The Alaska Highway was built in 1942 to give the military a direct,
safe land route to bases in Alaska. The highway, once a muddy route
famous for its difficulties, is now a two-lane paved road famous for
its scenery and reliability. The highway's southern terminus is at
Dawson Creek, in northern British Columbia, and the highway officially
ends at Delta Junction, Alaska. From Dawson Creek it's 1,700 miles to
Fairbanks or 1,900 to Anchorage.
Services, ranging from fuel
stations to restaurants and hotels, are available the length of the
Dawson Creek is accessible by
highways leading up from Montana and Washington.