Train Rides


Alaska Adventure

BASIC TRAIN: Alaska Railway offers all manner of packages, some including accommodation in Denali National Park. Round-trip fares from Anchorage to Fairbanks start at $420 per person. Round trip from Anchorage to Denali start at $263 per person in shoulder season (May 15 through June 7). Phone: (800) 544-0552; Web: AlaskaPass Inc. offers a flexible "12/21 Day" pass that allows you 12 days of discounted rail, bus and ferry travel within a 21-day period. $899 for adults, $450 for children 2-11. Phone: (800) 248-7598; Web:
      -- DELUXE TRAIN: Though the trains of Alaska Railways travel year round, the deluxe carriages of Holland America and Princess Lines operate only mid- May to mid-September. Both offer flexible schedules with possible stays in Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks. Contact Holland America Tours for the "McKinley Explorer" train: (800) 544-2206; Train only: $220, one way Anchorage-Fairbanks. A three-night/four-day package with a six to eight hour Denali wildlife tour and overnights in Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks costs $1,395 per couple, double occupancy, including all transfers but no meals. Contact Princess Line Tours & Hotels for the Midnight Sun Express train: (800) 426-0442; Good May 15 through Sept. 16, Anchorage to Fairbanks, train only, is $225; Anchorage to Fairbanks with one overnight in Denali is $275 per person, double occupancy.
      -- DENALI NATIONAL PARK: Denali Park Resorts is authorized by the National Park Service to provide shuttle services and tours into Denali National Park. The shuttles operate from Memorial Day to late September. $17.50 to $33.00 for adults, plus a park entrance fee of $5 per person or $10 per group (up to eight members); half price for youth 14-17. The park also offers camper-bus passes for transport between camps. $18.50 for adults, plus park entrance fee; half price for youth 14-17.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and you must first have the necessary backcountry or camping permits. For reservations, call (800) 622-7275 or visit
Margo Pfeiff last wrote for the Travel Section about Zambia.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 (SF Chronicle)
DESTINATION ALASKA/The rolling tundra review/Grizzlies, moose, caribou from the comfort of a railroad car Margo Pfeiff, Special to the Chronicle


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