Steese Highway-Scenic Highways Series
The White Mountains National Recreation Area and Birch Creek National Wild & Scenic River are accessed from Steese Highway. Consider a campout or cabin stay at Chena River State Recreation Area. Some of the state’s best camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing and other outdoor activities can be found here. Don’t count out the winter activities which include cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, snow machining and don’t forget the views of the Northern Lights! Private campgrounds abound along the Steese Highway, if the national areas are booked.
Once you are plumb tuckered out from being so busy hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing, it’s time to soak. In the Chena River Hot Springs! Open year round, you have much to enjoy here. Soak in a hot springs fed tub, get a massage, take an Aurora snow coach tour, or even a sled dog ride. There a quite a few summits along the Steese Highway providing wonderful views of that midnight sun around Summer Solstice in June. If you happen to be on the highway during late July into early September, you may catch a migrating herd of caribou meandering across the highway!
Take the Steese Highway all the way to the end to the Yukon River and Circle, Alaska. Once called Circle City, the miners that moved into this area mistakenly thought they were right on the Arctic Circle. In actuality, Circle is about 50 miles from the Arctic Circle itself. If you get out that far and are wondering about facilities, there is a general store and gas.
If you travel in the winter, mind the road advisories, and beware the avalanches. Other than that, if you find yourself in Fairbanks with some exploring time on your hands, head up the Steese Highway. You won’t regret it.
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