The Mighty Alaska Railroad: 100 years and going strong ( + Kids ride free on select routes)

In Adventure, Railroad, Transportation by scott

Make this the summer that you ride on the Mighty Alaska Railroad! It’s been 100 years since Pres. Harding drove the Golden Spike in Nenana to complete the route from Fairbanks to Seward.

KIDS RIDE FREE on select routes!  This summer, choose from four routes and bring the kids for free (one child, age 2-11, rides free per paying adult).

If you’re curious about the rich history of the Alaska Railroad, visit the Anchorage Museum to see the cool timeline on the main level!  

a. Anchorage-Talkeetna. Hope aboard the Denali Star train in Anchorage for a scenic ride north to Talkeetna. Spend the day exploring: go for a flightseeing trip with K2 Aviation, or a jetboat adventure with Mahay’s. Float trips also are available with Talkeetna River Guides. Or, go for a Zipline tour with Denali Zipline Tours.

b. The Denali Star from Fairbanks to Denali also is available for the kids-ride-free promotion. Book it online using the “KIDSFREE” coupon code.

c. 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 grab a snack to take along on the 115-mile roundtrip journey!


d. Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. This is a great daytrip! 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. Kids-Ride-Free also available to the Grandview Station. Check with Alaska Railroad’s reservations department for details: (800)544-0552.

SING ALONG with Hobo Jim (RIP) as he gives a spirited tribute to the Alaska Railroad.

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