Anchorage – Denali – Fairbanks

A comfortable, modern train trip to Denali National Park, Alaska –carriages had seating on the top floor with a glass dome roof (see photo) and a dining room below.  There are timed sessions for moving from your allocated seat to the dining room.  Here very nice meals are served at tables – good food/wine/service etc.  Most passengers share their table with another couple.  We did – a couple from Texas, USA.  When in the seating area, there is excellent commentary from a tour guide – informative and entertaining.

We arrived at the “The McKinley Chalet Resort” (near the train line) in the early evening.  It was more like a 3 star hotel built to cater for large numbers of tourists – we enjoyed the forest setting but the hotel just adequately served our purpose with a comfortable enough room & bed plus a shower that took a v long time to warm up!  The next morning we went on the day long Tundra Tour – conditions were cramped on the old school bus and perhaps there are now more comfortable ways of touring Denali?  The highlight of this train/bus trip was seeing the grizzly bears and the stunning colours of the tundra.