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Posted: 05/15/19 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fairbanks does have a lot to offer, beyond the uber-touristy stuff. Two examples are the UAF museum and their LARS (large animal research station); the paid tour/excursion/presentation at LARS I found quite informative, and I doubt there are too many other chances to get up close and personal with musk-oxen. Faribanks is also the starting out point for the Dalton Highway, speaking of gravel roads with exceptional scenery; the area around and through the Brooks range (Atigun pass) is especially spectacular.





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kohldad wrote:

Instead of going through Fairbanks, I was contemplating turning south at Delta Junction on A4 then taking the Denali Highway AK-8 over to A3 before heading south to Anchorage. Will still make the 30 mile jaunt from A3/AK-8 junction north to Denali Visitor Center. The thought is we would enjoy the scenery along the Denali Highway more than Fairbanks.

Or do you think there is enough to see in/around Fairbanks to go that direction?


If you decide on the Old Denali road there's a great bood docking spot near MM49.

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If I could only do one, I’d do the DenAli hwy.


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kohldad wrote:

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Most caravans will spend more time there than any other place.


I don't like doing the things that most caravaners like to do so that is a big turn off.


Agreed.

Denali Hwy was well worth the trip. One or two over nights works well for us. So amazingly beautiful. Much more so than the city of Fairbanks.

Each to their own.

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The photo in my signature shows why I would not miss the Denali Highway.


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Absolutely Right!!! The awesome picture in EEWally's profile says it all, well not all as any picture is just one piece of the pie. There are fabulous, unobstructed views in all directions and it was not crowded when I was there. With so many great places to go in Alaska it is hard to pick a favorite but this route has to rank right up there.

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It's been many years since I took the Denali Highway (did it because they were still completing the Parks Highway). But, despite its condition, the views were absolutely worth the slow pace. And seeing the huge Susitna River in a remote location with no houses or stores to mar the view was a reminder of how unpopulated much of Alaska remains.

I spent a week in Fairbanks two years ago, but, with your rig, I wouldn't hesitate to miss it and take the Denali Highway.


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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Just like I remember it.

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I'm a little late to the party but yes, the Denali Hwy is well worth the slow and sometimes rough drive. Great turnout spots to overnight, incredible views. I'm back in AK right now and am considering visiting Fairbanks this time but only to shop at Walmart. [emoticon]


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