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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Way too long and slow!!

Just got of the train. It has all the features of RockyMountaineer but that is where it ends. The... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
Mittagong4
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Adelaide, Australia
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Lovely Train Ride

Took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Whittier - beautiful ride down along coast through the... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Bob S
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Lake Wales, Florida
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dining car” (35 reviews)
“holland america” (16 reviews)
“dome cars” (10 reviews)
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Fairbanks, AK
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Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Just got of the train. It has all the features of RockyMountaineer but that is where it ends. The scenery is very good in afternoon but many waited until 3.00 pm for lunch they seemed not to be able to cope with half the dining...More

1  Thank Mittagong4
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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Took the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Whittier - beautiful ride down along coast through the Chuglah National Forest to Portage where you go through the wonderful tunnel to Whittier ! Rode in a upper car with bubble top which was great with food served...More

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

When booking our Holland America Land/Sea tour this was one of two events I insisted was included in our package. While I have always been a train buff & fan, this proved to be the most comfortable method of land travel we experienced. I did...More

2  Thank Tim L
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

We rode the Mckinley explorer from Anchorage to Denali. Everybody gets an assigned seat under the dome on one of 6 cars....very comfortable, better than an airplane seat. The view is fantastic, and the scenery is for the most part very pretty.....the second half (north...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2016

This was a very pleasant train trip from Denali to Anchorage. The VistaDome cars provide excellent views, the seats are comfortable, the car bartender and hostess were warm, friendly and knowledgeable. What a treat to have a full-service dining car on this train! The menu,...More

4  Thank Marty F
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Reviewed October 1, 2016

This is a very scenic, beautiful train experience (about 8 hours) from Anchorage to Denali. You will see vistas from your upper level seats with full windows from left, overhead to right. You have a guide for your car (ours played the banjo and sang)...More

4  Thank Murphy5708
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Reviewed September 28, 2016

Our journey from Anchorage to denial was spectacular! The weather was clear and sunny and we had many opportunities to see Denali from the train. Our hostess, Jane, was very pleasant and helpful with the right amounts of talking and quiet time.

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We took McKinley Explorer from Denali to Talkeetna, and we found it one of our best rides - very scenic and great staff. Dillon was our guide along the way, Kiki was serving us awesome cocktails. I can take this ride anytime just for the...More

1  Thank gsaurabh84
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Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We travelled from Denali to Anchorage and we're pleased with both the service and the food. Lunch menu has a nice selection of items and the food was very good, better than we expected for a train. Our car tour guide was very good, knowledgable...More

1  Thank tosca1951
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Reviewed August 23, 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
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anderlors
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!
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dom1947
July 31, 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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Marianne H
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
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