Welcome to The Alcan-Alaska Highway
The highway was famously punched through the wilderness in a mere eight months in 1942, as part of a WWII effort to protect Alaska from expansionist Japan. Commonly known as the Alcan, short for ‘Alaska–Canada Military Hwy,’ it remains the only year-round overland route that links the 49th state to the Lower 48.
Approximately 300 of its miles, paved and well maintained, are within Alaska, between Fairbanks and the Yukon Territory border. The 98-mile stretch from Delta Junction to Fairbanks is ‘technically’ the Richardson Hwy, but most figure this to be the final leg of the Alcan and we, too, treat it as such.