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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Fabulous voyage!

The train trip takes all day from Denali to Anchorage, leaving about 9 a.m. and arriving in... read more

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

We transferred from Anchorage to Denali National Park on Carnival Corporation-Holland America’s... read more

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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dome car” (12 reviews)
Fairbanks, AK

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The train trip takes all day from Denali to Anchorage, leaving about 9 a.m. and arriving in Anchorage around 5 p.m. We were very fortunate to travel on a fair weather day which enabled us to see Mount Denali in its true majestic glory. Apart...More

1  Thank lldekker
Reviewed 1 week ago

We transferred from Anchorage to Denali National Park on Carnival Corporation-Holland America’s McKinley Explorer that operates one of the largest fleet of dome railcars. The train travels over the Alaska Railroad’s tracks. We were on the McKinley Express Route. The trip started at Milepost 114.3...More

1  Thank Maurene_K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We began our Holland America land/sea tour with a train trip from Anchorage to Denali on the domed train. Great experience. The train was very comfortable and the scenery was beautiful. We even saw some wildlife: moose, eagles, swans, beavers. The food was good (try...More

Thank Louise F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled from Denali to Talkeetna as part of our recent Princess Cruise experience in Alaska. Nice alternative to the bus. Great way to see parts of Alaska. Comfy seats and our car-host provided entertaining dialogue along the way. Glare from windows made picture taking...More

Thank wegoustay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rode the McKinley Express from Talkeetna to Denali Park and what a ride it was! Our double decker glass domed carriage had front-facing seats and full bar on the upper deck and a dining room, viewing platform and toilets on the lower level. Reserved...More

2  Thank Joan0452013
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Loved the scenery in the glass roof trains. It's a bit slow going but service and views were wonderful.

Thank ghibesan
Reviewed 2 August 2017

What an incredible experience to see God's non-stop beauty from this comfortable train. The domed windows allowed you to see all around you. Lunch on board was delicious. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Could have done without some of their attempts to sell memorabilia,...More

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

It's been on my bucket list to ride the dome train. The ride was beyond what I imagined! The ride from Anchorage to Denali was about 7.5 hrs. I never tired of the trees & scenery. We had lunch on the lower deck. Lunch was...More

Thank travelwhere
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We did a 3 day / 7 day land sea excursion of Alaska. We arrived in Anchorage the night before our day long train ride to McKinley National Park. Stayed at the Captain Cook hotel and then a day long train ride to the park....More

Thank Dwane M
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Although it rained on us nearly the entire way to Denali from Anchorage, we really enjoyed this travel experience. We were in a domed car so were able to take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Our train host, Amanda, shared a lot of...More

Thank TxTravels_9
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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!
1 August 2017|
Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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