RV Life - Road Tripping to Valdez, Alaska
The sights, the beauty, the wildlife, the abundance of fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities – all close by Valdez KOA Journey Campground.
Where to start? Did you know that all roads lead to Valdez. Road tripping to Valdez can start in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Tok (via Canada).
Proclaimed by many who have visited, as one of "America's Most Scenic Roads" and known to Alaskans as the "Adventure Corridor" - the drive from Anchorage, Fairbanks or Tok provides the most breathtaking views of glaciers, waterfalls, towering mountains, plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities and the most incredible scenery found in Alaska.
Anchorage: After arriving into Anchorage by plane, pick up an RV or rental car and travel down the Glenn Highway.
You'll find zip lining, hiking trails, wildlife and fishing spots along the way.
As the picturesque Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway converge along the nation's largest national park - the Wrangell-St.Elias - which holds nine of the 16 tallest peaks in the U.S., stop at Glennallen - a small rural community that provides gas, food and lodging needs before continuing on your journey.
Travelling along the Richardson Highway you will spot the famous Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline weaving in and out of the landscape. Watch out for the sign to Worthington Glacier, the most accessible Glacier in Alaska from the highway. You can pull over and park, then go hiking up to and on to this majestic Glacier.
From here you will be swept up to the tops of the majestic Chugach Mountains and can pull over in Thompson Pass. During the summer, locals head off to do some blueberry and other wildberry picking in the area. As long as you know your wildberries, you will have fun searching and eating them, or making some natural jams and jellies.
Fairbanks: This one is really easy, just drive straight down the Richardson Highway. Along the way stop for a bush plane adventure, visit and hike the many trails through Wrangell St.Elias National Park. Travel to the Copper Center and learn about the Copper Mining history of the area.
Tok: Traveling the Alaska Highway your journey takes you along the Glenn Highway-Tok Cutoff and merges into the Richardson Highway.
The closer you get to Valdez, the more beautiful the scenery becomes as you pass such sights as Glaciers nestled within Mountains, breathtaking natural landscapes, and the majestic waterfalls of Horsetail and Bridal Veil Falls within Keystone Canyon.
You probably don’t want to pass these all by, but stop at the many pullouts available. Take photo’s, go for a hike, pick wildberries, play in the waterfalls, take in the views, or just stop and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
When you reach Valdez KOA Journey, there are many options for fun things to do - not just camping. You will be close to the action - fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, all these and more are so close by - many guests never want to leave.
After checking in and setting up your home away from home on wheels, head to Dayville Road to see salmon spawning back to the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery, the largest pink salmon hatchery in North America, and hopefully to see the local Bears, extremely well fed Sea Lions and various other wildlife like Sea Otters.
Valdez is host to Brown and Black Bears, and during the summer months, you may even be introduced to their cubs. One local brown bear has been bringing her litter (which varies from 2 to 4 cubs) each year to Valdez and to the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery on Dayville Road.
At the end of your day, return to the Campground, light up a camp fire and embrace Mother Nature's Favorite - Valdez!