Alaska Highway (Border to Delta Junction)
The Alaska Highway, sometimes known as the ALCAN (Alaska-Canada Highway), is the only way to drive up to Alaska from the lower 48s. While the trip in total from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska is 1,387 miles, the drive from Port Alcan at the border is closer to 200 miles. This guide will give you good reason to make stops between the border and Delta Junction, where the Alaska Highway meets the Richardson Highway.
Not all rental vehicles are allowed on this road, so check with your rental agency before you travel. Or, rent from a company that allows their vehicle on gravel roads, like Alaska 4x4 Rentals, Alaska Overlander, or Alaska Auto Rental.
Driving Guide Points
Taylor Highway (Hwy 5) is open seasonally from April to mid-October. Conditions of the road can range anywhere between good to poor and depend heavily on weather and maintenance. Keep in mind that there are very limited services or facilities available along the road past Eagle.
Here you can see what remains of the old Fortymile Roadhouse. In 1959, the Fortymile Roadhouse served Alaska Highway travelers who were heading up the new Forty-mile and Eagle Highway, now the Taylor Highway, which was still under construction with only about 20 miles of road finished. The roadhouse offered cabins, meals, a grocery store and a garage with gas and oil. The roadhouse closed in 1985.
Tour of an Alaskan homestead. Includes a tour of the homestead log house, green house and gardens, visiting an authentic Alaska freight dog team, having a look around the barns, corrals and out buildings, viewing livestock and an authentic operating sawmill that furnishes all the lumber used on the homestead. Also view a large selection of historical farming and mining equipment. Hours Call for hours Admission Donations ...more