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“Great ride”
Review of McKinley Explorer

Ranked #18 of 99 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Bedford, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great ride”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We enjoyed this very much. We were assigned a table on the upper level, and there was beverage service in our car. We chose to get breakfast on the train, and were taken to the lower level for this. The food was delicious and it was fun to eat on the train. The only negative was that the view was pretty uninspiring until we got close to Denali. Eat early in the trip so you will be up top for the last leg.

Visited August 2012
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New Albany, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Lots of fun!”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I rode this train from Anchorage to Denali NP as part of a Holland America tour. I found it to be a fantastic introduction to Alaska's scenery and history before getting to Denali. I highly recommend getting outside of the car to the smoking area so you can feel the breeze and get some good pictures of the mountains.

Visited July 2012
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Wilmington, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
514 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Neat Experience”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Liked riding on the train. Had a pushy bartender that expected us to drink. Some of the tour guides were a bit corny. It's aboutt he only way to get around. Beautiful view.

Visited July 2012
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Varazze, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Excellent viewing”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Great glass domed cars! Takes you though some really beautiful areas. Take it from Fairbanks to Anchorage if you can.

Visited August 2012
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Perth, Western Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Train Journey”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

With the glass top of the train the views were unrestricted and awesome. The information relayed to us during the journey was very informative and the staff very friendly.

Visited May 2012
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