Denali Park Explorer – Tour 3MS
Denali National Park Explorer - Southbound - 3MS Itinerary
Explore Alaska on this unforgettable adventure that originates in the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks and takes you through Alaska’s ruggedly beautiful Interior aboard a luxury glass-domed railcar to Denali National Park and the city of Anchorage. With ample time to explore some of the six million acres of wilderness in Denali, you will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as ATV adventures and fly-fishing tours. Enjoy dinner and a show at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort featuring family-style dining and a spirited original musical about the first men to reach the summit of Denali. You will explore the park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and have a chance to see some of the park’s wildlife including bears, moose, caribou and wolves. The tour ends in the state’s largest city of Anchorage where you will take a day trip to Portage Lake and cruise within 300 yards of the actively calving Portage Glacier. Culture, adventure and wilderness await you on this tour that showcases Alaska’s majestic beauty.
Included in your Tour:
- 5 nights hotel accommodations
- Travel on the Alaska Railroad route aboard luxury, glass-domed railcar from Denali to Anchorage
- Travel aboard Alaska Railroad's Adventure Class (picture window) from Fairbanks to Denali. (Upgrade available.)
- Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort
- Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
- Portage Glacier Cruise
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Airport, hotel and rail transfers
Available during check-out:
Upgrade your rail experience from Fairbanks to Denali for $100 per person. The standard tour features Alaska Railroad’s Adventure Class for this rail component of the tour. When you choose the upgrade, you will travel aboard Alaska Railroad's GoldStar service instead. Adventure Class railcars do not feature a dome and meals are available for purchase. GoldStar service is aboard Alaska Railroad’s domed railcars and breakfast aboard the train is included.
With the standard option, rail travel from Denali to Talkeetna and Talkeetna to Anchorage is aboard our own luxury, glass-domed rail service (meals not included, but available for purchase) and the upgrade applies only to the portion of the trip from Fairbanks to Denali.
To learn more about Adventure Class, click here.
To learn more about GoldStar, click here.
Unless noted, tour is not escorted and does not include meals, sightseeing or home city air.
Day 1: Fairbanks
Transfer from the airport to your hotel and spend the day exploring Alaska’s Golden Heart City. Fairbanks is a thriving city on the doorstep of the expansive Alaska wilderness. Surrounding tundra and the looming Mount McKinley provide an incredible backdrop for learning more about the rich gold rush past and Alaska Native culture of this unique community. Visit the tour desk at your hotel to book an optional excursion such as a visit to the nearby Chena Hot Springs that is world-famous for its healing mineral waters. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Day 2: Fairbanks – Denali
Transfer to the Fairbanks train depot where you will board the historic Alaska Railroad and travel south to Denali National Park, where you will arrive around noon. Spend the afternoon exploring the area and be sure to visit the tour desk to find out what optional activities are available. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable dinner experience at Music of Denali Dinner Theater at McKinley Chalet Resort. Overnight Denali-area hotel. (D)
Day 3: Denali
Immerse yourself in the six-million-acre wilderness of Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. Keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s “Big Five” – Dall sheep, caribou, grizzly bears, moose and wolves. Bring along binoculars to spot distant animals and have your camera ready, it is common to spot wildlife from the road. Later, choose from optional activities and end your day on a high note with a visit to a sled dog kennel or ATV ride. Overnight at a Denali-area hotel. (S)
Day 4: Denali – Anchorage
Spend the morning on your own, relaxing or shopping for souvenirs at some of the many gift shops outside of the park. Later, board the train for another enjoyable and awe-inspiring ride through the Alaska wilderness, including a crossing over the dramatic Hurricane Gulch bridge. Enjoy a unique dining experience onboard the train as you take in the view before arriving in the state’s largest city of Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.
Day 5: Anchorage
Enjoy a day trip to nearby Portage Lake where a memorable glacier cruise aboard the mv Ptarmigan awaits. Observe the actively calving Portage Glacier from 300 yards away and marvel at the blue ice crashing into the water below. From a fully enclosed heated cabin, learn more about the glacier and the history of the area as you cruise with an onboard representative of the U.S. Forest Service. Afterward, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where injured and orphaned animals live year round in spacious enclosures, receiving quality care. Get up close and personal with moose, brown bears, black bears, caribou, musk ox and lynx, among others. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Anchorage and overnight.
Day 6: Anchorage
Spend your last morning in Anchorage strolling on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or enjoying a hearty breakfast at one of the popular downtown eateries. Later, transfer to the airport where you will end your Alaska vacation and wave farewell to the Last Frontier.