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“a wonderful drive”
Review of Steese Highway

Steese Highway
Ranked #23 of 101 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.
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I have driven the Steese Highway twice. It is a part sandpacked, part gravel road. It rolls through hills, goes past gold mining towns, and goes to the small town of Central, and Arctic Circle Hot Springs Resort. Sadly, this gem, the resort is closed. In its recent past, every room was lovingly decorated in Victorian style--what a surprise my first time. The area is home to hot springs. The highway runs approximately 8 degrees below the Arctic Circle. It ends at Circle on the Yukon River. I have not drilven that and was advised not to in my subcompact. Frost heaves and not much traffic in case of a breakdown. I was alone most of the time from about 45mins past Fairbanks to Central. Not spectacular, but interesting. A slice of real Alaska

Thank mary m
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We travel this road all the time. It is a nice ride. Some places are quiet and others are busy. Part of Steese Highway goes thru Fairbanks so you have the hustle of the city on it.

Thank ADAM S
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Wonderful scenery--lots of mining activity leads to the arctic circle--one of my favorite drives!!!! Absolutely gorgeous. Always do hike during midnoc sun as sun never sets above the arctic circle!!! Wonderful hot springs at Central and Yukon River at native village of Circle.

1  Thank gloria246
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

A beautiful drive. It was stated to us several times this is a well maintained road... I'm not sure about that.... but it was beautiful.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We rode the Steese several nights to see the northern lights, and caution drivers to only drive this in the winter with snow tires, studded tires, and GREAT caution. We are from Pennsylvania and used to winter driving, and wouldn't drive outside of town when the roads are covered.

Thank cgkoch
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