Richardson Highway North Segment

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The Richardson Highway is Alaska's oldest highway, beginning as a gold rush trail to Eagle in 1898. General Wilds P. Richardson worked to upgrade it to a wagon road in 1910 after the Fairbanks gold strike. It was made suitable for automobiles in the 1920's and was paved in 1957.

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Mt. Hayes. © Donna Gardino

Byway Highlights

  • Visit the Birch Lake State Recreation Area for excellent fishing all year for rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling, and arctic char.

  • Visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole, the home of a 42 foot tall, 900 pound, Santa Claus dating back to the early 1960’s. The family-run gift shop offers Christmas year-round with holiday memorabilia from the last century.

  • Take a step back in time when you visit the Big Delta State Historical Park. The park features turn of the century buildings including the beautifully restored Rika's Roadhouse, the military telegraph station, and original highway work camps.

  • Chena Lake Recreation Area is a great place to camp, boat, fish, swim, bike or walk. The recreation area has over 2,100 acres, with a 260 acre Lake Park and over four miles of riverfront.

Calendar of Annual Events

February

  • Yukon Quest Int'l Sled Dog Race
    Fairbanks, 907-452-7954
  • Delta's Festival of Lights
    Delta Junction, 907-895-5068
  • Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmachine Race
    Fairbanks, 907-563-4414

March

  • World Ice Art Championships
    Fairbanks, 907-451-8250

May

  • Friendly Frontier Days
    Delta Junction, 907-895-5068

July

  • Golden Days
    Fairbanks, 907-452-1105

August

  • Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival
    Fairbanks, 800-327-5774
  • Deltana Fair
    Delta Junction, 907-895-3247
  • Oktoberfest
    Delta Junction, 895-5068
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Trans Alaska Pipeline crossing the Tanana River.
credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT&PF

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Rika's Roadhouse, Big Delta Historical Park.
credit: Shannon McCarthy, Alaska DOT&PF

 

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