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Address: between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK

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Fairly well maintained road

My wife, granddaughter and myself travelled the road the beginning of July, 2015. Having travelled the Denali highway the day before, we were able to compare the condition of both... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Lakeville, Massachusetts

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My wife, granddaughter and myself travelled the road the beginning of July, 2015. Having travelled the Denali highway the day before, we were able to compare the condition of both roads. This road was well maintained, not as well as the Denali highway, however, still very comfortable. We spoke to two bed and breakfast hosts who cautioned us on the... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A fantastic road full of moose, the old railroad (trestle bridges are amazing) leading to the stunning McCarthy & Kennecott areas. Worth a drive but rather bumpy & gravelly. Be wary in wet weather - a fabulous scenic drive!

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Tikøb
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Gravel road, but in fair condition. Can easily be managed in a normal car. A very good experience with fantastic views.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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
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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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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)

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