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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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11Day Alaska Holland America Vacation

As a part of our land & sea package was an 8 hour train trip from Denali National Park to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
lowens002
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Winterville, North Carolina
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Comfortable beautiful scenery ride

Rode from Denali to Anchorage. Dome car where you sit on top with glass roof to see everything. Ate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
HabuSR71
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dining car” (35 reviews)
“dome car” (12 reviews)
“holland america” (16 reviews)
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Fairbanks, AK
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As a part of our land & sea package was an 8 hour train trip from Denali National Park to Anchorage. The train was the McKinley Explorer which had domed cars that belonged to the cruise line. The cars allowed for great views. Our train...More

Thank lowens002
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rode from Denali to Anchorage. Dome car where you sit on top with glass roof to see everything. Ate lunch downstairs. We ordered turkey sandwich but one thing our food server girl could not tell difference between ham and turkey, she brought ham and said...More

Thank HabuSR71
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled on the McKinley Explorer from Denali National Park to Anchorage. Having virtually no experience riding trains, this was such a treat. Since it was May, there was still quite a bit of snow in certain areas along the route. And of course, all...More

Thank manateejlh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfy seats, clean windows, good commentary along the way, nice meals (worth the trip downstairs to try it out), great staff.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

What a memorable experience riding the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. Scenic views and wildlife abound for the length of the trip.

Thank VOjoe
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

I have taken a grandchildon the train for their birthday three times now. The Fairbanks to Denali portion And the Anchorage to Girdwood legs are the most scenic. It is a trek that everyone should do once. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The...More

Thank gloria246
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We took this train ride from Denali to Anchorage. It was awesome. The scenery was beautiful but it pretty much was the same after we got out of the Denali area. Still, it was beautiful. The domed windows were large and one had no problem...More

2  Thank kivec
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

This was an amazing all day adventure from Anchorage to Denali National Park! So much fun to sit back and enjoy the views and leave the "driving" to someone else! So relaxing and enjoyable. Excellent dining facilities and excellent choices of adult beverages! Great way...More

Thank Terry H
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

This was a part of our Holland America vacation with three days in Denali followed by a 7 day cruise on Noordam from Seward. We arrived in Anchorage early evening & had a night in a local hotel before being whisked to the rail depot...More

4  Thank royksuk
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

All day trip between Denali and Anchorage. Train speed could be increase some at the rate was too slow to make time and too fast to take good pictures. Seats were comfortable. Large windows on the dome cars. Restroom were kept clean all trip long....More

Thank Captnslow
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anderlors
20 August 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - single or they have packages - go to there web site for information!
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dom1947
1 August 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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Marianne H
31 July 2017|
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Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you give them a call as one is open for public travel three times a week as I understand, and the other is owned by Holland America Cruiselines and I do not know their booking procedures. I believe information can... More
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