Alaska residents refer to their state as "the last frontier," and for good reason. The Alaska Railroad takes tourists through areas of the state where it's unlikely that human feet have ever trod. A whole different way of life exists in Alaska, one suited for those self-reliant types willing to turn their backs on much of the rest of society and tough it out through the brutally cold winters and remote locales. En route from Anchorage to Seward, Alaska Railroad passengers will see the Turnagain Arm, a spectacular ocean cove accessible only by rail, as well as glaciers, killer whales, and sea lions at Resurrection Bay. The second leg of the tour goes to Fairbanks, taking sightseers to Talkeetna, the model for the TV show Northern Exposure; Mount McKinley; and Denali National Park. Those willing to make the trip will be rewarded with dramatic scenery unlike anything in the lower 48, and it's a journey that few would be likely to forget. For the residents of the area, the ARR provides local passenger service and is a lifeline for those along the track, dropping off supplies and taking residents to towns where they can stock up on provisions. Loaded with archival railroad footage and interviews with Alaska residents, The Great Alaska Train Adventure is a fascinating look at the northernmost state, one that should hit home for railroad fans and the travel-minded alike. --Jerry Renshaw
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