The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway
Length: 230.0 mi / 370.1 km
Time to Allow: Four hours
George Parks Highway provides adventurers and sightseers ample opportunities to explore Alaska firsthand. See beautiful, snow-capped Mount McKinley throughout this 230-mile byway that connects Anchorage and Fairbanks. Views become more stunning after you enter Denali National Park. Ride the park buses and witness for yourself Alaska’s wildlife. Some of the 39 species of mammals found in this expansive National Park include Dall sheep, caribou, and grizzly bears. Many park trips allow the adventurous to to get out and hike amongst the wildlife.
The fantastic views of Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park are not all you can experience on a journey along this byway. Stop in Healy to learn more about the largest coal mining operation in Alaska, whitewater raft down the Nenana River, or pause to observe the Alaska Veterans Memorial near Byers Lake. You can also find great skiing at Moose Mountain Ski Resort near Fairbanks.
Originally called the Anchorage-Fairbanks Highway, this byway is now the George Parks Highway, renamed in honor of George A. Parks, the territorial governor of Alaska (1925-1933). This stretch of highway runs through the core of Alaska, and passes much of the Alaskan wilderness. Come drive this Alaska state byway to witness Alaska’s raw beauty firsthand.
As temperatures drop and snow begins to swirl, many Alaskans come out to play in an extreme winter wonderland. On the George Parks Highway Scenic Byway, there's plenty to do even when the temperatures fall to frigid! Go cross-country skiing or biking Alaska-style, camp in the snowy expanses under an auroral night sky, express your inner artist with a crystal-clear ice carving and more!
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1-Day Trip: The Grandeur and Wildness of the Last Frontier
A journey on the Parks Byway, with its views of Mt. McKinley, state and national parklands, sightings of large mammals, outdoor recreation...