We often hear from visitors that they were surprised by just how big Alaska is and how long it takes to get from one destination to another. It's one thing to see the distance on a map and hear that Alaska is one-fifth the size of the Lower 48 states; it's another thing to experience the travel time.
There is one road entrance into Denali National Park and it is approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage. It takes about five hours to drive the distance via the George Parks Highway. The drive to Denali takes you through several towns in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Denali State Park, and over Broad Pass in the Alaska Range.
From the instant you board the Alaska Railroad coaches, you know that you are in for a treat. The breathtaking beauty of the Alaska landscape is brought to you through panoramic windows, and the nature and history presentations by lifelong Alaskan conductors and tour guides make this travel by rail one of the most unique and enjoyable travel experiences of a lifetime.
All coaches feature comfortable forward-facing seats, classic recliners, and outdoor viewing areas. Experience the Alaskan wilderness while enjoying the luxury of circa-1950s style coaches, an upper viewing dome, and a dining car complete with polished silver and sparkling crystal. This dining experience rivals the best restaurants in the state, and there is no restaurant in Alaska with a comparable backdrop.