After a two-year hiatus, the Alaska Railroad resumes its full summer schedule

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This summer, Alaska Railroad will run its full schedule for the first time in two years, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s spectacular landscapes up close and in style.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the rail line will restore full operation throughout the northernmost state, covering over 500 kilometers, with three daily routes with flagstop service beginning this summer.

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Alaska Railroad also runs chartered trains that transport cruise-ship passengers on the land portions of their packaged land-and-sea trips, as well as other special-events trains, which are likely to return now that the world is returning to normal.

“We’re excited to return to a full season of daily summer trains, to give our guests more opportunities and flexibility to get out and travel Alaska. Our train routes are the ideal way for passengers to visit the best of Alaska, and to do so while making their travel a highlight of their time in the state.”

Alaska Railroad Marketing Communications Manager Meghan
After a two-year hiatus, the Alaska Railroad resumes its full summer schedule
Credit: Alaska Railroad

The summer service season began on May 7, with a daily route schedule that would run until mid-September.

— The Coastal Classic Train runs daily between Anchorage and Seward, with a stop in Girdwood, and serves the Kenai Fjords National Park.

— The Denali Star Train runs daily between Anchorage and Fairbanks, stopping at Wasilla, Talkeetna, and the Denali National Park and Preserve’s gates.

— The Glacier Discovery Train connects Anchorage and Grandview, stopping at five locations along the way. It’s a nice place to visit for a day trip.

— The Hurricane Turn Train makes six stops between Talkeetna and Hurricane and also offers flagstop service, which allows daring passengers to hail the conductor and get on or off the train wherever they wish.

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Traveling by train provides an unparalleled perspective of The Last Frontier, including more distant locations like as the Chugach National Forest, which are only accessible by rail. Guests on the Alaska Railroad get to see more of the dramatic Alaskan terrain that attracts thousands of travelers each year.

The famous railroad’s main line, which extends 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks and connects villages all over southcentral and interior Alaska, was established almost a century ago. Alaska Railroad routes travel across the state’s vast interior, passing via coastal communities like Seward and its major depot in downtown Anchorage, providing opportunities to see wildlife such as bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, eagles, and more.

After a two-year hiatus, the Alaska Railroad resumes its full summer schedule
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There’s even a seven-night ‘Alaska Wildlife Safari’ package available from early June to early September 2022, which appeals to wildlife enthusiasts.

Visit alaskarailroad.com for more information.

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