Caravan Sonnet: The Denali Highway [Part Two] // Alaska

8/31/18

The Denali Highway [Part Two] // Alaska

Happy Friday friends! I hope that you have had a wonderful week! Anyone doing anything special for the upcoming holiday weekend? Whatever you do, I hope that you have a wonderful, restful, and fun weekend! 
Today I am so excited to share more about our time on the Denali Highway. If you missed the first part that I shared earlier this week you can read about it HERE! I loved the Denali Highway and I truly can't recommend driving on it enough! (If you are looking for some specific tips about taking the Denali Highway than read this post HERE!) 
As I shared in the last post, due to the road (and the fact that you will want to stop often to take tons of pictures of this beautiful area of Alaska!), the Denali Highway will take about 5 hours to cross. I can't stress enough though that it honestly will not feel like that at all. The time seemed to fly by as I drove along. 
We stopped often (as I mentioned above) to take lots of pictures and to get out and explore a bit in different areas. At one place (about 2 and 1/2 hours into the trip) I snapped this picture of our rental car on the side of the road. I know I have said this in a previous post, but J was right- you literally could pull off in so many places to park and these pull outs that were along the highways were the perfect place for cars or RVs to camp for the night. 
This was one of my favorite views on the Denali Highway. The beauty of the dark grey clouds contrasting the green and blues was so stunning. 
The beauty was simply overwhelming.
At some points our adventures in this area had to end because we would have needed some kind of ax to continue through the thick and dense bushes. 
Those of you who know me know that I find a lot of joy and laughter in life and this was one of those times. I was trying to cut down some branches with my hands and then started smelling the trees as I almost fell. Hahaha! For the record they don't smell. *smiles* I am smiling as I think back because we had hiked for about 20 minutes or so at this point and it really didn't seem like we had gone anywhere because of the vastness. It was probably a good thing that we were forced to stop otherwise we might still be hiking! *smiles*
I left this specific area sad for that adventure to end. It was such a beautiful place! 
After driving for about another hour we came across this beautiful river and mountains in the background. At this point we were about and 1 and a 1/2 from nearing the end of the Denali Highway. As we stopped at the bridge to take some pictures I saw the sign on the bridge said that the river was the Susitna River! It was so neat to see the "Big" Sustina River after we had explored the Little Sustina River the day before and loved it!
This was one of my favorite stops along the highway. One of the most interesting things to me about the highway was that at all different parts of the stretch of road there seemed to be different "terrain". As we approached this area the mountains in front of us looked a bit more "jagged" and we were soon to find out that this would be what a lot of the mountain range in this area looked like. 
Simply gorgeous. Don't y'all just love water and beautiful mountains?
As we crossed the bridge, I knew that this area would be forever imprinted on my mind and in my heart. In the future I would like to come back to this area and camp right along this river. Can y'all imagine waking up to the views in this area? Wouldn't it be simply gorgeous?
The views as we began the next portion of the drive continued to stun and amaze me! 
I can't get enough of those beautiful mountains!! I was ready to start climbing up each of them! *smiles*
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope that these pictures of the Denali Highway encourages you to start planning a trip there soon! I can't wait to go back and am already planning another trip! I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! 

PS- If you are curious about the specific details of the road trip that we took throughout Alaska or if you are planning a similar road trip (or just want to see and dream about visiting the beauty!) I hope the information below is helpful. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

Anchorage: // Anchorage Travel Guide//

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Scenic Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)//

Chugach Mountains: // Eklutna Lake//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Trail//



Girdwood: // Winner Creek Trail //

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