Discover Alaska and Yukon by Train & Car

22 days and 21 nights, from/to Anchorage

This three week selfdrive tour combines the most scenic train rides in Alaska and the Yukon with magnificent places off the beaten track that you will explore by car. See Alaska's major attractions like Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park, take a bath at Chena Hot Springs and drive on a true Alaska gravel road to a copper-mining ghost town. After driving the scenic Top of the World Highwa into the Yukon, take in the gold rush atmosphere at Dawson City and enjoy the White Pass & Yukon Railroad to Skagway. This tour is the right choice for you if you are looking for relaxed traveling as well as some adventure.

Day 1

Anchorage

After your arrival, explore Alaska’s biggest city: Take a walk on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or take the Town Trolley to get a first overview of the city. There is lots to do in Anchorage. The Visitor Center is a good starting point to collect information.

Day 2

Anchorage to Seward (by train)

Catch the early morning train to Seward and enjoy the stunning scenery on your way South to the coastal town of Seward. This is the most beautiful train ride in Alaska, taking you along Turnagain Arm and snow capped mountains. Upon arrival in Seward you will join a 6 hour cruise into the Kenai Fjords National Park, giving you the opportunity to spot marine wildlife and glaciers.

Day 3

Seward to Anchorage (by train)

You will have most of the day to explore Seward on your own: Visit the SeaLife Center, stroll through the town center or spend the day visiting the nearby Exit Glacier. In the late afternoon the train takes you back to Anchorage. Arrival time is approximately 10:15 PM.

Day 4

Anchorage to Talkeetna (by train)

Take the train to Talkeetna, a charming artist town with a fantastic location at the confluence of the Chulitna, Susitna and Talkeetna Rivers and with great views of the Alaska Range. The population is highly creative, thus you will find many imaginative shops and businesses as well as the mystique of its mountaineering community.

Day 5

Talkeetna to Denali (by train)

Today it’s on to famous Denali National Park. On clear days you can enjoy great views of the mountain ranges while you relax on the train. You will arrive in the afternoon and have the remainder of the day to get familiar with the region.

Day 6

Denali National Park

A 6 to 8 hour guided bus tour will show you the beauty of the National Park and it’s tundra landscape. Watch for wildlife. Moose, Dall sheep, caribous and with some luck bears are often spotted during the trip into the heart of the National Park.

Day 7

Denali to Fairbanks (by train)

You have some more time in the Denali area before catching the train to Fairbanks. You may go back to the park entrance and visit the exhibitions at the Visitor Center, the Murie Science Center or the Sled Dog Demonstration. Arrival in Fairbanks is at approximately  8 PM.

Day 8

Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs (56 miles)

Pick up your rental car and drive through the scenic Chena Hot Springs Recreation Area to the equally named resort. On almost every drive moose can be spotted along the road. There are many good options for hiking. At the resort you can relax in the hot springs, join various activities or visit the ice museum.

Day 9

Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks (56 miles)

Return to Fairbanks. There is a lot to do in Alaska’s second largest city: Experience the old days at Pioneer Park, learn about history and cultures in the interesting museums or take a dinner cruise down the Chena River.

Day 10

Fairbanks to Tok (204 miles)

Leave Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. On your way you can visit Santa Claus in North Pole and also get a very close look at the famous Alaska pipeline that spans all the way from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.

Day 11

Tok to Dawson City (186 miles)

Driving the scenic Taylor and the Top of the World Highway will take you through the small community of Chicken and some buildings at the border. Otherwise it will be a day out in the middle of nature. The Taylor Highway is a typical Alaskan gravel road and road conditions are difficult at times. The Top of the World Highway rewards with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Cross the border into Canada and spend the night in Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Day 12

Dawson City

Enjoy a day at leisure in Dawson City and take in the gold rush atmosphere. Tour the Klondike Gold Fields and try your luck panning for gold. You should not miss driving or hiking up “The Dome”, the rounded peak above Dawson City, for a panoramic view over the town and the Yukon and Klondike river valleys.

Day 13

Dawson City to Whitehorse (331 miles)

Drive the Klondike Highway South to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory. Relics from the gold rush Era are visible along the roadsides. When you arrive in Whitehorse, take some time to explore this charming town, stroll along the riverside, and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this Northern city.

