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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
Review Highlights
Great views and Great staff

We traveled from Anchorage to Denali and had a very enjoyable ride. We enjoyed the scenery and the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Dan R
Grove City, Pennsylvania
Awesome Experience

My Mother & I took an 8 hour trip on the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. We were all... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2016
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We traveled from Anchorage to Denali and had a very enjoyable ride. We enjoyed the scenery and the staff was wonderful. Rich was our bartender and was hilarious with his really bad jokes. Daisy was our tour guide and was very funny and told amazing...More

2  Thank Dan R
Reviewed 12 August 2016

My Mother & I took an 8 hour trip on the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. We were all seated on the top level where the windows extended thru to the roof for spectacular views of Alaska. The dining area was located on the...More

1  Thank T C
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I deeply regretted my decision to save a few dollars and book seats on the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage, rather than pay what I considered an exorbitant amount for Gold Star Dome service for that leg on the Alaska Railroad. Well, as usual,...More

2  Thank Mickirish
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Took the 8 hour rail ride from Anchorage to Denali. Comfortable seats, great views, clean restrooms, good food and staff superb. My husband and I tried their award winning reindeer chili for lunch. Very good and the chef topped it with bacon, yummy! Our rail...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We traveled from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. This was a terrific way to make the trip. The scenery was breathtaking and the domed railcar was a fabulous way to take it all in. The cars are two levels you ride above in the dome...More

Thank mark-Phila
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali. The train is very comfortable. The server, Sierra, was super funny and very pleasant. The narrator also did a great job telling us about points of interest along the way. We are lunch and it was super...More

Thank Ann K
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a dome train ride from Fairbanks to Denali Park as part of the Celebrity Cruise Land Package. The first 1/2 of the train ride is just in the middle of trees with not a lot of scenery, and then you break out into...More

4  Thank TomTraub
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The train was comfortable, the crew was very friendly and knowledgeable, and best of all, the view was amazing. The day started with overcast skies and a light drizzle, but thankfully, the weather cleared up in about an hour. What a difference sunshine makes! The...More

Thank Hercules1111
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I was on the McKinley Explorer 2 different days. It was so much fun. The ride was smooth and the big windows helped you see well even if you were sitting on the aisle. There are very nice guides on board who give you lots...More

Thank MemeDolphin
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We took a morning tour from Fairbanks to Denali on a pre-cruise trip. We enjoyed the scenic vistas and occasional sightings of wildlife. The breakfast was very good with blueberry pancakes and reindeer sausage. The offer several other good choices as well. The ride is...More

1  Thank Nancy P
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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