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McKinley Explorer

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Address: Fairbanks, AK
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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From Denali to Anchorage

Our experience on the McKinley Explorer was 8/15/15. It was part of our Holland America land/cruise trip. This was our transfer from Denali/McKinley Chalet to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
chris45ny
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Colden, New York
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Colden, New York
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144 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience on the McKinley Explorer was 8/15/15. It was part of our Holland America land/cruise trip. This was our transfer from Denali/McKinley Chalet to Anchorage/Anchorage Hilton. A coach picked us up at the main lodge, McKinley Chalet at 9:15 am to take us to the Denali Depot. Holland America had assigned us our rail car-#1055 Nenana and seats-18a and... More 

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Montgomery, New York
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Loved this little train. Comfy, clean, and spacious seating atop the dining car with excellent viewing windows. Both breakfast and lunch were 5-star dining! Well stocked and tended bar, snacks, and even a few souvenirs. Professional and friendly staff provided interesting facts and stories along the scenic ride from Anchorage to Denali. Highly recommended!

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Horsham, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

To be greeted like 5 year olds when we hd to repeat "Good morning, Miss Gail" and then to hear her life story. The food was great. Her assistant was diplomatic, knowledgeable, considerate, professional and needs to replace miss gail. The woman could not even run the heating system. Not all the failings were on her shoulders (just most). The... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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132 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A great train ride .. had breakfast on the train ... good commentary on board. Andrew is awesome on drinks .. all staff friendly. The country scenery is everchanging and yellow fall colors lovely.

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Union, Kentucky
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We traveled on the McKinley Explorer train with a Holland cruise - transferring from Denali to Anchorage. The train was great - the top level was for riding and had a glass (or plastic) top so you could see the surrounding area much better than you would normally. The bottom level was for eating. The food was okay - they... More 

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Brilliant experience, very comfortable, great staff and good food in restaurant. Views were spectacular.

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Meridian, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We had a great time riding the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. The dome cars are comfortable with a great view on all sides. The only downside is that it is not a great trip for photography.

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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After arriving in Anchorage the day before, this 7-hour train ride was our first travel day from Anchorage to Denali as part of a Holland America trip. What a fun way to travel to Denali - in a glass domed train with excellent view of the Alaska wilderness and Denali. We really enjoyed Ryan who served as our travel guide... More 

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93 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali. We were lucky as it was a clear, sunny, warm day. We enjoyed the history and area lesson along the way. We enjoyed breakfast in the dining car, some adult beverages while standing out in the open area of the train with breathtaking scenery. Our teenager enjoyed an amazing dessert. We were... More 

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Thomasville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have visited Alaska several times and driven the Denali-Anchorage road. This was a new and delightful new experience for me and my sister, taking the train. I am very happy I was able to make this trip and in beautiful weather too. The seats were pre-assigned, but there is no bad place to sit. The train and seating is... More 

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