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Aurora Winter Train - Day Tours

411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1635
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Beautiful scenery and Great Value

Almost 12 hours of breathtaking scenery. Best value in Alaska. Alana made the trip so much fun... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Mildred5404
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Decatur
via mobile
Great ride

We recently (Dec. 23 & Dec. 27) traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then a few days later in... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2018
Marjory C
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Hammondsport, New York
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See Alaska from a whole new perspective. Enjoy serene beauty and personal attention aboard the Aurora Winter Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The train travels north on Saturdays and returns, Fairbanks to Anchorage on Sunday. The Alaska Railroad sells complete winter rail vacations including hotel stays and activities. Enjoy clear views of Mt. McKinley, wildlife and the aurora borealis aboard the Aurora Winter Train.
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411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1635
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Almost 12 hours of breathtaking scenery. Best value in Alaska. Alana made the trip so much fun. She is the onboard supervisor and she was full of information which she shared. So happy the we made this trip

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

We recently (Dec. 23 & Dec. 27) traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then a few days later in the reverse direction on the Aurora Winter Train. It was FANTASTIC. The cars were clean and comfortable as were the seats. The thing I want most...More

Thank Marjory C
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

The twelve hours go quickly if you busy yourself watching for wildlife and scenery. Its also a flag stop off the grid. All scheduled stops are very short and you are not allowed to get off the train.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Aurora winter train is the Polar Express. We travelled south bound from Fairbanks to Anchorage. Breathe taking views, some wild animals. But most importantly, we saw her crisp and clear, Mt. McKinley. Extraordinary nice ride, with stop for snap shots (photos). The personal on the...More

1  Thank Anders F
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Had an absolute fabulous experience taking the Aurora Winter Train round trip, with a 5 night stay in North Pole. Despite the cold temperatures and windy conditions, the ride was warm and scenery was unbelievable! I loved standing between the passenger cars with the windows...More

5  Thank Lormik
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

we made the trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks in November and starting from checking in an hour before(like flights) to getting off the train, this is one amazing trip. They stop the train called wave in stops, where people are dropped/picked up at certain spots...More

6  Thank Ganesh V
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Took the northbound Anchorage to Fairbanks 12 hr ride with some friends at the start of the season. Great panoramic views, friendly crew and lots of time to ponder. Definitely for nature lovers with almost endless views of trees, hills and mountains (mostly snowcapped), lakes,...More

1  Thank Sh1nyT0p
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

We were looking for a train excursion that would take in the scenery and wildlife around Denali Park. We found that there is one train per day going to Fairbanks and one train per day going to Anchorage. No short trip, scenic tours. So we...More

Thank Joann M
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Fairbanks station very clean and modern. Conductor had a talk to the waiting passengers before embarking as to safety etc. Fresh food available most of the trip. The carriage had many empty seats so if someone saw an elk or moose they would call out...More

1  Thank Tushka
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

This is a great trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks. My six year old was not thrilled with the trip after the first hour (made the 8 hour trip long) but at least we can get up and move around. The food was not great but...More

1  Thank nashsma
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Response from Mildred5404 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I’m not Marjory but will share info with you. Most tours do not operate in the winter in Fairbanks. We were there in April. The Santa Claus house was closed. We drove to Denali to enjoy the park without many visitors. We... More
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