Places to visit in Alaska
Glenn Highway
4.5

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Jim T
Kenai, AK904 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
The Glenn Highway from Glennallen to Anchorage is one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. Even on a cloudy and rainy day there is beauty to be seen. Multiple creeks and lakes to fish all along the way. Places to to eat abound and plenty of things to experience. Eukeka Lodge, Sheep Mountain Lodge, Lake Louise Road and Lodge, Mendeltna Creek Lodge, Tolsona Lake Lodge just to mention a few. Gunsite Mountian, Kings Mtn, Matanuska Glacier the list goes on and on. Enjoy the drive.
Written 19 August 2021
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MountainMama
CANTON, United States556 contributions
Jun 2020
The Glenn Highway is a must see. We got on it in Glennallen and took it all the way over to Palmer and Anchorage. When you first get on in Glennallen you can't see too much, mostly trees, but just give it about 10 -15 minutes and you will be in heaven! The views along the Glenn are breathtaking! Lions Head is a must see, and once you see it up ahead, you can't mistake it!
Written 23 July 2020
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FDinger
Florida1,331 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We drove the Glenn Highway from Glennallen to Palmer as part of a long drive that started in Fairbanks. The views, especially during the second half of the Glenn Highway, were stunning! It’s a very well maintained highway, so enjoy the drive and consider a stop at the Matanuska Glacier.
Written 13 July 2019
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guyl39
Arlington, Virginia11 contributions
Jun 2019
From the farms of Palmer to the Matanuska Glacier to Lion's Head to the black spruce of Eureka to Mt. Storm looming over Glennallen, the Glenn is an easy 3 1/2 hour drive that underscores how big and beautiful Alaska is. Even though a smoky haze from the Kenai fires reduced the clarity of some of the vistas, it was still an impressive drive. The highway itself is well maintained, and there are a couple of good places to take a break along the route. But note that there are limited options for gas once you leave Palmer.
Written 8 July 2019
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Nan K
Scotland, UK373 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We drove the Glenn Highway on an Alaskan road trip and I would say it was my favourite stretch of Highway. We took,a picnic and stopped at the Matanuska Glacier which was awesome.
Written 14 August 2018
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Anthony
New York City, NY897 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
We drove the Glenn Highway east from Anchorage to Glenallen. The first half of this stretch is more scenic with many snow-capped mountains. Make sure to stop at the Matanuska Glacier Recreational Site at mile 101 to catch some nice views; it also makes a nice restroom stop.

The second half to Glenallen is less scenic until you approach Glenallen when Mount Drum provides an imposing backdrop.
Written 16 July 2017
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Rhys J
Llanbedr, UK2,933 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
My wife and I travelled along the Glenn Highway on our escorted ‘Natural Wonders of Alaska’ tour with Titan Travel. We travelled the 179 miles by motor coach from The Lakefront Anchorage Hotel on the shores of Lake Hood near Anchorage to Glenallen and the junction with the Richardson Highway. We then turned south travelling the Richardson Highway to Valdez on the shores of a fjord on the eastern side of Prince William Sound for our two night stay at the Mountain Sky Hotel. Our well informed tour manager explained that the highway was constructed from Anchorage to reach the agricultural community of Palmer and was originally known as the Palmer Road. It was extended during World War II and completed to Glennallen and is now part of the Alaska Highway network. The origins of it's present name is after Captain Edwin Glenn who was the leader of an US Army expedition in 1890s to locate a route to the Alaskan gold fields.

We saw very few other vehicles on the highway during our long journey which meant that we had a very smooth and relaxing ride on our motor coach. We were fortunate to be travelling on a clear sunny day and the views even through the tinted windows of our motor coach were spectacular. The snow and ice covered peaks of the Chugach Mountains were breathtaking and I was captivated by the beauty of the copper coloured landscape around Sheep Mountain and at the Sheep Mountain Lodge, our stop for lunch and a comfort break. Seeing the Matanuska Glacier even from a distance was amazing and also the majestic snow and ice covered slopes of Mount Drum near Glenallen. It's well worth travelling the Glenn Highway from Anchorage to Glenallen for the stunning views and to marvel at the highway's construction through such isolated terrain.
Written 6 March 2017
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merionvw
Reading, UK330 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We last drove this 17 years ago when it was an isolated wilderness. Rather disappointed that now there are bits of development all the way through including restaurants - before there was only the sheep mountain lodge. However the scenery before and after sheep mountain is as stunning as before - a swarm of vast interlocking mountains with glaciers and massive rivers. stunning.
Written 10 November 2016
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BearFan NC
North Carolina360 contributions
Sept 2016 • Solo
I drove the Glenn Highway in Alaska on September 7, 2016. The drive is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever taken. The fall colors were amazing and made the mountains creeks, rivers and glaciers even more stunning. I highly recommend that you rent a car and take this drive while you are in Alaska. You will be amazed at the unspoiled beauty that you will experience.
Written 29 October 2016
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CrankingChick
Tucson, AZ7,872 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We drove the Glenn Highway from Glennallen to Anchorage. The eastern part was not very interesting; there were mountains in the distance but they were hard to see because it was a cloudy day. The view became more scenic around Mendeltna and Nelchina where we could see views of Nelchina Glacier. We stopped at Long Rifle Lodge for lunch and they had a great view of Matanuska Glacier right from the dining room. We also stopped at Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area for views of that glacier. The portion of the drive west of Matanuska that follows the river valley to Palmer is the most scenic, with some curvy sections and grades. There aren't a lot of services along this road so start with a full gas tank and take food (or plan ahead where you can stop at one of the few roadhouses).
Written 17 August 2016
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