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Steese Highway

Fairbanks, AK
+1 907-773-1222
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Steese Highway Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Viewing

We found some of our best Aurora viewing to be just off of Steese Highway. Our hotel recommended a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Grand Rapids, MI
Beautiful views and gold mining history galore

Lots of pretty views, first of the pipeline, just outside Fairbanks. Some abandoned mines around... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
joshua b
Miami, Florida
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Most of the scenic drives in the Fairbanks region start on this road, which twists through the White Mountains and allows access to mining sites, hot-springs resorts and recreational options.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Fairbanks, AK
+1 907-773-1222
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found some of our best Aurora viewing to be just off of Steese Highway. Our hotel recommended a little parking are just a few miles outside of town on Haglebarger Ave. My husband didn't think it was the best, so we tried a few...More

Thank Beentheredonethat777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of pretty views, first of the pipeline, just outside Fairbanks. Some abandoned mines around miles 27 and a roadhouse lodge at Chatanika around mile 28 oozing personality. Some interesting history at Felix Pedro monument around 16. I only went about 30 miles each way...More

Thank joshua b
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Steele Highway is very easy to travel and gives you easy access to most of Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs, overlooks to easily view the Northern Lights, University of Alaska and much more.

Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Steese Hwy is a well maintained highway that leads to many points of interest. It is not a destination in itself, but rather a means to other destinations.

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Lovely, lonely highway. Filled with wonderful views, wildlife, and perfectly timed roadside rests. Wish we would have known there was not going to be one gas station.

Thank clover1613
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We drove on the Steese Highway for four consecutive nights to catch the Auroras. There was a lot of snow, but the highway is well-maintained. There were a few icy spots and we had to drive really slowly, but the drivers behind us were patient...More

Thank Giri G
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Well maintained, not much ice on it. Of course we only drove from Fairbanks to the Chena Hot Springs Road. It is a pretty drive.

Thank Karrie P
Reviewed 5 March 2017

At 1st this road was confusing because as we headed north from Fairbanks it had many names: Hsy, Expy, Old Steese, Rt. 2 Rt. 6! The road was well maintained for the 31 minutes we used it to our destination. We did see a vehicle...More

1  Thank cmchristensen
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Fairbanks local people are super nice and helpful. They said if we go up to new steese highway and pass weigh scale station and go up to the fox spot, there is a hillside area that you can view northern light. We drove on steese...More

Thank A H
Reviewed 9 December 2016

There's a lot to see along this road that tells a great deal about this part of Alaska. I saw this highway as part of a day's exploration that ended with a spectacular viewing of the aurora late at night. Get off the road wherever...More

Thank Eugene F
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Carol S
We are trying to decide whether to book a land tour or do our own Any pros or cons you could offer would be great
25 January 2016|
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Response from Doris C | Reviewed this property |
If you can do your own, do it! The cruise lines only take you to the things they want you to see and if you go on your own you can go to many out of the way amazing places. Our favorite area was the Kenai Penninsula. We... More
Hi, We are seniors (71 and 78) who will be traveling to Fairbanks in Set. 2015. I would like to rent a car and drive to Cleary Point to see the Northern Lights. The drive is late at night. Is it feasible to make this drive if it's not icy? Or just I just have us picked up by one of the Aurora trip organizers. It will be more expensive but will it be safer?
6 July 2015|
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Response from James V | Reviewed this property |
In September, the road should be easily traveled. But, the temperature can still be threatening. The tours can accommodate for comfort and preparedness for a better experience. The lights might not be visible at a time... More