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Is the Alaska Highway Worth Driving?
The Alaska Highway is 100% worth driving at least once in your life - and it's actually something I tell everyone to add to their bucket list. The drive is long, bumpy, and sometimes a little sketchy, but I promise the experience will leave you in awe. With incredible views, wildlife encounters, and hot springs this is one adventure that is unlike any other. Let's just say there's a reason many Alaskans have driven the stretch more than 10 times. If you don't feel like heading over to my other post will all our best tips, then I'll go ahead and summarize them below :
15 Attractions Not to Miss
1. The Alaska Highway Sign
The Alaska Highway begins in Dawson Creek, Canada. Located right at the intersection in town, you'll see the infamous, white "Alaska Highway" sign that many drivers and visitors opt to take a photo with.
2. Kiskatinaw River Bridge
This historical bridge was built in 1962, and offers stunning views of the river valley below. At 531 feet long, this wooden bridge actually took longer to build than the entire Alaska highway (9 months vs. 8 months). Although it's a little off of the main highway, you can still drive across the bridge before turning around!
3. Fort Nelson Heritage Museum
Having just expanded in May, this museum features a large collection of vehicles, equipment, and other unique items - some of which date all the way back to World War II. Admission is $10 per adult and the museum is located just off the main highway near mile marker 300.
4. Summit Lake
This stunning, blue lake just happens to have a campground that's the highest point on the entire Alaska Highway! With beautiful views, this is a great place to stop for a picnic - or, if you just want to visit, then check out this tour to Summit Lake from Skagway, Alaska!
5. Muncho Lake
A mere 10 hours down the road from Summit Lake and closer to Alaska is Muncho Lake, another great area for a picnic or overnight stop at the Northern Rockies Lodge. Another beautiful blue lake with stunning views, exceptional fishing, and guided floatplane tours nearby - this is one place you won't want to miss on the drive to Alaska.
6. Liard Hot Springs
My personal favorite stop on the entire Alaska Highway, we stayed the night at the Liard Hot Springs Lodge & RV Park for one night and took advantage of the incredible hot springs nearby. Also a buffalo hot spot, there's an electrical fence surrounding certain areas of the hot spring and campground that you need to walk through to get to the hot springs, which costs $5 per person. They have a bathroom and cubbies, with multiple pools of varying temperatures - making it perfect after a long drive!
7. Sign Post Forest
This unique stop is one of the most visited along the Alaska Highway. A forest unlike any other, visitors from all over the world bring house signs, license plates, and other random items like shoes and tack them onto any open tree space they can find. Chances are you could play and complete the license plate game right here.
8. Continental Divide
The continental divide is the place that divides North America's water flow, where one side flows to the east and the other flows towards the west. On mile 699 of the Alaska Highway, you can stop at this rest area that has a bathroom and gas station before hiking the 10 minutes towards Rancheria River and Falls.
9. Kluane National Park & Preserve
Kluane National Park & Preserve is a stunning wilderness are in the Yukon. Known for long hikes, mountaineering adventures and multi-day rafting trips - this is another excellent road side attraction that offers the perfect opportunity to get out and stretch your legs. This national park also has 17 of Canada's 20 tallest mountains. If you're not sure about visiting on your own, then try this day trip from Whitehorse!
10. Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge & Park
Another favorite stop of mine, the Miles Canyon Suspension bridge has a parking lot and is an easy hike to get down to the bridge. When we visited, there was no one else there and we had the entire place to ourselves. With stunning views of the canyon and some of the bluest water I've ever seen, I highly recommend a stop here to stretch your legs and cross over the 85 foot long bridge. They don't have many tours here, butthis 2 hour audio tour will guide you through the entire area!
11. Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs
The only spot on my list that I haven't visited myself, the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs is a spot I've been recommended multiple times. Even though I haven't gone myself yet, I've heard that this newly renovated hot springs is a great place to unwind, although not as "natural" as Liard Hot Springs.
12. Alaska Welcome Sign
The famous blue and yellow Alaska Welcome Sign is located right past the Canada/USA border. Once you pass immigration, you'll be able to pull off into a large parking area, where you can also easily grab a photo with the famous sign. If you look on the back, you might also find Tyler and I's sticker for our "Raarup Adventures" blog and social media accounts!
13. Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
An area known for birding that borders Wrangell St. Elias National Park, this wildlife refuge follows the Alaska Highway for 65 miles. With multiple pull offs along the highway, the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is known for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and like I mentioned above birding!
14. Mukluk Land
One of the more unique stops on the Alaska Highway, Mukluk Land was developed in 1985 and houses a collection of unique sculptures and vehicles that you can explore for only $5 per adult. Not to mention they have a bouncy house and mini golf - so this is a great stop for families!
15. Wrangell St. Elias National Park
One of eight national parks in Alaska, Wrangell St. Elias is one of my favorites to visit. With 2 entrances, the Alaska Highway goes right by the North entrance, with a little detour required to get to the more popular South entrance. There's also more to do at the South Entrance, but if you're just looking for a place to camp or stretch your legs then this is a great option - just remember your National Parks Pass!
Other Alaska blog posts you might be interested in :
-> Is the Alaska Highway Paved?
-> Where to Rent Bear Spray in Alaska
-> 7 Best Tours in Alaska
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