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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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Seattle, WA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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316 reviews 316 reviews
70 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took this train from Anchorage to Denail as part of our Holland America Tour. After Denali we continued to Fairbanks by motor coach. The train is much preferred in our opinion. Spacious seats, personable, friendly staff and tour guide. Food was Ok, very acceptable. Views were great for most part would definitely do it again.

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Mt Waverley Vic Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took the train to Denali. Nice dome cars providing excellent views however the overall scenery was not that great although the mountains were nice. We went downstairs for lunch which was nice and well catered for. Not much wildlife on the trip other than beavers constructing their dams. Service was gppd on train and well commentated.

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Columbia, SC
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Set your expectations. This is not a photo op. You may see some animals and other interesting things but you're moving way too fast get good pictures. It's also probably not your most scenic route (railroads rarely go through prime real estate.) You will see some beautiful mountains and interesting points of interest but most will be in the distance... More

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Arlington, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Leaving Denali Park we took the McKinley Explorer. Just like the pictures, the view is fantastic along with very comfortable seats. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and made it so much fun. We went downstairs for lunch. The food was good and reasonably priced. A group of us played cards outside the restaurant area. We saw Sarah Palin's childhood... More

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Hooksett NH
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132 reviews 132 reviews
30 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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