ALCAN | History, Tips, Fast Facts
If you’re thinking of driving to Alaska or doing a DIY Alaska move, you’ll likely find yourself on the historic (and scenic!) Alaska Highway at some point. Since its official opening in 1948, this major route has played a significant role in Alaska’s history and continued development.
In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know about the Alaska Highway. You’ll get a brief history of the road, a few interesting facts and figures, and our tips for navigating the Alaska Highway safely and easily.
Let’s start with the basics.
What, Exactly, Is the Alaska Highway?
Over the years, construction and re-routing changed the length of the road, and the mileposts were never updated. As a result, if you start from Dawson Creek, you’ll see slight discrepancies between your mileage and the Historic Mileposts. By the time you cross the Alaska-Yukon border, that discrepancy goes up to 40 miles (mile 1182.2/Historical Mile 1222).
I’ve heard the Alaska Highway goes all the way to Fairbanks!
Technically, the Alaska Highway ends at Delta Junction. The road (Alaska Route 2) continues on to Fairbanks, although it’s called Richardson Highway after the intersection with Delta Junction. Drive Richardson Highway another 96 miles and you’ll be in Fairbanks.