THE ROUTE

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This road trip is a loop that be­gins and ends in Anchorage, and in­cludes a leg by car ferry – with a shorter vari­a­tion for those who would pre­fer to stay on land. The full ver­sion heads north from Anchorage along the Ge­orge Parks High­way (also called In­ter­state A4 or Alaska Route 3), reach­ing the city of Fairbanks. The way back runs south­east along the Richard­son High­way (dubbed Route 2 as far as Delta Junc­tion, and then Route 4 be­yond that). At Glennallen the choice is to head back west to Anchorage along the Glenn High­way (Route 1), or con­tinue on the Richard­son High­way to its south­ern end at Valdez. From Valdez, you can take a scenic trip across Prince Wil­liam Sound on the Alaska Marine High­way ferry to Whit­tier (5¾ hours; three runs per week; fer­ryalaska.com), then head through a 2.7mile-long tun­nel to reach the Se­ward High­way – your way back north to Anchorage. The full route via Valdez in­volves around 820 miles of road – at least 15 hours’ worth of driv­ing in to­tal, not count­ing scenic de­tours. The Glenn High­way vari­a­tion de­mands only slightly less time be­hind the wheel, but skips the ferry cross­ing. All the roads above are paved and meant to be open year-round. Check road con­di­tions at

511.alaska.gov.

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