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dalton highway info please

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Has anyone driven the Dalton Hwy to the Arctic Circle or Cold foot and back? A few of us would like to see the Yukon River so we might as well go to the Arctic Circle but unsure whether to reserve the car since we aren't allowed to drive our rental van on that road

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    I've driven a rental car north to the Arctic Circle, but knew full well the chance I was taking. Basically, if your rental contract forbids you from driving a car on the Dalton Hiwayand you have an accident on this road, then you've bought the rental agency a new car out of your own pocket. Because you've driven a rental car in violation of the contract, neither your credit card nor your insurance will pay a penny. Even if you just have a break down on this road, the cost of a tow or even a jump start will be well over $100 -- again, totally out of your own pocket.

    Also be aware that some rental cars have GPS installed in them, allowing the rental company to know that you drove on the Dalton Hiway and thus violated the contract. The added charges they can then impose on your rental can be huge.

    I should add that huge haul trucks drive this gravel road at speeds I didn't feel safe driving my sub-compact. If they run you off the road; well, that's almost their job.

    The scenery on the Dalton Hiway is not that great; the entire thrill of this drive is the sense of accomplishment.

    Was it worth it to me? Yes. But just be aware of what you're getting into. If you can get a rental company that would allow you to drive on the Dalton, I'd take it.

    Or you can just ride a tour bus up to the Arctic Circle and save all your worries.

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