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Spend 6 days exploring some of Alaska's most iconic sights from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Designed for those short on time who want to see all the main Alaska highlights, this tour takes advantage of the Alaska Railway system to visit 'must-sees' Anchorage, Denali National Park and finally Fairbanks. Explore Anchorage before boarding the train to Denali National Park where you can hike, raft the waters of the Nenana River and look for wildlife such as grizzly bears, Dall sheep, wolves and more. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, learn about the Gold Rush era and take part in an authentic Sternwheeler cruise, if you so choose, to finish up your week of adventure. Opt to add more time and explore Anchorage or Fairbanks further or go deeper into Denali National Park.

This extension is designed to be added on to other Alaska tour services or cruises and not sold as a stand-alone tour.
Denali in autumn, with fireweed on the tundraWild grizzly bearBald Eagle perched on a treeView groups of caribou as you explore the northWander preserved gold rush-era houses near FairbanksAlaskan wildflowersKodiak bears in Alaska
  • Admire the incredible scenery while on the train from Anchorage to Denali
  • Search for moose, wolves, caribou, & bears in wildlife-rich Denali National Park
  • Experience Denali's unique taiga and tundra ecosystems with your naturalist guide
  • Learn about the local history while trying your hand at panning for gold
Activity Level: Easy Active

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Day 1: Arrive Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage, arrange for a taxi to your hotel and settle in for the evening. If time allows, explore the city a bit tonight. 

*You can add a free day in Anchorage to include a heritage tour or other guided city tour to explore the area, flightsee over bear country, or travel south to cruise in the Kenai Fjords for the day. Many day tour options can be arranged.

Day 2: Train to Talkeetna, Flightseeing Denali. OV Talkeetna.

Travel north on the train today arriving at Talkeetna, the historic stop which marks mid-way to Denali. Settle into your lodge before setting out on an afternoon guided flight-seeing tour of Denali National Park. Fly completely around Denali, spotting features such as the Kahiltna Glacier, the west buttress, Sheldon Amphitheater, Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge. Then, fly across the divide to spot Denali's Wickersham Wall, a 14,000-foot continuous 'wall' of rock and ice. 

Day 3: Denali National Park

Today take the rail north though to Denali. This expansive wilderness in the heart of Alaska is one of the region's most popular destinations, notable for its pristine landscapes, incredible flora and fauna, and exciting activities that await. With a sharp eye, you will likely even see the signature wildlife, like grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and Dall sheep, among other fascinating animals!

Day 4: Whitewater Rafting (Denali Run)

Today it is time for some river adventures! Set out towards Healy to get on the water for a thrilling 11-mile whitewater raft down the Nenana River! This is the best rafting for those seeking a thrill, with Class III rapids and one Class IV rapid. Be prepared to get wet, as you get into real whitewater rafting through exciting rapids such as "Cable Car", "Coffee Grinder", and "Ice Worm". Return to your cabins this afternoon to warm up. Opt to explore on your own this afternoon or book another excursion for your time.

Day 5: Free Day Denali Park

This day is free for you to hike as you like around the entrance to the park, or arrange an additional guided excursion in advance. The options are vast! You can opt to go on a thrilling whitewater rafting tour or a more mellow river float. Arrange for flightseeing tours, a glacier landing, or a guided hike.

Day 6: Independent Exploration in AM, Train to Fairbanks or Anchorage, End of Tour

  • 1 Breakfast
You have your own choice whether you will head to Fairbanks or Anchorage:

1) Depart Denali on the train to Fairbanks. Upon arrival take a taxi to your hotel for the evening. Opt to add a night or two in Fairbanks and arrange a guided excursion. Add a Sternwheeler Riverboat tour, hot springs visit, gold mining tour, or a cultural encounter with Alaska’s Inupiat Eskimos. ‚Äč

2) Board the train to return to Anchorage and settle in before your early morning train north.

Make your way to the airport for your flight home or to continue your Alaska travels independently.


Denali Cabins

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

The Lakefront Anchorage

The Lakefront Anchorage Suite
The Lakefront Anchorage Lobby
Catch & cook on the dock of The Lakefront Anchorage

Denali Bluffs Hotel

Denali Bluffs Hotel
Denali Bluffs Hotel
Denali Bluffs Hotel

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Train Tickets: Anchorage - Denali - Fairbanks
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Taxi Transfers


When to Go

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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