Experience the splendor of winter in Alaska from the comfort of a warm railcar, complete with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining. The Aurora Winter Train travels between Fairbanks and Anchorage, making the southbound 12-hour journey on Sundays, as well as select mid-week departures (Wednesdays and/or Fridays) December through March. Flagstop service is provided along the 50-mile stretch of roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch.
While the Aurora Winter Train travels the same stretch of tracks as the summer Denali Star Train, the views are strikingly distinct; the vibrant colors of Alaska’s summer landscape give way to the quiet serenity of pristine snow. On a clear day, a spectacular view of Denali rises into view above the Susitna River. And anywhere along the tracks, a watchful eye may be rewarded with the sight of a moose in the wild.Description
The route spans two of Alaska’s five geographic regions – Southcentral and Interior Alaska. North of the Denali National Park, the train winds along Healy Canyon, following the curves of the Nenana River below. South of the park, Broad Pass offers majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions. North of Talkeetna, the tracks veer away from the road system and into the backcountry Hurricane area; this region offers views of the snaking Indian River, the occasional remote cabin and the expansive sight of Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge. Traveling between Talkeetna and Anchorage, the train crosses the Knik River with the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop. Just south of Talkeetna, watch for views of Denali rising high above the Susitna River.
- Depart Fairbanks at 8:30 am
- Arrive Anchorage at 8:00 pm
- Explore Anchorage on your own, accommodations booked separately and at own expense
- (Option for accommodations or additional rail transportation - to be scheduled directly with Alaska Railroad after booking)
Snack bar and optional dining available for purchase.Highlights
: Fairbanks, United States of AmericaDuration
: 12 hours Voucher Redembtion
: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.