Have you ever thought about traveling by train for a family vacation? It’s a great stress-free means of transportation for families with kids of all ages. Our article on the 10 Best Train Trips for Families outlines adventures to take by rail around the world, and number 10 on the list is the Alaska Railroad. After looking further into what it offers, I came across this list of summer 2015 packages. Here are nine Alaska Railroad trips to take this year:
The Real Alaska Tour
Leave Anchorage and head south to Seward for hiking, fishing, shopping, dining, and more. Your family will visit Kenai Fjords National Park, the SeaLife Center and Exit Glacier. On day two, kids will really enjoy the dog sled ride! Rates start from $605 per adult and $253 per child. Tours are two days and one night, and are available from May 10 through Sept. 13, 2015.
Taste of Alaska
Enjoy a night in Anchorage before heading to Seward for aquatic animal experiences and an overnight in town. On day three, enjoy dog sled rides and tours of the Exit Glacier before heading back to Anchorage for an overnight prior to day four’s trip to Talkeetna where you’ll take a flightseeing tour of Mount McKinley and the entire Alaska Range. On day five, families will enjoy a jetboat ride into the heart of Devil’s Gorge before heading back to Anchorage. Rates start from $1,775 per person. Tours are five days and five nights, and are available from May 29 through Sept. 6, 2015.
Alaska By Daylight
Enjoy 10 days and 10 nights exploring Anchorage, Denali, Seward, Talkeetna and Fairbanks. Tours include stops at the national parks and Resurrection Bay, as well as a tour on the Riverboat Discovery, a historic sternwheeler. Dog-sledding, shopping, dining, and more are also available and included. Rates start from $2,879 per person. Tours are available from May 29 through Sept. 3, 2015.
Just The Basics
Ride the Denali Star Train and enjoy overnights in Talkeetna and Denali National Park. Families will explore the mountains in the national park and can stroll down the main street enjoying the shops and restaurants. Rates start from $985 per person. Tours are five days and five nights, and are available from May 30 through Sept. 9, 2015.
Denali & Spencer Glacier Tour
Begin your journey in Anchorage before two nights in Denali and one night in Talkeetna. Families will enjoy the Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park, a Talkeetna jetboat tour, and a glacial river float trip to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Rates start from $1,819 per person. Tours are five days and six nights, and are available from May 31 through Sept. 6, 2015.
Deluxe Alaska Sampler
Beginning in Anchorage, families can rest up for a day of cruises through Kenai Fjords National Park before enjoying an overnight in Seward. Day three includes dog –sledding and dining at local eateries before a train ride to and an overnight in Girdwood. Days four through six include stops at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, Denali National Park and a Denali Backcountry Adventure tour. On day seven, families will take a 4WD jeep tour through Denali’s backcountry before one last night back in Anchorage. Rates start from $2,419 per person. Tours are seven days and seven nights, and are available from May 31 through Sept. 5, 2015.
Glacier Cruise & Interior Alaska
Ride the Glacier Discovery and Denali Star trains for a six-day, six-night tour through Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks. Families will enjoy a glacier and wildlife cruise in Prince William Sound, a tundra wilderness tour of Denali National Park, a riverboat discovery in Fairbanks and an arctic circle flightseeing tour. Rates start from $2,079 per person. Tours are available from May 31 through Sept. 6, 2015.
Alaska’s National Parks by Rail
Take a glacier and wildlife cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and a glacial riverboat trip on this six-day, six-night tour. Start your trip in Anchorage before heading to Denali and Girdwood. Families will see Mount McKinley and Denali National Park, too. Rates start from $1,949 per person. Tours are available from June 3 through Sept. 8, 2015.
Glaciers, Rails & Trails
Explore Alaska by train, foot and boat with this tour, which is 10 days and 10 nights. Families will see everything from the national parks to the glaciers to the backcountry and more – its basically all the other tours combined! Rates start from $3,725 per person. Overnights and meals are included. Tours are available from June 10 through Aug. 29, 2015.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz