Travel You Can See the Northern Lights From This Alaska Train — and It's Adding More Rides Next Month
Where to See the Northern Lights in the Contiguous United States
Bookmark these seven U.S. getaways outside Alaska for your next aurora-hunting adventure.If and when the conditions are right, you can catch auroras in most northern-border states such as Maine or Montana. And catching the lights here isn’t merely a pipe dream: In early October 2021, northern lights painted the skies from New Hampshire to Glacier National Park. One month before that, aurora hunters caught them in North Dakota. And they danced as low as Muskegon, Michigan, in the spring.
Combining theand the unspoiled winter serenity of Alaska's backcountry, travels nearly 350 miles on a 12-hour journey between Anchorage and Fairbanks, passing through some of the most stunning landscapes in country. And there will soon be more opportunities to hop on board as the from Feb. 14 through Mar. 25. Currently, only the weekend route with northbound service on Saturdays and southbound on Sundays is running; this route started back up in September and runs through May 8, 2022.
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The winter months are prime time to experience the 49th state's snow-capped scenery, whether sitting back in the train's warm comfort to take in views through the large picture windows, or hopping off at one of the stops for adventures like dog-sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or even. The midweek service offers more opportunities to spot aurora borealis with northbound services on select Tuesdays and Thursdays and southbound on select Wednesdays and Fridays during the six-week period.
This winter train trip — which holds the— departs Anchorage with stops in Wasilia and Talkeetna before providing flag stop service on 50 miles of the backcountry, including Chase, Curry, Sherman, Gold Creek, Canyon, Twin Bridges, Hurricane, and Denali. Finally, it stops in Healy and Nenana before pulling into Fairbanks. Along the way, passengers can spot wildlife like moose, and on clear days, they might even catch a glimpse of Denali above the Susitna River. While the route is the same as the one follows in the summer, the seasonality paints a whole new mesmerizing landscape — and the winter months are a much better time to catch the northern lights.
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"The Alaska Railroad gives passengers the chance to admire the beauty of Alaska and embark on authentic Alaska adventures around the state," Alaska Railroad's vice president of marketing and customer service Dale Wade said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure, calling it an "unforgettable Alaska winter experience."
To further lean into the season, Alaska Railroad also offers, with both one- and multi-day options. The six-night journey ($1,545 per person) starts in Anchorage with overnights in Talkeetna and Fairbanks, dog sled and aurora borealis tours, and a trip to Chena Hot Springs. Also available are packages like the one-night ($289 per person), daylong ($315 per person), and overnight ($445 per person).
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