Day Two: Talkeetna
TALKEETNA: Rise & Shine to catch an early courtesy hotel shuttle across the street to the Alaska Railway Station. Continental breakfast is available at your hotel, and there is a dining car aboard the train for a cooked breakfast to purchase. This morning your Alaska Railroad Train Tour departs at 8:15 AM. Please make sure you are there by 7:15 AM.
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.
This afternoon will present one of many highlights of your adventure. Talkeetna is a local town sporting the most photographed scenes in our state, the towering peaks of Mt. McKinley & the Alaska mountain range. Only 1 ½ hours north, this town is a hub of international mountain climbers. Upon arrival in Talkeetna at noon, a courtesy shuttle will take you to your lodging, to check-in and drop your luggage before your flightseeing adventure for the afternoon. Lunch is available at your lodge in any of their restaurants or at several bistro style shops in town.
Denali Flightseeing & Glacier Landing 3 PM: This magnificent flight takes you within six miles of Mt. McKinley’s summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to see how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. Listen as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Denali National Park. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge (the world’s deepest – almost 2 miles from top to bottom).
“No visit is complete without this experience!” Land on the Sheldon Amphitheatre glacier beneath Mt. McKinley, The aircraft is equipped with skis, floats, and voice activated headphones. Passengers, each with comfortable window seats, enjoy narration by an experienced pilot-guide highlighting points of interest including geology, wildlife, and history. Flight time is 1.5 hrs and includes a glacier landing.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Talkeetna Area Lodging