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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Pretty Vistas, Good Dining

This was a very pleasant train trip from Denali to Anchorage. The VistaDome cars provide excellent... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
Marty F
Plymouth, Michigan
Fantastic Train Ride - Anchorage to Denali

This is a very scenic, beautiful train experience (about 8 hours) from Anchorage to Denali. You... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Crown Point, Indiana
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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 2 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 29 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

Thank gsaurabh84
Reviewed 3 September 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

Thank tosca1951
Reviewed 24 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 13 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 13 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 12 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
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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|
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Is there a around 1 day trip to Denali
26 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