Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Jim Voter, Westminster, MD
Jim_and_LindiOne of the road trips that I have dreamed about doing ever since I bought a Corvette was to drive from Maryland to Alaska and to drive the Alaska Highway. For the last three years, my wife Lyndi and I have taken long vacations in our Yellow, 1994 ZR-1. We went to New England, Florida on the AutoTrain, and Nova Scotia, Canada. We decided that this year would be the year to go to Alaska. Lyndi's only requirements were that the trip be well planned and that we take 30 days to have fun. Our business schedule allowed us to leave in July and return to Maryland just in time for Corvettes at Carlisle on the 23rd of August.

The route planning was fairly simple. Drive west and north. Head for Edmonton, Alberta then one more day to the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC. We decided to visit Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, and the Canadian Rockies. Another trip on my bucket list was to visit Mt Rushmore, so that defined the return trip route. We decided to drive about 600 miles a day on the way out and back and less than 300 miles per day in Alaska to get the maximum number of days to sight see and experience western Canada and Alaska. The route plan worked out to about 9,400 miles. With side trips in mind, we declared that it would be a 10,000 mile journey.

I made all of the reservations for hotels and major excursions before we left home. This created a "scripted" trip, but considering the distances involved and the reality that there were very few route options and services it was the best way to do the trip.

Because we couldn't pack enough clothing to go 30 days, we planned to get hotels with laundry facilities about once a week. This allowed us to reduce our suitcase size quite a bit. Another decision that made traveling easier was to use back packs with one change of clothes each evening instead of having to unload and carry two large suitcases into the hotel every night. We would simply swap the contents of the back pack once a day. It worked well for us and saved my back.

This map shows the Alaska Highway:
Point A is Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Milepost Zero of the Alaska-Canadian Highway. The highway was built in 1942. During World War Two, there was a possibility that Japanese forces could occupy Alaska and then threaten the interior of America. To counter that strategy, the Army needed a road to the interior of Alaska to transport military supplies. The US Army Engineers were assigned the task to build the road in March 1942. By November, 1942 The Army built a 1400 mile highway that reached Delta Junction, Alaska (Point B) near Fairbanks. Our plan was to follow the modern route of that Highway.