Alaska’s prime riding season may be a short one due to its climate, but with this state's awe-inspiring majestic natural beauty, it certainly is sweet. For many riders, cruising through one of America’s last remaining frontiers is high on their list of dream rides. Motorcyclists who decide to take on
Alaska's roads, however, should always be on the alert, as large mammals, such as moose, bear and caribou, sometimes wander unexpectedly into the path of bikes. Another equally dangerous hazard on Alaska's routes is the large number of motor homes that often clog the roadways or will move unexpectedly into the path of a motorcyclist when their drivers become distracted by this state's gorgeous scenery and wildlife.
One of the best motorcycle routes in Alaska is the 127-mile Seward Highway, which has been designated a National Forest Scenic Byway and an Alaska Scenic Byway. This road links the cities of Seward and Anchorage and features elevation changes, twisties and sweepers. Bikers on this road will ride past glaciers, gorgeous bays and fjords, lakes and scenic valleys. In the Chugach State Park, the Seward Highway follows the shorelines of Turnagain Arm, where bikers may be able to spot beluga whales in the sea or spy Dall sheep or mountain goats along the road or on nearby cliffs.
Sterling Highway is a 138-mile link between Moose Pass and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Two portions of this roadway have been designated as State Scenic Byways. The northern section travels between Sterling Wye and Skilak Lake, while the southern portion connects the Homer Spit and Anchor Point. This is a beautiful ride past the Cook Inlet, Kenai Lake, the Kenai River, and through the gorgeous Skilak Lake Special Management Area.
Riders looking for a road that features some nice twisties and sweepers should head to Hatcher Pass, which is approximately 50 miles north of Anchorage. This 49-mile road can be reached either by Parks Highway in Wasilla or the Glenn Highway, near Palmer. Be forewarned that the road does close in the winter and some sections are still dirt or may not always be in the best of conditions.
Some of Alaska’s roads should be left to only experienced, brave and, possibly, a little crazy riders. One of the most infamous is the 495-mile Dalton Highway, which has been featured on the show "Ice Road Truckers." Dalton Highway is a sometimes paved, sometimes gravel affair that runs between Fairbanks and Deadhorse in the Prudhoe Bay area. Riders attempting this long journey should know the gas mileage of their bikes and carry extra fuel, as there are no services for the 240 miles between Coldfoot and Prudhoe Bay. Any cyclist attempting this road should also be aware that the cell phone coverage in this area is often spotty or non-existent.
Although Alaska doesn't have a lot of rallies, it does have at least one for Harley lovers. The State HOG Rally is held in June, in Palmer, Alaska.
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