Following the Alaska Railroad route between Anchorage and Denali National Park with stopover in Talkeetna. Enjoy onboard the railroad the incredible vistas of the Alaska Range, complemented by narrated onboard history information, beverage and meal services. Overnight in Talkeetna - the base for all mountaineering and flightseeing activities within Denali National Park. Our tour package includes transfers, a full day of wildlife viewing, your choice of hotel accommodation and individual program extension or combinations. Travel in style – travel by railroad! Upgrade Information: Travel onboard the deluxe Dome Car with wrap-around glass Ultra Dome ceilings ensure unobstructed views of Alaska's spectacular scenery while you relax and enjoy the full beverage service and informative commentary provided by our on-board Hosts. Open-air viewing platforms allow you to step outdoors for the perfect snapshot or breath of fresh air. An elegant dining salon awaits with five-foot picture windows, crisp linen, fine china and a menu of delectable entrees prepared to your order by our on-board chefs.
Arrive in Anchorage during the day. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Anchorage. Optional city sightseeing tour: Visit some of Anchorage's historical points of interest in this sprawling city of over 250,000 full-time residents. Watch for attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center and its Crossroads of the World Signpost, Ship Creek Viewpoint overlooking Cook Inlet and the Alaska Railroad Depot, Resolution Park with its Captain Cook Monument, and the Museum of History & Art. The highlight of the 3.5 hour tour will be a visit to the world renowned 25-acre Alaska Native Heritage Center displaying several interactive exhibits developed in recognition and tribute to the distinct culture of the Alaskan people.
Anchorage - Talkeetna (by dome car or standard train) Departure: 8:15 - 9:15 am / Arrival: 11:25 am - Noon
From Anchorage enjoy views of sweeping wilderness plains, sheer granite cliffs, and snowcapped mountain peaks. Imagine the views of the Matanuska Valley, home of 70-pound cabbages and strawberries the size of plums. Gliding past the Susitna River you may catch a glimpse at Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America and truly the highlight of the trip. Along the way, you will delight in the opportunity to see a variety of Alaskan wildlife such as moose, bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep, beavers and waterfowl. Once in Talkeetna you have the opportunity to attend the Jet Boat Safari, take a flightseeing tour around Mt. McKinley, walk through historic Talkeetna or explore the area. Transfer to your hotel.
Talkeetna - Denali National Park (by dome car or standard train) Departure: 11:25 am - Noon / Arrival: 3:45 pm - 4:40 pm
Depart Talkeetna and continue your train tour to Denali National Park. Enjoy the scenic vistas of the Alaska Range and its five towering peaks as you cross mighty bridges like the one crossing Hurricane Gulch (at 265 feet, it's the tallest on the Alaska Railroad). A truly once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Arrive at the Denali Railroad Station in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel. Time for activities: Exiting rafting or float trip, heli-hiking tour or a horseback ride. In the evening you can get a taste of old-time Alaska at the Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre - a popular dinner theatre performed in an authentic, log-paneled roadhouse (not included)
Denali National Park
Denali National Park offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and spectacular sceneries. In the morning drive to the Visitor Center where your wildlife tour begins. Pick up your pre-reserved tickets and explore the center if time allows. Board the bus, sit back and watch out for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf and fox moving along the ridges and river beds or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the park area. Your driver informs you about the history of Denali National Park, its diverse wildlife and flora. Once a bear, caribou or another animal has been spotted the bus will stop that everyone can watch and take pictures. Your tour turns around at Eielson Visitor Center - a four hour drive. We can extend the bus tour to Wonder Lake or Kantishna Roadhouse. You can get off the bus anytime you wish and take a stroll, go hiking and enjoy the landscape. Return to the Denali Park entrance anytime during the day. Overnight: Denali National Park
Denali National Park - Anchorage (by dome car or standard train) Departure: 10:00 am - 12:05 pm / Arrival: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Spend the morning at Denali National Park with a ranger sled dog demonstration, raft of float on the Nenana River or take a scenic flightseeing tour around the magnificent three - Mt. McKinley, Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter. Board the Alaska Railroad in the morning and relax in your comfortable reclining seats, take a delicious lunch onboard or listen to the commentaries through a local tour escort. Have your camera ready as the train crosses Hurricane Gulch Bridge, 300 feet above the creek. You'll arrive in Anchorage. Optional tour extension.
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