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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This was the trip of a lifetime. We did not want to take an Alaskan cruise - we wanted to study Alaska. This was the perfect way to do it.
This trip brought us together with great guides, great Alaskans and great fellow travelers. It was simply a great learning experience and a lot of fun.
A totally wonderful trip. We loved the "camp for adults" Denali Education Center. Nice accommodations and what fabulous blueberry pancakes there!!! Sarah was wonderful, all the speakers were really great and very knowledgeable. Only thing I would change is the hotel in Anchorage. It was old, a bit grubby, the room phone didn't work and neither did the wifi. The other negative thing was the food at the hotel in Fairbanks. It was not very good. This truly is the way to see the Alaska interior, or at least part of it. The train is really fun, clean, comfortable, good food, wonderful views. I also liked that on several occasions we were handed some cash and told to have lunch or dinner wherever we wished. Great way to encourage us to sample some of the local cuisine rather than big 'group' dining. All in all a wonderful adventure.
Discover Alaska by Rail was a great way to learn about an important cross-section of key regions of the state and to interact with people with an amazing range of Alaska knowledge and experience.
This trip is wonderful and riding the train is a great way to experience the beauty of Alaska.
It was colder than I had expected. I wish that I had known to bring gloves and a hat and more layers
I felt that I really got to see a lot of Alaska by riding the rails. The trip was fantastic from start to finish, with many opportunities to see the wildlife, mountains, and glaciers for which the state is famous.
"Alaska By Train" was a great experience. This Road Scholar program would be enjoyed by young or old. After participating in this program, I'm completely open to another Road Scholar trip.
This train trip is the very best way to experience fabulous Alaska.
An experience worth having.
You will really get to know Alaska and the folks who live there.
This trip was the best! Travel through Alaska via the railroad, the experience at the Denali Education Center, and the spectacular sights from the animals of Denali National Park to the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park all contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The knowledge of our trip leader and other staff at DEC was impressive.
An adventure of lifetime! It was everything I had wished for. :-)))
What a fantastic way to visit Alaska!
Wow! A must do adventure!
Absolutely fantastic experience. I would strongly recommend this adventure to anyone interested in Alaska. The trip met or exceeded all my expectations.
What a fantastic way to experience Alaska. Beginning in Fairbanks, close to the Arctic Circle, then traveling by Alaska Railroad south to Denali and the other destinations ending in Seward gives one a "up close and personal" introduction to this state.
I just completed the RoadScholars tour "Alaska By Rail" and it was absolutely the best tour I have ever taken, from RoadScholars or anywhere else! It fulfilled my life-long dream of seeing Alaska, not just from the deck of a cruise ship, but "up close and personal". I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to learn more about this most beautiful state!
I strongly recommend this trip instead of a cruise, you get to see and learn so much more.
Our leader, Kris, was extremely well-versed in all things Alaska. His tremendous breadth of personal experience and knowledge, along with his great sense of humor, made the trip both highly educational and most enjoyable. A great experience overall. (We found the acivity level a little higher than Moderate, but it wasn't a problem for us.)
My experience with "Discover Alaska by Rail" was outstanding. The program was very well organized and each day was truly outstanding! I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed myself and too, how much I learned.
Very informative, comfortable travel and some of the most spectacular sights on our planet! A great trip supported by professionals who both know and love their jobs.
An absolutely beautiful trip! The trains are comfortable and the scenery is beautiful! A well-rounded program including lectures on natural environments and field trips to cultural and nature sites. Denali is wonderful!!

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