Q. What are the best and worst times of year to drive the Alcan Highway? — Denny
A. Today’s Alcan experience is a lot different than a few years ago. The highway is all paved now. When I came to Alaska in 1971 it was 1200 miles of gravel! It is a very well maintained road, so you can truly come any time of the year. If you want to avoid extreme cold, however, you would probably opt to not come during December, January, and half of February. Also, the winter months are very dark and if you don’t like to drive in the dark, then you need to pick spring, summer or fall.
In mid winter there are not as many lodges, cafes, gas stations open as in summer….but still enough open that you can make it from one to the other; but don’t pass up any opportunities to top off your tank. There is a very good publication you can get from most booksellers called The Milepost. The Alcan is marked each mile by a mile marker, and this book will tell you what is ahead in the way of lodging, food, gas, etc.
Another thing to keep in mind is to bring a tape or cd player and plenty of tapes/discs, as there is not much radio reception in spots. Anyway, come on up! You’ll enjoy the trip and there are a bazillion animals to see along the way.