Denali and Anchorage
Delta Junction was chosen as the end point of the Alaska Highway due to its proximity to several nearby military airfields, including Fort Greely, just a few miles from town. Not unlike Dawson Creek, B.C., Delta Junction features a monument celebrating its location as the end of the highway, and your Alaska Highway photo set wouldn’t be complete without a stop here.
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Fairbanks is known as the Golden Heart City; the slogan refers both to the city’s gold rush history and its warm and welcoming residents. Popular recreational options include soaking at nearby Chena Hot Springs Resort, floating the Chena River as it winds through town, golfing at midnight under the summer sun or dining out on the deck of one of several riverfront restaurants.
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Denali National Park is home to Denali, which at 20,310 feet is the tallest mountain in North America and sits in the midst of 6 million acres of unspoiled wilderness where bears, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, fox, bald eagles and many other species reside.
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Alaska’s largest city is also its most urbane, with excellent dining and shopping and a vibrant downtown. The city’s proximity to a wide range of recreational activities, its extensive trail network and its excellent cultural facilities make it a great place to linger for a few days.
Anchorage is known for its parks and trails, including the nearby Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. As you head south toward the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll drive right past the refuge. Keep an eye out for beautiful white tundra swans and other migratory birds, beaver, moose and fish in the waters of the marsh.
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