How to Get to McCarthy  (7:06)

Alaska’s most famous ghost town, Kennicott is an old mining village that retains Gold Rush relics, while McCarthy is a sister village, 5 miles away. Today, both are laid-back towns that offer history, scenery, and a taste of old Alaska. You’ll find:

Getting to McCarthy

Drive: Getting to McCarthy / Kennicott is part of the experience. The drive is approximately 7 hours from Anchorage and 8 hours from Fairbanks, and the final 2 hours are on the scenic, rugged McCarthy Road. This is a gravel road, and many Alaska car rental companies don’t allow their vehicles on non-paved roads. Alaska 4x4 Rentals, and Alaska Overlander, based in Anchorage, do. At the end of the McCarthy Road is the footbridge into McCarthy. Cars aren't permitted in town, so park your vehicle and walk across.

Fly: Copper Valley Air Service provides scheduled flights between Anchorage and McCarthy and Glennallen and McCarthy. An alternative is to drive approximately 6 hours from Anchorage to Chitina, and then fly into McCarthy with Wrangell Mountain Air.

McCarthy-Kennicott Map

McCarthy-Kennicott Maps

Things to Do in McCarthy-Kennicott


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