From Anchorage, the Glacier Discovery stops briefly at the resort town of Girdwood before continuing on to Portage; here,
guests may disembark to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to black and brown bears, moose, caribou, wood
bison and more. The train then travels through a mountain tunnel to Whittier, providing a perfect connection for a glacier and wildlife cruise in Prince William Sound. The train returns to Portage other passengers
before continuing south, away from the road system and into the wilds of the Chugach National Forest. The next stop is the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, a backcountry paradise developed in partnership with the Chugach National Forest Service. A well-maintained, 1.3-mile gravel path leads from the tracks to the edge of Spencer Lake and a spectacular view of massive Spencer Glacier, and a U.S. Forest Service Ranger is on site to provide narration along the way. Rafting, hiking, and kayaking around the glacial lake are all available as day trips.
Anchorage → Girdwood → Whittier → Portage → Spencer → Grandview
Anchorage/Girdwood to Whittier round-trip: May 13, 20, 21 & 24, 2023
Anchorage/Girdwood to Whittier & Spencer Whistle Stop round-trip: May 27 – June 2, 2023
Full route: June 3 – September 17, 2023
The Alaska Railroad provides year-round rail transportation throughout Southcentral and Interior Alaska, traversing almost 500 miles of remote and wild landscapes and safely bringing more than 500,000 passengers to Railbelt destinations each year.
Rich in frontier spirit and local knowledge, the Alaska Railroad is an enduring Alaska icon, offering an exceptional way to travel and see Alaska.
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