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The only road through North Alaska, often hiked and camped beside.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“arctic ocean” (16 reviews)
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Coldfoot, AK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked the three day tour from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. Our guide, John, drove five of us along the Dalton Highway. This was in early September, so it was fall - beautiful fall colors of gold, red, orange, interspersed with vivid, deep green. There...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Talk about an amazing drive. I drove from Coldfoot to Fairbanks as part of a tour and the drive is breathtaking. This is the only highway through northern Alaska and was built essentially for the pipeline. The history behind it is incredible. The road can...More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

One of those once in a lifetime experiences for a couple from the Chicago suburbs. A drive up the Dalton Hwy. to the north slope and polar bears. Plenty of beautiful scenery and wildlife through the mountains.

Thank William S
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The first 250 miles are quite average until you get to Coldfoot. There is the Arctic Circle sign on your way up, but even that is anti-climactic as compared to the sign on the Dempster. It has been ticked off but I would go to...More

Thank Petrarca08
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This was one of those bucket list items that i probably wouldn't want to do again..at least not taking a tour bus both ways. The ride was long and tedious (cloudy foggy day). Traveling the Haul Road was a very neat experience when it finally...More

Thank DrJim2
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The trip started at 7:15 am and lasted until 10:00pm. It was well worth the trip. So glad I saw it. Words can't express how amazing this trip was.

Thank Krazyvolfan
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We rented a 15 passenger Ford van to drive up and back. We stopped at the Yukon River at the Yukon Flats Nat Wildlife Station. A good place to view the river, and look at the pipeline. You better cross the road on the way...More

Thank sorryhog
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Long road initially built to support pipeline construction. Now can accommodate tourists but very hard on vehicles. Probably the best way in the US to visit Arctic Circle. Some geology and some landscape but after viewing the pipeline itself, not much else to see. Little...More

1  Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We rented a car from Arctic Outfitters so we would be prepared for the remote road with limited resources. We had 2 spare tires (1 full size), tool kit, first aid kit and CB radio in our Ford Escape. We got great gas mileage and...More

2  Thank M1chtopher
Reviewed 24 June 2017

For anyone who has watched Ice Road Truckers this is the road, except in summer it is pretty dusty! It is not for the faint hearted. It can very very rough in stretches even on the 'paved' sections and there is constant roadwork. It is...More

Thank chewat
Nearby Restaurants
Yukon River Camp Cafe
29 reviews
80.40 km away
Nearby Attractions
BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign
61 reviews
9.30 km away
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donnie b
16 October 2017|
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Response from chewat | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I am Australian, I have no idea what a class A RV is. It is mostly gravel road, it is rough in many parts and the trucks throw up a lot of rocks.
22 May 2017|
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Response from TacomaNorthshore | Reviewed this property |
I should say there was snow on the pass. As the one person states, take your time, pull over for the trucks. Most of all: enjoy, stop take pictures, get out and walk around. I spent 4 days up and back from Fairbanks on... More
26 January 2016|
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Response from 2013SS | Reviewed this property |
In summer I think with the proper vehicle and some detailed preparation the Dalton Highway would be a great trip and should, as others suggested, be done slowly to enjoy the views, the road itself will be just fine. We went... More