Full-Day Fairbanks to Talkeetna Scenic Rail Journey
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).
Tour Participation Requirements
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.