**Updated : November 2022**
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If you've been following along our adventures, you know that by now we've driven the Alcan (short for Alaska-Canada) Highway twice now - once during Covid in 2021 when we weren't allowed to make any stops off the freeway except for gas, and again in 2022 when we took 3 weeks driving from Anchorage to Minneapolis, taking our sweet time to explore. With both of these trips and conversations with many others who've driven this stretch of road (most people living in Alaska have multiple times) we've gathered our best tips and pit stops and compiled them into one easy to read list.
Tips for Driving the Alaska Canada Highway
Before you begin, it's important to know a little bit about the Alaska Highway, also called the Alcan or Alaska-Canada Highways, a majority of which is in Canada. Beginning in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, the Alaska Highway makes its way North and West for just about 1,390 miles and through the Yukon Territory of Canada before ending in Delta Junction, Alaska. The first time we drove the highway we began in Dawson Creek, closer to the lower 48, but this most recent trip we began in Delta Junction, in Alaska. For planning purposes, we've put together our lists in chronological order with those closest to Dawson Creek first. If you're beginning in Alaska and making your way south, you simply need to work our lists from bottom to top! The Alaska Highway is not well maintained, and is considered one of the hardest roads to drive. We've heard plenty of stories of people needing to order car parts while driving because of a bump they hit, and getting stuck in the middle of nowhere for days at a time. However, the views are incredible and we highly recommend driving this route at least once in your lifetime!
As promised, our 5 best tips for attempting this drive are as follows (always erring on the side of caution, of course) :
Best Stops on the Alaska Highway
Places to Stay
There are a variety of places to stay along the Alaska Highway, although we highly recommend reading reviews before hand to avoid bed bugs and spending way too much for what you're getting! On our most recent trip, we stayed at :
Places to Eat
Eating along the Alaska Highway can be quite difficult, especially if you enjoy fresh/healthy foods, however we gathered a list of places we stopped at and enjoyed :
Things to Do
Contrary to what many people think, there are plenty of incredibly beautiful and unique places to stop along the Alaska Highway, our personal favorites are :
Overall, there is plenty to do along the Alaska Highway, and I'm sure if you get out there to explore you'll find something new! Just stay cautious of where you're at and how much gas you have. ;)
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