Riding the Alaska Railroad is a great way to see our state–from Fairbanks to Seward and back! But even if you only have a day, there are some great trips to take. This summer, hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for the all-new tour down Turnagain Arm to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center!
a. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Leave the Anchorage station at 9:45 a.m. for a glorious ride down Turnagain Arm. After arriving at the Portage sation, guests will take a brief shuttle to the AWCC, where they will be able to see moose, caribou, elk, brown bear, black bear, wood bison, arctic fox, lynx and musk oxen. This is a great trip for the kids! Cost is $160 per adult, $110 for kids!
b. The Hurricane Turn. This is the last flag-stop train in America! During the summer, the train departs Talkeetna several times each week. Ride the rails for a day and take in the scenery. Check out the folks who count on this train for supplies and a connection to the “rest of the world”. There’s no dining service, so be sure and stop in to the Talkeetna Roadhouse for a box lunch to take along on the 115-mile roundtrip journey!
c. Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. This is a great daytrip, available between June 1 and Sept. 14, 2014. Board the train in Portage (54 miles south of Anchorage along scenic Turnagain Arm). Your train trip includes a journey up the Placer River valley to a well-maintained stop near the glacier. Here, there’s a 2.6-mile trail up to the glacier and back. It’s a fun hike! Optional tours also are available, including a float trip down the river. Check with Alaska Railroad’s reservations department for details: (800)544-0552.
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