If you’re traveling south from Denali National Park back to Anchorage, you’ll be treated to Broad Pass and majestic views of the Alaska Range from every direction. The track veers way from the road system as you continue south and into the backcountry Hurricane area, offering amazing views of the Indian River and the unforgettable expanse of Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge. You’ll also see amazing views of the Susitna River, the Chugach Mountains and the Knik River as you get closer to Anchorage.
If you’re heading north back to Anchorage from Seward, you’ll veer away from the road system after departing from Seward and into beautiful backcountry wilderness (and what many consider to be the most scenic stretch of the railroad). Following a quick stop in Girdwood, the train winds right along Turnagain Arm, with the water on one side and the steep Chugach Mountains on the other. This route was named by National Geographic as among their Top Ten Train Rides in North America!
Top image courtesy of Alaska Railroad.