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GROUP GROU P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Meghan Clemens, Alaska Railroad marketing communications man- ager. The railroad has seen "huge growth" in its Coastal Classic train, which departs from Anchorage and travels about 4.5 hours south to the coastal town of Seward. It parks there for about seven hours before returning that night, making it a popular day trip. But it also delivers "some of the most incredible scenery you'll see all along the rail belt," she said. Passengers will see three major glaciers and crashing waterfalls as the train rumbles along Turnagain Arm and through the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula. When the train pulls into the coastal town of Seward, it comes to a stop on the shores of Resurrection Bay, where travelers have easy access to whale- watching cruises and nearby Kenai Fjords National Park. Passengers are already starting to book tickets to celebrate Denali National Park's centennial in 2017. The Denali Star is the railroad's f lagship route; the George Parks Highway from Anchorage to Fairbanks wasn't even completed until 1971, so "we have a long history of being sort of the way to get to Denali National Park," Clemens said. The depot sits just outside the park, and all the area hotels, restaurants and tour vendors are "very train-guest friendly because, for a long time, the train was the only way to get there." "FOR A LONG TIME, THE TRAIN WAS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THERE" — MEGHAN CLEMENS A WHIS TLE S T OP AT AL ASK A'S SPENCER GL ACIER By J. Patrick Fisher Courtesy Alaska Railroad Beauty is always popping up at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Co ntact our Group Tour Manager Julie Pennington, (800) 766-4626 or, to plan your garden getaway. NOT YOUR GARDEN-VARIETY GARDENS

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