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“Stunning views on a brilliant road”
Review of Denali Highway

Denali Highway
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Denali Highway Jeep Excursion
Ranked #187 of 866 things to do in Alaska
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Owner description: Located midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, this highway leads to some interesting tundra hikes.
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We hired a car to visit Denali and Homer - a wise decision. Complimented by the stunning road vista's and excellent roads. Our little car handled the drive with ease.
Pity about the long areas of road being rebuilt, the long waits for your side to drive through - a small pain for progress
Alaska traffic is so well mannered and couteous.

2  Thank Richard K
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We drove about 15 miles along the road from Paxson, which is paved (hire car companies don't like you going on unpaved roads!). It had only just opened after winter,and the views were amazing. The air was so clean up there, and we only saw a couple of other cars.

There are restrooms part way along - possible toilets with the best view in world!

Lovely drive, we saw a moose grazing by the road on the way back.

Well worth a detour.

1  Thank Soozee
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

WOW! Denali Highway was the most spectacular drive EVER! The road is not that bad and the vistas unsurpassed. If you want to get away from it all and see true beauty do NOT hesitate to make this drive.

4  Thank PAGrammie
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

We drove the Denali Highway the first day it opened for the season. Don't be misled this "highway" is a gravel and dirt road for the most part. The warnings are true, you don't want to drive much faster than 25 or 35 miles an hour or you risk damaging your vehicle. But you don't want to drive too fast anyway, otherwise you might miss something. We saw a red fox - a mama - with kits somewhere nearby. We know because we heard their cries. More importantly we know because this shy retiring rare animal chose to cross back across the highway and lead us away from her den, periodiclly stopping to make sure we were following and giving us extraordinary photo ops. This was the highlight of an already extraordinary trip. Have a full tank of gas and pay attention to wheer the restaurants are. There is no gas on the highway and food is far between. Plan well.

6  Thank Cathy L
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Reviewed 15 November 2012 via mobile

Although this road is usually banned by rent a car places, we couldn't resist the drive. I strongly recommen the windshield insurance that I can only assume all rent a car companies offer up there. That being said we drove west to east( we have driven east to west on one occasion and we think the views are just as spectacular ) we didn't see much wildlife on either of our drives, mostly moose. We were lucky enough to have clear days so we could see the mountains. This road is notorious for potholes and roughness( for lack of any other word). You must drive slow and by doing this it will take 2 x's as long as you will think to drive this. Also just in case make sure you do have water blankets ect just incase you get stuck with car troubles. Also this is not a heavily travelled road, so consider yourself on your own. We had the unfortunate luck of a truck barreling down the road towards us and kicked up enough stones towards us to crack our windshield. This is where that insurance comes in( we had actually pulled to the side if the road and stopped knowing they were going too fast, but luck was not on our side)so word to the wise, relax, drive slowly and enjoy the sights!!!

6  Thank tripgirl74
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