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McCarthy Road

between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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Ranked #105 of 526 Attractions in Alaska
Type: Scenic Drives
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent 3 weeks in Alaska and my husband decided to add this to our agenda at the last moment. I was nervous considering how remote McCarthy is and were weren't sure what to expect with the road. Be assured, it is TOTALLY fine! We were driving an SUV but had no problems whatsoever. From talking to some of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Was no issue with driving on the road, even if it was raining, but we were happy that we got an SUV at the rental and not the Ford Focus, which we saw there first:) More comfortable with a 4W car. Don't miss out this trip, beautiful drive and McCarthy is amazing place to see. It was lot's of driving... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Take a nice photo of the warning signs at the beginning of the road and then drive on and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The McCarthy Road and Kennicott / McCarthy village was the highlight of our trip.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Have driven this road since 1998 and seen many improvements through the years. As the AK DOT continues to improve the road, there's a tendency to drive faster. Don't be fooled! When the need to slow down fast occurs, your vehicle will slide on gravel, and you may find yourself going over very steep embankments and no one will know... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

On our May trip to Alaska, we took a day to drive the McCarthy Road to McCarthy and Kennecott. The trip took us about 3 hours each way from Copper Center, but the road itself may have been the highlight of the day. The road follows the old railroad path and the scenery is spectacular. We found it to be... More

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Austin, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is one of those reviews that I actually hesitate to write. See the mystique of this road probably keeps a lot of folks from going to Wrangell -St. Elias which is a good thing. It keeps the park remote, uncrowded and wild. But in the spirit of TripAdvisor sharing only seems right. We had heard so many horror stories... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We drove this road on July on rainy day. But we kind of escaped from the rain. it definitely started with a bumpy and heavy gravel drive. But after 5 miles, the road got little better, but still unpaved. The road has lot of twist and turns and windings etc. some places it has very sharp turns. It is definitely... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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11 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I have heard radically conflicting advice on the condition of this road. We just drove the McCarthy Road in August 2012 and the locals were all talking about how much better the road is. There has been quite a bit of work done on it and it was recently graded when we went through. It is probably wise to check... More

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Glendale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Actually I was fortunate to drive this road (both directions) in very good weather. I can see where it would be hazardous in wet or snowy conditions. As long as you don't get too confident along the good smooth stretches and keep it below 30mph you will be ready for the holes and washes that will come out of nowhere.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

The road was not as bad as we were told, but maybe we just got lucky in not getting a flat tire. We averaged about 25-30mph in a Toyota Camry that we rented from the downtown Enterprise in Anchorage, which gave us permission to drive to McCarthy. The road had pretty sections but overall was less scenic and had less... More

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