The best way to see Alaska is by rail, and this rail line proves it. Double-decker dome cars allow passengers to take in sights from multiple locations by stepping onto an outdoor balcony or settling in to a seat on the upper level’s interior space. Operating mid-May through mid-September, the railroad travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and the 6-million-acre wild land of Denali National Park.
Alaska National Parks by Rail, Alaska Railroad Six-day train trip. The route takes in the jagged peaks, lonely forest and rugged coastline, including a stop at the base of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. Though the train has comfortable seating and a luxe dining car, nights are spent at off-train lodging like the Grande Denali Lodge and Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.