Drive on Your Own
Driving in Alaska is an unforgettable experience and has a number of advantages:
- You can go at your own pace
- There are incredible scenic views
- It is hard to get lost! Alaska has only 6 major highways.
Here are some descriptions some of the most scenic Alaska drives, which are Alaska attractions of their own:
Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks
Travel along the one of Alaska's scenic byways from the modern city of Anchorage, through the unspoiled wilderness of Talkeetna and Denali National Park, to the northern city of Fairbanks just below the Arctic Circle. With panoramic vistas, incredible engineering feats like hurricane gulch, and views of Mt. McKinley on sunny days, this drive is yet another Alaska attraction.
Anchorage - Girdwood - Seward
Designated a scenic byway, the route along Turnagain Arm towards Seward is a must see! Scan the waters of Turnagain Arm for Beluga Whales. The tides along Turnagain Arm change up to 27' in 12 hours, revealing a muddy quicksand-like beach at low tide. It is also quite common to see Dall Sheep on the rocky cliffs along the highway. Continue this breathtaking journey through the Portage Valley and over Turnagain pass to Seward. Keep a sharp look out for moose, mountain goats and black bears this time of year!
Anchorage - Whittier
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Travel the Seward highway, a National Scenic Byway, along Turnagain Arm to the hidden community of Whittier, accessible through the longest shared rail / car use tunnel in North America. Adventure seekers can take a glacier cruise in Whittier or board the train for a rafting trip past Spencer Glacier and down the Placer River or a journey into the pristine Grandview Valley.