Full-Day Fairbanks to Talkeetna Scenic Rail Journey

Full-Day Fairbanks to Talkeetna Scenic Rail Journey

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      Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
      8.5 Hours
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      $ 179
      • Wilderness Express: Luxurious, two-story rail cars traveling on the Alaska Railroad transport you in style and comfort, offering leather, forward-facing seats with power ports and the best views of Alaska's small towns and picturesque wilderness through a glass dome.
      • Local experience: Get immersed in the local culture with regional food and drink selections (available for purchase) as well Native Alaskan artwork on display.
      • Guided tour: You'll discover the highlights and history of the area as you view the breathtaking wilderness outside your window with your professional and personable crew narrating the story during your 250 mile journey.
      • Susitna River: Winding 313 miles through south-central Alaska from the Susitna Glacier to Cook Inlet, this body of rushing water clocks in as the nation's 15th largest river.
      • Talkeetna: This tiny town is so quirky and funky, rumor has it that Talkeetna served as inspiration for the fictional Cicely in the popular 90s sitcom, Northern Exposure.
      • Hurricane Gulch: Hope you're not afraid of heights, because your train crosses this creek on a 296 foot-high rail bridge, giving you a bird's-eye view of the wild surroundings.
      • Broad Pass: At 2,300 feet, this is the lowest pass through the Alaska Range so you can choo-choo on your merry way.
      • Nenana River & Canyon: In a 3,000 foot-deep canyon, this glacially-fed river boasts both Class III and IV rapids. With names like Iceworm, Cable Car, Razor Back, and Royal Flush, you know the whitewater views will be spectacular.
      • Denali: North America's tallest summit (known as Mt. McKinley from 1917 to 2015) has reclaimed its original name, which means "the high one" or "the great one." No matter what you call it, the distant view you could catch of the 20,000+ foot-high peak on a clear day will likely leave you speechless.

      We'll do our very best to ensure you'll GoBe an explorer in Alaska. Please note there is very limited space available on this tour and all reservations must be reconfirmed. Thanks for your understanding.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the Wilderness Express table inside the Depot at 1745 Johansen Expressway, Fairbanks.

      Helpful hints

      Food and Beverage service onboard is an enjoyable experience and is provided at an additional cost. You are encouraged to visit the dining room during your time onboard and enjoy the menu that highlights local products. The train is a full service restaurant; please refrain from bringing outside food &  beverages on board.

      A full service no-host bar is located in the dome with prices ranging $2-10. Meals and desserts are available in the dining room, prices ranging $8-29.

      This is a 'cash-less' train & all purchases require a major debit/credit card (gift cards are not accepted).

      Getting around

      Railcars utilize stools and steps to board train as well as to travel between upper and lower levels. Each train car is equipment with elevators and lifts for travelers with limited mobility and/or wheelchairs (ADA Accessible).

      Activity type

      Scenic, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife

      Transportation used

      80-seat 2 story glass dome railcars; 80 all-leather seats upstairs with tray table and power port. Lower level provides viewing platform, restrooms, and dining room.



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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      What better way to marvel at Alaska’s gorgeous, rugged scenery than by rail? Board your luxury dome rail car in Fairbanks for the approximate 8.5-hour journey on the Denali Star route, traveling along the border of Denali National Park and Preserve to the funky town of Talkeetna. During the ride you’ll enjoy Alaska’s renowned landscapes, including the Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska Range, Broad Pass and the Susitna, Indian and Nenana Rivers. Along the way you will also travel over Hurricane Gulch on its namesake bridge, which at 914 feet long and 296 feet above the creek below offers a postcard-worthy sight. Weather permitting, you may even catch sight of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. 

      The 360-degree views from the dome rail cars as well as the small outside viewing platform ensure you witness the wild, natural scenery from every vantage point. Perhaps you’ll see some local wildlife, or even towering Denali. Your experience is enhanced by knowledgeable guides who will share the history of the region.

      The comfortable, luxury rail cars offer first-class dining and bar service as well (additional cost), so you may enjoy a meal or drink as you take in the breathtaking views of Alaska’s interior.

      In Darkness and In Light

      Depending where you are in Alaska and what time of year it is, you may spend a good part of a 24-hour day in either darkness or light. Without breaking out your science books, a simple explanation is that it all has to do with the earth’s tilt on its axis and where you are in the state. For instance, in Fairbanks in summer there can be about 21 hours of daylight at the end of June/early July. The farther north you go, the more daylight in summer. In winter, it’s pretty much the opposite, with the darkest days in Fairbanks offering about 4-5 hours of light.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.


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      Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
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