Location: Alaska, USA
Length: 482 km (299 miles)
Width: 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 9
Operating times: open all year
via AK-1 and AK-4 N
Route: from Anchorage to Valdez
The Anchorage to Valdez Road Description
The drive from Anchorage to Valdez is the route that will show you the best Alaska has to offer. There are many scenic vistas to enjoy during the 6 to 7 hours drive and the road itself won’t disappoint. Its winding design is a treat for avid drivers. Your driving skills are important on such a long and winding road, but what’s even more important is to be able to enjoy every twist and turn this road has to offer. Along your way, you will see several mountain ranges, glaciers and, overall, a spectacular landscape.
This drive has around 300 miles and will get you from Anchorage to Valdez or the other way around. It’s a route that you can do by plane, but you would miss the amazing scenery you can see by driving on this road. Valdez city is located on the north shore of the port with the same name. This is a deep water fjord, often referred to as “Little Switzerland”. The city of Valdez is surrounded by breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains you can enjoy when here.
The road connecting the two cities is the Richardson Highway. It also connects them to Fairbanks and Canada. If you start your journey from Anchorage, drive North to Palmer and then turn right on Glenn Highway. Near Glennallen, turn right onto the Richardson Highway.
The road quality is great, so you don’t have to worry about that. You can focus on what the road offers and the views of these areas.
When here, take your time and allow yourself to enjoy this highway and the scenery surrounding it. You will also want to stop by and admire the views. Along the way, you will find a few roadside lodges and campgrounds.
The road is asphalted and smooth, just as the journey. There’s nothing better than a food quality road, that will allow you to feel every slide on the serpentines and offer you a memorable experience. You can also split this in two days and stop by in one of the places along the way for a more leisure drive. There is no need to hurry when you’re in such a beautiful place.
Photo sources: https://www.alwaysonthewaytravel.com/2017/02/19/anchorage-to-valdez/,