Top of the World Highway
The name isn’t completely arbitrary--For most of the ride you drive along the peaks and crests of mountains and hills, leaving you a view of the valleys below. Though only open in the summer months, this 79 mile gravel-road has some spectacular views of the Alaska Range, and can take you on your way to Dawson City in the Yukon.
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 Overlander or Alaska Auto Rental.
Points of Interest
Whether you’re traveling the Taylor to the Top of the World Highway and Dawson City, or into Alaska from Dawson City, do take this diversion into the Yukon River village of Eagle.
Here, you are 64 miles south of the historic town of Eagle, and 14 miles west of Canada and Dawson City. If it is a clear day you will be able to see Canada’s Ogilvie Mountains in the northeast. From here to Eagle the road becomes very narrow and more dangerous for large trailers and oversized vehicles.
These mountains are filled with gold and other minerals, and they’re also filled with moose, caribou, bear, and tales of the gold rush.
One of the First Roadhouses in Alaska