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Address: between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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You will have to open your eye while enjoying the van ride. The ride will be in an awful bumpy road which is in a very slow ran car. If you will drive is fine, you can stopped as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
Belinda B
Roeselare, Belgium

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Roeselare, Belgium
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173 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

You will have to open your eye while enjoying the van ride. The ride will be in an awful bumpy road which is in a very slow ran car. If you will drive is fine, you can stopped as much as you can. There are so many things to see on this road. Some parts are boring, but most of... More 

Thank Belinda B
Palatine, Illinois
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76 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

After reading reviews and actually talking to someone in McCarthy, I thought this road would be ok. I was wrong. Except for about 10 of the 60 miles, this road was TERRIBLE. Full of potholes. I guess we got it after some days of rain. But, had I known, I would have paid to fly in. It took us about... More 

Thank Kimberly G
Lakeville, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank Kevin7144
Hereford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

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!

Thank Herefordnomads
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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

Thank Steen K
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.

Thank Christine G
Bracebridge, Canada
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102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

Thank powell2765
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 

3 Thank Alison W
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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 

Thank ggabo
Wilmington, Delaware
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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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