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Getting Around Alaska by Road

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Driving: Take the Scenic Route

We keep talking about Alaska's awe-inspiring scenery. You can see it for yourself by driving Alaska's highways. There are 9,241 miles of state and national highways in Alaska - and 1,382 miles that have earned the designation of "scenic byway." Mile-for-mile, Alaska has more scenic highways than any other state.One of the great things about driving in Alaska is that you really can't get lost. For example, only two highways leave Anchorage, one going north, the other going south. Sooner or later, you're bound to arrive someplace wonderful. And there's nothing especially difficult about driving in Alaska. Any valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license is honored here. Traffic laws are the same as in most other states. So if you feel comfortable driving at home, you'll feel comfortable driving here too.Bring Your OwnIf you have time, drive one way and return using the Alaska Marine Highway System or ship your vehicle on Totem Ocean Trailer Express.Rent a Car or RVYou can cover much of Alaska's road system in a standard rental car or RV. You don't need four-wheel drive to get around.

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