McKinley Explorer Dining

Tasty eats complete the experience of riding on the McKinley Explorer, a premier Alaska dome rail service that travels between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park. Breakfast and lunch are offered on both northbound and southbound routes. Breakfast is served on the first segment to Talkeetna, and lunch is served on the second segment.

Signature Alaskan dishes star on the McKinley Explorer breakfast menu. These include a rich Alaska King Crab Cake Benedict, house-smoked wild salmon and cream cheese bagel, and a Reindeer Sausage Breakfast Burrito. For those with a taste for simpler morning meals, a warm bowl of steel cut oats or a flapjack stack with blueberries hit the spot. There are also specialty morning cocktails for an indulgent vacation treat. Per plate breakfast menu prices range from around $8 to $17.

Lunchtime brings a diverse menu that includes classics like a cheeseburger or turkey club and more locally inspired entrees. Among those are an Alaskan twist on fish tacos and a healthful Seared Wild Salmon with Quinoa Summer Salad. The lunchtime dessert menu, with its Fruits of the Forest pie and decadent cakes and sundaes, entices most passengers. Lunchtime libations include beer, wine, juices, sodas, and coffee or tea. Dishes that can be made gluten free are indicated on the menu. Passengers can expect to pay about $10 to $16 per plate at lunch.

Meals are served in the dining room on the train cars' lower level, with passengers cycling through in two or three scheduled seatings. See this page for a sample McKinley Explorer menu.

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Because the McKinley Explorer operates on a slightly different schedule than other Alaska train services and completes its daily runs at 5:00 PM, dinner is not served. To satisfy those late afternoon food cravings, the upper-level bar offers snack mixes, small bites, and sweet treats for purchase after 1:00 PM. The Railway Nachos, a crunchy favorite topped with the McKinley Explorer's famous reindeer chili, is a popular pick to share with your travel companions.

Curious about the full dome car experience? Check out our McKinley Explorer page. If you're ready to purchase your Alaska train tickets, you can book online using our Train & Bus Express Checkout tool, or give us a call at 800-208-0200.

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