Before you go
Buy a copy of the Milepost, a thick catalog that offers mile-by-mile descriptions of every road in Alaska, plus the Alaska-Canada Highway. This bible of Alaska road-tripping includes descriptions of every conceivable sight along the Dalton Highway and plenty of tips on where to fish and camp and which bad spots on the road to watch for. It's for sale everywhere in Alaska and can be ordered at themilepost.com.
If you want to brave the Dalton Highway on your own (as many do) and are good at changing tires, try these car-rental agencies in Fairbanks. Keep in mind that national car-rental companies do not permit driving on the Dalton.
3820 University Ave. S., Fairbanks.
This company offers Ford Escapes, which are midsize crossover SUVs with good fuel mileage. Rental rates are $179 to $229 a day.
GoNorth Travel Center
3713 S. Lathrop St., Fairbanks.
907-479-7272 or 866-236-7272, gonorth-alaska.com.
Leases pickups, motorhomes, RVs, campers, trucks, and vans. Rates for large SUVs range from $132 to $198 a day, depending on mileage, plus tax and a collision-damage waiver. Smaller SUVs are $102 to $168 a day.
Where to stay
Arctic Getaway cabin rentals
Wiseman. 907-678-4456, arcticgetaway.com.
The owners speak English and German and serve breakfast in a 1910 Gold Rush dance hall attached to their home. They rent out three log cabins with kitchenettes. Groups can rent here. Cabins are $120 to $295 a night.
Milepost 175, Box 81512. 907-474-3500, coldfootcamp.com.
Offers 81 rooms. This is the largest of the roadside camps and the only one where beds have bedspreads. No lamps; shared bathrooms are a bit of a trek down the hall. Singles and doubles are $219 a night, except for certain weeks in December and March, when they are $249 a night.