There aren’t many roads in Alaska, but the roads that exist are nothing short of spectacular. Driving a car in the Great Land is an exhilarating experience as each bend offers views of majestic peaks, huge lakes, rushing rivers and, as a bonus, quirky Alaskana.
Every road in Alaska would be worthy of a spot on a link bait Buzzfeed-style “28 Most Scenic Drives in America” article, but one road in particular is a true standout, a superstar among all-stars, like Kevin Durant and LeBron James. That road is the Seward Highway, in particular the stretch from Anchorage to Portage.
The drive from Anchorage to Portage follows the base of steep cliffs that rise almost vertically from Turnagain arm, a silty inlet that has the 2nd highest tides in the world. It is a winding drive and trying to watch the scenery without veering into oncoming traffic or flying off the road and into the sea is a real challenge. Luckily there are numerous turnouts and trailheads along the way for photo ops and hiking.
For me, I first fell in love with Alaska on this road. Nine years ago I got my CDL and each day I drove a bus along the Seward Highway. I needed to log 40 hours of drive time with a trainer and we took this scenic route every day. It seemed like stealing to get paid for it.
“God was showing off when he made this place,” said Clark my driving trainer as we drove down the glorious road one morning. It was hard to argue with that.
Below is a photo gallery from March after hiking out to Portage Glacier. Click on any photo to open a slideshow view.
What are your favorite roads in Alaska?
What are your favorite drives anywhere?
Morning Light on Turnagain Arm – Alaska Photographics Blog
Winter Adventure to Portage Glacier – Oksana Photo Blog
Top 20 Photos of Alaska from the Autumn of 2013 – Planet Bell