfered to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to attending a rafting tour, watch a sled dog demonstration by the park range or go on a short hiking trip. Optional: Visit Jeff King’s Sled Dog Kennel - Join an intimate group for a personal tour with four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King at his Husky Homestead Kennel. Widely heralded as the most authentic and entertaining look into “bush Alaska” lifestyles, your visit includes holding Husky puppies, greeting more than sixty world-class sled dogs, and sharing twenty-five years of Alaskan tales of the trail. Enjoy the compelling stories and check out arctic survival gear, racing sleds and equipment used to traverse the 1100 mile long "Last Great Race on Earth".
Denali National Park
Early departure (pre-reserved time) for a full day national park and wildlife observation tour within the shadows of 20.320 ft Mt. Denali to Eielson Visitor Center or scenic Wonder Lake with a immense (best) view of “the Mountain”. Tickets included ! Watch for Grizzly Bears, Moose, Caribou, Wolf and Fox along the ridges and river beds or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the park area. This trip offers great hiking opportunities. Return to the park entrance anytime at your own pace. Optional: Extend your tour to Wonder Lake or join a guided tour to Kantishna Roadhouse. This is a full day narrated tour along the Park Road to the Kantishna Roadhouse. This trip covers the entire length of the restricted 95-mile Denali Park Road to Kantishna in a private bus. A trained naturalist provides natural history interpretation and assists in search for wildlife while pointing out the regional biology and geology. A lunch at Kantishna is included.
Denali National Park - Talkeetna
Mid morning railroad departure from Denali Village to Talkeetna. Enjoy magnificent views of snowcapped mountains while traveling along the Alaska Mountain Range towards Talkeetna. Get the camera ready as the train crosses Hurricane Gulch Bridge, 300 feet above the creek. Upon arrival in Talkeetna transfer to your superior downtown hotel or a first-class mountain lodge. As turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining center, Talkeetna has retained much of its early Alaska flavor. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets. Main Street, the only paved road in town, greets visitors with a hand-hewn sign reading "Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna.” Overnight: Talkeetna
Talkeetna - Anchorage
Today you have the opportunity to attend the Jet Boat Safari and walk through historic Talkeetna or explore the area. Optional: Take a flightseeing trip within 6-Miles of Mt. Denali's 20.320 ft summit and get a picture perfect view of the Kahiltna and Ruth Glacier with its Great Gorge - over 9.000 ft deep - as well as onto magnificent ice-falls. You'll also see the Sheldon Amphitheatre - the largest of its kind in the world. During the tour you may catch also sights of mountain climbers. You can add a glacier landing and walk on the ice. Board the Alaska Railroad in the afternoon for an exciting ride to Anchorage. Check in your downtown hotel.
Optional city sightseeing tour: Visit some of Anchorage's historical points of interest in this sprawling city of over 250,000 full-time residents. Watch for attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center and its Crossroads of the World Signpost, Ship Creek Viewpoint overlooking Cook Inlet and the Alaska Railroad Depot, Resolution Park with its Captain Cook Monument, and the Museum of History & Art. The highlight of the 3.5 hour tour will be a visit to the world renowned 25-acre Alaska Native Heritage Center displaying several interactive exhibits developed in recognition and tribute to the distinct culture of the Alaskan people. End of tour.
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