Hyder, Alaska
Alaska

Hyder, Alaska

The hot dog eating contest was definitely a huge highlight of my vacation. But probably one of the most unique places I visited was Hyder, Alaska. Yes, yes I did drive to Alaska! And yes, yes you can reach Alaska in just a 20 hour drive from Seattle!

Since we had three days to make a 40-hour drive it definitely wasn’t one of my normal Val-tries-to-see-everything-possible road trips, but don’t worry, I did try to take tons of photos out the window (and don’t worry even more, I wasn’t the one driving this time!)

This week I’ll be showing some of the Hyder-related and other stops along the journey. And next week I’ll be featuring all there is to see in Hyder itself!

If you try to get directions from Seattle to Hyder on Google Maps a word of warning, it will tell you that it is just not possible!

Google says you can't drive to Hyder

But if you do Seattle (or wherever your starting point may be) to Stewart, British Columbia, this is pretty much it!


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Hyder, Alaska is located at the head of the Portland Canal, a 70 mile-long fjord that borders Canada and the US, and is the only town in southern Alaska that is accessible by road. And that, my friends, is what makes this Silly American town the most awesome place ever to visit!

Known as the “Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska” and having a mere 100 (approximate) residents, Hyder is dependent on tourism.

So why visit Hyder? Well, in all truth you mostly visit Hyder to SAY you’ve visited Hyder. But don’t worry, if for nothing but the breathtaking views of the drive alone, it is well worth it!

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Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

About Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.