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Address: between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK

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Our #1 road trip in Alaska

The road is about 60 miles, unpaved but not treacherous. There are no stores or gas stations along the way, and very little in McCarthy, so have full tank and groceries/water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The road is about 60 miles, unpaved but not treacherous. There are no stores or gas stations along the way, and very little in McCarthy, so have full tank and groceries/water. The drive in and out of Wrangell-St. Elias is breath taking. We stayed at a rented cabin - of which there are many, but reserve in advance.

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Bracebridge, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This road about a 3 hr drive if you dont stop is something special and unforgetable. A must stop in the cooper river area to watch and talk to the local people doing there subsistance fishing with rotating fish wheels when in season. You can drive right to the rivers edge, we did in a Road Trek RV and all... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Hungary
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

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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Milwaukee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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
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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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Monument, Colorado
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159 helpful votes 159 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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Address: Address: between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)

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