Travel to Remote Alaska – Episode 496

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Travel to Remote Alaska - Amateur Traveler Episode 496

Hear about travel to remote parts of Alaska as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Sherry Ott from about travel to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in the east, above the Arctic Circle to Coldfoot Camp and far to the west to Nome Alaska.


Sherry starts us in Nome Alaska which is the westernmost town in the U.S., right near the Bering Strait. She flew into this old gold mining town on a Combo (half passenger and half cargo plane). Nome has 3 roads that go to nowhere, they don’t connect with the rest of Alaska’s road system. Sherry had a chance to explore two of the roads, driving out to hot springs, an abandoned orphanage and a train to nowhere rusting on the tundra. In town, she found interesting people including modern day gold miners and a decent Vietnamese restaurant.

After Nome, Sherry went on a tour to Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway that was built to service the Alaskan Pipeline and that has been featured in the TV show Ice Road Truckers. Coldfoot is a community that was built by truckers as a rest stop almost halfway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. It was originally built from leftover packing crates from the pipeline insulation and is not much more fancy today.

Sherry’s 3rd stop was to the town of McCarthy which is surrounded by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. “Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest National Park in the United States. It’s 13.2 million acres. you can fit Switzerland, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks in its borders.” McCarthy was built as a twin town to the company town for the Kennecott copper mine which you can visit although the miners closed. From McCarthy you can hike in the national park including glacier hikes and experience other outdoor activities. Getting there is half the fun whether you drive or fly to this beautiful part of the 49th state.

Remote Alaska is not cheap and it’s certainly not fancy but Sherry said it is beautiful and worth the trip.

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Show Notes
Sherry on Amateur Traveler
Wrangell-St. Elias – National Park
Coldfoot Camp
Nome Alaska
The Iditerod
Combi aircraft
Nome Discovery Tours
Aurora Inn in Nome
Twin Dragon in Nome
Kennicott Glacier Lodge
Sherry on Alaska


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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