Longer days and warmer temperatures have some Alaskans thinking about hitting the road. Courtney Stanley, owner of a wilderness retreat on the Kenai Peninsula, has mapped out her ideal adventure -- a journey through what she calls Alaska's "treasured tiny towns." 

Stanley designed a 10-stop, 650-mile road trip from Fox to Ninilchik that passes through towns with populations of less than 1,000 people. The ten stops are Fox, Nenana, Healy, Cantwell, Talkeetna, Eklutna, Portage, Hope, Cooper Landing and Ninilchik.


"I think the largest town I have on the road trip is Talkeetna, which is I think just under 900 or so population," Stanley said. 

Stanley says one of her favorite stops is Hope. 

"A little gem on the Kenai Peninsula, great fishing, there's the Discovery Cafe there, just great restaurants, wonderful locals."

Stanley says she hopes to inspire others to get out of the city and see what smaller Alaska towns have to offer.  

"For me as a small business owner, we rely on the tourism industry so heavily, and our visitors to Alaska are what afford us the opportunity to live here year round, so it's so important to me to spread the message of shopping small and supporting small businesses," Stanley said. "And, of course, the bigger cities in Alaska have all that as well, but when you get to these tiny towns, that’s all there is."

To drive the route one way takes about 13 hours. For a more leisurely trip, Stanley recommends planning for about ten days of travel.

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