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“Hidden Restaurant - Rika's Roadhouse”

Big Delta State Historical Park
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Hayward, California
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88 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hidden Restaurant - Rika's Roadhouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Came here on a guided escorted tour (I probably would not have stopped if I was driving on my own since I did not initially know this place was here).

See a recreation of a part of Alaska's transportation history.

Before automobiles and highways, you could probably travel only about 25-30 miles per day via coach or horse. There were a series of "roadhouses" with places to sleep and eat. Rika's Roadhouse gives you a view of that past with recreated facilities. Hear the story of how Rika, a Swedish immigrant, came to acquire the roadhouse from the owner, her employer, and then to later expand the roadhouse at the turn of the century.

Located on the Richardson Hwy on the way to or from Fairbanks.

Can purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, cold sandwiches, salads, chili, soup, drinks, etc. for lunch/break in the restaurant (rest rooms). Arranged cafeteria style. Reasonable prices for Alaska. Small gift shop from local artisans.

Spend about one to two hours to adequately look around. No entrance fee to simply look around.

Warning: Bring mosquito repellent since this place is next to the Delta River!

Visited July 2014
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Anchorage, Alaska
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Historical Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Hubby and I took the full loop from Anchorage to Fairbanks this summer, and spotted the park sign on our way down the Richardson Hwy. Never heard of the place so we stopped in to take a look see. What a great area! Rika's is a roadhouse built in the early 1900's by Swedish immigrants, mostly was inhabited by local pioneers and the military. the road has since been rebuilt and the tourist industry has moved on, but the cabins and lodge are now a historical landmark. Complete with campsite (and potty), room for RV's, museum and awesome hiking trails. Costs next to nothing to stay and hardly anyone there. Words of advice; take bear spray when hiking the trails, and food and water. Hiking trails are un-groomed and the restaurant is closed indefinately.

Visited July 2014
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Natchitoches, Louisiana
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43 reviews
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“Great walk-about”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

You want to see into Alaska back in the day? Then this is where to go. It's nice to be able to walk around to different buildings to see history. They even have sheep and chickens! If you are in the area it's worth the time to stop by. They also have a few camping spots for 5$ and just down the road there's a RV dump!

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Natchitoches, Louisiana
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

You want a true view of Alaska way back when then Rika roadhouse is where you need to be. Walk around the barn,cabins or roadhouse. Take alook at the sheep or chickens! See where the army stayed while building the Alcan highway! Also grab a meal and gift while you are there! Really amazing!

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Warsaw, Poland
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337 reviews
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“Rika's house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

Rika's Roadhouse near Delta Junction, historic house and meeting place for Alaskans since 1904. Old fur trade and guest house run by Rika, a Swedish, it was restored in 1970 and has retained its original charm .... Very good place for a break

Visited September 2012
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