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Taking the Train in Alaska: Fairbanks to Denali

I had no idea that there was passenger rail service in Alaska until I started researching how to get from Fairbanks to Denali National Park without renting a car. It turns out that Alaska actually has an amazing network of routes - stretching for 470 miles from Fairbanks in the north to Seward in the south along with a 12 mile spur to Whittier.  This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying…

The Camp Denali Experience in Alaska

If you're looking for an uncommon wilderness experience that blends the magic of Denali National Park, with a stay in a wilderness camp unlike any other, plan to visit Camp Denali near the end of the only road in the park. While it's hard and time consuming to get to the lodge it's well worth the effort. It is here that you can marvel at Denali itself while lying in bed; where you can taste…

Driving Alaska’s Stunning Denali Park Road

Before my arrival in Denali National Park I had tried to fathom how on earth it was going to take seven hours to get to my lodging - Camp Denali, located at about the 90 mile marker on the Denali Park Road. It didn't take long once I was actually on the bus to put two and two together.  The stunning 92 mile Denali Park Road is primarily a single lane dirt highway save for…

The White Pass Yukon Route Railroad Experience

If you have a day in Whitehorse, one of the must do activities is to ride the White Pass Yukon Route Railroad (WP & YR), a narrow gauge railway that runs from Skagway, Alaska to Carcross, Yukon Territory. It's one of the most scenic train trips I've ever done.  The WP & YR was built in 1898 in just 26 months during the Klondike Gold Rush. The railway, an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, shares…

Wolves in the Wild: Why Sightings Stay With You for Life

This is a guest post by Christine Byl, author of the just published book - Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. I live just outside Denali National Park, in Alaska, and of all the many things I can say about such an incredible and complicated place, this is one: it's wolf country. I have had many wolves in the wild since I moved to the area 8 years ago, including, most dramatically, a wolf…

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