Take These 6 Roads In Alaska For An Unforgettable Scenic Drive
To experience unforgettable scenic drives in Alaska, through the most beautiful and breathtaking country, you’ve got to explore one of these six spectacular trips. Each highway and road takes you through different historic Alaskan towns and provides plenty of recreational and entertaining stops along the way. Don’t rush through these drives, take your time and make sure there is a lot of space on your camera for all the great pictures you’re going to take while traveling through Alaska!
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Have you taken any of these gorgeous drives? What did you think? Which of these roads is your favorite to travel? What other scenic drives in Alaska would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below! If you have pictures from any of your drives, make sure to share them with us!
The Richardson, the Seward, the Glenn, the George Parks, and the Sterling Highway are the five major highways in Alaska. The Richardson connects Valdez to Fairbanks, the Sterling connects Cooper Landing to Homer and connects to the Seward Highway, and the Seward Highway connects Seward to Anchorage. The George Parks Highway connects Anchorage to Fairbanks, and the Glenn Highway connects Glenallen to Anchorage before connecting to the Richardson Highway. All of these highways are beautiful to travel in their own right!
What is the oldest highway in Alaska?
The Richardson Highway is the longest standing highway in our beautiful state. In 1898 it started out as a trail from Valdez to Eagle for miners looking for gold. Major Wilds P. Richardson pushed to have the road upgraded in 1910, and by 1920 automobiles were driving it. The road was paved in 1957. This incredible highway takes you through Thompson Pass which peaks at 2,805 feet, and is the sight of some of the largest deposits of snowfall in the state. Nevertheless, the highway stays open all year round, and there is a dedicated team who regularly plows the road for travelers.
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.
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