10 Road Trips for Retirees


Seward Highway

Don't expect antique stores and a never-ending string of bed-and-breakfasts. Instead, Alaska's Seward Highway is about isolation amid stunning nature. From glaciers, peaks and steep-walled fjords carved by the last Ice Age, to eagles, salmon and moose, the Seward Highway is truly one of the last great frontiers of road tripping.

The difficulty is in getting there. Many drivers on the Seward Highway choose to start their trip in Anchorage, flying in and then renting a car, van or RV. From there, it's 127 miles (204 kilometers) to Resurrection Bay near the town of Seward. Along the way, don't forget to stop and smell the roses. Specifically, don't miss a tram ride up Mount Aleyska or Bird Point, where, in addition to birds, you can see belugas slicing just beneath the water's surface.

As you can likely guess, the best time to visit the Seward Highway is in the height of summer when days are long and travel is possible without a dogsled.