Who? Anyone planning a trip to Alaska, plans to visit Denali and/or loves train journeys
What? The train journey from Fairbanks to Denali aboard the Midnight Sun Express.
How? The four-hour train journey from Fairbanks Depot to Denali commences at 8:15 am arriving at lunch time in Denali.
Why? Alaska is truly a state like Hawaii where no matter where you look, the 360 degree vistas provided by nature are simply matchless. I love train journeys and the opportunity to take one aboard a train with observation decks and huge wraparound windows facilitating ample viewing was just a bait waiting to be taken.
As soon as the train started pulling away from the station, we knew that every dime spent on this journey was going to be worth it. As foodies, we kicked off our trip with a celebratory order of blueberry pancakes and the taste was simply divine. It is in this wonderfully satiated state of mind that we started admiring the vistas passing by. The added bonus? Experienced staff who provided a good dose of history while pointing out wildlife and scenery along the way. Our color infused visual kaleidoscope included mountains, streams, rivers, wildlife, flowers, the area where Christopher McCandless’s bus was found (prompting us to read Into the Wild) and of course every other natural aspect you see on the umpteen postcards on Alaska.
Taking train journeys is always awesome, but partaking in one that makes you seem almost unified with the nature surrounding you is surreal.
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