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“You have not been to Alaska if you did not ride the McKinley Explorer”
Review of McKinley Explorer

McKinley Explorer
Ranked #15 of 100 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Alaska Railway is almost the top 10 railway ride of the world. I took the railway twice, first was from Anchorage to Denali, then from Denali to Fairbanks. The scenery both ways was mind-blowing and awesome. I upgrade to the Gold-class and am glad I did. The gold-class upgrade allows you to be on the top deck of the train with a see-through glass roof and providing you with a 180deg view of the railway and Journey. Also, hot coffee, tea, coco are provided just for the Gold-class passengers. We are also allowed to move around anywhere in the railway with our gold class pin-badge.

We had our lunch on-board, it is recommend to first go for the meals and not wait till you are hungry as the waiting time can be quite long as the dining area has limited seats. The food is average only for the price we are paying. Would strongly recommend for you to bring along your own snacks n crackers to munch.

4  Thank Gek T
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The only thing that beats the scenery is the dining car. Excellent food and service. Overall, the train gives excellent service, but tend to oversell souvenirs

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Seems all trains in Alaska are these lovely big, comfortable well serviced means of transport. If you have travelled on the Rocky Mountaineer, you have a good insight into this trip and other train journeys in the area. Nowhere near as expensive and R.M. and you can choose to pay & travel in 2 levels of seating. We travelled in the cheaper class, lovely! Large, layback seats, and a opportunity to go upstairs to glassed area for better viewing. Café area, you can eat in the café or take back to your seat. Trains arrive late, around 8 - 8.30 pm sometimes later, so we chose to eat on the train before arriving at our destination. Restaurant was very nice, the staff were well dressed, and extremely pleasant. We got to know some of them as we used the trains a lot & my husband enjoyed the banter. Food is good and we felt, reasonably priced. ALL the trains travel slowly with a tour guide on board & along with the driver they spot for wildlife and interesting items, also slow down or even stop for photos. We went Seward/Anchorage + Anchorage/Fairbanks/Anchorage and later Anchorage/Whittier - give us the train every time.

3  Thank davmar70
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

we travelled from Fairbanks to Denali National Park on this great train. The seats were very roomy with plenty of leg room. The view from any seat was amazing and the trip itself was awesome.

Thank Linda_S_King
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This is the land equivalent of an Alaska Cruise. You see an amazing slice to Alaska from the comfort of a train dome car. The staff keeps up a running narrative as the countryside passes by. The food in the dining area is good and reasonable. Try the raindeer sausage. Best photos are from the viewing platforms if you can bear the open temps (we were there in September). The hills were golden with the changing colors. Absolutely amazing. Sit on the left side going to Denali as that seems to have the best views.

Thank TransplantedBuckeye
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