Alaska is a popular cruise destination, and while many people ride the Alaska Railroad from their cruise ship to Anchorage to fly home, the Alaska Railroad is more than transportation.
It’s a spectacular way to kick back and enjoy the scenery of Alaska’s wilderness in luxury aboard the premier Denali Star. The Denali Star’s route takes you into the heart of the Alaskan Interior for a whole new experience.
Denali Star Anchorage to Denali
The Denali Star is Alaska Railroad’s flagship train and runs between mid-May and mid-September. It departs from Anchorage each morning and winds effortlessly along tracks carrying it through forests, valleys, and the tundra-covered mountains of the Alaska Range.
The route features breathtaking panoramic views of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, carries you passed Hurricane Gulch, offers views of Broad Pass Summit, and glides among the Mt. McKinley foothills.
Several miles into the trip, the train makes a stop in Talkeetna, a small town with a rich mining history. Once back aboard the Denali Star, the train cuts a serpentine route along the banks of the Susitna River where black and brown bears frequent the sandbars.
A stop at the Denali National Park and Preserve opens opportunities to see wildlife like wolves, caribou, Dall sheep, moose and bear, and to see Mt. McKinley. The line ends 58 miles from Nenana in Fairbanks and makes the return trip the following day.
The Denali Star offers first class service aboard double-deck dome cars ideal for taking in views of the sparkling salmon streams, stands of birch and spruce, and landscapes blanketed in fireweed.
First class seating is situated in the upper-level of dome car seating and includes priority check in, access to an upper level outdoor viewing deck, and dining in the exclusive lower-level dining room.
During the summer months, the Denali Star runs once daily in each direction between Anchorage and Fairbanks coving 350 miles of pristine Alaskan wilderness.
If you are planning an Alaskan Cruise, some cruise lines pay to have their own double-deck cars added to the Denali Star. It’s an ideal way to take in the Alaskan wilderness and relax in luxury.
Photo credits: CoasterFan2105