The Richardson Highway is Alaska's
oldest highway, beginning as a gold rush trail to Eagle
in 1898. General Wilds P. Richardson worked to upgrade
it to a wagon road in 1910 after the Fairbanks gold
strike. It was made suitable for automobiles in the
1920's and was paved in 1957. Major side excursions
include Chitina and McCarthy via the Edgerton Highway
and McCarthy Road.
Worthington Glacier viewed from the Richardson Highway. credit: Jack
Stickel, Alaska DOT&PF
- Thompson Pass is the
site of world class ice climbing and extreme skiing.
- Enjoy a quiet night at Blueberry
Lake Campground, one of Alaska's most scenic.
- Keystone Canyon, a gorge cut by the
Lowe River, is a great spot for hiking and river
- Worthington Glacier is the most visited
stop on the highway and is a great place to learn
more about these rivers of ice.
- Copper Center is a great stop for
a hearty meal or sourdough pancakes made from 100-year
old sourdough starter.
- At the Visitor Center, near Copper
Center, plan an adventure to America's largest national
park, Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains home to the highest
concentration of peaks over 16,000 feet in North
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