America's Best Winter Drives
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Seward Highway, Alaska
Starting Point: Anchorage, AK
The Route: 49 miles on the Seward Highway
What to Expect: Views abound between the 3,000-foot peaks of Chugach State Park and the pack ice floes of the vast Turnagain Arm marine sanctuary, especially after city traffic drops away and the heavily glaciated Kenai Mountains come into view. Turn back after reaching Portage Valley or steel your nerves—and make sure you have chains—for the entire 127-mile journey through mountain passes to Seward.
Where to Stop: The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center provides a close-up view of native wildlife that were injured and can no longer survive in the wild, such as reindeer, lynx, moose, and grizzlies.