Pros: The shuttle portion was alright
Cons: Every aspect of the train ride, very very boring
Tips: Bring a snack if possible. There isn’t much time to stock up before you get on the train and the options in the little shop are limited and over priced. If you’re from a warm climate and not used to cold, bundle up. They won’t turn on the heat, even if you ask.
We found this trip very boring and not all that scenic. There were a few decent photo ops (very few) but overall, not worth the hours on a veeeerrrrryyyyyy slow moving train. The lunch stop was also way too long, as we (personally) didn’t find the things they offered to do all that interesting. We are more the type of people that enjoying doing things, than just putting around in a train; however, after reading so much about the absolutely amazing scenery, we decided it was worth it. We were wrong. We saw much more impressive scenery from the balcony of our cruise cabin.
I found the shuttle ride up far more enjoyable than the train ride down. I liked being able to stop the various signs (Welcome to the Yukon, etc) and getting some historical facts/stories. Plus at least the shuttle was warm!
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