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McKinley Explorer

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Address: , Fairbanks, AK
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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Wonderful ride

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Meridian, Idaho
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Meridian, Idaho
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

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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Maitland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We used the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. Great Ride with beautiful scenery and very attentive staff. Emma was our in-car bar attendant and Ben was our in-car tour guide. They were excellent! We had amazing views of Denali for most of the trip. The cars were spotless, the dome was great for viewing and we had an excellent... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a 7-hour train ride from Anchorage to Denali which was part of a Holland America tour. Seating is pre-assigned and very comfortable. The car had high domed windows so we could see in every direction. Our tour guide/attendant was Ryan and he did a superb job of entertaining and educating us. Snacks could be purchased from our seats.... More 

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Seven hour ride from Anchorage to Denali as part of Holland America tour. HAL owns the rail cars, Alaska railroad provides locomotion. Carts are double decker with dining below and sightseeing above in comfortable seats with clear dome overhead and at sides. Tom H was our narrator and did an excellent job. Good stories, knows a lot about Alaskan history... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We all loved the train ride. The seats were so comfortable, our guide/attendant/helpful at everything person was Miss Gail and she did a wonderful job. She pointed out all the attractions, knew lots of Alaskan history and had interesting and often humorous anecdotes to share with us. The views along the way from the windows and dome was amazing. Even... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Better than expected. We went from Denali to Anchorage. The seats were comfortable. The views are extraordinary. Just amazing to see the scenery change from the wilderness of Denali to the forests of Anchorage. All the views are spectacular. Service was very good. My son was in a wheelchair and the staff were so helpful in making this a great... More 

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York, PA
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83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali, a bit over 7 hour ride. The coaches were roomy, there were double high windows throughout the coach, which allowed for spectacular views wherever you sat. Wildlife sightings are "catch as catch can" , depends on time of day, weather and season of the year. There are no guarantees of course.... More 

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