Alaskan Train Vacations

Alaskan Train Vacations
Alaskan train vacations are an exciting way to explore one of the U.S.'s most diverse and lush landscapes. Summer tours generally run early May through mid-September, and winter trips mid-September to early May. All information is valid as of March 2010.

Alaskan Railroad

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.

Day Tours

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.

Extended Trips

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.

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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