A Scenic Train Ride From Denali to Anchorage

I think the train from Denali to Anchorage is the best way to travel.  It may not be the cheapest way to get from the national park to Anchorage, but it is stunning. It’s part of the Alaska railway system.

Train from denali

Around every bend was a new surprise.  Along the river banks we frequently saw animals like moose or caribou but I didn’t always have a camrea nearby.

Train from denali

Even from the train the weather never cleared quite enough for us to see Mt. McKinley.  Oh well.


At least we got to travel through Wasilla, although we were disappointed as we couldn’t see Russia from there.


Did I mention that we had upgraded our seats to the Denali Star – the cars with the full views, glass all the way up the sides and onto the roof.  The viewing in these dome cars was amazing.

Train from denali

In addition to the amazing views from our seats, we also had an outdoor section of the car, so we could enjoy the cold and rain the opportunity for fresh air and better photos.     Train from denali

We didn’t explore any other travel options, as our awesome travel agent recommended the train, and we have learned a long tie ago that she knows what we like and listening to her is always the best option.  (If you are local, we always use Manly United Travel).

However, we did meet people who took the bus (most said it was too long) and others who rented a car and enjoyed this option as it was cheaper (especially for four people) and gave them the flexibility to stop at some of the smaller towns along the way.

Do you travel by train?  Do you like scenic train trips?  Would you have purchased an upgrade on the train from Denali?

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  1. says

    Hi Rhonda .. what a great trip you’re doing .. and I love the views – reminded me of my mother’s and my trip across the Rockies in a similar train .. the Rocky Mountaineer from Lake Louise (I think!) across to Vancouver, before we went over to VI to see a cousin of my mother’s .. and obviously me too!

    Cheers – and I’d love to be with you!! Hilary

    • Rhonda Albom says

      The dome car really made a difference. We were able to walk through the train and see the other cars.

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