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 INTERIOR ALASKA
ANCHORAGE TO FAIRBANKS MILEAGE LOG
 Mile 137.2: Lower Troublesome Creek – Denali State park campground.
Mile 147: Byers Lake – Denali State Park campground.
Mile 147.1: Alaska Veterans Memorial, rest area and visitor information.
Mile 162.4: Denali Viewpoint North. Mile 162.7: Denali View North,
overnight parking for a fee.
Mile 185.8: East Fork Chulitna Wayside with overnight parking.
Mile 201.3: Broad Pass Summit – 2, 409 ft.
Mile 209.9: Junction with the Denali Highway, a 133-mile gravel road east to Paxson on
Nenana
In the indigenous Athabascan language,
the word nenana means “a good place to camp between two rivers.” So it follows
that the little village of Nenana, just over
an hour from Fairbanks along the George Parks Highway, sits at the intersection of the Nenana and Tanana Rivers.
At the confluence of two rivers and a rail line, it served as the home port for the old paddle-wheel riverboats that traversed the Alaskan Interior. While the last riverboat from that era sits on display in Fairbanks, the small township remains an active supply center for smaller villages in the area. Services in Alaska’s Interior can be few and far between, which makes Nenana the perfect jumping-off point for all your activities in the Interior. Gas stations, a general store, gift shops, a post office, a library, a few small clinics, and an RV park and campground can all be found within the city limits.
Despite having a population of only around 300 people, Nenana has quite a few
HEALY
Mile 248.7: Population 1,020 Mile 269: Rest Area.
Mile 276: Tatlanika Trading Co. and RV Park.
Mile 283.5: Junction with
access road to Anderson, which has a Riverside City Park with campground on the Nenana River.
NENANA
Mile 304.5: Population:
550 - Nenana RV Park & Campground. See our ad on this page.
Mile 305: Alaska Veterans’ Honor Bridge over the Tanana River, large paved parking at the north end of bridge.
Mile 318.7: Viewpoint for Denali.
Mile 351.2: Turn-off for Ester. Population: 2,040.
Mile 356.8: Turn-off to the University of Alaska.
Mile 357.8: Exit to Fairbanks International Airport.
FAIRBANKS
Mile 358: Population: city- 32,500, borough-98,660.
Take Airport Way to go downtown or continue straight for the Richardson Highway to Delta Junction and the Alaska Highway.
the Richardson Highway.
CANTWELL
Mile 210: Population: 200 - Cantwell RV Park.
Mile 229.1: Denali Air – flightseeing.
Mile 237.4: Entrance to
Denali National Park and Preserve Access to Riley Creek Campground.
Mile 238: The community
of Denali Park offers many visitor services and numerous camping facilities.
Mile 240: Entrance to Denali National Park.
Mile 248.5: Midnight Sun RV & Campground. See our ad on page 43.
    interesting attractions too. One of your first stops should be the Alaska State Railroad Museum, located inside the historic Nenana Depot. In 1923, the Depot commemorated the completion of the rail line between Fairbanks and Seward with President Warren G. Harding driving in the final golden spike. The museum is a great place to learn about the history of Alaska’s railroads and how they paved the way for settlement long before there were paved roads through
the Interior. Another must-visit is Coghill’s General Store, which has been in operation since 1916 and is still owned by the same family. It’s the go-to place to get supplies in Nenana - and pick up some local knowledge, too.
Perhaps the most important event in Nenana each year is its annual Ice Classic, a betting pool that runs from February to April, in which the townspeople place bets on when the Tanana River’s ice breakup
will occur. Each spring, “Tripod Weekend” celebrates the installation of a tripod, which is placed out on the ice and connected
by a rope to a timer on the shore. When the ice breaks up and the tripod moves downstream, the rope is pulled out of the timer, causing it to stop. Guessing the correct time can net a prize of over $300,000.
Lastly, a little-known fact about Nenana: while the Iditarod race officially begins
in Anchorage, Nenana is its historical starting point. In the diphtheria serum run of 1925, which the race commemorates, the medication was actually shipped from Anchorage to Nenana by rail, and then transported by sled dogs the remaining 674 miles to its final destination in Nome.
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NENANA RV Park & Campground
RV CAMPING
45 Spaces Available (all pull-thru) Pull-thru Size (18 x 62)
Room for Slideouts Shaded (Some) Water Hookup • Electric Hookup 30 Amp Propane for Sale Fire Pit • Laundry Picnic Table at Site • Dump Station
Mini Store • Family & Pet Friendly
          DRY CABIN RENTAL
Linens provided - Accommodates up to three.
FREE FOR GUESTS
Wi-Fi, Showers, Bike Rentals, Mini Golf, Fishing Gear
   210 E. 4TH ST, Nenana, AK 99760
Early May—End of September (weather permitting)
907-832-5230 or 907-328-9398 reservations@nenanacamping.com - nenanacamping.com
   NENANA ARTISANS’
 MARKET
ON THE RIV FRONT NEXT TO THE CULTURAL CE RE
OPEN DAILY 9AM - 5PM MAY 15 - SEPT 30
sh Baked Goods • Coffee Soda Handblown Glass Beads
Fresh Popcorn Handmade Lipbalm
          (907) 888-6979
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