When you think of Alaska, you might imagine incredible areas of ice-covered tundra with little to see, but the reality is that road trips in Alaska provide travelers with some of the most breathtaking and varied landscapes around. From ancient ice glaciers and deep valleys to coastal roads, mountain tracks and national parks, the geography of Alaska is awe-inspiring and perfect for a road trip.
Whether you fancy a drive through forests in national parks, past rising ice glaciers or along brutal and beautiful coastal roads, here is a list of some of the best road trips in Alaska
Old Glenn Highway
Traveling on the Old Glenn Highway through to Palmer, drivers will be transported back in time, where the environment feels ancient and the landscape is filled with state parks and the sight of Bodenburg Butte - a mountainous region that rises from the land, imposing over the icy terrain.
Southeast of Anchorage you will find the Portage Valley, and some of the best roads to enjoy a road trip in all of Alaska. This route is perfect for lovers of adventure and the great outdoors and includes a natural history visitors center.
Denali Park Road
This route runs from McKinley Park to Kantishna, a whopping 148 kilometers of scenic roads and opportunities for those wanting to spot wildlife. Those who take the ride will witness incredible alpine geography and the possibility of spotting rare wildlife.
Turnagain Arm Drive
Traveling south of Anchorage you will find the Seward Highway, a stretch of road that travels alongside the shore of the Turnagain Arm. Nearby Chugach State Park provides jaw-dropping mountain scenery and snowcapped peaks that frame the sandy coastline.
For those who want a true taste of isolation and are looking for the essence of "off the beaten track", the Nome-Teller Highway is the perfect road. This incredible route runs within 90 kilometers of Russia and is the closest that you can get to the Bering Strait Land Bridge.
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