Alaska Highway

Overview

Introduction

The Alaska Highway is the ultimate North American driving adventure. A remarkable feat of civil engineering and a reminder of the immense projects undertaken by the Allies in World War II, the Alaska Highway was built in 1942 with the express purpose of strengthening Alaska against invasion.

Cutting through rugged wilderness in an unforgiving climate, the scenic route makes for a splendid long road trip. The road runs 1,387 mi/2,233 km from the interior of Alaska (from Delta Junction, near Fairbanks) through Canada's Yukon Territory to Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Side routes lead southeast to Alaska's Panhandle area, although most southeast cities lack road access.

The Alaska Highway is a reasonably comfortable stretch of road (it is paved for its entire distance, except for areas under construction), but be sure you're prepared for it. You may go long distances between gas stations, stores and motels. A broken water pump may delay you for days, thrown gravel can shatter a windshield, and most of the time you'll be driving outside the range of radio stations and cell phone reception. The breathtaking scenery and wildlife make it all worthwhile.

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