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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Ranked #4 of 35 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Larne, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

As part of our Holland Americe Line trip we took the McKinley Explorer train from Anchorage to Denali. We had previously gone by a "lesser" train from Seward to Anchorage (cramped seating and some facing the wrong direction) and would later travel by bus from Denali to Fairbanks. This was the best part of the 3 part trip. The train... More

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Seattle, WA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The McKinley Explorer was by far the best way to travel. We took a 10 hr. bus ride from Seward to Denali NP and the train back from Denali to Anchorage. The train was by far the better way to go. The seats are really comfortable, the food very good and it was wonderful to see the views from the... More

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Washington, DC
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319 reviews 319 reviews
71 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The scenery is wonderful. Should that affect the rating of the train itself? It’s debatable, but the service on the train was the equal of the view. The train staff worked very hard to provide whatever you wanted. Good commentary on the view, not too continuous or too intrusive.

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Detroit, Michigan USA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Took the McKinley Explorer train to Denali National Park. The ride takes place in a two level modern domed cars that are quite spacious. Upstairs the traveler can easily view the scenery including the possibility to spot moose and bear. On a good day you might be able to see Mount McKinley! The seats are very comfortable and the staff... More

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Horton, KS
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Comfortable ride in dome cars where you can see the sky and mountains along with the streams beside the track.. Moose and bear sometimes seen along the track. Meals served in the dining car in the lower section of the cars. Food is good, service is excellent.. Small collection of gift items available in each car. Drinks served if desired.... More

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