Driving Tour activities in Alaska
The most intimate, highly recommended tours run by local raconteur Richard Beneville offer everything from two-hour evening tundra-exploration drives to full-day excursions to Teller, where you'll drop in on an Inupiat family, or to Council, with fishing along the way.
Though the Dalton is slowly being tamed - since 2000 around 130 miles have been paved - it's still not a road that suffers fools. In summer the 28ft-wide corridor is a dusty minefield of potholes, its embankments littered with blown tires. Paint scratches and window chips are inevitable, which is why most car-rental companies don't allow their vehicles here. There are few services, such as telephones, tire repair, fuel and restaurants, and none for the final 225 miles from Wiseman to Deadhorse.
The road is open year-round, but you should only tackle it between late May and early September, when there's virtually endless light and little snow and ice. Drive with headlights…