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terry loendorf Feb 01, 2016 at 05:28 PM

How much clothes do you plan to bring?

terry loendorf Jan 24, 2016 at 02:04 PM

You probably have to get anywhere you choose one day/night before and spend a night to get a train in the morning. Alaska Railroad.com is a site to look at
Laura Lochner Jan 24, 2016 at 08:52 PM

I appreciate your information!
Julia Marchant Feb 01, 2016 at 06:22 PM

I am going on the August 8-19 trip and I cannot get beyond rain gear and waterproof boots, which I have been studying and pricing. It seems warm clothes are necessary. I am looking forward to a trip to REI in Colorado Springs this spring (it is about 120miles from where I live in southern Colorado. Good luck shopping :-)
terry loendorf Feb 02, 2016 at 12:04 PM

REI has a nice light weight coat thats waterproof made by Columbia, I just got a new one at REI in Tucson, also consider hiking books Merril has some nice ones cheaper on line at Amazon
terry loendorf Feb 02, 2016 at 12:05 PM

you can layer under the coat.
Julia Marchant Feb 02, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Thank you Terry, I will check both items out

terry loendorf Jan 24, 2016 at 02:02 PM

I am leaving from Anchorage, flight were cheaper there when I looked. train station is down town and leaves early in the morning for arrival around 330 I think. Look up denail train service or train service from the town you pick.
Laura Lochner Jan 24, 2016 at 08:52 PM

Thank you.

Laura Lochner Jan 23, 2016 at 11:24 PM

We are doing the trip in July. We are not sure what city to fly in and fly out of for the start and end of the trip. We are going on the July 4 - July 15 trip. Where can we find information about the trains to Denali.
Mary Scheftic Jan 24, 2016 at 03:25 PM

Check out Alaskarailroad.com or Alaskatrain.com has other options too. We are booked for the July 4th program too.
Laura Lochner Jan 24, 2016 at 08:52 PM

Thank you. That is most helpful.
Linda Ann Kwak Jan 25, 2016 at 02:55 PM

When I went in 2012 I booked through Alaska Railroad.com. They have depots in Fairbanks and in Anchorage. We paid extra for the Alaska Railroad Dome car to Denali (that is where you get off the train). It was well worth it. The car had a dining area on the lower level and reclining comfy seats on the upper level with hot coffee and tea and other beverages. Being a photo-nut, I loved the fact there was an outdoor platform at the back of the car where you could go out and take photos without obstruction.
Laura Lochner Jan 25, 2016 at 04:39 PM

I appreciate the info. I will check out the website.

terry loendorf Jan 21, 2016 at 08:12 PM

Under lodgings it says each room has a bathroom I believe
Mary Jane Schuon Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 PM

They are duplexes and each one has a nice bathroom. The cottages were remodeled a year ago.

Mary Scheftic Jan 21, 2016 at 06:40 PM

It looks like the cabins at the Denali Education Center are "duplexes". Does each room have its own bathroom or do the 2 share one?
Patty Burns Jan 27, 2016 at 04:21 PM

Hi Mary, The cabins were remodeled last year, they now have a private screened in patio and each room has it's own bathroom. We look forward to your visit!
Mary Scheftic Jan 27, 2016 at 04:51 PM

Thanks. Can't wait!

Mary Jane Schuon Jan 19, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Hi Terry, I did the Denali and Kenai program the end of last summer. I stayed a couple extra days in Anchorage both before and after. At the SpringHill Suites before and the Holiday Inn Express after. All of the major hotels have shuttles that can get you where you need to go. They took me to the train station when I headed north and to the airport when I arrived and when I headed home. Taking the train is by far the best and most dependable way to get to Denali. I splurged on the upper level observation car which has reserved seats and includes breakfast, lunch and drinks. It was so-o-o-o worth it even on a cloudy, snowy, wet August day. I made my reservations on line with no problems. As for your question about what time you get back to Anchorage at the end of the program -- they aim for by noon, but traffic and road conditions can influence that. After doing 14 Road Scholar programs, I would rate this as one of my favorites.

terry loendorf Jan 19, 2016 at 03:23 PM

where do people stay in Anchorage before leaving?
Julia Marchant Jan 19, 2016 at 03:30 PM

Hi Terry, 3 of us have rented a condo for 2 nights thru VRBO...so we can spend a couple of days in the Anchorage area. We are on the Aug 8-19th trip
terry loendorf Jan 19, 2016 at 08:21 PM

We are going earlier, Anchorage is ok, you might rent a car and drive out towards Homer, its not that far

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