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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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incredible scenery - worth the trip

Comfy seats, clean windows, good commentary along the way, nice meals (worth the trip downstairs to... read more

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phoenix555
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Brisbane, Australia
See Alaska by train!

What a memorable experience riding the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. Scenic views... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
VOjoe
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Houston, Texas
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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)
“holland america” (16 reviews)
“dome cars” (10 reviews)
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Fairbanks, AK
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank phoenix555
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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

3  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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Reviewed 9 September 2017

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

2  Thank lldekker
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

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

22  Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

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

2  Thank Louise F
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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
1 August 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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