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Best train journeys in North America

June 6, 2012, 7:08 p.m.
Bartlett Glacier and Coastal Classic train

Photo: Glenn Aronwits/Alaska Railroad

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Coastal Classic

Rail riders will find plenty of scenery along the other routes in this article, but nothing can compare to a trip along the tracks that run through Alaska. Perhaps the most scenic of the 49th state's show-stealing rail routes is the Coastal Classic, a 114-mile journey between Anchorage and the coastal town of Seward. This line skirts a highway for part of the journey, but then breaks off into wild, roadless, uninhabited landscapes. Alaska’s rugged coastal mountains, forests and glaciers punctuate this wilderness rail journey. In a state that is usually characterized by bush planes and lonesome highways, the Coastal Classic provides a unique ride.