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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK, USA
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler wrote a review Aug. 2020
United States580 contributions56 helpful votes
We rode the McKinley Explorer from Denali National Park to Anchorage. It was an incredible and very enjoyable trip. The train features two story domed cars, which offer a great view of the incredible Alaskan scenery. We were able to see Denali from the train, as well as beautiful rivers, mountains, and ravines. The food on board was excellent, as was the service.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Karen S wrote a review Oct. 2019
Queensland, Australia31 contributions7 helpful votes
What a great experience! You have to eat in the dining car if you want to really make the most of this journey!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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LouAnn R wrote a review Sep. 2019
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin172 contributions80 helpful votes
We boarded the McKinley Explorer in Denali and road to Talkeetna. WOW, WOW. The ride on the domed train was just an amazing experience. The sites are just spectacular. The seats are very comfortable. Your pictures thru the windows if taken carefully turn out fantastic. We had lunch in the dining area below on the first level and it was very good...we had the chili. It is also fun to stand in the open area between train cars to grab some pictures. And....we saw Denali in the distance. It is a beautiful site.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Mauro V wrote a review Sep. 2019
Pembroke Pines, Florida472 contributions111 helpful votes
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I have the Rocky Mountaineer on my bucket list but it won't be better than this. From the quality of the the cars, the seating, the viewing, both inside and out, and the food, all were excellent. We were lucky to take the train because it had been recently suspended due to the wild fires. Sad to see so much damage, but the rest of the scenery was spectacular.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Tony29 wrote a review Sep. 2019
Knoxville, United States32 contributions7 helpful votes
We recently took the McKinley explorer from Anchorage to Denali to stay at the McKinley Chalet Resort. Beautiful views, comfortable seats and the food was great. I would recommend trying the fish tacos or reindeer chili. Our commentator Justin was informative and kept us entertained. The bartender Geoffrey catered to us and made sure we were hydrated the whole trip. It is an experience you must try.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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