When visiting Alaska, some travelers prefer to go by train or ship to avoid the inconvenience of driving or to enjoy a unique travel experience. Many combination and individual packages are available, with one-way rail tickets starting under $100, while cruise and train trips cap at around $1700 (as of 2010).
The Alaskan Rails
Alaska has more than 450 miles of track, reaching major attractions such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali National Park. Trains feature a dome car with glass ceiling to better appreciate the boundless wildlife and scenery. Packages are available around the coast and up into the mainland.
Some companies offer multiple cruise/train travel options, which differ in length and locations. Almost all tours feature national parks and coastal tours, and optional excursions such as canoeing and dog sledding. Ten- to 14-day cruises cost about $1,600 per passenger (in 2010). Book early to save money and guarantee a seat.
Many commercial cruise lines offer packages to Alaska. If you're planning to travel by ship and train, look into booking seven- to nine-day cruises leaving from Vancouver, Canada or Seward, Alaska. Often websites will offer correlating rail information as well.