One of the best train rides on this planet is the Aurora Winter Train by Alaska Railroad. The train ride between Anchorage and Fairbanks is really impressive in all seasons, but especially in winter. Enjoy impressions from a 12 hour train ride through a spectacular Winter Wonderland.
The Aurora Winter Train also stops at the famous Denali National Park. If you want to take a break and explore the park, I can highly recommend a stay at the Denali Lakeview Inn. A cosy hotel right infront of a lake. The owners are absolutely lovely and the view is just amazing. A perfect place to do long winter hikes, to do ice skating or to enjoy the spectacular Northern Lights.
Another special place to stay is the Chena Hot Springs Resort, about 60 miles away from Fairbanks. This resort is located in one of the most impressive landscapes I`ve ever seen and it is the perfect place to enjoy the Winter Wonderland from a hot outdoor pool, served by natural hot springs. A lot of really great winter activities like dog sledding, aurora watching by snow coach, sunset hikes, e.t.c. are also available. Right next to the resort, you will find the Aurora Ice Museum, equipped with a , equipped with a and lots of ice sculptures. More pictures of this place can be found in my Chena Hot Springs Resort gallery.
Aurora Winter Train between Anchorage and Denali
Aurora Winter Train between Fairbanks and Denali