Alaska's Inside Passage travel blog

Today our journey takes us from Denali to Talkeetna by rail. We want to see Denali National Park Visitor Center, so we check out of our room and take one of the shuttle buses over to the Visitor Center. The rail station is right across the street, so that makes it easy.

Princess had their own rail cars, as does Royal Caribbean and Holland, as they are pulled by the Alaska Railroad. We board and are herded up to the top deck which has the curved glass windows so you can see everything.

After we get started, the bartender takes our orders and the hostess comes around and finds out how many will be eating in the dining area on the first level. Then she starts bringing a few people down at a time to eat. We had the Salmon BLT which was very good. So far on the trip as a whole, I have had salmon fixed every imaginable way, which is fine with me. I can't get enough salmon.

As we have a very enjoyable, stress-free, 4-hour ride down to Talkeetna, motor coaches are waiting to take us the 1-hour trip to Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge. When we get there, we are surprised to see a clear view of Mt McKinley. The cameras come out and we have about a 20 minute window of snapping away. We got some great shots in that small amount of time and really feel fortunate as we are told only about 20% of the people ever get to see all of McKinley.

This is another fantastic Princess property and the Great Room and deck look out toward the mountain. We have supper and retire for the evening.

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