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McKinley Explorer

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Address: Fairbanks, AK

A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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Very Comfortable and Entertaining Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2016
Darlene K
Hamburg, New York

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Hamburg, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area sights and history as we traveled along. She... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 car and go below to the dining car to sit down for your meal. We... More 

Thank mark-Phila
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 fun to do so, especially with the kids!!!! The views are spectacular and I would... More 

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 the open to see the real landscape of Alaska when not in the woods. We... More 

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Savoy, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 temperature was in low 70s, so my sons and I spent half the time on... More 

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New Holland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of information on the way through the area. On the first day we got to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a little bumpy and sways a bit, but pretty comfortable overall.

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Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A party with spectacular views from Talkeetna to Denali! Our bartender and tour guide made this enjoyable trip even more fun, and educational as well. We were fortunate enough to have multiple CLOUDLESS views of Denali. We also spotted a cow moose with a calf standing in a marsh. The train runs slow enough to get great photos. We passed... More 

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Rusk, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Large comfortable seating upstairs in a dome car with panoramic views of the entire trip. Restaurant downstairs with fairly good food and fairly reasonable prices....for Alaska. As almost always, large portions for large bill. Staff if friendly and accomodating.

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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Our domed car was beautiful however the trip up was so different than the way back. The journey up was disappointing not because of the scenic vistas or the seats that were roomy and comfortable but because of the staff. Although they seemed enthusiastic they were very focused on only the people who were in the cruise group. We were... More 

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