What is the Alaska Railroad?
What is the Alaska Railroad? We break down the routes and sights to see while traveling by traveling by train through The Last Frontier.
For many cruisers visiting Alaska, a real highlight is jumping on one of the trains which over beautiful journeys through the stunning wilderness. Alaska also proposes some of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys. Two railroads that run in the country are the White Pass & Yukon Route and the Alaska Railroad.
The White Pass & Yukon Route moves from Skagway to Fraser, which B.C founded more than 100 years ago throughout the Klondike Gold Rush. It’s now a spectacular rail line that takes travelers through impressive scenery and rugged terrain.
The Alaska Railroad is a scenic railroad with a path extending from Seward to Fairbanks, and it stops in Talkeetna, Wasilla, Anchorage, Denali National Park, and Preserve.
The Alaska Railroad is best known for its glass-vaulted rail cars and fantastic services, for Alaska is not reachable from Canada by rail or Continental U.S.
Train travel provides an amazing way to see Alaska. On the Alaska Railroad, glass- vaulted cares give 180 degrees of sight. Both the Alaska Railroad and White Pass & Yukon Route go to sites inaccessible through road, and they provide a “whistle-stop” service for riders to disembark on the way for a calm day of hiking, fishing or picnicking.
READING MORE: Visiting Denali National Park and Preserve
A big rail station in Denali National Park offers one of the most preferred ways of arriving at the National Park.
Attractions for visitors
Most people who have traveled the complete Alaska Railroad system would probably agree that the coastal classic route amongst Anchorage and Seward, and the Denali Star Route amongst Anchorage and Denali, are the most beautiful sites.
Most of the first hour south of Anchorage joins the coastline along the Turnagain Army where there are spectacular views of the train as it snipes various scenic points. Dall sheep can frequently be spotted on the rocky cliffs over, and passengers are often treated to a unique phenomenon famous as bore tide.
South of Portage the track splits from the highway and gets into a rugged and remote section of path. You will move through the Placer River Valley, right past the vivid ice wall of Spencer Glacier, and above the 1,063 foot go past of the Kenai Mountains – known explicitly as Grandview.
Another big bonus to the Coastal Classic route is just the reality that you are moving to Seward. A day cruise from Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park is a must-see Alaska experience.
So, which path is best? You will have to make a decision which is right for you, and in all ways have some extra guidance.