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 Approach to Worthington Glacier, Richardson Highway.
They say it’s the journey, not the destination that counts, but why not go for both? The drive to Valdez takes you through canyons, past glaciers and over a mountain pass, and at the end of it is a beautiful coastal village with plenty to offer.
The Richardson Highway is Alaska’s oldest highway built in 1910 and connects Valdez (Mile Zero) to Fairbanks (Mile 366).
Mile 115: Copper Valley Visitor Center and junction with the Glenn Highway.
Mile 112.5: Viewpoint to the east, with views of Mount Drum, Mount Sanford, Mount Wrangell and Mount Blackburn.
Mile 111:Tazlina River Trading Post.
Mile 110.6: Rest Area. Picnic tables and toilets beside the Tazlina River.
Mile 110.4: Tazlina River RV Park
Mile 106.2: North junction of Old Richardson Highway loop road
Mile 100.2: South junction of Old Richardson Highway that leads to Copper Center.
Mile 82.5: Junction with the Edgerton Highway to Chitina and the McCarthy Road.
Mile 79.5: Squirrel Creek State Recreation Site and campground.
Mile 64.6: Pump Station No. 12, the last of 12 pump stations on the Alyeska Pipeline. Parking and information sign about the pipeline but no public access to the pump station.
Mile 56: Tiekel River Lodge.
Mile 47.8: Paved rest area with picnic benches by Tiekel River.
Mile 30.1: Pull off area with good view of Worthington Glacier.
Mile 28.7: Road access to Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site and information center.
Mile 27.5: Parking area with view of 27 Mile Glacier.
Mile 26: Thompson Pass – 2,678 ft. An information sign describes historical travel in this area.
Mile 25.7: Parking area with view of Keystone Glacier.
Mile 24.1: Blueberry Lake
State Recreation Site and campground with paved access road.
Mile 23.6: Road to Thompson Lake. The driveway is narrow with a hairpin curve.
Mile 18: Parking on both sides of highway with an emergency telephone.
Mile 15.8: North end of Keystone Canyon.
Mile 15: Info sign at Old Railroad Tunnel, a feud and gunfight between two rival mining companies stopped construction on this hand-cut tunnel in 1907.
Mile 13.9: Parking area at Bridal Veil Falls
Mile 13.5: Horsetail Falls. Mile 12.9: South end of
Keystone Canyon.
Mile 3.3: Robe Lake Recreation Area. Watch for bears.
Mile 2.8: Dayville Road. At the
end of the public road (5.2 mile mark) there is a turn-around loop suitable for RVs. When salmon are spawning, be aware of bears in the area.
Mile 2.4: Road to Valdez Memorial Cemetery.
Mile 1.6: City of Valdez Gold Fields Softball Complex and historical cemetery with graves dating to 1987.
The highway ends at Valdez,
a picturesque coastal town with a relaxed feel. The North Harbor Drive is excellent for a seaside stroll. There are shops, restaurants and tour facilities overlooked by glaciers and mountains on one side and a boardwalk along the harbour on the other. In Valdez you can find many amenities including RV Parks, campsites, hotels, restaurants and activities.
 The Road to Valdez
A 120-mile drive on the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to Valdez
Edgerton Highway & McCarthy
The Edgerton Highway starts at the junction with the Richardson Highway and is paved to Chitina (34 miles). If McCarthy or Kennicott is your destination, plan another three hours for the 60- mile drive to Kennicott. The road is rough and not recommended for large RVs or RVs towing trailers. At the Kennicott River, visitors must leave their vehicle in a parking area and walk or cycle across a footbridge to reach McCarthy.
For a small fee, a shuttle van can take you the final 6 miles to the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark. Park Rangers and local guide services take visitors on
National Park & Preserve
building tours, or you can explore the area on your own. If you’re interested in mining history and stories of Alaska pioneers, this is a worthwhile adventure.
Nabesna Road
This is a gravel road into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve that is 42 miles one way. Check conditions at the ranger station at the beginning of the road. If you don’t have
a 4x4, you may not be able to cross a creek that flows over the road about half way in.
Photo: Teo Romera

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