Travel to Alaska – Episode 287

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Joe Bickley of Alaska Backcountry Consulting about traveling to Alaska, particularly the interior and backcountry.

Alaska is a big state and Joe lives in the center of it near Fairbanks but at the northern end of the Alaskan road system. Joe gives us some directions on places to go to see Alaska’s vistas and encounter its wildlife.

He takes us above the tree line at Denali National Park (aka Mt McKinley) which is not quite half the size of the state of Rhode Island. At that Denali is not even the largest National Park in Alaska. That honor goes to Wrangell-St. Elias. Alaska also has the largest National Forest which is Tongass National Forest.

Joe takes us to one of his favorite spots off the Denali “highway”. He also directs us down to the Kenai Peninsula known for great fishing and also to the town of Homer with its artist culture. Learn what some Alaskans call those bells that a tenderfoot might wear to scare off bears.

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Show Notes

Back Country Consulting
Denali National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias
Tongass National Forest


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to Alaska – Episode 287”



There actually is a road that goes all the way north from Fairbanks to Deadhorse. There are extremely large areas of Alaska that do not have road access, and there’s not much access east or west of the Dalton Highway, however Fairbanks is NOT on the northern end of the road system.

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