What to Expect on an Alaskan Rail Tour

You can expect a lot on any rail tour. Rail vacations are certainly an increasing interest for most tourists today. Not only is taking a train cross country someting unusual and unique to do, it allows tourists to see the world in a different way. Alaska is one of the many states in the U.S. with sights that are perfect to see on a rail vacation. Its flat lands extending into rolling mountains that eventually become mountainous peaks only makes a rail tour that much more thrilling. The snow covered plains are beautiful and the mountainous backdrop sets the scene for a relaxing rail vacation.

It might be somewhat obvious what you might expect to see on an Alaskan rail vacation, such as glaciers, snow, and mountains. The state of Alaksa is the largest state in the U.S., so you can only imagine there is a lot more see other than glaciers. Of course, that is certianly something to expect, but Alaska is home to some of the most beautiful cities in America.

Here are some places you might explore on an Alaskan rail tour:


Alaskan rail tours often make their way through the capital city of Juneau, which sits in the state’s panhandle at the base. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop that is only reachable by boat or seaplane, which some find odd. It’s a U.S. state capital with no roads connecting it to other cities. Still, on a rail tour, tourists are not confined to the train. A ship can take you to and from the city on the panhandle.

The downtown is located at the base of Mount Juneau and across from Douglas Island. According to a 2010 census, it had a population of 31,275. The city is both beautiful in the winter and the summer months with its alpine landscape.

Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is also located on the Alaska panhandle, and just west of Juneau. Glacier Bay is a national monument. It’s quite a sight to see. The park preserves nearly 600,00 acres, which houses protected marine ecosystems of Alaska against other environments that are not protected. In the park is the Alsek River, which connects the coastal mountain range in the park to the Pacific Ocean in the preserve.

Park visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife in the preserve, such as grizzly and black bears, moose, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, and more.


Sitka is one of the more popular cities in Alaska. Picture a northern city with a beautiful mountainous backdrop and water surrounding it. The city is located on Baranof Island, and the downtown urban area is located on the west side of the island. The name stands for “People on the Outside of Baranof Island.” It has quite a history that is worth learning about while visiting.

This is a guest post from America by Rail, offering a variety of rail vacations throughout the North America, including Alaska rail tours.

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