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

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 10
Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska. We enjoyed walking around the city, and seeing the sights. There is an interesting mix of architectural styles:



Fairbanks marked the northern-most point of our journey. After 13 days and 4,250 miles of "driving to Alaska", we were there. The next days would take us to Denali National Park and the natural wonders that we had come to see.

On Sunday, we drove from Fairbanks to the Denali area, the home of Denali National Park, which is known as "the jewel of the National Park System."
The landscape south of Fairbanks is relatively flat and got more mountainous as we approached Denali:


After crossing the Tanana River, we stopped in the little town of Tenana. They have an interesting event every year (since 1917) to celebrate the melting of the ice on the Tanana River, which signals Spring and the reopening of commerce on the river. In March, a large tripod is erected on the ice in the middle of the river. A cable is connected from the tripod to a clock tower on the shore in downtown Tenana.


Thousands of people pay $2.50 for a guess at the day, hour and minute that the ice will break up

When the ice breaks up, the tripod pulls on the cable and stops the "official" clock. The person with the winning ticket splits the pot with the city. In 2012, the winners split $250,000!!! I entered the pool for 2013. I put my money on April 30, at 11:30 AM. When I win, I will drive to Alaska again to claim my prize.

We arrived in Denali before noon and headed up the hill to the Grande Denali Lodge: