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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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Fairbanks, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Enjoyable, relaxing ride to and from Denali with my 6 year old granddaughter. The food was good for the price. The scenery was beautiful. Would only go one way next time. Saw moose, sheep and ground squirrels.

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Lebanon, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The McKinley Explorer dome topped train from Anchorage to Denali National Park was a breathtaking 8 hour adventure. Every glimpse out of the windows was more fantastic than the last. The mountains, the forests, the rivers, the streams and water falls, and the wildlife made the trip one that will be fondly remember for many years to come.

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Poquoson, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I bought a Northern Lights discount book and they have BOGO. But I would also recommend visiting the Gray Line of Alaska Website http://www.graylinealaska.com/denali-rail-packages.cfm due to they sometimes have specials that are cheaper than the coupon. The coupon is only for the train ride but the special is for the train and a hotel! This is a great ride. Going... More

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