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Gone With the Wynns: Richardson Highway part 1 – wild camping & crazy rafting

From the bloggers at Gone With the Wynns.

We had no idea we were entering Alaska’s Adventure Corridor when we rolled onto the Richardson Highway from Fairbanks headed for Valdez. Perhaps it was that lack of expectations that made this 368 mile drive so spectacular. What we can say, in all honesty: this is where our Alaska road trip adventures really began.

The Richardson Highway was Alaska’s first major road and has been drawing in those looking for riches, adventure and the unsoiled mountainous landscapes for decades. This was not only Alaska’s first road, but also the first trail into the interior of the state. Before this highway was built the only way of traveling into the heart of Alaska was by river.

Today it’s a stunning drive through the Chugach and Alaska mountain ranges with glimpses of the trans-Alaska pipeline carrying oil some 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay on the remote Arctic Ocean to the Port of Valdez, the end of the road and our planned destination.

To read the full story by Gone With the Wynns, click here.

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