Planning your Alaska train trip

 
LA Times | Travel
 

GETTING THERE From LAX, Alaska and Delta offer nonstop service to Anchorage. US Airways offers direct service (stop, no change of planes). Alaska, Delta, Frontier and United offer connecting flights (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $813. RAIL CONNECTION The Alas...

By Chris Erskine // 07.16.08
 

GETTING THERE

From LAX, Alaska and Delta offer nonstop service to Anchorage. US Airways offers direct service (stop, no change of planes). Alaska, Delta, Frontier and United offer connecting flights (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $813.

RAIL CONNECTION

The Alaska Railroad offers many rail, hotel and sightseeing combos, or you can arrange them separately. Basic rail fare for the Seward-to-Anchorage leg of the trip costs $69 one way. Anchorage to Fairbanks costs $155. Children's fares are about half that; (800) 544-0552, www.alaskarailroad.com.

WHERE TO STAY

Historic Anchorage Hotel, 330 E. St., Anchorage; (800) 544- 0988, www.historicanchoragehotel.com. Twenty-six elegant rooms in a good downtown location. Doubles from $215 (excluding the 12% hotel tax).

Denali Crow's Nest, P.O. Box 70, Denali National Park; (888) 917-8130, www.denalicrowsnest.com. Clean little cabins with great views in an out-of-the-way location one mile from the park entrance. Doubles from $199.

WHERE TO EAT

Thorn's Showcase Lounge, 208 4th St., Seward; (907) 224-3700. Locals and tourists like this no-frills bar-restaurant for drinks, lunch and dinner. Meals from about $8.

Silvertip Grill, Girdwood Town Square, Girdwood; (907) 250-1474, www.silvertipgrill.com. A loud, friendly joint with a good selection of beers and an interesting menu. Sandwiches from $7. Where else are you going to give reindeer lasagna a try ($15)?