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Alaska, Rail, 5 Nights, From $797

This package is perfect for those who really want to get close to Alaska's one-of-a-kind scenery.

mountains and scenery in Alaska

This Alaska travel package includes two nights right outside Denali National Park. 

(Courtesy Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire/Wikimedia Commons)

The Real Deal Vacation package to Alaska includes two nights in Anchorage at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek (first and last night in Alaska), one night at Talkeetna Cabins, two nights just outside Denali National Park in Denali Cabins, transportation between cities on Alaska Railroad's scenic Denali Star Train (Adventure Class), from $797 per person, including all taxes and fees.

When Sept. 1-9, 2012 ($797); add $62 for Jun. 1 – Aug. 31, 2012 ($859).

The Fine Print Airfare to and from Alaska is not included. A recent Kayak search found the lowest airfare in late May from New York City to Anchorage starting at $581 (Alaska Airlines), from $729 from Atlanta (American Airlines), and from $375 from L.A. (Alaska Airlines)Entrance fees to Denali National Park cost an additional $10 per person for stays up to seven days, although those under age 15 are free. Taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $519. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Alaska Railroad, 800/544-0552, Alaskarailroad.com.

Why It's a Deal It would normally cost $212 per person including taxes for two nights at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek, $88 per person without taxes for one night at the Talkeetna Cabins, and $90 per person without taxes for two nights in the Denali Cabins, plus another $70 per adult for train travel between Anchorage and Talkeetna, $85 per adult for train travel between Talkeetna and Denali, and $146 per adult for train travel from Denali back to Anchorage. You'd be paying $691 for accommodation and rail travel alone. For just $106 more than that, this vacation package gives you all that, as well as all taxes and fees. 

More Several optional tours are available, including tickets to the Anchorage Native Heritage Center for $25 per person, a Talkeetna Lake Hike for $59 per person, and a wide range of rafting and river adventure tours in Denali starting from $89 per person.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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