The Mighty Alaska Railroad: 100 years and going strong ( + Kids ride free, special packages)

In Adventure, Railroad, Transportation by scott

Make this the summer that you ride on the Mighty Alaska Railroad! The railroad is 100 years old and going strong!

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): Portage-Grandview, Portage-Spencer Glacier, Fairbanks-Denali and the Hurricane Turn Train from Talkeetna! CALL the Alaska Railroad agents to book  it ( (800)544-0552 ) and mention the “KIDS RIDE FREE” promotion. This special is NOT available for online booking.

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!


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.

WATCH the movie, including an optional visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center!


Fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Alaska Airlines and stay at the Bridgewater Hotel! This is your chance to enjoy the “Golden Heart City” and maybe catch the last of the northern lights? After your overnight stay, ride the train back to Anchorage! Cost is $474 per person. Call now (800-544-0552) and mention “Bridgewater Package Special”. 

Make 2024 the year you ride the Mighty Alaska Railroad! 

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