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“Beautiful trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of McKinley Explorer

McKinley Explorer
Fairbanks, AK
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Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Metairie, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We took the train from Fairbanks to Denali. The train was comfortable and the staff very attentive. The scenery was beautiful and the staff gave us a commentary on where we were and the high points. We had breakfast on the train and if you wanted it you could have reindeer sausage with your meal. The service was excellent, but being fat the seat was a little tight in the dining car. Well worth the money and time. This was part of our package.

Visited September 2013
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Naples, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Railroad Alaska ! WOW !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We LOVED the train ride ! So comfortable and we felt like royalty ! A must do when you're traveling in Alaska !

Visited September 2013
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Morganton, NC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Top Drawer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Again, I can't say enough about Holland America's organizational skills. This was our last leg of the cruise/land tour from Denali Nat'l. Park to Fairbanks and what an experience. Comfortable as my lazy-boy chair and the view was spectacular. Late afternoon sun shining on the changing leaves and sparkling on the rivers and lakes was awesome. Didn't eat a meal in the lower level dining room but our friends did. They said it was the best salmon they ever had. Did have a Bloody Mary made by Debbie at her bar in the front of our car and it was great; not too hot, just right. All in all a wonderful experience and I suggest a trip on a dome train if you've never tried it. This one is owned by HAL and part of our package deal.

Visited September 2013
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Spanaway, Washington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great train, delicious food, super staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The train is comfortable and well appointed. The dining is superb but I only gave 4 stars because it is difficult for a person using a cane to go down the narrow spiral staircase to reach the restrooms and dining. We were lucky enough to have a clear day and I was able to take gorgeous photos of Mt. McKinley as well as many other scenic views. The guides on each car are well versed in history and knowledgable about the area. They told us of things coming up that we might want to photo and let us know in advance when good vantage points were coming up. We rode the train from Seward to Anchorage where we stayed overnight, then to Denali Park. After our stay in Denali, we rode from Denali to Fairbanks on the train. It's a great way to see interior Alaska.

Visited September 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A High Point of Our Alaska Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The McKinley Explorer train cars are simply excellent. Extraordinary view, comfortable seating, nice restaurant in the lower level (with quite good food), quick service from the bar at the front of the car, and good commentary from the staff regarding surroundings. Logistics from Holland America were also done flawlessly regarding luggage transfer, transfers to and from the train, seat assignments, etc. The rides from Fairbanks to Denali, and from Denali to Anchorage were high points of our Alaska vacation.

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