The Alaska Highway (formerly known as the AlCan) was built during WWII to connect the United States to its (then) territory of Alaska through Canada. It opened to the public in 1948, when much of the route was still rough and unpaved. Quite a few tourists who braved it bought the bumper sticker that said "We survived the Alcan."
Now paved over its entire length, it's fairly smooth driving. Not the worst road we've ever driven by far. Not even the worst one in Alaska. But we honored the history of those who went before by taking the obligatory picture of the start of the highway -- at Dawson Creek BC. (Only, for us, Dawson Creek was the end rather than the beginning of the road.)
Like just about everywhere in Alaska, the drive-by scenery along the Highway was stupendous.
But also like everywhere else in the State, there are only two seasons: Winter and Road Construction. One time, we followed this pilot car for over 15 miles. Road crews keep very busy repairing frost heaves and other weather damage.
Of course, the scenery was even better when we could get out of the car to explore and we felt fortunate to be able to do that.
From the Alaska Milepost guidebook:
"The Alaska Highway begins (or ends) at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, BC. The first 613 miles/987 km of the Alaska Highway are in British Columbia, where it is designated BC Highway 97 North.
The highway travels in a northwesterly direction to the Yukon border near Watson Lake, YT (Historical Mile 635). From there it continues as Yukon Highway 1, crossing 577 miles/929 km of Yukon to Port Alcan on the Alaska border.
The Alaska Highway crosses into Alaska at Historical Mile 1221.8, where it becomes Alaska Route 2. From this international border, it is 200 miles/322 km to Delta Junction, AK (Historical Mile 1422), the official end of the Alaska Highway. "
We drove all of it. Not in one fell swoop -- parts of it at a time with side jaunts here and there. We stayed overnight in Delta Junction (the end/beginning of the Highway) on August 2 and we got the other end at Dawson Creek on the 5th of September. Even covering all those miles, that gave us some time to explore.
So we survived the Alcan Highway -- even though we did it backwards. (There might be a metaphor for our life in there somewhere!)
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