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McKinley Explorer

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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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Comfortable & Scenic Ride

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
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McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 84 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 8 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 162 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 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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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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 109 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 221 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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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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Address: Fairbanks, AK
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks

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