Although seeing Mt. Denali in the sunlight was a highlight of our trip, the other views were also amazing.
There was more of the fireweed in the open areas along the tracks.
The town of Sherman has a City Hall and a Bookstore. I saw no other indication of a town.
The sub-alpine meadows were near peak color.
Here are the engines as we make a turn. You can get an exterior view of the railcars, too.
Here comes the southbound train.
The highest point on all the Alaska Railroad is only 2363 feet in elevation. One of the reasons Mt. Denali is so spectacular is the huge difference between the lowlands around it and it peak at 20,310 feet.
How would you like to stay here for the summer?
Before we get to Denali Park, I’d like to introduce our tour guide, Julia. She kept us entertained and informed of what was coming around the next bend. Thanks, Julia.
I high recommend taking the train to Denali if you get the chance. It was comfortable with great views and good food. (I had the soup.) From here we were transported to the McKinley Chalet Resort, also owned by Holland America. I’ll show you some of that in the next post.