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The Steese Highway, the Dalton Highway, and the Taylor Highway (which is closed in winter) are well-maintained gravel roads. However, summer rain can make them slick and dangerous. Rental-car companies have varying policies on whether they allow travel on gravel roads, so check in advance.
The George Parks Highway runs south to Denali National Park and Preserve and on to Anchorage, the state's largest city, 360 mi away on the coast. The Richardson Highway extends to the southeast to Delta Junction before turning south to Valdez, which is 368 mi from Fairbanks.
Two major routes lead north. You can take the Elliott Highway to the Dalton Highway, following the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to its origins at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope (you can't drive all the way to the end, but you can get close). Alternatively, explore the Steese Highway to its termination at the Yukon River and the town of Circle.
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