Seniors Time For a Rail Trip

There are several train trips across the US and Canada that many senior tourists have enjoyed over the years. Here’s your opportunity to join unique rail trips like the Denali Star which runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Love that train whistle, don’t you too?

The train departs each city at 8:15 am and stops along the way in Talkeetna and Denali Park. On both the Northbound and Southbound trains there are three main types of train service available; Standard (also known as Adventure Class), Private Dome (privately operated), and GoldStar Dome. All three are attached to the same train or locomotive, but the amenities and cost will vary depending on what type railcar service you choose.

Great Way For Seniors to See Alaska

We have friends who have taken the Inlet Passage along the coast of Alaska and loved that cruise.  Now seniors are invited to go inland and travel by train through some of the most captivating scenery in the northern hemisphere.    An important part of Alaska’s rich heritage, the Alaska Railroad stretches 470 miles from Seward on the south central Kenai Peninsula, to the northern golden heart city of Fairbanks.

Along the way, the train travels through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska, including Denali National Park, Denali State Park, and Chugach National Forest. The Alaska Railroad runs two primary passenger services during the summer season. On the rail north of Anchorage, the Denali Star operates daily between Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna and Anchorage. To the south, the Coastal Classic operates daily between Anchorage and Seward.

Train Features Meet Seniors Needs

Alaska Railroad trains feature large picture windows, comfortable seating, on board hosts, dining options, restrooms, and luggage cars. Two pieces of luggage are allowed, with extra luggage subject to a fee. The railroad is accessible to wheelchairs, with special ramps at the depots and provisions on the coaches for occupied wheel chairs.

Senior travelers, you will know from the very moment you climb aboard the Alaska Railroad that you’re riding some the best trains in the world. Maybe even get a group of your friends to join with you as many seniors do on cruises.

The Alaska Railroad is a natural fit for groups. Their trains provide the perfect environment for groups to relax and interact with each other. Group Planners love how easy it is to keep groups together, while still allowing for space to enjoy the trip –  as passengers are encouraged to move through the train during the ride.

Sounds like fun to me and my wife. We may even see you on one of those trips.  Enjoy the rail!  jeb




  1. Annabel Pearson says:

    interested in rail trip through Alaska wilderness for senior and handicapped persons. what accmmodations are there for help if needed.

    • Jeannine Becker says:

      I would suggest you talk with your travel agent about the specifics on travel in Alaska. We wish you well.
      Jeannine Becker

    • Jeannine Becker says:

      Thank you for your interest. We suggest you talk with a travel agent with your specific questions.
      Jeannine Becker

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