Author’s note: Some highways are unpaved. Take extra food, drinks, fuel, cash, an emergency kit, and spare tires with you. Equip your vehicle with a CB radio and a satellite phone as you will not have any cell-phone signal. Do not skip any gas station on the road.
1. Anchorage to Seward (Seward Highway, AK-1 and AK-9)
From Anchorage, take the Walter J. Hickel Parkway (formerly known as Minnesota Drive) that then turns into O’Malley Road. From O’Malley Road, take the on ramp onto New Seward Highway. Drive along the coast of Turnagain Arm and stop at any lookouts for an excellent view of the Chugach State Park Mountains and the Cook Inlet. The largest bore tide takes place here in the afternoons, between 3pm and 8pm. Pull over at Bird Point to get the best view. Return to the coastal highway and check out Moose Pass, where you will more than likely spot moose. Trek to the lakes in the Chugach National Forest and enjoy some foraging — there’s a harvest of berry bushes. Stop for a scenic view of the glacial lake, Kenai Lake. Finish your trip at Seward and enjoy a sunset walk on the Waterfront Park.