The Alaskan Railroad stretches 500 miles across Alaska and passes majestic snow-capped mountains, towering glaciers, pristine lakes and dense forests. Most Alaskan train vacations are offered by the Alaska Railroad Corporation, although trips on shorter railroads are available as well.
The Alaskan Railroad services 10 cities, including Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks and Seward, along with smaller towns.
Numerous themed day tours offer a round-trip train ticket plus one activity, such as a 3.5-hour back-country jeep safari, a ride across an Anchorage lake in a modern Native American canoe and a boat cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park.
A variety of five- to 12-night packages take visitors across Alaska to enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, gold-panning, dog-sled riding and wildlife observation. An extensive on-board menu is offered for extended trips. Guests can choose from several lodging options for each night's stay.
In general, Alaskan Railroad seat reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Online reservations are offered for rail-only trips. Reservations can be made by calling 800-544-0552 or 907-265-2494.