As you hit the open road, you'll explore the great outdoors on once-in-a-lifetime adventures to four of the most breathtaking national parks in the country at Kenai Fjords, Denali, Wrangell St. Elias, and Glacier Bay National Parks. Visits to Fairbanks and Haines immerse you in the culture and history of these unique Alaskan cities with stops at the timeless Santa Claus House and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Be aware that Juneau can only be reached by car or boat, so expect to be seabound on the last leg of your journey.
Enjoy the majestic beauty of some of Alaska's most rugged national parks on your Anchorage to Juneau RV road trip.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Just two hours and 20 minutes south of Anchorage lies Kenai Fjords National Park. At this amazing destination, you'll experience the glacial wilderness of Alaska from the air, land, and sea on flight-seeing tours, fishing and kayaking excursions, and mountaineering adventures. Check out the only road-accessible part of the park at Exit Glacier for a ranger-led walk and exhibits featuring information about the active glacier in the nature center, and then hop onto a boat tour to view the magnificent fjords and teeming wildlife in the Gulf of Alaska.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park is a must-see location that features hikes for all skill levels, excellent ranger-led programs, and phenomenal bus tours that stop at key sightseeing spots and visitor centers as you make your way around the park. One of the coolest things to do here is to visit the kennels to meet Denali's working sled dogs and watch an exciting mushing demonstration. You'll also have plenty of chances to view the wildlife, snap some incredible photos of Denali, the tallest peak in North America, and take off on a few backpacking excursions at this 6 million-acre park.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park covers 13 million acres of lush Alaskan wilderness where you can explore pristine hiking trails, go rafting on Kennicott River and marvel at the raw beauty of the park on a flight-seeing tour. During the summer months, you can take a two-hour tour of Kennicott Ghost Town and cruise along Nabesna Road, a 42-mile stretch with unforgettable views. You'll find excellent fishing spots on the Klutina and Gulkana Rivers and tons of park information and Native Alaskan history exhibits at the park's three visitor centers.
Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is an icy paradise that allows you to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that include kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and tent camping. Bartlett Cove is the park's main attraction and is the only developed area within the park. Here, you can explore the visitor center inside Glacier Bay Lodge, which also features overnight accommodations and a restaurant, go on ranger-led nature walks, and visit the Huna Tribal House. Outdoor camping is available at the walk-in campground, and you can rent kayaks from the public dock. If you do decide to visit this unique park, make sure you plan ahead since Glacier Bay only accessible by boat or plane.
Spend a couple of extra days at some of the most spectacular state parks in America on your road trip from Anchorage to Juneau.
Chugach State Park
Before you leave Anchorage, spend a few days exploring Chugach State Park, one of the largest state parks in the county that's also the most accessible. You can experience Chugach while roaring through the wilderness on ATV adventures, hiking to any number of its 155 stunning peaks, or enjoy an afternoon of alpine berry picking on the northside of the park. Kayaking, fishing, and biking are more amazing ways to soak in the outdoorsy scents and sights while you're here.
Denali State Park
Denali State Park is the perfect place to view Alaska's fierce wildlife, trek a few scenic hiking trails, and learn about the area's rich cultural history at the Denali Visitor Center. Be on the lookout for brown and black bears catching salmon in the streams and rivers throughout the park as you fish, camp, and kayak in Denali.
Chilkat State Park
Chilkat State Park features plenty of the gorgeous scenery that you might expect in an Alaska state park. It features three fun hiking trails and picnic areas surrounded by evergreen forests on the edge of the Chilkat Inlet. Wildlife spotting scopes within the park offer glimpses of seals, whales, and porpoises, while the on-site boat launch gives you access to the inlet during the run of the salmon in the early summer months. RV camping is also available for rigs up to 35 feet.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center sets the stage for your road trip adventure as you learn about the rich culture of five major indigenous groups. At this special location, you'll visit several village sites and a main cultural center that surrounds Lake Tiulana. Be sure to check out the Talking Circle and pose for a photo in between the whale bones at the Inupiaq site.
Santa Claus House
At the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, you can enjoy holiday time every day as you nibble on delicious goodies from The Sweet Shop and pick up a few memorable keepsakes. This is also the perfect place to mail postcards and letters, take some pics with Old Saint Nick's statue, and visit Santa's Reindeer team, featuring real reindeer that you can feed and photograph.
All Alaska Gifts
All Alaska Gifts is a unique roadside stop in Tok that features life-size wildlife displays that include bears, wolves, and moose, in addition to Alaskan Native crafts and gold nuggets mined nearby. Get cozy while you peruse wall art and sculptures with a free cup of hot coffee and a sample of homemade fudge.
Hang out in Fairbanks for a few days of fun as you treat yourself to a tour of the delicious Hoo Doo Brewing Company and walk amongst the works of talented sculptors at the Aurora Ice Museum on your Anchorage to Juneau road trip. Head to Antler Arch for a walking tour along the Chena River, and then snap a few shots under the iconic structure. Pioneer Park is another great destination you'll want to explore that takes you through a mock gold rush town where you can enjoy museums, a train ride, and plenty of artisan shops. Complete your time in Fairbanks with a Northern Lights Tour at the Arctic Circle for unbelievable views of this natural wonder. Tour guides are available to help you find the best spots to photograph the vibrant colors of the aurora borealis.
Klukwan is a tiny town located in the Chilkat River Valley that's home to the 48,000-acre Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage and Bald Eagle Preserve Visitor Center. Here, you can explore a variety of fascinating exhibits and learn about the "Valley of the Eagles." Be sure to check out the famous exhibitions at the Whale House and catch your breath on the shores of Mosquito Lake.
Haines is your last stop before you hop on the ferry to Juneau, so be sure to check out the Kroschel Films Wildlife Center to feed the moose. Follow that up with a visit to the American Bald Eagle Foundation's Raptor Center and a self-guided tour of the Natural History Museum. Cap off your day with a stop at the Haines Brewing Company for a few savory beers that you can enjoy by the glass in the tasting room or grab a growler to go.
If you're looking for a campground, Salmon Run RV Campground & Cabins is located just 1.5 miles from the ferry station in a beautiful riverside location. You'll find a free dump station on your way into town.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Anchorage to Juneau, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Anchorage or Juneau.