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“scenic highway”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Steese Highway

Steese Highway
Ranked #23 of 95 things to do in Fairbanks
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Owner description: Most of the scenic drives in the Fairbanks region start on this road, which twists through the White Mountains and allows access to mining sites, hot-springs resorts and recreational options.
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“scenic highway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We drove about 35 miles up the Steese Highway...very scenic especially if you stop at SKILAND and take a breathtaking look around. Almost a 360 view from up there and they have great aurora viewing with a warming hut and free coffee! Driving can be treacherous on this highway and count on never being able to do the speed limit in early March when the road can be covered with black ice, grooved ice or cindered (on the curves). BUT this highway is much better driving than the Chena Hot Springs Road which is deadly icy (2 vehicles ran off the Chena Hot Springs road the day we drove there)

Visited March 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Interesting Drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

We drove up the Steese to the Ski Area then headed back down to Fairbanks. The view from the top was awesome. Great view of the White Mountains. Road was snowy in places but in excellent driving condition.

Visited February 2013
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“Steese Highway Revisited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Returned this January for a third visit to the Fairbanks area, and frequently drove the Steese to the lodge where I stayed on Cleary Summit.

This year took a road trip to the town of Central, passing caribou along the way between Twelve Mile Summit and Eagle Summit. It was a lovely scenic drive with striking views by day and glittering snow and frost in the headlights at night (and one caribou on the road--drive slowly).

A fun stop at the Central Corner restaurant/bar/store (formerly Steese Roadhouse) and Chatanika Lodge restaurant at the end of the trip added to an outing that was one of the highlights of my stay.

Note: I would not have made this drive alone unless better prepared (I had some extra layers with me but no overnight gear); in this instance I was traveling with a resident of the area who had the right vehicle and gear, should we have encountered a problem. We saw very few vehicles along the way; definitely would not want to get stuck out there unprepared.

Visited January 2013
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Healy, Alaska
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“City too slow in clearing snow”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

City snow removal lacked speed and efficiency.
City council needs to add more workers and equiptment
The city knows better, Fairbanks should do a better job since this so called storm was tiny!!!

Visited December 2012
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Aiken, SC
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“Beautiful drive with awesome scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Be careful when driving this highway. One night (at dusk) we encountered TWO moose that had been hit by cars, within a couple of miles of each other. They are massive and block the entire lane.

Visited October 2012
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