Alaska is unlike other places in the U.S. and even most places throughout the world. It’s a massive and largely uninhabited state, and there’s an abundance of wilderness and diverse scenery to explore. It’s the perfect place for an RV road trip.
The big problem with Alaska isn’t finding things to do. The problem is being able to narrow them all down. There’s no way to briefly cover all the places to go during an Alaska RV trip, but the following are some of the top spots you can’t miss if you’re working on your itinerary.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park is one of the most famous and popular places to visit in Alaska. Denali features the highest mountain in North America, which is Mount McKinley. The park is six million stunning, unique acres filled with alpine mountain ranges, glaciers, valleys and more.
Denalis is located between Anchorage and Fairbanks, and visitors will see wildlife including reindeer, wolves, and bears. There are also the Sled Dog Kennels located in Denali, where you can see the Huskies in action.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Tracy Arm Fjord is just south of Juneau, and it’s one of the places a lot of cruises stop when they go to Alaska. A visit to Tracy Arm Fjord will let you see glacier caves and icebergs, along with the surrounding Tongass National Forrest.
There are the twin Sawyer Glaciers located at the top of the fjord as well, and it’s not uncommon to see whales and seals while you’re there.
Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is located in the panhandle portion of Alaska, just west of Jueanu. Glacier Bay includes hundreds of thousands of acres of rugged natural beauty.
Glacier Bay National Park features mountains, rainforests, and coastlines, and it’s one of the largest protected areas in the world.
The Alaska Highway
Traveling by RV along the Alaska Highway is both a journey and a destination if you’re road tripping in the state.
The Alaska Highway starts at Mile 0 in British Columbia. It then takes drivers through the Yukon Territory and to the Delta Junction.
The highway goes for 1400 miles, and some of the stops to make along the way include Dawson Creek in British Columbia, where you begin, the Sign Post Forest at Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, and the Continental Divide of the Americas, which starts at Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska.
The Iditarod National Historic Trail
Finally, the Iditarod National Historic Trail is the only National Scenic Trail in the state, and it has a trail network of more than 2,300 miles between Nome and Seward. Nome is on the Bering Strait, while Seward is located close to Anchorage.
The trail is best known for being home of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and there are excellent views of glaciers, mountains, and wildlife throughout. The trail is used mostly in winter, but some hikers do portions of the trail during the summer, such as the Crow Pass Trail.