• White Pass and Yukon Route Railway (Skagway to Summit): The narrow-gauge excursion train climbs a steep grade that was chiseled into the granite mountains by stampeders to the Klondike gold rush. The train is a sort of mechanical mountain goat, balancing on trestles and steep rock walls high above deep gorges.
  • Seward Highway/Alaska Railroad (Anchorage to Seward): Just south of Anchorage, the highway and rail line have been chipped into the side of the Chugach Mountains over the surging gray water of Turnagain Arm. Farther south, the route splits and climbs through the mountain passes of the Kenai Peninsula.
  • Denali Highway: Leading east-west through the Alaska Range, the highway crosses terrain that could be another Denali National Park, full of wildlife and with views so huge and grand they seem impossible. This highway is not as well maintained as other roads in the state, though, so travel with care.
  • Richardson Highway: Just out of Valdez heading north, the Richardson Highway rises quickly from sea level to more than 2,600 feet, switching back and forth on the side of a mountain. With each turn, the drop down the impassable slope becomes more amazing. North of Glennallen, the highway rises again, bursting through the tree line between a series of mountains and tracing the edges of long alpine lakes, before descending, parallel with the silver skein of the Alaska pipeline, to Delta Junction.
  • The Roads Around Nome: You can't drive to Nome, but 250 miles of gravel roads radiate from the Arctic community into tundra that's populated mainly by muskoxen, bears, reindeer, birds, and other wildlife.
  • The Dalton Highway: When you're ready for an expedition -- a real wilderness trip by road -- the Dalton Highway leads from Fairbanks across northern Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, a mind-blowing, bone-jarring drive through 500 miles of virgin country, most of it drab until you reach the Gates of the Arctic.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.