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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Ranked #3 of 37 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
60 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
28 helpful votes 28 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
9 helpful votes 9 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Bath, New Hampshire
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We rode the train from Denali to Anchorage. Saw lots of moose and even a black bear! Look for the Mushers Monument! Great service and commentary! Riding in the dome car felt so spacious!

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Phoenix, AZ
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Did a land+sea cruise and the McKinley Explorer was part of the trip back to Anchorage and then to Seward to join the ship. It was a very nice ride and our "car host" was very good. The train even slowed down when we spotted Black Bear. Very nice trip and very comfortable seats.

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