Remote towns safe?

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  1. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

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    I'm planning a trip to Dead Horse in August. My next door neighbor was born and raised in AK. He's a retired electrician and has traveled much of AK. He was helping me plan a route when I mentioned I wanted to visit a few very remote end-of-the road villages. Tiny dots on the map. He recommended me not to do it as I may not be welcomed. What's your thoughts on this?

    During my travels I always made it a point to stay with the locals and never felt like I was intruding.
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  2. ErraticAKn

    ErraticAKn On roads less traveled...

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    Go for it. Some of the small end of the road villages may garner you some looks but are worth visiting. You should not have any trouble.
    I'm born and raised here as well and have traveled to many villages some with just 30 people. You may find them socially awkward from what you are used to.

    Which towns or villages are you looking at visiting?
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  3. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    How remote? Off the road system?
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  4. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

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    Torti, Tananarive, Circle. Anything off the Dalton. I might try to squeeze in Inuvik also on this trip, I'm researching short cuts that may get me through a few other villages.
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  5. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    My work has taken me to virtually every corner of Alaska, and I wouldn't consider any village in the state as being unsafe. That said, some are definitely more friendly to outsiders than others. You'll know it almost immediately when you drive, ride, or walk through the village for the first time. Some places you're immediately greeted with a smile and a wave(in some cases to the point of waving at literally every person you pass by!), and in the other extreme, you'll get the "who are you and why are you here" blank stare. Some fall in between. The only place I've ridden my bike to, and got the blank stare, has been Circle. Not very welcoming, but by no means hostile. On the same ride, Central was the polar opposite. Smiles and waves everywhere, so that's where I went back to to have lunch(and had a damn good cheeseburger in the process !). No matter what village you travel to, attitude is everything. Act like a demanding ass, and you'll be treated accordingly. I know one thing for sure, I'd rather overnight in a bush village, than in Mt. View(Anchorage)!

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  6. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

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    Good to know Jeff! I was just researching Circle and it looked promising, it seems to be a travel destination for some. Is their any villages off the Haul road that you would recommend?
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  7. Ullr

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    Torti? Tananarive? Where did you buy your map?
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  8. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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  9. Dogslobber

    Dogslobber Been here awhile

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    Minto is the one place I've heard from several sources can be unwelcoming to outsiders.
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  10. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    It wouldn't be my first choice for an overnight, and there really isn't anything of note to see there, unless you have a river boat with you. Better to just ride in and out, check it off the list, and head to Manly. Would be interesting to take the new road extension out as far it goes, just to see some new territory!

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  11. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    The ride to Circle is great, and I'll definitely do it again. Were I to overnight out that way, Central would be my choice. Not many villages off of the Dalton accessible by road. Livengood has nothing of interest, we've already covered Minto and Manly. After that, it's pretty much Coldfoot and Wiseman. I'd pick Wiseman over Coldfoot for accommodations. Then again, I'd consider a tent before Coldfoot. What they charge for their rooms should be a felony! The place is in dire need of competition.

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  12. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah, and watch yourself while passing through Willow, it's kinda sketchy. Strap a banjo to your back, and stick a few random pieces of duct tape like it's holding stuff in place on your plastics. Take out your dentures if you have 'em, as you'll get definite style points for that, and blend right in! :D

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  14. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    :D I was down in your neck of the woods last April, and loved it! Reconnected with an Air Force buddy of mine. Hadn't seen each other in over 20 years....awesome time! He lives just minutes away from the Barber Motorsports, so we spent a day there; incredible place, that I can't wait to visit again. We went for biscuits & gravy in the small town he lives near. Before we went in, he said I'll bet that 8 out of 10 people inside will be dressed in camouflage, and wearing some kind of ball cap......damned if he wasn't right!:1drink

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    The folks at Coldfoot were awesome. Let us camp in their yard for free and let us eat our own snacks of their front porch. I did buy 15$ worth of coffee from them.(3 times 2 coffees)

    But yeah the rooms are 219$

    The one place I did not care for on the haul rd was the Hot Spot cafe near the Yukon river. I would not stop there again. I paid 8$ for the sadest sundae I ever seen and that lady is grumpy let me tell you.
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    I stopped in Central early one weekday morning, and found the locals to be very friendly; had a long chat with an older Native guy who was working on his fish wheel, on the bank of the Yukon. Another guy let me use his phone to make a call to Tok, since the pay phone only accepted AT&T phone cards. Also had a very good breakfast in Central while waiting for the guy with keys to the gas pump to show up.
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  18. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah the folks that work there are fine, my beef is with the owners. They haven't done much of anything in the 10+ years I've stayed there while working in the area(other than putting bathrooms in the "crew quarters" building). Spend 100+ nights in the place, and you'll likely have a different opinion. Their main redeeming quality is beer! And for that, I am grateful! That and being open 24/7.

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    ErraticAKn On roads less traveled...

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    Did you make it? Wanted to catch up with you while you were here about some of the events later in your area.
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    I haven't left yet. I had to take care of some family obligations first. I'll be leaving the 2nd of August.
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