Worth a Trip: George Parks Highway

This ribbon of highway, drizzled ever so lovingly over vast stretches of wilderness, offers one of Alaska’s top road journeys. From a beginning at the junction with Glenn Hwy (35 miles north of Anchorage), the Parks Hwy runs 327 miles to Fairbanks, Alaska’s third-largest city. Along the way it’s a veritable Denali Alley, with a state park, national park and highway named after the Great One. And while there’s no doubt about everyone’s final destination, the rest is no mere sideshow. There are views that won’t be outdone later, a half-dozen local-favorite hikes and paddles, and one spunky former boomtown that’s now most everyone’s idea of a good time.

Mileposts along the highway indicate distances from Anchorage.