Alaska: A Rail-Trail Expedition

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Welcome, fellow travelers, to the Last Frontier – Alaska! Buckle up for a storytelling adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters, and a sprinkle of magic from the Northern Lights. Let Inspired Travel Designs take you on an unforgettable journey through Anchorage, Seward, and Denali National Park. So, hop aboard the legendary Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar Service, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s embark on this captivating exploration of Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska Unveiled: Arrival and Hidden Treasures

You will feel the palpable excitement as the plane touches down in Anchorage. It is time to start our Alaskan escapade. With its intriguing blend of urban charm and rugged wilderness, Anchorage was the perfect starting point for our Alaskan odyssey.

Anchorage is one of America’s most diverse cities; you can embark on a global adventure without leaving town.

Start by immersing yourself in Alaska Native culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Then, explore the Little Lithuanian Museum & Library, a hidden gem showcasing Lithuanian heritage.

When hunger strikes, satisfy your cravings with Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant curry or discover German snacks, reindeer sausage, and smoked salmon at the Alaska Sausage & Seafood Company.

To taste England, visit the Hotel Captain Cook, where Captain James Cook’s voyages come to life through stunning displays.

If you’re in Anchorage in December, take advantage of the Oscar Anderson House Museum in Elderberry Park, a historic Swedish home hosting a heartwarming Swedish Christmas celebration.

Wrap up your day at Cynosure Brewing with a Belgian ale, toasting Anchorage’s diverse and delicious experiences. Cheers!

Seward – Glaciers and Marine Wonders

All aboard the Alaska Railroad for a scenic day trip to Seward, a coastal gem framed by towering mountains and the endless sea. As we cruised through Resurrection Bay, the grandeur of the glaciers and the thriving marine life left us speechless. The icy behemoths glistened in the sunlight, calving with a thunderous roar, reminding us of the awe-inspiring power of nature. Our cameras worked overtime, capturing snapshots of sea otters, humpback whales, and bald eagles, creating memories that would last a lifetime.


Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay


Denali Beckons

The next leg of our adventure took us deeper into the heart of Alaska, courtesy of the Alaska Railroad. The landscape transformed into a picturesque tableau of untamed beauty with each passing mile. Snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and untouched forests painted a mesmerizing canvas. The gentle rhythm of the train’s wheels lulled us into a state of serenity as we watched the world outside our window change, a living postcard brought to life.

Denali National Park Exploration

Today is dedicated to exploring Denali National Park, a sanctuary for wilderness enthusiasts. Our journey took us to Kantishna, a remote enclave where the park’s true essence revealed itself. Surrounded by rugged mountains and dense forests, we ventured deep into the wilderness. The pristine landscape, unspoiled by human intervention, was a reminder of the need to protect these natural wonders. As we stood in awe of the vast wilderness, a grizzly bear meandered across our path, a humbling encounter that left us feeling like mere guests in this vast, untamed world.


Denali National Park

Denali National Park


Homeward Bound

As our Alaskan adventure began to wind down, we boarded the Alaska Railroad once more for the journey back to Anchorage. The train’s comforting chug and the mesmerizing scenery outside the window made it easy to slip into a reflective mood. Wildlife sightings were frequent, and we eagerly scanned the landscape, hoping for a glimpse of moose or a soaring bald eagle. Each sighting brought a sense of connection to the untamed beauty of Alaska.


Alaska Railroad - Railbookers

Alaska Railroad – Railbookers


Farewell, Anchorage

And just like that, our unforgettable Alaskan journey ended in Anchorage. We couldn’t help but feel sad as we bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes, the wildlife encounters, and the Northern Lights. Anchorage might have been saying goodbye, but our memories in Alaska were etched in our hearts, ready to be shared with friends and family for years. Let’s talk!


Northern Lights in Alaska

Northern Lights in Alaska


Produced by Inspired Travel Designs with Railbookers and Visit Anchorage Alaska