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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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This was the last segment of our Holland America tour (from Denali to Anchorage) and was pretty good

While we didn't see a lot of animals, the train does pass through a lot of Alaska's beautiful mountain scenery. We had good seats with the other members of our tour group. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

While we didn't see a lot of animals, the train does pass through a lot of Alaska's beautiful mountain scenery. We had good seats with the other members of our tour group. The narration was pretty corny but quite entertaining. To while away the time, we decided to eat lunch on the train and, even though the whole carriage cannot... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We had the misfortune to book the McKinley explorer on our Holland America trip to Alaska. Not only did we get lousy seats right opposite the stairs and elevator, so looking out of the right side of the coach was pointless, we also got the carriage that the AC did not work. The AC had to be shut off while... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The very roomy seats and the dome cars made this long seven and a half hour journey from Anchorage to Denali very enjoyable. Our carriage host was very entertaining with some rather lame, yet funny jokes as well as information about the animals and scenery we travelled along. The train even slowed to a crawl when moose were spotted quite... More 

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Part of our great Alaskan vacation. Very scenic ride through rugged country. Lots of water, waterfalls and trees. Really enjoyed the bears on the tracks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This was a great trip - well worth the cost. The tour person was informative and the ride just great. We were able to see so many great things too. We had lunch on board and not rushed. It was difficult if you had problems with stairs - they were narrow and spiral - hard to climb down. Lot of... More 

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Covington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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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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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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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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84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 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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