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

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Best train ride!

We rode from Fairback down to Anchorage, stopping for a day at Denali. Sitting in the upper deck of the car, it was like a real life travel show...we just kelp looking out the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
Bubblehead_John
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Covington, Kentucky
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Covington, Kentucky
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We rode from Fairback down to Anchorage, stopping for a day at Denali. Sitting in the upper deck of the car, it was like a real life travel show...we just kelp looking out the windows! Dinner was very nice (if a bit pricey), we would take this train again in a heatbeat. I can't think of a better way to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

我们很喜欢由Holland America 组织的車箱,88个座位在高高的二层,楼下是有歺室44个位,2个洗手间. 中午轮流下去用歺. 每个車箱有自己的导游讲解和调酒员. 早上9点半从Anchorge 出发,下午4.30pm 到达Denail 国家公园站. 26.08.2014 Today we met in the lobby of the hotel at 8.45 am and we were bussed to the train station or depot as it is called here. The train consisted of a diesel locomotive and 8 domed carriages, most owned by Holland America, we sat in row 9, the carriage... More 

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Corydon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The beauty of Alaska is somewhat showcased on the Explorer. Its a comfortable ride through the wilderness with a ringside seat to enjoy the show. The domed cars allow for maximum viewing pleasure. They even have an elevator for those who need it. White linen tablecloths and silverware compliment the dining experience. Wonderful experience.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Great service, photo ops. Food not so great. Upgraded to glass-top cars, but any seat allows good views. Especially enjoyed the private open car area. Got hundreds of great pictures until it got too cold.

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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75 reviews 75 reviews
60 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

When we were back in Wisconsin, one of our friends noted to us to try and get the first car behind the engine, as you view to the forward is over the engine, and if you get a car behind the first, your forward view is spoiled as you are looking at the back of the forward dome car. I... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Loved the day trip in the glass top train through Alaska countryside. Beautiful scenery, delicious food. All very nice.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We very much enjoyed this day's ride from Denali to Anchorage. The weather cleared that morning so the scenery was spectacular. I spent a large part of the trip on the outdoor platform since the plexiglass dome windows distorted the photographs too much. Still, it was a very scenic relaxing way to travel.

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Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip. We were fortunate to visit Alaska just at the fall colors were popping and the rain had stopped! The McKinley Explorer allowed us a bird's eye view of this spectacular sight.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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