Alaska Railroad

FUN trips on the Mighty Alaska Railroad!

In Adventure, Destination, Parks, Road Report, Trip Report, Videos by scott

Summer is (almost) here! Start planning now for great day-trips on the mighty Alaska Railroad. Of course, you can ride the rails all the way from Seward to Fairbanks. And by the way—you SHOULD! In the meantime, check out these daylong adventures:

Ride the rails from Anchorage (or Girdwood) to Portage for a special adventure. Dubbed the “Glacier Salmon bake with bears, trains and icebergs,” this all-day adventure starts wtih a train ride along the beautiful Turnagain Arm. Then, get a guided tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. After checking out the bears, the wood bison, the Musk Ox and all the other critters, hop on board the train again for the trip to Spencer Glacier. Next paddle around amid the icebergs on your float down the Portage River. Finally: salmon bake. Yum!! Return by rail. Cost: $419 per person, includes your rain gear and rubber boots, too (and life vest!). WATCH THE VIDEO (below)!

I never miss an opportunity to visit Talkeetna. Flightseeing. Talkeetna Roadhouse. Single Engine Red (b-e-e-r). Spinach bread. One of the fun rides in this fun town is the “Hurricane Turn,” the flag-stop train service.  Hop aboard for the “Curry Jetboat Adventure by Rail!”Go ahead—stand on the tracks and wave. That’s the signal for the train to stop when you have a homestead accessible only by rail! Me? I spent a fair amount of time in the open-air baggage car. FUN!  After riding about 25 miles north from Talkeetna to Curry, you’ll get off of the train and on to the jetboat for the ride back on the Susitna River! Along the way, stop at a Denaina Indian encampment and trapper cabin. And YES, you’ll get some great photos of “The Great One” along the way (below)! Cost is $155 per person. LEARN MORE!

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