Alaska Stories and Tips

Anchorage to Denali

Stopped at Talkeetna Photo, Alaska, United States

The rooms were big but basic. The breakfast buffet was minimal. They had a waffle machine, a few apples and oranges, cereal and hard boiled eggs. We caught the Alaska Railroad to Denali after breakfast. Checking in for the train was very straightforward, and the luggage handling much more straightforward than at any airport. When we boarded the train, we found that our car was not very crowded at all, although some of our neighboring passengers ended up being fairly obnoxious. The train ride was splendid. We saw a cow moose with a calf in the brush, we saw magnificent views of the Chugach Range, the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley, and we saw a myriad of rivers, streams and lakes. We stood outside between cars for much of the ride in order to get better photos.
When we arrived at Denali, the Mt. McKinley Chalet Resort picked us up at the train station, and our luggage was automatically transferred directly to our room at the resort. My mom and I walked some around the resort and walked down to the river. Richard went running, as always. There were many trails in the area that were nicely maintained and afforded nice views of the nearby mountains (not Mt. McKinley) as they wound through the woods and clearings. The weather could not have been better. Richard and I seriously considered going on a white water rafting trip in the evening, but we decided we were just too tired. We were amazed that an evening rafting trip was even an option. Most places don't offer trips after noon - even when the days are long.
Instead, we had a wonderful dinner at the Salmon Bake and turned in for the night.

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