We’ve spent the longest time in Alaska than we have in any other state this trip, but for very good reason. It makes up about 20% of the United State’s land mass. This state is HUGE! Considering that we made it up here we decided to spend some time touring the entirety of Alaska’s interior, in addition to hitting our goal of driving the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, Alaska. Our road trip route took us from Tok, AK to Fairbanks before hitting the Dalton Highway to the North.
Driving on most American roads today is anything but a challenge. They are mostly smooth, well lit, and generally safe. Alaska’s Dalton Highway, which takes you from Fairbanks, Alaska to the town of Deadhorse, is 414 miles of the exact opposite! While portions are now paved, it began as a gravel road designed to bring oil field equipment to the edge of the Arctic Ocean. The road is bumpy, icy, has many steep grades (over 10%), no guardrails, and takes you through Alaska’s Arctic Tundra! If you ask me that’s a perfect recipe for an exciting and challenging road trip!
Today we are embarking on our next Epic Road trip. On our last journey, we were two wandering souls who had just quit our jobs and went seeking a new life. As we leave this morning on our next trip, we head out with a different mind-set and a different mission. We are going on a grand adventure and driving from Key West, Florida to Dead Horse, Alaska. We planned a loose itinerary and aren’t sure if the weather will allow us to reach our final destination. Somehow that makes us happy. We are more interested in the journey along the way and the adventures it will bring. We could have planned this trip in the Summer when the roads are clear and there isn’t a threat of snow or ice, but we didn’t. Without a sense of the unknown it’s not truly an adventure, is it?
We had some fun gambling our way through Nevada and seeing the beautiful sights in Arizona and New Mexico, but it was time for that bitter sweet moment on every road trip, heading home! Of course home for us was still another 2163 miles away :-) We took a rambling route across New Mexico, through Roswell, then to San Antonio to see family for the Turkey Consumption Fest we Americans call Thanksgiving. Once that was over with, and we could once again fasten our pants, we cut through New Orleans to drink off the Family Induced Stress Syndrome and then finally made it to our home in the Miami area.
While taking road trips across the backroads of America and Canada we’ve come across some rather unique, funny, or just odd roadside attractions. We went through our library and put together this photo compilation of road trip attractions for your enjoyment!