There may be no place better suited for train travel than Alaska, a region filled with snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes and a horizon of greenery. The advent of glass-domed ceilings on scenic tour trains has allowed for uninterrupted views of such scenery, which can bring visitors close to Alaska's rich environment and abundant wildlife.
However, Alaska Railroad has a step up on its competition with its luxury dome car, featuring a unique upper-level viewing platform.
And though the tendency is to think of scenic rail tours as best suited for older travelers or people with limited mobility, Alaska Railroad is in the process of expanding its tour packages to include more stops with additional soft and hard adventures.
Currently, Alaska Railroad offers trips to 11 locations
throughout the state, such as
Agents can customize a trip for one or two nights or book longer packages for as long as 12 days. The company recommends booking longer trips in advance, as spots can fill up quickly.
Shorter trips include overnight stays in
Longer trip offerings include "Alaska Indulgence,"
a 12-day tour from
Fishing is one of
While Alaska Railroad's four trains—Denali Star, Coastal
Classic, Glacier Discovery and Hurricane Turn—provide traditional
scenic rail amenities such as reclining seats and a dining car, perhaps one of
the most charming aspects of the company's service is its guides. High school
students are recruited through The Alaska Railroad Tour Guide Program, which
has been in place for 25 years. Throughout the school year, students
participate in an extensive tourism course, learning about the state, its
history, vegetation and points of interest to later regale Alaska Railroad
guests with during their trips.