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McCarthy Road

between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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Ranked #165 of 511 attractions in Alaska
Type: Scenic Drives
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Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
100 helpful votes 100 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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10 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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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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southern illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

We took a 23 foot RV down the road just 2 weeks ago. The road was not that bad. It is really 1.5 lanes wide. It is rough in a few places, but overall we averaged 30 mph. We saw Eagles on the drive, a really cool bridge and a really old RR trestle. Just take your time and enjoy.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

It wont save you much time if driving above 40mph but it do reduce the possibility of flat tire a lot if driving slower than 25; To be honest, the scenic view of the road itself was not as we expected but the experience to Kennecott and Root glacier was definitely worthy driving 6 hours on this gravel road especially... More

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