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Address: Whittier, AK
Phone Number: 503-292-5055

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Our first train ride in many many years

Our first mode of transportation after leaving the ship. We headed from the ship to the train for our interior Alaskan adventure. Great time. Lots of information shared by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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272 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first mode of transportation after leaving the ship. We headed from the ship to the train for our interior Alaskan adventure. Great time. Lots of information shared by the tour guides which was one per car. Having cocktails and traveling via train in Alaska was awesome. It was bumpy but well worth it. Approx. 5 hrs to our first... More 

Thank txlnstr
Calgary, Canada
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667 reviews
350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelling by train with beautfiul views of mountains and vistas of the Alaskan landscape was definitely a highlight of our trip. We loved the glass domed cars. Our guide was funny and provided some entertainment along with interesting facts about Alaska. Although a little long, the train journey was still the best way to get from the Denali Park to... More 

Thank seetheworld2014
Bonita Springs, Florida
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468 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of our Princess Cruise sea-land trip we took the 1st class coach from Whittier to Denali. What a super ride. Seats were in the upper observation car. The dinning room was below us and served a variety of great food. There was a well stocked bar in the observation car with an attentive bar tender. Our tour guide,... More 

Thank Scott W
Vero Beach, Florida
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309 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

A group of us from Princess Cruise, as part of our land and sea Alaska trip, took this train from Denali to Talkeetna. It took about 5-6 hours having lunch in the dining car. The sounds and sights were spectacular along the way. Photo opportunities of the mountains, bridges, rivers, rail and towns were incredible. A guide narrated every landmark... More 

Thank Tony C
Battle, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Our luggage went on ahead so there was plenty of leg room for this 9 hour trip. We had the freedom to move around and stand on the foot plate for photo opportunities. Like the Rocky Mountaineer the seating was upstairs in a glass domed carriage and dining was downstairs. Unlike the Rocky Mountaineer we had to pay for food... More 

Thank Felicity O
Troutdale, Oregon
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

==We took the McKinley Explorer from Whittier to Denali, about 9 hours. It was in late August 2015. At this time of year it can be a hit-n-miss as to whether you will see the top of the snow capped peaks because of the transition to fall/winter but the colors are spectacular almost like being in the northeast U.S. ==The... More 

Thank Robert v
Meadville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We had a great trip, our tour guide we great, she was funny and very informative. During our trip we saw fantastic landscape and a lot of wildlife. The train was very comfortable, we had the ability to go anywhere on the train, so you could stretch your legs and go from the front of the train behind the engine... More 

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Austin, Texas
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91 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

This ten hour train ride takes some perseverance, good humor, distractions such as cards, and a trip to the club car because, really, the view is pretty but ten hours is a long ride. Know you are in it for the next destination, too, but bring your patience and fortitude along for the ride.

Thank Melyndakl
Lenoir, North Carolina
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76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. Very nice, scenic journey. Train was smooth and enclosed so no diesel order. Food was good but quite expensive and they accept no cash. Great way to travel in Alaska!

Thank Edgar W
Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

After disembarking from our cruise ship in Whittier, we were excited to climb aboard the McKinley Explorer and venture into the wilderness. Everyone had pre-assigned seating in a spacious cabin with comfortable seats and plenty of room to move about. Each car had its own facilities and a dining car in the lower level, plus coffee/bar/snack service on the upper... More 

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