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“Felt Like a Glass Oven!!”
Review of McKinley Explorer

McKinley Explorer
Ranked #19 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.
Tampa, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Felt Like a Glass Oven!!”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

The power was on and off throughout our 6 hour trip. We baked in the glass oven. It was a long and boring trip. We rode the White Pass Railroad in Juneau and that was gorgeous. Not sure what all the great reviews are about. 6 hours+ and 2 minutes of great scenery. The restaurant was kind of gross too. The server gave our food to the wrong table and then gave it to us after the other table had their fingers all over it. Needless to say, we went hungry on this trip. Our narrator read from card the whole trip and had difficulty reading. I would pay the extra and fly or take the bus.

Visited June 2014
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Waterloo, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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“Train ride through the wilderness - Do you really want to do this?”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

Anchorage to Denali on the train for 6 hours. The seats are like benches that do not lean back and you have to share a table with strangers. We really did not see much and would take the bus next time. If you want to see the mountain, I'd take the White pass & Yukon Route in Skagway. We shared a turkey club and it was tasty even at $12.00. That is the going rate in the north. There also seemed to be a lot of sales pitches for goods like coins.

Visited May 2014
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Loveland, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“good experience”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The train to Denali was clean, new, comfortable and the food was good too. Overall a nice trip. I would book this again in a minute. You won't regret it

Visited May 2014
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Wichita, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Love this train!”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We rode the McKinley Explorer to Denali from Anchorage. It's about an eight hour trip and although it's a bit tiring towards the end, it's a great ride. The equipment is clean and very well maintained from what we experienced. The young people serving us were very knowledgeable and ready for any questions. We ate in the dining section of the car and the food was very good. They cook it right there in the little galley.The smell of the food cooking below will drive you crazy till you get some. The passenger seating is all in the top of the car under a totally glassed in dome and there isn't a bad seat there. The scenery is pretty spectacular. It was part of a Holland America cruise tour so all we had to do was get on and enjoy.

Visited May 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Anchorage to Denali - Awesome!”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

My friends and I traveled from Anchorage to Denali on this 7.5-hour trip. Best train trip EVER! The cars are Glass-Domed. The tour guide was very nice and provided lots of historical information as we traveled. Luggage: You may stow two bags and have one carry-on per person as long as it fits under your assigned seat. Our luggage was delievered directly to our rooms once we arrived, it was waiting on us in our room.

For lunch, they seat you at an assigned table. If you are traveling with a group they seat you all in the same area. I would recommend going as soon as they offer, as we waited and had a long wait before they came and got us. Lunch was DELICIOUS! I had the Cubano sandwich. Wish I had one now. There's also a bar on the car if you are interested in snacks/drinks.

The views from the glass-domed train were breathtaking. We were very lucky, as we were in the last car and had quick access to the open air car for taking photos. They would always announce when wildlife was spotted so you had an opportunity to take pics. Upon entering Talkeetna, we got some SUPER shots of Denali. It was completely visible that day with no cloud cover.

I would DEFINITELY do this trip again. Highly recommend. We booked our adventure via Grayline Tours. I would say they were not the most organized folks, but that's another review.

Visited May 2014
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