As part of our tour, we hopped the grand Alaska Railroad to travel from Denali National Park to Wasilla, where we were met by a motor coach. The trip took about six hours and we were comfortably seated at the top of a luxurious double-decker Gold Star railcar located right behind the engines. Once we got underway, we went to the downstairs dining area and enjoyed a delicious lunch. During our ride, we had glorious views from inside the domed car, but we also enjoyed a private outdoor viewing deck. The deck was a favorite spot for the avid photographers, and I spent at least half of the train ride out there! It was fascinating to see how the Alaska landscape changed over as the miles passed by.
There were picturesque mountains edged with lakes and marshes.
Meadows were tucked into forested hillsides and painted with fireweed blooms.
Distant rain clouds hovered over expansive lakes.
Wild ferns grew with abandon in forest edges and danced in the wind.
On this special train journey, we couldn't help but appreciate the immensity and the majesty of the Alaska countryside. It was a trip to remember! If you ever have a chance to visit Alaska, please try to work the train trip into your itinerary!