Alaska Train Travel May Be The Best Train Travel Experience In North America.

With all the scenery and wide open spaces Alaska train travel is absolutely breathtaking. Train routes weave through majestic mountain peaks, massive glaciers, and pristine national parks. There are views of wildlife aplenty including bears, eagles, moose, and foxes.

The Alaska Railroad is the exclusive provider of Alaska train travel for passengers. The Alaska Railroad covers over 500 miles and nearly 70% of Alaska's population lives along the railroad corridor. The railroad provides local student tour guides to point out various landmarks and provide historical insight when school's out. It is a state owned railroad with six travel routes:

* Coastal Classic Train (Anchorage-Girdwood-Seward)

* Denali Star Train (Anchorage-Talkeetna-Denali-Fairbanks)

* Glacier Discovery (Anchorage-Whittier-Portage-Spencer-Grandview)

* Summer Hurricane Turn Train (Talkeetna-Hurricane Flagstop)

* Aurora Winter Train (Anchorage-Fairbanks Flagstop)

* Winter Hurricane Turn Train (Monthly on 1st Thursday)

Alaska Railroad Route Map

In the South the route begins in Seward, next to Kenai Fjords National Park. It then moves north through glacier country, passing through Trail Glacier and then Grandview, where you can embark on a cross-country ski vacation on the special winter ski train.

Additional glaciers follow, including Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers. Soon you will arrive upon Girdwood, home of Alaska's finest downhill skiing at Alyeska Resort. Girdwood provides breathtaking views of Mt. Alyeska, top notch dining, and top of the line accommodations, not to mention a once in a lifetime skiing experience for powder lovers like myself.

Your next Alaska train travel destination is Indian, home of local craftsmen and artisans. Then, Potter nestled along the juction of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Anchorage is Alaska's largest city with a population of 250,000 and comes next along your trip.

After Anchorage, you will travel through a series of small towns including Wasilla, home of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race headquarters and 2008 VP candidate, Sarah Palin. The confluence of the Talkeetna, Chulitna and Susitna Rivers is a great vantage point for viewing the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley.

Following, is Talkeetna a prime destination for outdoor adventurers and salmon fishermen. The ghost town of Curry marks the beginning of what was once a major gold mining destination, before reaching the entrance to Denali National Park.

Next, you will pass by the coal mines of Healy and the 700 ft. Mears Memorial Bridge before winding your way to Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the world’s northernmost institution of higher education.

Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class coaches are state of the art trains used for scenic, professionally guided tours delivered by lifelong Alaskan tour guides.