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Denali Highway

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Address: Between Cantwell and Paxson, AK
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Located midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, this highway leads to some...

Located midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, this highway leads to some interesting tundra hikes.

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Private Multi-Day Denali National Park Camping and Hiking Trip

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Beautiful Drive

We drove the Denali Highway into the Interior of Alaska from Anchorage to Fairbanks. To call it scenic is an understatement! The drive from Anchorage to Seward is the only drive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2016
Linsey H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We drove the Denali Highway into the Interior of Alaska from Anchorage to Fairbanks. To call it scenic is an understatement! The drive from Anchorage to Seward is the only drive that rivaled this one! There are a few scenic stops and don't miss stopping off at the Denali State Park! TIP: Fill up in Anchorage or Wasilla and any... More 

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not our first time driving across this 135 mile gravel road but the first in many years. Recommend doing in a truck or SUV since the road can beat pretty rough in places. Not a lot of public restrooms available but totally worth the time for the scenery. Have done some of the road in winter by snow machine, too... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Denali Highway (Alaska Route 8) is a must drive if you visit Alaska. Open in the short summer season only it's a fantastic drive. I prefer to start on the Paxson side of the highway and take my time. We drove it twice now in a Class C RV, both times we had a nice first day and rain the... More 

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Elkview, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Yes, its a rough road and a slow drive but well worth it for an up close look at raw Alaska and gorgeous scenery. Didn't pass many other travelers and those we did were hunters. Make sure you tank up before you take this excursion but you won't regret it.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We started driving the Denali Highway on the Paxton side.Those paved 21 miles went by quickly and then the road became all potholes with very few road in between. We were in a 25 foot camper which GAH stated we could do, but we had to drive 25 miles an hour and had to check the tires every 20 miles... More 

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

At one time this was the only road to Denali park. Its less than 100 miles across but worth every min. We have dome it a few times. Keep your camera ready there's always something to see if not the scenery. Our favorite time is during the hunting season with all kinds of people (hunters) in all the pull outs,... More 

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Seffner, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We drove this "highway" all the way from Paxson to Cantwell, its entire length in an "intermediate" size car (Ford Focus). We double checked with the rental company (Enterprise) that this was allowed as most other majors do not allow it. The first 20 miles from Paxson (nothing there) is paved out to the Tangle River Inn (see separate review)... More 

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

A very scenic drive...many sweeping vistas. Unfortunately the road is full of potholes and very washboardy...you'll need to really slow down in parts. We did it in a small Motorhome...it was rough...however the scenery was wonderful....if you tent or are self contained it's a really great trip to do over a day and a half or so. There are camping... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a "must see" drive. It rates as a top drive along with the Hana Hwy in Maui and the California Coastal Hwy. It is a long drive (130-140 miles) mostly unpaved but the views throughout the drive are worth it. We saw many moose along with a grizzly bear. Take your time and stop along the way. You... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Denali highway is well worth the efforts (5-hour trip for 138 miles of unpaved roads). The road condition in July 2016 is better than I expected but there are still sections where the car can't go above 20mph. If you feel driving 5-hour unpaved bumpy road is not too attractive, you could start from Paxson and drive the first 20... More 

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