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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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McKinley Explorer train from Anchorage to Denali is a must-do while in AK!

Although it rained on us nearly the entire way to Denali from Anchorage, we really enjoyed this... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Austin, TX
8hrs ankorage to denali

this was one long boring ride.it was through a forest with few worthwhile sites.the car and dining... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Huntington Beach, California
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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” (15 reviews)
Fairbanks, AK

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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
Reviewed 10 July 2017

this was one long boring ride.it was through a forest with few worthwhile sites.the car and dining car where comfortable and the food was excellent but nothing could overcome the 8 hours.the hostess was great but the time would not more fast enough .it may...More

Thank dom1947
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali. It is a long ride, but has great views and chances to see animals as you approach the park. We saw several moose but no bears. We got great views of Mt Denali coming and going. Although...More

1  Thank CLB125
Reviewed 26 June 2017

I was in the Glass Dome Car it was comfortable and since the car was not full you could spread out and have more room. Dining car food was good and staff accommodating. Staff tried to educate passengers on the history of Alaska and shared...More

Thank Hialeah73
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This domed railcar was part of our land-sea cruise. Our first stretch was between Seward and Anchorage. Unfortunately we were seated at a table with 2 other over talkative people. The second stretch was the following day to Denali in a domed railcar. This was...More

Thank benandollie
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Just got of the train. It has all the features of RockyMountaineer but that is where it ends. The scenery is very good in afternoon but many waited until 3.00 pm for lunch they seemed not to be able to cope with half the dining...More

Thank Mittagong4
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Whittier - beautiful ride down along coast through the Chuglah National Forest to Portage where you go through the wonderful tunnel to Whittier ! Rode in a upper car with bubble top which was great with food served...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 4 June 2017

When booking our Holland America Land/Sea tour this was one of two events I insisted was included in our package. While I have always been a train buff & fan, this proved to be the most comfortable method of land travel we experienced. I did...More

1  Thank Tim L
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We rode the Mckinley explorer from Anchorage to Denali. Everybody gets an assigned seat under the dome on one of 6 cars....very comfortable, better than an airplane seat. The view is fantastic, and the scenery is for the most part very pretty.....the second half (north...More

Thank Gatorgolfer
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This was a very pleasant train trip from Denali to Anchorage. The VistaDome cars provide excellent views, the seats are comfortable, the car bartender and hostess were warm, friendly and knowledgeable. What a treat to have a full-service dining car on this train! The menu,...More

2  Thank Marty F
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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