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PACIFIC COAST ISLANDS
The Alaska Highway itself is 1,390 miles long, ending at Delta Junction, Alaska. Another 98 miles brings you to Fairbanks. The road is paved all the way, and services are rarely more than 100 miles apart--usually closer.
Once in the Yukon, motorists can drive to Dawson City, ground zero of the Klondike Gold Rush, and over the Top of the World highway to Alaska. The Dempster Highway leads north from Dawson to Inuvik, through the Northwest Territories. It Is not paved but in good summer weather can be driven comfortably.
In Alaska one can drive from Anchorage to Denali National Park, home of the continent's highest mountain, spectacular Mount McKinley, in eight hours on good paved highway. Four more hours brings you to Fairbanks, with road access to the Yukon and points north. Many northern highways offer good driving conditions, breathtaking mountain and ocean views, and very little traffic apart from the occasional moose or bear ambling across the roadway...read more »
Although some of the shops still stock the usual kitsch of key chains, totem poles and mass produced Eskimo dolls, most of the boutiques and art galleries are filled with expensive merchandise. The windows glitter with jewelry (amethysts, diamonds and sapphires set in filigreed gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets) as well as furs, Lladro porcelain figurines, oil paintings, West Coast native carvings of wood, antler horn and walrus ivory, tooled leather knife sheathes, bead ornaments, and an interesting variety of Russian Matreshka dolls, cloisonné trinkets and pretty miniature boxes of woven bark. The gold-rush days are over, but Juneau's wealth still pours in, mined today from the pockets of tourists who gladly invest in the town's abundance of superbly crafted objets d'art. With an average 450,000 summer visitors to the town each year, this translates to the equivalent of several pounds of shiny gold nuggets.
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