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Phone Number: 503-292-5055
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Very Nice Train Ride

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. Very nice, scenic journey. Train was smooth and enclosed so no diesel order. Food was good but quite expensive and they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Lenoir, North Carolina
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This ten hour train ride takes some perseverance, good humor, distractions such as cards, and a trip to the club car because, really, the view is pretty but ten hours is a long ride. Know you are in it for the next destination, too, but bring your patience and fortitude along for the ride.

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. Very nice, scenic journey. Train was smooth and enclosed so no diesel order. Food was good but quite expensive and they accept no cash. Great way to travel in Alaska!

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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

After disembarking from our cruise ship in Whittier, we were excited to climb aboard the McKinley Explorer and venture into the wilderness. Everyone had pre-assigned seating in a spacious cabin with comfortable seats and plenty of room to move about. Each car had its own facilities and a dining car in the lower level, plus coffee/bar/snack service on the upper... More 

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ENGLEWOOD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was a continuation of a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska, and the train was something I wanted to experience. The McKinley Explorer was a great way to "close the distance" on the mountain. We had the wonderful experience of seeing the mountain almost the whole way--it was exceptionally clear and a very comfortable ride. We had breakfast and lunch... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Marcus was our guide and he was absolutely great. He stood the entire trip and talked the whole time and gave so much information. The train itself has nice seats that are roomy and comfortable. The food on the train in the dining car was good and the path the train went was so beautiful. Highly recommend this ride.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The views of the mountains from the dome cars are breathtaking. Seating is extremely comfortable and bar service at your seat while listening to the tour guide was entertaining. Lunch is served on the lower level as in a fine restaurant. Seeing the landscape go by through the large picture window as we sipped our wine and ate delicious sea... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali as part of our Holland America cruise package. • Great experience. Our coach guide, Samuel, was terrific. Very knowledgeable, friendly, approachable. Right balance of narration, quiet time. Saw black bear, beaver lodges, bald eagles. Dining car directly below domed coach in each car. Very good menu for breakfast or lunch. • Tip... More 

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful views on train ride to Denali national park from Anchorage and return. Had 3 different hosts as there were three legs of the trip. All the "hosts" were very informative. Service at lunch and for beverages was very good.

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Dayton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had a beautiful day and great views, but I'm not sure that we would've seen any less had we taken a bus to Denali instead of the train. And the bus ride would've been twice as fast. We purchased this as part of our Princess cruise. A couple of problems with the train. Due to the length of the... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

McKinley Explorer Glass Domed Train Whittier to Denali AK As part of our 8/09 Princess cruisetour we were abe to ride the McKinley Explorer from Whittier, Ak to Denali National Park & Preserve. For each person they limit baggage on the train to one carry-on per person, that can fit under your assigned seat. We used a small zippered canvas... More 

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