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Old 05-11-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks AK and loving it.
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So, quick recap, my hubby and I just moved up here in Feb. to fairbanks. We really want to see as much of alaska as we can while we are stationed here. But my question being, where are the more scenic places you get, while driving. I know that a lot of this place is inaccessible without a plane, but thats not exactly an option. Just wondering if you had opinions on must see places. And if you feel a place is really just a Must-see no matter how you have to get there, tell me that too. Just mention the alternative transportation XD Thanks guys
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Do the mini loop. Drive down to Cantwell and hit the Denali Highway and cut across to Paxson, great drive. Head north up the Richardson Highway back to Fairbanks.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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So, quick recap, my hubby and I just moved up here in Feb. to fairbanks. We really want to see as much of alaska as we can while we are stationed here. But my question being, where are the more scenic places you get, while driving. I know that a lot of this place is inaccessible without a plane, but thats not exactly an option. Just wondering if you had opinions on must see places. And if you feel a place is really just a Must-see no matter how you have to get there, tell me that too. Just mention the alternative transportation XD Thanks guys
Why is flying not an option? One of the things you'll soon enough come to realize about Alaskans is that we fly. We have more airplanes and more pilots per capita than just about anywhere. And we are mobile, which often means flying is the only way to go, and we do! We fly in private planes, in jets, on mail planes, and everything in between. Scheduled flights go everywhere that people live, and charters go everywhere else if that's your bent.

From Fairbanks you've got some really truly great possibilities for sight seeing, both on the road system and flying. Drive to Circle. Drive as far north as you can handle it on the Dalton. Definitely drive to Tok and then on down as close to Anchorage as you can deal with, including, if possible a trip all the way to Valdez back to Anchorage and down to the Kenai and then up the Parks highway back to Fairbanks. There just isn't much of any way to describe the scenery on the trip from Fairbanks to Tok to Anchorage. You'll have to see it to believe it.

But that is the part of Alaska that is in many ways just about exactly like any similar stretch of miles in the Lower-48! There are a few really special places you can drive too, but it ain't nothing compared to what you can fly to in Alaska! Nome, Dillngham, Bethel, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Barrow, Kaktovik, Ruby, Aniak, McGrath, Galena, Anaktuvuk Pass, Elim, Shaktoolik, Shishmaref, etc etc etc. There is nothing like any of them in the Lower-48. It's more adventure, and more education, than you can begin to imagine for even one of those places.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Definitely Valdez. And the Kenai Peninsula.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Drive to Prudhoe/Deadhorse. In the fall the colors are amazing.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: alaska
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Do the mini loop. Drive down to Cantwell and hit the Denali Highway and cut across to Paxson, great drive. Head north up the Richardson Highway back to Fairbanks.
We did this drive over the weekend. Also drove into Denali National Park. Road is in good shape and seen tons of wildlife. I would recommend this drive.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Denali Highway is open? Sweet! Might have to take a detour on my way to Fairbanks on Friday.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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The drive down to Valdez is great. The Denali Highway is great. The Dalton is great. These are all great for camping weekends as well. Lol we are surrounded by greatness all accessable from the road. The weekend of June 12 is Chickenstock in downtown Chicken, Alaska. Chickenstock Music Festival 2010 | Facebook

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Old 05-11-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Hmmm, let me think.
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Definitely Valdez. And the Kenai Peninsula.

I second these. I highly suggest going to the Kenai Peninsula. PLan several days and bring a tent and fishing rod!
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:47 PM
 
Location: state of confusion
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how expensive is it to fly within AK? Commercial or any other way.
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