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Whittier, AK
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Fantastic

What a fantastic train ride and the staff were so accommodating. This is an exciting way to travel... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2018
Xanerin
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Alice Springs, Australia
Great train ride

Great way to see the Alaskan landscape, Huge carriage with large picture windows. Great commentary... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2017
geoffa007
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Adelaide, Australia
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Whittier, AK
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

What a fantastic train ride and the staff were so accommodating. This is an exciting way to travel with beautiful views, great food to purchase, dining room beneath your carriage, complete bar, super clean toilets and comfy seats. You could not ask for more.

Thank Xanerin
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Great way to see the Alaskan landscape, Huge carriage with large picture windows. Great commentary and drinks and snacks to your seat. Dining room underneath. All facilities and with the commentary you never miss anything. Highly recommended but do the land portion before your cruise.

Thank geoffa007
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

This was part of our Holland America Tour, we had reserved seats in a glass domed carriage, you can have breakfast and lunch downstairs in the dining area if you wish. the seats are comfortable and spacious and there was a bar area at the...More

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

This train ride was part of our land and sea trip booked through Holland America. The train was great. We had reserved seats upstairs in the dome car so, if you went downstairs to eat or use the restroom, you did not have to fear...More

Thank Charlotte M
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

We traveled by rail to Talkeetna from Whittier on the Wilderness Rail with Princess Cruises. The train was comfortable and the tour guide (Perooza) was very knowledgeable. Along the way we saw plenty of wildlife from Beluga Whales to Dall Sheep. The train sold snacks...More

Thank Wendy F
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

We boarded the train to travel from Whittier to Denali and absolutely loved it! So much stunning scenery along the way, very spacious legroom compared to other forms of travel such as plane or bus, bartender that serves you at your seat, as well as...More

Thank KATHRYN B
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

We rode the McKinley Explorer dome from Talkeetna to Denali. The views, especially of Mount McKinley, were breataking and awesome, since the 2nd tier of the train is mostly enclosed with glass/plastic, allowing the riders to experience the scenery. We did not see any wildlife:...More

Thank Zacass
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

We traveled by train from Whitter to Denali after leaving the ship. We were extremely lucky to be traveling on a sunny day and had great views of the mountains and other vistas. We even saw Denali which was a highlight! The glass domed cars...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

This was a long train trip. There was not a great deal of room on the train but there was a bistro carriage where you could go and relax. In your designated carriage you could order a selection of refreshments. They did give you information...More

Thank Sadunne
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Reviewed September 22, 2016

We recently took the train from Anchorage to Denali. Everything about this trip was first rate. The views on this 6+ hour ride were beyond belief with every passenger having a great view in the dome cars. The train staff were very informative, helpful and...More

Thank James V
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SuZQ234
November 15, 2017|
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Response from Wendy F | Reviewed this property |
The bathrooms on the train are similar to an airline bathroom, just a bit larger.
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Shrabantee
July 4, 2016|
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Response from Tony C | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don't know!
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popsharon
March 2, 2016|
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Response from Robert v | Reviewed this property |
not inside the vista cars but there are open air platforms where it is allowed. this is also the best place to take pictures
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