Day Three: Fairbanks & Denali
FAIRBANKS & DENALI: This morning, enjoy your breakfast and get ready to travel to Denali National Park on the Denali Star. The Alaska Railroad’s flagship train links Fairbanks to Anchorage with stops in Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Wasilla. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape.
Today, based on your package (MODERATE OR DELUXE),
…..if you booked the DELUXE package, you will board your First Class Gold Star glass-domed train.
…..if you booked the QUALITY package, you will board your vintage Adventure Class rail cars.
Adventure class moderate package passengers are seated on the first level of the train. They have access to a vista dome car, but there is no assigned seating in that dome. Passengers may visit the vista dome car for about 20 minutes at a time, to allow other passengers to sit in the dome. Adventure class passengers may walk through all of the Adventure cars, but may not enter the GoldStar dome.
Passengers that purchase the GoldStar deluxe package receive priority check-in at select depots and are seated on the second level of our two-story fully-domed car. GoldStar passengers will ride in the newest and most luxurious, double-decked dome cars on the train. These cars are positioned near the front of the train with the best views from the upper level outdoor viewing platform. This is the only railcar ever built with an upper level outdoor deck. GoldStar passengers receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the trip, and two drinks of beer, wine and spirits at the private bar located on the upper level of the GoldStar car. GoldStar passengers also have access to an open air, glass-roofed, viewing deck on the upper level to the rear of the car, and have priority seating in the dining car which is located directly below them on the first level. GoldStar passengers may walk through all of the Alaska Railroad cars and have access to the Adventure class dining area.
Spend the afternoon in Denali National Park. You will have time for additional optional activities, time to explore the Wilderness Access Center, or speak to the Park Rangers at the Visitor’s Center. Local shopping is available as well. This evening enjoy Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. Fannie Quigley and her group of unforgettable characters treat you to hilarious stories of the Gold Rush featuring foot-stompin’, knee-slapping music. The all-you-can-eat, family style meal is sure to please. Feast on salmon, BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, sour dough rolls and tasty dessert. Tonight relax at your Denali accommodations.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Denali National Park Area Lodging