Anchorage, Alaska: Your Jumping Off Point to Glaciers, Rails and Trails

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Situated among towering mountain ranges, massive glaciers, vast protected lands and big game wildlife Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, has long been a hub for adventure. In a city that boasts 20 hours of daylight around the summer solstice, endless adventures under the midnight sun await via a quick day trip on the iconic Alaska Railroad.

Anchorage and the Alaska Railroad have a relationship that spans more than 100 years. The city got its start as the main camp for Railroad workers back in 1915. Today, the Alaska Railroad’s headquarters are still in downtown Anchorage, and the city serves as the hub for many train routes – making the Anchorage Depot an ideal resource for travelers looking to explore more of Alaska.

Each morning in the summer, travelers may catch a northbound or southbound train from Anchorage, and many day trips even offer return to Anchorage by rail or coach that same evening. People often come to Alaska to see wildlife, glaciers and of course, Denali, the tallest peak in North America. All those adventures, and more, are just a train ride away from Anchorage.

One of the Alaska Railroad’s most popular routes is the Coastal Classic Train, which travels from Anchorage to Seward. This coastal town is home to a charming downtown area and the Alaska SeaLife Center. Seward is also known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the rugged fjords on a wildlife and glacier cruise, gliding past tidewater glaciers and keeping a watchful eye for whales and other marine wildlife.

For day trips heading north from Anchorage, visitors can take the Alaska Railroad’s flagship Denali Star Train to Talkeetna. In addition to serving as a home base for mountaineers hoping to conquer Denali, North America’s tallest peak, Talkeetna is a great access point for a wide range of outdoor fun, including gorgeous hikes.

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