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Explore Alaska by way of the historic Alaska Railway. Start your Alaska adventure in northern Fairbanks and work your way south visiting Denali National Park. Spend three nights in Denali exploring the National Park and enjoy a canyon rafting experience. Return to Anchorage with the option to add on additional stays and activities as you like. The backcountry of Wrangell-St Elias park or a kayaking tour in Valdez are great additions.
Deep in the Heart of DenaliAialik Glacier in Kenai FjordsHiking in the areaRustic Comfort in DenaliHiking DenaliBreaching whales!Resurrection Roadhouse overlooks the riverKeeping the lookout for whalesCrossing the riverOut the back viewing deckCruising Kenai FjordsCalving Glacier spotting!A grizzly bear catches a fish
Highlights
  • Travel deep into Denali National Park
  • Enjoy the road tour to Kantishna
  • Embark on a canyon run rafting experience
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Easy Active
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Day 1: Arrive to Fairbanks

Arrive to Fairbanks today and transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2: Arrive to Denali

After a scenic journey by train from Fairbanks through the meandering Nenana and Tanana river valleys, arrive mid-day to the front country area of Denali National Park. Check into your hotel and set out to explore the area on your own today. Visit Denali National Park’s Visitor Center for information on the park’s rich cultural and natural history. Learn about park science programs at the adjacent Murie Science and Learning Center or find guidance on which trail to hike. Connect with an interpretive program or catch the free shuttle to the dog demo, where you’ll learn about the only canine rangers in the NPS system during a thrilling program. Feeling like a deeper dive into the park? Take the free shuttle to Savage River, where expansive views of the vast river valley lined by the Alaska Range and the Outer Range give you a great chance to see caribou, moose, grizzly bears and more. 

Free shuttles to activities just outside the park entrance are available from the railroad depot, including access to rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants and more.  ‚Äč

Day 3: Denali Park Kantishna Experience

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Follow in the footsteps on Fannie Quigley to the old gold town of Kantishna on this all-day adventure to the end of the Park Road. Join a Certified Interpretive Guide on this unique experience, and learn about the park – and spend time in Kantishna discovering its fascinating history and role in the formation of Interior Alaska. This experience also features a National Park Service Interpretive Ranger from Wonder Lake. This is the only tour to feature an Interpretive Ranger from the National Park Service.

Day 4: Canyon Run Rafting

Canyon Run - Hang on! It’s whitewater ahead! You’ll get wet and enjoy every minute of it as we head for Healy, 11 miles down river. Get into real whitewater rafting as you hang on through thrilling rapids such as “Razorback”, “Coffee Grinder”, and “Ice Worm”! You have your choice of Oar Rafts or Paddle Rafts (It takes 5 participants to paddle, when possible we combine parties to reach five or more). Both oar rafts and paddle rafts run the same rapids on the river. Perfect for 1st timers, an oar raft, is rowed by the guide while rafters sit, hold on and enjoy the view. In a paddle raft you will be expected to follow instructions and be an active participant by paddling the raft down river. You still have a guide but everyone has a paddle and the guide instructs you on how and when to paddle.

Day 5: Train to Anchorage

Enjoy a free morning in the area before boarding the mid-day train onwards to Anchorage. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a free evening.

Day 6: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight home this morning, or continue your travels to another region in Alaska.

Accommodations

Denali Cabins

Classic Cabin interior
Family Cabin available
Outdoor firepit and outdoor hot tubs!

Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Fireplace Room
Double Queen in Cooper Lodge
Cabin Sitting Room

Anchorage - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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*Applies to 2021 season departures ONLY.
Included
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gold Star Train Ticket: Denali - Anchorage/Wasilla
  • Gold Star Train Ticket: Fairbanks - Denali
  • Park Entrance Fee: Denali National Park Fee and other bed taxes included
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Round Trip Porterage Fee Denali Cabins
  • Taxes and Entrance Fees - Invoiced at time of booking
  • Airport Taxi Transfers
  • Internal Flights: Fairbanks - Denali - Talkeetna - Anchorage

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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