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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
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Hooksett NH
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125 reviews 125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We took the Explorer train from Fairbanks to Denali as the start of our 11 day Alaska land trip. We were in the dome car up top and the view was great. We saw 6-8 moose on the 4 hour trip. The service was excellent. We had lunch in the dining car and it was nicely prepared.

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Troy, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The tour guide was great and the views were fantastic. The time on the train was long, but it felt like it went quicker than it was due to the fun. Every train car had bar and food service. We didn't eat but did enjoy drinks. We bought the mile guide and it was great to have and track where... More

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Medina, Ohio
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

if you travel on the Alaska train in a dome car, don't forget your sun-hat and sunglasses. The food in the dining car was very good too. Tasty and a fair price. If you like soda pop get it from there instead of your seat. The train car was clean and the seats were comfortable high-back padded type. The A/C... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The McKinley Explorer was very comfortable. We did not choose to eat but noted others enjoyed their meals. The coach was immaculate when we arrive. We were kept informed of arrival time (due to an emergency)

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The dome/dining car from Denali to Anchorage is a must do. There were no dull moments on this magnificent ride.

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Oneonta, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We booked this train as a part of a Holland America package and traveled from Denali to Anchorage. It was absolutely wonderful. The train is so beautiful and the facilities are great. Equipped with good bathrooms and a dining car for meals. The seats were roomy with lots of leg room. The glass ceilings allowed for an incredible view along... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We traveled on the McKinley Explorer for the 8 hour trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage. It was part of our tour with Holland America. The train was gorgeous! We had individual seats with lots of leg room. The cars were almost all glass for maximum viewing. There was limited seating in the downstairs dining area and service was not fast,... More

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Ripley, West Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The views were beautiful. The staff on the train were very helpful and friendly. This was by far the best transportation of the trip.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We love trains so much that we have even been on the Glacier Express! Of course we did the White Pass Rail trip, so I was a bit unsure of what to expect on the McKinley Explorer. We all had great fun, and were happy that the train slowed down and even stopped at one point for wildlife sightings! We... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Awesome flight around Mt Mckinley from K2 Avation. Smooth ride---no dipping or quick turns to upset a stomach. Unfortunatly for us the day was overcast at higher elevation so we didn't get to see the mountain top; however the views of glaciers, rivers and Denali National Park were breathtaking.

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