Start: Anchorage Finish: Anchorage
Total Distance: 950 miles
Duration: 7-10 Days
Anchorage to Denali National Park / 237miles /
plan 5 hrs driving time, not including stops; drive the Glenn Highway northbound. A few interesting stops along the Glenn Highway are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Continuing on the Parks Highway towards Denali National Park you drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. Possible side trip to the small gold mining community Talkeetna.
Denali National Park to Fairbanks / 121 miles /
Plan 2 hrs driving time, not including stops; this morning enjoy a 7-hour Tundra Wildlife Tour into Denali National Park. The park is inhabited by lots of different animal species. With some luck you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. Mt. McKinley can be seen if the weather is clear that day. Snack lunch is included. In the afternoon continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscape you drive through the communities Healy, Nenana and by the community Ester, an old mining camp
Fairbanks to Paxson/Glennallen Area / 178 miles / Plan 4 hrs driving time, not including stops; follow the Richardson & Alaska Highways east towards Tok until Delta Junction. Just outside of Fairbanks you drive by North Pole, the home of North America's Santa Claus. In Delta Junction take the Richardson Highway and drive south towards Paxson/Valdez
Paxson/Glennallen to Valdez / 186 miles /
Plan 5 hrs driving time, not including stops; drive the spectacular Richardson Highway further south. Part of the route parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Weather permitting incredible views of the St Elias Mountains. Drive by Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its waterfalls.
Valdez to Seward / 6.5 hours aboard the ferry from Valdez to Whittier Drive Whittier to Seward 85 miles / Plan 3 hours drive time, not including tunnel waiting period or stops;
leave Valdez in the early morning on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry and travel through beautiful Prince William Sound. Upon arrival in Whittier drive through the new Whittier-Portage Tunnel (one-lane tunnel, open to traffic during certain hours only). Possible stop at the Portage Glacier and Visitor Center. Then drive the Seward Highway through scenic landscape to Seward.
Seward to Anchorage / 127 miles /
Plan 2.5 hrs drive time, not including stops; this morning possibility for wildlife and glacier cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park. Then drive the Seward Highway back to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.
Return motorhome to Anchorage depot and have a safe journey home.