The Alaska Railroad runs through the centre of Alaska, connecting Fairbanks in the north, Anchorage and continuing south to Seward. The railroad carries goods and passengers, and is an ideal way to make a relaxing scenic journey between destinations.
Travel the section from Anchorage to Denali National Park. The train departs from Anchorage, journeying up through the thick birch forests to the rivers of Knik and Matanuska. In the watershed of these rivers wildlife such as waterfowl, moose and bears can often be seen. Continue through Matanuska valley for a first view of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), North America's highest peak. Approximately 3 hours after leaving Anchorage the train comes into the small town of Talkeetna, where scenic flights and nature cruises can be taken. It takes just under 4.5 hours to travel from Talkeetna to Denali, with the track following the serpentine banks of the Susitna river. There should be further glimpses of Denali before crossing the longest bridge on the railroad, an impressive 914 feet long and 296 feet high. The highest point of the track is reached at Broad Pass (2,363 feet), just before arriving into Denali National Park, where many people stop for wildlife viewing and the spectacular mountain scenery.