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The first major highway built in Alaska crosses from Fairbanks south to Valdez. The Richardson Highway runs 368 miles and connects the Interior to the coast. The highway winds through the Alaskan wilderness with twists and turns that will thrill and terrify you.
The Richardson was once a walking trail that went from Valdez to Eagle. It eventually became the first road the state wanted to improve.
The most thrilling section is between Glenallen and Valdez when the highway cuts through the Chugach Mountains in the Thompson Pass.
The Thompson Pass is a 2,805 foot-high gap in the Chugach Mountains near Valdez. A drive down the Richardson Highway takes you over this terrifying pass.
It can also be trecherous when rainy and slick, especially when the rain freezes to form a thick sheet of ice on the roads.
Sometimes it’s foggy and freezing, making traffic crawl along the dim, icy road.
But a drive down the Richardson Highway is always great to make you feel alive.
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