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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Comfortable viewing of Alaska's wilderness

We spent the day riding in the domed railcar with views of majestic mountainsides and deep river... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2016
Denali to Anchorage

We rode the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. We lucked out with a sunny day that allowed... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2016
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

We spent the day riding in the domed railcar with views of majestic mountainsides and deep river gorges. Hours and hours of glorious photo ops!

Thank Mr_Terbillion
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We rode the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. We lucked out with a sunny day that allowed us fantastic views of Mt.Denali for more than an hour directly from our seats through the glass domed roof. The train practically stops when there are particularly...More

Thank Dhanan
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The dome windows provide a wonderful view of the landscape and animals. Knowledgeable tour guides narrate the trip, and ours was funny, as well. It was a very pleasant way to travel and see the sights of wild Alaska.

Thank Marjorie M
Reviewed 19 June 2016

First rate food, first rate travel, first rate discussion by tour leaders. So what else can I day First Class!!

1  Thank Edward R
Reviewed 12 June 2016

This trip was part of our Holland America land tour. Holland have their own trains and they are great. The scenic views from Denali to Anchorage from the second floor car are wonderful. The staff staff on the cars are great and provide super service...More

2  Thank gjsamson
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Took this as part of our cruise package. It was really nice. The seats are comfortable and the views are great. They do a good job of giving you the sights along the way. Food was good, but it took two hours for lunch which...More

2  Thank cyw
Reviewed 8 June 2016

We had the pleasant opportunity to travel from Denali to Anchorage with the McKinley Explorer! The 6-7 hour ride was thoroughly enjoyable throughout with comfortable first class seats, large windows, entertaining guides, attentive staff, magnificent views and unique dining options. The "fun" 250 mile journey...More

2  Thank Maui-mango
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali (hosted by Holland America). The seats were comfortable with plenty of leg room. Our seats in the domed car provided a clear view of the scenery The glass was clear and spot free even though it rained....More

2  Thank Ralph L
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Our experience on the McKinley Explorer was 8/15/15. It was part of our Holland America land/cruise trip. This was our transfer from Denali/McKinley Chalet to Anchorage/Anchorage Hilton. A coach picked us up at the main lodge, McKinley Chalet at 9:15 am to take us to...More

3  Thank chris45ny
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Loved this little train. Comfy, clean, and spacious seating atop the dining car with excellent viewing windows. Both breakfast and lunch were 5-star dining! Well stocked and tended bar, snacks, and even a few souvenirs. Professional and friendly staff provided interesting facts and stories along...More

4  Thank Mar R
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What is the baggage policy for the McKinley Explorer? Mainly asking about the "checked baggage." I was told only 1 checked bag per person - is this correct?
27 April 2017|
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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