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This season, travelers can immerse themselves in the wonder of Alaska’s winters on the Alaska Railroad. And starting in February, travelers can hop aboard with the railroad’s new midweek winter service. 

The Alaska Railroad provides passengers a full Alaska winter experience. Onboard the railroad, passengers can comfortably enjoy the state’s most scenic snowy landscapes and disembark at stops for Alaska adventures like dogsledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more.

The railroad’s Aurora Winter Train travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks on weekends and will begin midweek service next month, providing passengers with more flexibility and travel options. From Anchorage, the train stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna, provides flagstop service along 50 miles of backcountry near Hurricane Gulch and stops in Healy and Nenana before arriving in Fairbanks. The Railroad is a unique way to travel between Alaska’s biggest cities, and midweek service is a great option for a quick trip or early weekend getaway. 

“Seeing Alaska by rail is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Dale Wade, vice president of marketing and customer service, in a press statement. “The Alaska Railroad gives passengers the chance to admire the beauty of Alaska and embark on authentic Alaska adventures around the state. Our trains, packages and midweek service offer an unforgettable Alaska winter experience.” 

Alaska Railroad passengers can extend their time on the train with multi- and single-day winter packages. Available in March, The Aurora is a weeklong experience that starts in Anchorage and ends in Fairbanks with excursions like flightseeing, dog sledding and northern lights tours offered along the way. 

Other winter packages include Winter Escape, Talkeetna Getaway, Denali in a Day and additional add-ons like museum tours and outdoor excursions. Prices range from less than $300 for a day trip and up to $1,600 for a multi-day package. 

The Alaska Railroad’s winter service operates on weekends and select midweek dates until May 2022.

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