Plan Your Alaska Highway Road Trip Now

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If you’ve always wanted to road trip the iconic Alaska Highway, now’s the time to stop dreaming and start planning. Why? Because 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the highway’s construction, which was part of the US war effort.

From northeastern BC’s Mile 0 at Dawson Creek, the route stretches 1,523 miles (2,451 kilometres) to Fairbanks, Alaska. Highlights along the way include pristine fishing spots, serene hot springs, wildlife spotting, and dazzling northern lights. Community festivals, car rallies, and other events will mark the 75th-anniversary celebration. There’s never been a better time to hit the road.

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We love getting a peek at our followers’ road-trip memories. Here are a few of the great Alaska Highway road trip Instagrams that inspired us in 2016. Keep sharing, and be sure to use the hashtag #exploreBC.

Bison on the Alaska Highway in Northern BC

Andrew Strain got the attention of this powerful Bison at km ~6750 along the Alaska Highway, BC. Photo: @andrewstrain via Instagram

Wildlife along the Alaska Highway in Northern BC

Rush hour on the Alaska Highway near Muncho Lake, BC. Photo: Ryan Dickie @winterhawkstudios via Instagram

Northern lights along the Alaska Highway, near Fort Nelson.

Ryan Dickie also captured this spectacular view of the Nothern Lights near Fort Nelson, BC. Photo: @winterhawkstudios via Instagram

Bighorn sheep near the Alaska Highway in Northern BC.

This image of a male big horn sheep was photographed just off the Alaska Highway, BC. Photo: @mareezey via Instagram

Mountain summit along the Alaska Highway in Northern BC

Ivy took this great shot at a mountain summit where her group stopped to witness some real-time Planet Earth action: a wolf chasing sheep. Photo: @ivysmushbowl via Instagram

Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway in Northen BC

Megan captured her partner Emanuel enjoying the warmth of Liard Hot Springs on their Alaska Highway road trip. Photo: @fieldandforest via Instagram

For help planning your trip, check out BC’s Alaska Highway planning map or this Ultimate Road Trip Planner.

Megan and Emanuel provide photography tips in Behind the Lens: A Photography Road Trip Along BC’s Alaska Highway. And for help narrowing down your trip stops check out Five Places to Stop Along BC’s Alaska Highway, and Four Hidden Gems Along the Alaska Highway.

For details on the 75th-anniversary celebrations visit celebratealaskahighway.com.