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Old October 9th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Default How is the drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks?

We are flying into Anchorage for a Southbound Radiance cruise next June. My husband used to live in Fairbanks, so he wants to take me there. He doesn't like to plan as far in advance as I do!! I see through mapping it, the distance is 360 miles and mapquest/googlemaps show it as 6 hours. Are we really going to be driving 60 mph there? I just want to know what I'm getting in to. I wanted to plan a stop or two on the way up and another on the way back so I'm trying to figure out times...
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Old October 9th, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Much of the way the speed limit is 55mph and a two-lane road. You can normally count on some construction along the way during the summer. Although you might be able to make it in 6 hours the bigger question would be why. If Denali is out you may want to at least stop for some gawking. An overnight at the park entrance would allow you to take a shuttle back into the park. Certainly a highlight of an Alaska visit for many. From there Fairbanks is only a couple hours.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 04:36 PM
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Thanks. Not doing Denali on this trip, but I would like to make some stops along the way and venture into the small towns. This sounds like it will be manageable!
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Old October 9th, 2013, 06:27 PM
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I always figure 5 hours from Anchorage to Denali and another 2 hours from Denali to Fairbanks. Very rarely do I get under those driving times. Google Maps and Mapquest mileage within Alaska is accurate but driving times simply are not.

If you want to make stops, you have to add to those 7 hours. I would probably take an overnight at least in one direction if you are driving there and back.

So if you make stops for meals and gas, that could add 2 hours to the trip. Then if you stop for sightseeing or to drive into Talkeetna, you certainly have to add another 1-??? hours. You are looking at a 10-12 hour drive each way.
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Old October 10th, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Thanks. Not doing Denali on this trip, but I would like to make some stops along the way and venture into the small towns. This sounds like it will be manageable!
"Small towns" are few, and miles of unoccupied space. I suggest you get a copy of THE MILEPOST, which will offer way more.

I would allow at least 8 hours for the drive. Brief stops are going to be needed. You may also want to consider leaving Denali Park as a possibility? Have you been to mainland Alaska before? How much time are you allowing?
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We did this exact drive last summer and it took 7-10 hours.
We made several stops(gas, food, photo ops) and had to stop for construction several times.
The only towns we stopped in were Denali and Talkeetna (which was around 30 minutes off the main road). There really aren't any other small towns to stop into. Curious why you don't want to see Denali as you will go right through it and it is the number 1 attraction in Alaska.
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