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Just loved it

A wonderful experience and SO comfortable. We'd already been on the Rocky Mountaineer and had been... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Queensland, Australia
Fabulous Way to Travel from Denali to Anchorage

When I first heard that we would be on this train for eight hours, I was a bit scared. What would... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Fairbanks, AK
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful experience and SO comfortable. We'd already been on the Rocky Mountaineer and had been warned the McKinley Explorer would not be as good - but it surely was. Seats were very comfortable, service and menu options excellent. Loved being able to gave a...More

Thank Chris43bh3
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first heard that we would be on this train for eight hours, I was a bit scared. What would we do? I had nothing to worry about, this train ride was a magnificent experience. We boarded in Denali, and we paid for the...More

Thank Utenochek
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali and it was a relaxing and fun adventure. The bar tender and the guide were great and the food in the dining car just fine. Make sure, if you can, to go to the back of...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From 0900 to 1700, Denali to Anchorage Over 300 miles Single track with sidings for passing trains Domed railcards with dining on the base level Wide variety of food and drinks Full bar Live narration throughout Gift shop onboard Open air platform for sightseeing unhindered...More

Thank rachwilko
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rode the train from Anchorage to Denali. What a fun trip! The glass dome makes the experience even better. Tour guide was so full of interesting information on everything Alaska, the towns, the people and more. There is a bartender on the car, so...More

Thank Gabriela B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a way to see the vast size of the area, as well as the beauty, the car was comfortable and clean and they served drinks and snacks! going to the caboose to take some photo's should be on your list to do.

Thank Terre S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We rode the train from Talkeetna to Denali. The view was great due to the picture windows which were just like those on the Rocky Mountaineer. Our female attendant/ guide worked hard to take orders and serve as well as providing commentary as we traveled....More

Thank Margaret T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our train trip on the McKinley Explorer. The seats were comfortable, the tour guides were fantastic and of course the scenery was beautiful. Disappointed we didn't see any wildlife but that can never be guaranteed. We ate lunch in the dining car. it...More

Thank Buckie00
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this train. The carriages have been specially built to give the best view by curving the glass walls and roof into a dome. This gives you and an almost uninterrupted view. All the passengers are seated on the second level and the toilets,...More

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have taken the Rocky Mountaineer and we took the 1990s version of the McKinley Explorer and this was the best train trip of them all. The nearly new domed car is very spacious with excellent viewing all around you. We went from Anchorage to...More

Thank Richard B
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August 19, 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!
July 31, 2017|
Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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July 31, 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