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Getting to Alaska by Road

Driving offers Flexibility, Freedom

Some 50 years ago, the Alaska Highway (ALCAN) got a reputation as a rugged route for hearty travelers. Today the road is fully paved and modernized - only the scenery remains wild. Towns and traveler services (campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, service stations, etc.) appear at frequent intervals, giving travelers the freedom to drive at their own pace and stop anywhere along the way. The highway is open year-round; roads are clear in summer, and plowed and sanded in winter. Some businesses along the highway close for the winter.

The main access routes lead north from Seattle, Washington, and Great Falls, Montana.

Divide the drive into easy stages and reserve accommodations in advance during peak season.

If you are driving an RV, allow about 5 days for travel in each direction, plus time for travel in Alaska.

For more information on driving to Alaska or flying and renting an RV, please see Travel to Alaska By Road.

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