Kayaking at Spencer Glacier.

Alaska Train Day Trips

Take the train into the wilds for unique and exciting day trips from Anchorage.

Breathtaking sunset from the rails of Alaska.

Alaska Train Day Trips

Take the train into the wilds for unique and exciting day trips from Anchorage.

Shops and restaurants along main street in downtown Talkeetna.

Alaska Train Day Trips

Take the train into the wilds for unique and exciting day trips from Anchorage.

Experience Kenai Fjords National Park on a day cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours.

Alaska Train Day Trips

Take the train into the wilds for unique and exciting day trips from Anchorage.

Alaska Railroad Day Trips

Most visitors think of Alaska in terms of grand adventures. Between experiences like exploring the backcountry of Denali National Park on a wildlife bus tour or flying into the Arctic Circle, that perception is well earned.

But there are also approachable adventures within an easy day trip from Anchorage thanks to the closeness of Alaska's untamed wilds and access provided by the Alaska Railroad. Here's what we recommend.

The Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery train runs a daily roundtrip route from Anchorage to Grandview Pass on the Kenai Peninsula. You can ride the full length of this route on the Alaska Railroad Grandview Valley Day Trip. The scenic ride is perfect for rail enthusiasts.

The Alaska Railroad Spencer Glacier Day Trip takes the same route, stopping about 10 rail miles short of Grandview at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. From here you can disembark the train and explore the area on your own or, better yet, take a Spencer Glacier Iceberg Hike or a Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float. The return train to Anchorage comes through the whistlestop around 4:30 PM. There are also fully guided day trips like the Spencer Glacier Bears, Trains, and Icebergs trip and Spencer Iceberg Kayaking with Rail tour that spend a little more time in this remote spot.

The Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Whittier Roundtrip takes the Glacier Discovery route, but stops in Whittier. It pairs perfectly with a glacier day cruise in Prince William Sound.

For even more ideas on how to spend that extra day out of Anchorage, check out our Day Trip to Seward and Day Trip to Talkeetna pages.

Alaska Train Day Trips