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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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It was Beautiful Scenery Saw a Mama bear and her 2 cubs saw Caribou lots of Historical Info From Staff

I was in the Glass Dome Car it was comfortable and since the car was not full you could spread out... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miami, Florida
Wonderful Views

This domed railcar was part of our land-sea cruise. Our first stretch was between Seward and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sequim, Washington
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was in the Glass Dome Car it was comfortable and since the car was not full you could spread out and have more room. Dining car food was good and staff accommodating. Staff tried to educate passengers on the history of Alaska and shared...More

Thank Hialeah73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This domed railcar was part of our land-sea cruise. Our first stretch was between Seward and Anchorage. Unfortunately we were seated at a table with 2 other over talkative people. The second stretch was the following day to Denali in a domed railcar. This was...More

Thank benandollie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Mittagong4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Tim L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Gatorgolfer
Reviewed 13 October 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

2  Thank Marty F
Reviewed 1 October 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
Reviewed 28 September 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
Reviewed 25 September 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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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?
28 April 2017|
Response from Hialeah73 |
I can only tell you we had one bag per person and a carry on and had no problem. However, I was not with a tour I think the limit bags to one per person.
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?
8 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