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McKinley Explorer

Fairbanks, AK
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Travel in style! Terrific way to travel to Denali and see the scenery!!

We traveled from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. This was a terrific way to make the trip... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Very comfortable

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali. The train is very comfortable. The server, Sierra... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Ann K
via mobile
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 9 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 28 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 27 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 26 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

Thank Hercules1111
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I was on the McKinley Explorer 2 different days. It was so much fun. The ride was smooth and the big windows helped you see well even if you were sitting on the aisle. There are very nice guides on board who give you lots...More

Thank MemeDolphin
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We took a morning tour from Fairbanks to Denali on a pre-cruise trip. We enjoyed the scenic vistas and occasional sightings of wildlife. The breakfast was very good with blueberry pancakes and reindeer sausage. The offer several other good choices as well. The ride is...More

1  Thank Nancy P
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A party with spectacular views from Talkeetna to Denali! Our bartender and tour guide made this enjoyable trip even more fun, and educational as well. We were fortunate enough to have multiple CLOUDLESS views of Denali. We also spotted a cow moose with a calf...More

1  Thank Howard B
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Large comfortable seating upstairs in a dome car with panoramic views of the entire trip. Restaurant downstairs with fairly good food and fairly reasonable prices....for Alaska. As almost always, large portions for large bill. Staff if friendly and accomodating.

Thank Doug I
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Our domed car was beautiful however the trip up was so different than the way back. The journey up was disappointing not because of the scenic vistas or the seats that were roomy and comfortable but because of the staff. Although they seemed enthusiastic they...More

Thank 297judyl
Reviewed 10 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
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Questions & Answers
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.
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
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