Based in Anchorage, the Alaska Railroad travels 500 miles of main line from Seward to Fairbanks, with spurs to Whittier and Palmer. Together with John Hall’s Alaska tours, travelers can explore the remote Alaskan interior via train, plane, bus and boat. This view is from the observation car as the train heads south from Anchorage to Whittier along the scenic Turnagain Arm.
The world-famous parade known as Mardi Gras is part of a week-long festival of street celebrations, floats and beads-galore. The city-wide event takes place every year before the season of Lent. Mardi Grad, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday -- the final day of Carnival. Visitors come from all over to be a part of the festivities, and for many locals, it is the most anticipated event of the year.
Take in Canada’s great outdoors aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. This fleet of 60 railcars offers passengers a choice of 4 breathtaking routes: 3 train routes through British Columbia to Alberta, Banff or Jasper and a fourth from Vancouver to Whistler. In 2013, a new route connects Seattle to the Canadian Rockies -- all aboard for the Coastal Passage!
The library’s main building downtown is a work of art worth wandering, even if you aren’t into libraries. In addition to books, the Nashville Public Library offers a superb line-up of free programming that includes music in its courtyard, puppet shows for children, author talks, films and more.