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Old 09-09-2010, 10:58 PM
 
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I just got accepted to a residency program in Anchorage & will have to relocate there for atleast 3 years. I am wondering if a road trip from Kansas is realistic. I know nothing about Anchorage & have never even been there. I googled driving directions & its about 3,500 miles!!! It's estimated to take 2-3days. I'm wondering if anyone out there has ever taken a road trip into Anchorage rather than flying. Would it be wise to have a 4 wheel drive/All Wheel Drive vehicle if I decide to drive? I have a front wheel drive SUV & everyone is telling me to trade it in for a 4wheel drive due to the terrain(icy roads, ect.).
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:43 PM
 
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It will take you at least 5 days.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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2-3 days is without stopping at all. You'll take longer. Heck, take at least a week and have fun on the trip. I just drove from Tampa to Valdez in seven days (most days driving 12-15 hours with two drivers, which wasn't too bad) and would like to have made it a longer trip. The best parts of the drive were Banff/Jasper and around Muncho Lake. We went in early June and it was beautiful aside from some rain in Montana and terrible traffic in Denver and Calgary (beware of terrible Denver drivers and ridiculous Calgary road signs!). The road was pretty good for the most part, except for a ~20-mile section in the Yukon near the Alaska border, which was about the worst highway I've ever driven on. But we got through it okay, even with my truck loaded pretty heavily. It was more an annoyance than anything, really.

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Old 09-10-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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except for a ~20-mile section in the Yukon near the Alaska border, which was about the worst highway I've ever driven on. But we got through it okay, even with my truck loaded pretty heavily. It was more an annoyance than anything, really.
Are you sure it was only 20 miles? Try from Destruction Bay to Beaver Creek! This is by far the worst part of the highway. In my winter drives I've never used four wheel drive in my truck. It would be handy up here in Alaska along with a good set of studded tires.

I made it to Montana in 3.5 days in June. Four days coming back through the Seattle area.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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When does your job start?

How to Drive to Alaska in the Winter - ExploreNorth
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I've driven here from the lower 48 many times. It is a truly glorious drive and I would advise you to take your time and enjoy it. As far as your car goes, my 1989 honda civic hatchback made it here beautifully two years ago during the late fall.

A road trip is an adventure, flying is boring!!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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When will you be coming here? That might make somewhat of a difference!
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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My job doesn't start until June 2011. So, I'll probably be taking the road trip sometime in March or April.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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Smile Can anyone recomend a moving company for move to anchorage, alaska?

Can anyone recomend a good moving company that can move furnitures & a car from Kansas to Anchorage Alaska. Also, what is the average price I expect to pay. Im trying to decide whether to sell my furnitures or pay a moving company. I hear how everything is more expensive in Alaska w/c is why im considering moving my furnitures.
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:11 AM
 
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I just got accepted to a residency program in Anchorage & will have to relocate there for atleast 3 years. I am wondering if a road trip from Kansas is realistic. I know nothing about Anchorage & have never even been there. I googled driving directions & its about 3,500 miles!!! It's estimated to take 2-3days. I'm wondering if anyone out there has ever taken a road trip into Anchorage rather than flying. Would it be wise to have a 4 wheel drive/All Wheel Drive vehicle if I decide to drive? I have a front wheel drive SUV & everyone is telling me to trade it in for a 4wheel drive due to the terrain(icy roads, ect.).
Many people drive it during the summer and winter. During the summer, you don't need AWD or 4WD, but during the winter I'd recommend it. It's a great drive, especially the part through Canada. Get a copy of the Milepost and make a road trip out of it or at least stop at a hot springs to relax before driving again.
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