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McKinley Explorer

Address: Fairbanks, AK
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Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
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Melbourne, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

我们很喜欢由Holland America 组织的車箱,88个座位在高高的二层,楼下是有歺室44个位,2个洗手间. 中午轮流下去用歺. 每个車箱有自己的导游讲解和调酒员. 早上9点半从Anchorge 出发,下午4.30pm 到达Denail 国家公园站. 26.08.2014 Today we met in the lobby of the hotel at 8.45 am and we were bussed to the train station or depot as it is called here. The train consisted of a diesel locomotive and 8 domed carriages, most owned by Holland America, we sat in row 9, the carriage... More 

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Corydon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The beauty of Alaska is somewhat showcased on the Explorer. Its a comfortable ride through the wilderness with a ringside seat to enjoy the show. The domed cars allow for maximum viewing pleasure. They even have an elevator for those who need it. White linen tablecloths and silverware compliment the dining experience. Wonderful experience.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Great service, photo ops. Food not so great. Upgraded to glass-top cars, but any seat allows good views. Especially enjoyed the private open car area. Got hundreds of great pictures until it got too cold.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
60 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

When we were back in Wisconsin, one of our friends noted to us to try and get the first car behind the engine, as you view to the forward is over the engine, and if you get a car behind the first, your forward view is spoiled as you are looking at the back of the forward dome car. I... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Loved the day trip in the glass top train through Alaska countryside. Beautiful scenery, delicious food. All very nice.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We very much enjoyed this day's ride from Denali to Anchorage. The weather cleared that morning so the scenery was spectacular. I spent a large part of the trip on the outdoor platform since the plexiglass dome windows distorted the photographs too much. Still, it was a very scenic relaxing way to travel.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip. We were fortunate to visit Alaska just at the fall colors were popping and the rain had stopped! The McKinley Explorer allowed us a bird's eye view of this spectacular sight.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a beautiful domed car. Breakfast and drinks (and souvenirs of course) were available. The car had a tour guide, bartender and waiters. The windows allowed clear viewing of the landscape and the trained eye of the guide pointed out animals and places of interest. While traveling between Fairbanks and Denali the weather changed from sunny to a snow shower!... More 

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Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I cannot begin to say how absolutely stunning the colors of all the trees from Anchorage through Denal National Park! Every shade of yellow, orange, red, green with the contrasting black pines were truly a sight to behold that I will never forget. The train was very comfortable with huge dome windows that give you a tremendous view. We had... More 

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Forestburgh, New York
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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was such a beautiful train ride from Denali to Talkeetna. The glass dome cars were clean and the views lovely. The food in the lower dining car was very good. The service was pleasant. Our first view of Mt McKinley(Denali) was breath taking. It was easy to take wonderful photos. I highly recommend this mode of transportation through such... More 

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