Ok.. this is sort of an off the wall question but which city would you rather visit? Which has more to offer in terms of sights, things to do, places to see, interesting stuff etc..? I have heard very good things about Fairbanks and yest I have also heard good things about Valdez ie the drive to Valdez...
The reason I ask the question is because I am planning an 11 day RV trip through Alaska in July of this year and trying to make a choice between these two cities. If I I go to one, I cannot go to the other one. there is just not enough room in my itinerary. Also, I will be leaving Denali NP and driving to one of these two cites. I know the driving distances are very, very different and that reall doesnt matter. If I do decide to skip fairbanks and go to Valdez, what is the condition of the Denali Highway From Cantwell to Paxson? My RV company (Great Alaskan Holidays) allows restricted travel on this road meaning that I would have to drive very slow and check my tires frequently. In the event I did decide in favor of Valdez over Fairbanks, I would diffently consider driving the Denali Hwy over bactracking back down the Parks hwy to Anchorage and then over to Valdez. So please, if anyone has been to both places, driven to both places, stayed near both places (campgrounds) give me your feedback.