Alaska by Rail and Car Tour

Great flexibility at a leisurely pace combining independent travel by train and car.

Tour Code: 152CTA

Tour Overview

Experience one of the world’s most incredible train rides aboard the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks, including a stop at Denali National Park. The included bus tour into Denali National Park brings opportunities for wildlife viewing. From Fairbanks, explore the vast landscapes of the remote Richardson and Glenn Highways by car. Ample time for photographic stops and exploration of roadside glaciers, waterfalls, and state recreation areas, with additional chances to see wildlife along the entire route.

What's Included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Train from Anchorage to Denali and Denali to Fairbanks
  • 4-6 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (depending on weather and road conditions)
  • 5 days midsize car rental from Fairbanks to Anchorage, including a one-way fee and unlimited mileage
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals, gratuities. Car rental coverage (such as LDW or liability insurance), additional driver fees, gas, and GPS rental.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Anchorage Arrival

Arrive into Anchorage and transfer to your hotel by shuttle or on your own. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Offering an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and gourmet restaurants, Anchorage provides an excellent start to your vacation. Overnight in the Anchorage downtown area.

Day 2
Anchorage to Denali National Park

This morning transfer to the Anchorage train station by hotel courtesy shuttle or on your own. At 8:15am, you will travel from Anchorage to Denali National Park aboard the Alaska Railroad. Upon arrival in Denali at 3:45pm transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle. With a size of over 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s greatest wild animal preserves. Here, protected from hunting, the animals roam freely in a region dominated by the continent’s tallest mountain. Most visitor facilities are grouped near the park entrance. Your evening is free for optional activities or you can relax and enjoy some leisure time. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day 3
Denali National Park to Fairbanks

This morning, depart on a narrated bus tour into Denali National Park.  As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. Your experienced driver/guide will provide commentary.  The tour is approx. 4-6 hours long and takes you approx. 30 – 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. In the afternoon, travel by train to Fairbanks. Upon arrival in Fairbanks at 8:00pm, transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 4

This morning you will pick up your rental car in Fairbanks and tour the area on your own. Attractions in Fairbanks include the Museum of the North, Pioneer Park, the Ice Museum, and the Santa Claus House in the nearby town of North Pole. You may also choose to add one of the many tours available in Fairbanks, such as a tour over the Arctic Circle or a Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 5
Fairbanks to Valdez

Today you will drive the Richardson and Alaska Highways southeast from Fairbanks to Valdez. As you depart Fairbanks you will drive past the town of North Pole, the home of the Santa Claus House. During your drive you will have many opportunities to stop at scenic overlooks to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Denali (on clear days) and the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. Before reaching Valdez you will drive past Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its numerous waterfalls, including the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Valdez is the gateway to Prince William Sound, with wonderful glacier cruises and kayaking tours. Overnight in Valdez.

Day 6

Valdez was almost destroyed by a tsunami in 1964, but is now rebuilt and is a busy port city at the end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Your day is free to explore the small town of Valdez. Local attractions include the Valdez Museum, the Solomon Gulch salmon hatchery, and the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. You may wish to go on an optional glacier cruise to see part of Prince William Sound and its natural wonders (see Tour Add-Ons). For the more active, kayaking tours are also available.  Overnight in Valdez.

Day 7
Valdez to Anchorage

Today you will drive north through Thompson Pass to Glennallen. There are good photo opportunities of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on this route. Glennallen is located on the western edge of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. Views of the mountains are incredible when the weather is clear. From Glennallen you will  head southwest; this route has wonderful views of the Matanuska Glacier and numerous hiking trails. Pass through the Matanuska Valley as you continue to Anchorage. You may wish to stop at the Alaska Native village of Eklutna along the way. Overnight in Anchorage. You will stay in the mid-town area of Anchorage or near the Anchorage airport.

Day 8
Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure time, you might have free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions. Return your car to the airport rental station and depart Anchorage.

Tour Map


Dates & Rates

*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.


Tour Add-ons

Browsing optional excursions for the Alaska by Rail and Car Tour:

Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with a glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board, you can view Prince Williams Sound’s diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. Learn about mining, […]... Browse itinerary

Meares Glacier Cruise from Valdez

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile glacier cruise through the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board, you can spot and photograph Prince William Sound wildlife, including sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, […]... Browse itinerary

We joined a 3-day tour of Fairbanks and Denali in July. Every step of the tour was well organized, our name was on the list for each activity, and we had no hassles. All operators were very professional. Very reliable.

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