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The journey through the Alaska Railway is a great travel experience. Start your Alaska adventure in Anchorage and work your way north visiting Denali National Park including a flightseeing tour across Denali's Wickersham Wall with an overnight stay in Talkeetna. Spend three nights in Denali exploring the National Park and enjoy a canyon rafting experience. Visit the Kantishna community through a bus road tour. Return to Anchorage on your way home or choose among the extension tours available to explore more of Alaska. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Anchorage
Day 2 : Talkeetna and Denali Flightsee
Day 3 : Denali National Park
Day 4 : Denali Park Kantishna Experience
Day 5 : Canyon Run Rafting
Day 6 : Train to Anchorage
Day 7 : Return Home


  • Embark on a canyon whitewater rafting experience
  • Fly across Denali's Wickersham Wall
  • Visit the Kantishna community on a bus road tour

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

A bear explores the tundra surrounding Denali Beautiful Alaska Denali NP Eielson Visitor Center A ride through Denali National Park Glacier streams wind across the Alaskan landscape

Day 1 Arrive in Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and settle into your downtown hotel this evening. If time allows, explore the city a bit tonight. Add a free day in Anchorage to include a flightsee, dog sled or bear viewing tour to explore the area. Rest up before the first full day.

Day 2 Talkeetna and Denali Flightsee

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 Mt. McKinley, spotting its various 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. Next land on the gentle slope of Ruth Glacier for an opportunity to view and photograph the peaks surrounding you. Return to your lodge this evening.

Day 3 Denali National Park

Enjoy a leisurely morning before traveling by train further north to the Denali National Park Entrance. Check into your cabin accommodations. 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, fly fishing, shopping, restaurants and more.

Day 4 Denali Park Kantishna Experience

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  • 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 5 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 6 Train to Anchorage

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

Day 7 Return Home

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

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • Gear Rental
    • For Canyon Run Rafting
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Train ticket


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.


  • $ Meals not Included
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