Can we just ctrl+v and paste the word 'wow' over and over again? No? Let's earn our pay, then: the Richardson is…beautiful. In good light, wildflowers shimmer in the wind, while off in the distance the sheltering shoulders of the Alaska and Chugach Mountains stand guard. In the mist, the road cuts through a grey, severe series of tundra valleys, dark forests and rushing rivers. Every step of the way there are chances to hike, cycle (many cyclists go ahead and do the entire route) and stop for photos.
Alaska’s first highway, the Richardson runs 366 miles from Fairbanks to Valdez, although the 98-mile stretch between Fairbanks and Delta Junction is popularly considered part of the Alcan. At mile marker 265, you'll reach Delta Junction; from here the Alcan branches away to the east while the Richardson heads south. Mile Marker 0 is in Valdez.