Discover Alaska by Rail: A Traveling Adventure
Learn about the Alaska Railroad while journeying its entire length. Explore a cross-section of Alaska life (and wildlife) in Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, and Seward.
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Program No. 1014RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

All Aboard! Journey the entire 470-mile length of the historic Alaska Railroad, from the "Golden Heart City" of Fairbanks to Seward on the shore of Resurrection Bay. Ride to Denali National Park, home of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, and study the wildlife and natural history of this International Biosphere Reserve through field trips and educational programs. Spend a night in historical Talkeetna. In Anchorage, experience the living cultures of Alaska's Native groups at the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. At the final stop, the harbor town of Seward, take in the grandeur of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Activity Level
Minimal walking and standing. Optional walks of up to three miles. Elevations up to 3,900 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Kenai Fjords National Park by boat to spot glaciers, marine mammals, birds and the rugged coast.
  • Meet Mary Shields — the first woman to finish the Iditarod — and her dogs at her home near Fairbanks.
  • View stunning scenery and wildlife on a day-long journey into the heart of Denali National Park.
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Jake Hill
In 2008, Jake left Ohio and headed north for “just one summer.” Armed with a bachelor’s degree in English and a background in theater education, Jake had no clue what Alaska had in store for him. He became a full-time resident, met and married his wife Anna, and has fallen in love with Alaska. The Denali Education Center is a new chapter for Jake, and he is excited to be part of the team. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, hammocking and playing his guitar.
Jake Hill
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