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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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We rode the McKinley Express from Talkeetna to Denali Park and what a ride it was! Our double... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Joan0452013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Beautiful ride

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

Reviewed 14 August 2017
ghibesan
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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"holland america"
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"comfortable seats"
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"glass dome"
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"reindeer chili"
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"train ride"
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"alaska railroad"
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"denali national park"
in 10 reviews
"double decker"
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"salmon chowder"
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"turkey club"
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"hurricane gulch"
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"passing scenery"
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

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

5  Thank Joan0452013
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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 24 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
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Reviewed 19 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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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
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Reviewed 1 July 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
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Reviewed 27 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
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Reviewed 9 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 Linda V
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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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