Some of the Most Unforgettable Stops on Alaska Route 1
Alaska Route 1, also known as the Alcan Highway, is a 545-mile highway that runs through the southern part of Alaska. It stretches from the tip of Homer Spit to the town of Tok, traveling past countless natural wonders along the way. Feel free to stop for lunch at a local restaurant, pull over to pick berries, or hike a glacier during your journey. Whatever you choose, we promise your drive on Alaska Route 1 will be one you’ll never forget! Here are a few points of interest to add to your road trip itinerary.
Alaska Route 1 is just one of many scenic drives in Southcentral AK! For more information on great places to explore, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of recommendations for things to do and see during your getaway to The Last Frontier.
How to Experience Alaska Route 1
Drive the Glenn Highway
For a scenic day trip the whole family will love, drive the section of AK-1 known as the Glenn Highway. This well-maintained road travels from downtown Anchorage to Alaska’s rolling farmlands. Here are a few spots to pull off.
- Palmer, AK: Our beautiful farm town is a must-see during your Glenn Highway excursion. Explore the downtown area with its family-run stores, galleries, and museums. Or head out to the country where you’ll find the Musk Ox Farm and Williams Reindeer Farm. No matter what time of year you visit, we are happy to provide suggestions for activities and attractions near our inn.
- Matanuska Glacier: Get your camera ready! Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier in Alaska that can be reached by vehicle. This spectacular sheet of ice, located between Palmer and Glennallen, is visible from three points: the Glenn Highway at mile 91, Matanuska Glacier Recreation Site at mile 101, and Matanuska Glacier Park at mile 102.
- Sheep Mountain Lodge: When your stomach starts to rumble, head to Sheep Mountain Lodge for lunch. This cozy log cabin is a great place to stretch your legs and serves up everything from fresh Alaskan seafood to steaks and homemade desserts. They even have Alaskan Brewing Co. beers from Juneau. Cheers!
Drive the Seward Highway
The Seward Highway is another section of AK-1 that extends 125 miles from Anchorage to Seward. It was completed in 1951 and runs through the scenic Kenai Peninsula, Turnagain Arm, and the Kenai Mountains. Some of our favorite stops along this route include:
- Chugach State Park: Just 20 minutes from downtown Anchorage, Chugach State Park is home to some of the best outdoor adventures in the state. Hiking, rafting, biking, ATVing, kayaking, and alpine berry picking provide a playground for nature lovers of all ages. You’ll likely spend a few hours here.
- Alyeska Resort: If you’re an avid skier, take the Seward Highway to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK. Mount Alyeska is a fairly challenging mountain with a high percentage of advanced and expert runs. The resort also offers hiking/biking trails, an aerial tram, and a mountain-top restaurant.
- Seward: No drive on AK-1 is complete without visiting the port town of Seward. It’s set on an inlet on the Kenai Peninsula and is a gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow and whales swim. Whether you’re interested in sport fishing, wildlife cruises, or dog sled rides, this area has something for everyone.
Tips for Your Drive
You’ll see all sorts of vehicles traveling Alaska Route 1, from bicycles, motorcycles, and compact cars to pop-up trailers and trucks. It’s important to remember that our region experiences 22 hours of daylight in the summertime, and drivers frequently get drowsy and cross over the yellow center lines. We recommend that you get lots of sleep so that you don’t injure yourself or others.
Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages
Searching for the perfect place to stay while traveling the Alaska Highway? Alaska Garden Gate has you covered! Our beautiful guest rooms, cottages, and apartments have everything you need for a memorable getaway. Plus, our convenient location in Palmer provides a perfect home base for all of your day trips and excursions. View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations! We look forward to having you.