Rail & Cruise Packages
Ride the famed Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery Train along the shores of Turnagain Arm through the glacially carved Portage Valley. The tracks hug the side of the mountain while Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm create stunning views. For part of the journey, the rail tracks parallel the highway.
Upon reaching the Portage Valley, the train takes a different route through a series of small tunnels past rivers, mountains and glacier filled valleys. Travel through North America's longest shared tunnel on your way to Whittier, where your adventure awaits! Our cruise dock is just across the street from the Railroad Depot.
The Alaska Railroad schedule connects easily to the 26 Glacier Cruise and the Glacier Quest Cruise to create one-day adventures from Anchorage or Girdwood to Whittier.
Glacier Discovery rail schedule for Day Cruises:
9:45 AM Depart Anchorage Depot
10:45 AM Girdwood Rail Stop
12:05 PM Arrive Whittier
Connects to the 26 Glacier Cruise or the Glacier Quest Cruise.
6:45 PM Depart Whittier
7:40 PM Arrive Girdwood Rail Stop
9:14 PM Arrive Anchorage
* arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before departure.
Upon arrival to Whittier, please check in for your cruise. You'll see our ticket office with a yellow triangle sign on a red roof to your left as you approach the town. Our check-in booth is just a few steps away in the same lot by the Cliffside Marina which is where you'll receive your boarding card for the cruise.
After checking in, we invite you to explore the town of Whittier. Here are a few of our favorite stops:
- Drop by Lazy Otter for a coffee or salmon spread bagel.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Whittier Fudge Company
- Seeking some fresh fish or shrimp? Check out Fee's Custom Seafood.
- Buy a gift for friends and family back home from Log Cabin Gifts
- Have lunch or dinner at China Sea or Swiftwater Cafe
- Learn about WWII at the museum next to the Anchor Inn
- Stay or dine at the Inn at Whittier
- Stop by Wild Catch Cafe for Kaladi Coffee, breakfast or lunch
- Check out kayaking options with Alaska Sea Kayakers
- Watch the daily catch arrive in the small boat harbor
- Hike a trail, walk the harbor, or just sit and relax or read a book
After your cruise, you may wish to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, located at mile 79 on the Seward highway. This is a great place to view musk ox, moose, wood bison, caribou and even bears!