Alaska is a beautiful state, but it’s also separated from the mainland United States by Canada. As a result, many of the visitors who arrive by car are coming either from Canada or from the United States and driving many hours to get there.
There are two main driving routes to Alaska on Stewart-Cassiar Highway or by Dawson Creek. Both combine into the Alaska Highway when drivers leave British Columbia and enter the Yukon Territory. From there, drivers enter Alaska and head west toward their final destination in Anchorage.
The trouble with driving from somewhere like the tip of Washington to Alaska is how long it takes. The Alaska Highway is 1,387 miles long (with the Stewart-Cassiar Highway just around 120 miles shorter). There are few drivers on these highways, which means that you may feel comfortable and not pay attention as well as you should. Stay alert, though, if you plan to take a drive to Alaska because animals often enter the roadway.
Another thing to remember is that much of the route could have potholes (and large ones, at that). Look for markings indicating holes ahead, and slow down to be able to avoid them. Take time to look at the weather forecast before heading out, and avoid driving at night.
Driving to Alaska, and even in Alaska, on the way to Anchorage has its risks, but the journey can be amazing if you take the time to prepare for it. Be cautious, so you and your friends and family can arrive in Anchorage safely. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in case of a collision. If you are hit, be prepared to call for emergency help and assist those who are injured until emergency teams can arrive. If you suffer injuries or if a loved one is killed, an attorney can help you pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and more.