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driving from alaska to the lower 48

by windwalkergirl

would love to hear from anyone that has made the drive from alaska, thru canada, to the the lower 48 via the alacan highway........if so would you know how the driving is in august. we are wanting to move to oklahoma, and will be driving all the way. would love any advice, directions, etc.

RE: driving from alaska to the lower 48

by MTrav

Ive made the trip a few times, and August is a fine month.

The only problems Ive ever had in the summertime are road construction,
some rough road areas between Haines Junction and the AK border, and close calls with Moose when driving at dusk.

The AlCan has been improved every year and there is hardly even an unpaved stretch anymore. There are some big potholes and frost heaves, but nothing to
worry about if youre not going too fast.

Ive enjoyed the drive every time. I recommend getting a copy of the Milepost, if you dont already have one, and giving yourself as much time as possible to enjoy the drive. It can be done in 5 days, but 8 - 10 is much more reasonable.


ps I just left a post about hotels in the more remote areas. Feb 22 Alaska forum.

RE: driving from alaska to the lower 48

by worldtrekker

If you are interested in wildlife, particularly seeing grizzlies, black bears, and bald eagles fishing for salmon, you might want to consider taking the Cassiar Hwy. The turnoff south into BC from the Alcan is just before Watson Lake in the Yukon. You would take this route until you reach Meziadin Junction. Here you would turn right and drive 40 miles to Stewart, BC and Hyder Alaska. 3 miles past Hyder is Fish Creek and this is where you'll see the bears and eagles fishing for spawning salmon. August is the absolute best month to see them there. There are also very nice glaciers here. From Hyder, you would need to return to the Cassiar Hwy and continue south to Prince George. From here you can drive to Jasper and down through Banff to Calgary, etc. The Cassiar is actually about 100 miles less driving than taking the Alcan - so the sidetrip to Hyder makes up for that.
I also recomment the Milepost.

RE: RE: driving from alaska to the lower 48

by claroline22

just ask someone who has been in the military and stationed in anchorage. the common practice is to drive back to the lower 48 because they get two weeks of vacation or something like that. i've heard it is a beautiful drive and you get to see so much of the nation! i was advised that canada does close, and you might get stuck waiting for it to open in the morning if you don't time it right.

RE: driving from alaska to the lower 48

by beeneverywhere

the drive is great we have done it 5 times, have you gone yet

Travel Tips for Anchorage

go out to the Inlet and watch...

by pamelajoy

go out to the Inlet and watch the sunset over Sleeping Lady. I lived in Anchorage during the Good Friday Earthquake on March 27, 1964. As you can see, I now live in Fairbanks.

Where does a Fairbanksan go for a quick vacation? Anchorage, of course. We travel there at least once a year, but often it's more.

I learned how to ice skate in Anchorage. It was the first place I ever lived that had ice rinks all winter. Most public schools have an ice rink nearby, and the skating is free.
If you happen to visit in the summer, there is an indoor ice rink in the Diamond Mall.

Air Crossroads of the World

by Stephen-KarenConn

Anchorage is roughly equidistant from three of the world's major markets: New York, London and Tokyo, making it a strategic location for international air commerce.

It is also interesting to note that Anchorage shares a similar latitude with Stockholm, Sweden and St. Petersburg, Russia, and a similar longitude with other regions explored by Captain James Cook, including Tahiti, Hawaii and the Cook Islands.

This signpost, in front of the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center in downtown Anchorage, gives the distance to major cities in Alaska and around the world.

542 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501


Not as Frigid as You May Think

by Stephen-KarenConn

I have visited Anchorage in June, August, and September, and on those trips have never needed more than a light to medium-weight jacket. Naturally, winter temperatures get quite cold, but because of moderating ocean currents it is no colder here than in the upper mid-western states. In fact, areas of northern Michigan, Minnesota, and adjoining states can be much colder than Anchorage.

Summertime highs in Anchorage are usually pleasant with high temperatures in the mid 70s or above. Unfortunately they have more cloudy days than clear here in Anchorage and rain is always a possibility. Of course, the weather may vary greatly, so be prepared for more severe weather and hope for the best. There is nothing more glorious than a beautiful sunny day in Alaska. Anchorage is a modern city with everything that you may need readily available. Bring all you've got. I took more than 500 pictures on my last trip. If you don't have a telephoto lens you may wish you did to pull in that distant wildlife or scenic shot.

Military Boys Lounging

by spintobecca

These secuity forces from the 2003 Arctic Thunder Air Show. These boys were charge with crowd control and garbage duties. I wonder how they felt watching the pilots soar above the crowds? Truck, beverages, sunscreen

Turnagain Arm

by Stephen-KarenConn

When driving south from Anchorage on the Seward Highway, Hwy. #1, shortly after leaving the city you will come to a very scenic shore with the Chugach Mountains to your left and Turnagain Arm backed by the Kenai Peninsula to your right. The tracks of the Alaska Railway also parallel this route. This is one of the most scenic drives in all of Alaska.

Turnagain Arm was named by Captain James Cook in 1778, when he was forced to "turn" his ship back "again" after failing to find a river. The Arm is actually a glacial fjord filled with intertidal sediment. Here, and at nearby Kink Arm are the only places in the United States where a bore tide (a wall of water coming in with the tide) appears on a regular basis. The bore may be from 2 to 6 feet high and travel at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Depending on the tide, Turnagain Arm may appear as a wide body of water, or the biggest mudflat you have ever seen. Either way, it is beautiful, and deceptively dangerous.

Chugach State Park provides many recreational opportunities in this area. I camped one night in the park on an earlier trip to Alaska, but left because of posted warnings of recent agressive bear activity. The Turnagain Arm Trail through the park is a favorite with hikers.


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