Day 14

White Pass & Yukon Route Day Excursion

Today you will experience another train ride while travelling the famous White Pass and Yukon Route to Skagway and back. The tracks across the White Pass are considered a technical masterpiece and lead through amazing scenery. White Pass & Yukon Railroad is the "Scenic Railway of the World". It climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles.
The excursion starts with a bus trip from Whitehorse to Fraser where you will board the train to Skagway. After approximately 2 hours in Skagway you will return to Whitehorse by motor coach.

Day 15

Whitehorse to Haines Junction/Kluane NP (100 miles)

It’s only a short drive to Haines Junction. The small community is the gateway to explore the Kluane National Park.

Day 16

Haines Juntion / Kluane NP

The Kluane National Park is the Canadian side of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park with incredible glaciers. Take a scenic flight or explore the hiking trails in the area.

Day 17

Haines Junction to Tok (290 miles)

The scenic drive takes you along the shores of the beautiful Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the Yukon. With the right light you can see spectacular reflections of the surrounding mountains in the water. Later today you will cross the border and re-enter Alaska.

Day 18

Tok to McCarthy (261 miles)

Today you will drive to the amazing Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the US. Nine of the 16 highest peaks in North America are located in this park. The road ends just before McCarthy, a very charming ghost town that was once an important town for the world’s formerly most productive copper mine in Kennicott.

Optional: Instead of driving the gravel road to McCarthy, it is also possible to include a round trip flight from Chitina to McCarthy.

Day 19

McCarthy/Kennicott

Free day to explore the area. Go on a glacier hike, visit the old copper mine in Kennicott on a guided tour, take a hike in the park or go on a scenic flight and enjoy the incredible scenery from above.

Day 20

McCarthy to Palmer (264 miles)

The Glenn Highway offers some good opportunities for hiking or fishing. Sheep Mountain and the Matanuska Glacier are interesting sites before you enter the Mat-Su Valley, the prime agricultural area in the state.

Day 21

Palmer to Anchorage (41 miles)

A short drive takes you back to Anchorage. Visit some more attractions or do some shopping before choosing one of the various pubs and restaurants for your last dinner in Alaska.

Day 22

Anchorage

Your tour ends today. Return your rental car and depart Anchorage.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the most scenic train rides in Alaska and the Yukon
  • Take a tour into Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Visit Chena Hot Springs and enjoy a variety of activities
  • Drive the spectacular Top of The World Highway and stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • Drive the McCarthy Road and spend two days in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Counterclockwise Routing

This selfdrive is also available with counterclockwise routing where you have your rental car from Anchorage to Fairbanks:

Anchorage - Palmer/Matanuska area - McCarthy (2 nights) -  Tok - Dawson City (2 nights) - Whitehorse (2 nights) - Haines Junction (2 nights) - Tok - Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs by car
Fairbanks - Denali National Park (2 nights) - Talkeetna - Anchorage - Seward - Anchorage by train

Money Saver

Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and save $500 on total package price!

Rates 2017

Available from May 28th to August 24th, 2017

From/to Anchorage
Clockwise

  • Double

    $5265 per person
    Booking Code GON412
  • Single

    $9435 per person
    Booking Code GON411
  • Triple

    $4015 per person
    Booking Code GON413

From/to Anchorage
Counterclockwise

  • Double

    $5265 per person
    Booking Code GON415
  • Single

    $9435 per person
    Booking Code GON414
  • Triple

    $4015 per person
    Booking Code GON416

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • Alaska Railroad tickets for Anchorage-Seward-Anchorage and Anchorage-Talkeetna-Denali-Fairbanks
  • 6 hour Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise
  • 6 to 8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park
  • White Pass & Yukon Railroad day excursion to Skagway
  • GoNorth 5-passenger SUV 4x4 with unlimited miles, standard Collision Damage Waiver* ($2000 deductible) and one-way fee. Gravel road permission included.
  • Detailed itinerary in English

*Additional VIP protection with glass and tire coverage  is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).

Money Saver

Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and save $500 on total package price!

Cancellation Policy

Up to 31 days before departure date 30%
30 - 21 days before departure date 50%
20 - 14 days before departure date 75%
13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %

If you want to extend your stay in Alaska, we do have some great add-ons for you!

GoldStar Service

Upgrade to GoldStar Service including meals on the scenic train ride from Anchorage to Seward and back.

Flightseeing

Discover the fantastic mountain and glacier world of Kluane National Park on a scenic flight

Glacier Hike

While in Kennicott/McCarthy, add a half or full day glacier hike on the Root Glacier.

Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Most Scenic Roads in Alaska and Yukon selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Discover Alaska and Yukon by Train & Car selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation. You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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