Travel the Aurora Winter Train on Alaska Railroad

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Off-season is the new on-season when it comes to traveling in Alaska—especially for travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks, without the hassle of winter driving.

If relaxing the whole way, enjoying food and drink from the onboard Wilderness Cafe, and being able to head up to the dome car for amazing views whooshing past you sound appealing, you’re in luck. These amenities, as well as a unique experience of being in Alaska’s back country in winter, are all included in the Adventure Class service on Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train.

On this route, don’t expect to have any down time if you don’t want any—there’s plenty to see. First (and most weather-dependent) is the stunning view of Denali—not something to miss if she graces you with her presence. You’ll also see the Susitna River, the amazing Indian River Valley and, at Hurricane Gulch, the prominent 294-foot-high bridge.

For the first time, passengers can celebrate the Christmas season and ring in the New Year as the train’s regularly scheduled service expands to include travel north from Anchorage on both Tuesday, December 27, and Tuesday, January 3, and south from Fairbanks on Wednesday, December 28, and Wednesday, January 4. It is the perfect time of year to check out the Santa Claus House in North Pole or head to Fairbanks in hopes of catching a glimpse of the northern lights.

Once you get to Fairbanks, there’s lots to do and a myriad of cozy, affordable places to stay. Check out Alaska Railroads packages, designed to help you get the most out of your trip.

This is the most relaxing way to see Alaska—nothing is stopping you from experiencing its majestic landscape in a whole new way this holiday season. To book your trip and learn about winter travel packages, go to