Continued from Driving Alaska: A Pictorial Journey Through the Last Frontier - Sterling Highway Part 1

From Anchorage we took the Parks Highway to Fairbanks (~30,000), stopping to view Mt. McKinely in Denali National Park. This highway is fairly remote, and there was still a significant amount of snow along most of the terrain.

Very few towns, stores or other services. The highlights were Wal*Mike's and Mt. McKinley.

Still winter in Alaska

Your local Wal-Mike's

Not an uncommon sight in rural Alaska

The first reindeer we've seen

Majestic Mount McKinley - she could be seen above the mountains from 150 miles away

Mt McKinley Resort

We had to turn back to get this unexpected shot



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  1. Marina K. Villatoro

    Great pictures. I was in Alaska ages ago, but never made it to the main land. I hung out in Juneu up to Skagway.

    I fell in love with Alaska! If it wasn’t so cold, I would’ve considered living there.

  2. bret @ green global travel

    Nice shots! were you guys able to get a clear view of Mt McKinley? we were worried because it was obscured by clouds most of the day we made our way out to Wonder Lake, but by the time we got almost there the clouds dispersed and we got great shots of Denali in her full glory. Such a great place…

  3. Sam

    Did you camp in the national park? My girlfriend and I are heading to Alaska for a couple of months (Aug-Oct) and trying to figure out how to do stuff. We’ll probably be backpacking but really not sure about the logistics yet. Open to buying a car but problem is we want to do the inside passage and not sure how much we could access by ride. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


    • Rachel

      No, we didn’t. It was April, and still very cold, and not all of the park was open.

      There is one main loop through Alaska – connecting Tok to Anchorage to Fairbanks and back to Tok (with the Sterling Highway that juts down to Seward and Homer). Other than that, the rest of Alaska is accessible by float plane 😉

      We have some friends in Homer that can show you around, if you head that way.

  4. Sam

    Yes all the documentaries on Alaska seem to use a float plane. Sure that would get very expensive very fast. Thanks, not sure if we’ll be heading to Homer at this stage in our planning but that would be great if we do!

    • Rachel

      Yes, it can get pricey. Homer is awesome, we really enjoyed it. It has a gorgeous view of the Kachemak Bay (it sits right on it) and great fishing 🙂


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