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Fly or Drive Fairbanks to Anchorage?

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Fly or Drive Fairbanks to Anchorage?

We will finish a cruise-tour in Fairbanks (mid August) then fly out of Anchorage the following evening at 8pm. The cost of flying vs. rental car (including gas) is about the same. Is there anything of interest along driving route? scenery or sites that make the drive worth the time?

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11. Re: Fly or Drive Fairbanks to Anchorage?

Thanks for the insight, Spacefry. Yes, we were thinking about one night in Fairbanks, specifically to check out the sound art installation at the Museum of the North (newyorker.com/reporting/…), which my husband is very interested in.

So we have to decide if 2 days of driving will be worth it-- if it's gorgeous scenery and the drive is a 'destination' in itself, that sounds kind of tempting, but hard to say as it's totally new to us!

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12. Re: Fly or Drive Fairbanks to Anchorage?

If one were to do the circle from Anchorage to Fairbanks - is that road open year-round or only during certain months (in which case, which months?)?

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13. Re: Fly or Drive Fairbanks to Anchorage?

Round trip Anchorage to Fairbanks via the Parks, Richardson and Glenn Highways is open year round. The road is maintained and well traveled.

If you were driving it in fall, winter or spring you want to be prepared for driving in snow. There are large stretches with no cell phone service.

I'd suggest having a copy of the Milepost ( www.TheMilepost.com ) as your guide to the drive.

And I would not try and do it as a one day trip.

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