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Planning a Trip To Chicken?

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Should You Go?:

If you want to see one of the last great gold-mining towns in existence, and you're willing to accept the lack of phones, constant electricity, television, and indoor plumbing, then by all means, yes, come on over!

 

 

What to Do:

Downtown Chicken has a bar, giftshop, cafe, and salmon bake. If you arrive in the morning, try some of Sue's famous Cinnamon Rolls. These things are incredible. Say hi to Sue. She's always there and she'll snicker at you if you call her by name. Be sure to visit the Post Office (delivering mail since 1906) and say hi to Robin. She'll wonder how the heck you knew her name.
Getting There:
Chicken is on mile 66 of the Taylor Highway. If you are heading into Alaska, you will have to take the Klondike Loop from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Then travel the Top of the World Highway from Dawson City. This will turn into the Taylor Highway at the cutoff to Eagle. Just after you cross Chicken Creek, turn left toward downtown Chicken (which you can't see from the highway.) You will travel 1/8th of a mile and then you can't miss it!

If you are heading to Chicken from the west, take the Alaska Highway. 12 miles west of Tok, turn onto the Taylor Highway cutoff. Chicken is apporximately 68 miles from this junction. Take the first exit to the right. You can't see Chicken from the road, but it's just 1/8th of a mile off the highway. If you cross Chicken Creek, you've gone too far.

The road is packed gravel, but improvents have been made for 1998. You should maintain a slow speed, especially if traveling in a motorhome. Traveling in from Canada will give you breathtaking views from the highest highway in North America. Watch out for steep cliffs after entering Alaska.

When to Go

Tourist season goes from late May to Labor Day. You won't be disappointed if you chose to arrive in Chicken on the 4th of July, or Summer Solstice (June 21st.) Chicken is famous for it's celebrations. The busiest times are the last 2 weeks of July, but Chicken is never really crowded.

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