Happy Birthday, Alaska Highway

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  10.29.10 | 4:34 PM ET

Photo by Eva Holland

The road, built in the midst of World War II thanks to fears of a Japanese invasion, turns 68 today. It’s come a long way since its opening to military traffic—when, according to Wired writer Tony Long, it was “a glorified footpath with stretches of unpaved road, murderous switchbacks and no guard rails or shoulders”—but I still think it makes for one of the great North American drives. Here’s to many more road trips yet to come.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


2 Comments for Happy Birthday, Alaska Highway

GypsyGirl 10.31.10 | 1:16 PM ET

Yeah! I love that drive—thankfully it has never been covered in snow when I’ve been on it.

kondigg 12.15.10 | 3:06 AM ET

Yeah! I love that drive—thankfully it has never been covered in snow when I’ve been on it.

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