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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Wonderful way to travel to Denali

We were part of NCL tour. Had a private car. Breakfast was wonderful, drinks were reasonable and... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Scott M
Granddaughter loved it

Took gnddgt on train to Denali for her birthday. What fun. Scenery was beautiful. Food was... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Fairbanks, Alaska
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were part of NCL tour. Had a private car. Breakfast was wonderful, drinks were reasonable and the scenery was spectacular. Would recommend this trip to others.

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Took gnddgt on train to Denali for her birthday. What fun. Scenery was beautiful. Food was surprisingly delicious for a train and food service was great. Did this year before. You need to do some car at least once. Preferred fbx to Denali portion over...More

Thank gloria246
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We traveled from Anchorage to Denali and had a very enjoyable ride. We enjoyed the scenery and the staff was wonderful. Rich was our bartender and was hilarious with his really bad jokes. Daisy was our tour guide and was very funny and told amazing...More

2  Thank Dan R
Reviewed 12 August 2016

My Mother & I took an 8 hour trip on the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. We were all seated on the top level where the windows extended thru to the roof for spectacular views of Alaska. The dining area was located on the...More

1  Thank T C
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I deeply regretted my decision to save a few dollars and book seats on the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage, rather than pay what I considered an exorbitant amount for Gold Star Dome service for that leg on the Alaska Railroad. Well, as usual,...More

2  Thank Mickirish
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank mark-Phila
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Ann K
Reviewed 26 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...More

4  Thank TomTraub
Reviewed 25 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...More

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Is there a around 1 day trip to Denali
25 August 2016|
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Response from Dhanan | Reviewed this property |
The McKinley Explorer train station is right across the Visitor Center entrance at Denali National Park. You can get off the train (which can be boarded at Anchorage in the south or Fairbanks in the north and points in... More
Steve R
We are booked on May 22 Holland America with 2 say Denali and return to anchorage.... did you have a hotel in Anchorage before leaving for mainland?
7 March 2016|
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Response from Mar R | Reviewed this property |
I am confused about what you are asking?? My entire trip was planned by WMPH, including overnight stay in Anchorage, transportation the next day to the McKinley Explorer, 2 nights hotel in Denali, bus to port in Seward... More