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Denali Star Route

Alaska Denali Star Route

Alaska Denali Star Route

 

Denali Star Route –– as the name implies, Denali National Park is really the star attraction of the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star Route. The entire route spans over 350 miles from Anchorage all the way to Fairbanks, with stops along the way including Talkeetna and Denali National Park.

Traveling north from Anchorage, the Denali Star route takes you from the metropolitan downtown Anchorage area, through the joint military bases of Elmendorf and Richardson, along the Knik Arm and across Knik and Matanuska Rivers, to the fast-growing community of Wasilla in the Matanuska Valley. A brief stop is made in Wasilla, a town that gained a bit of notoriety a few years back as being the hometown of former Alaska governor and once Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. The next stop northbound is the funky and truly Alaskan community of Talkeetna. Some of the best views of Mt. Denali are available from the train just to the south and north of Talkeetna, and at one point the train passes within 46 miles of the summit. Between Talkeetna and Denali Park you will travel over Hurricane Gulch on a bridge that is 914 feet long and 296 feet above the creek below. Most passengers will disembark at Denali National Park for a few nights, before either heading north to Fairbanks or returning south. Another scenic area on this route is the Nenana River canyon gorge, which the train winds through shortly after departing Denali for Fairbanks. Check the following website for updated rates & schedules: www.alaskatrain.com