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The Alaskan roadhouse experience
Up Here cites highway improvements and a drop in tourists for the shuttering of so many roadhouses along the Alaska Highway (or "Alcan").
Though I usually camp off the side of the road when I dive the Alcan (I've made the 2500 mile drive from Seattle to Anchorage five times), I'm familiar with many of the grilled cheese sandwiches available along the way. I even had a toothless, bearded old sourdough recently offer to buy me and my friends shots at a roadhouse along the Richardson Highway. Authentic roadhouse experiences are clearly still available.
Though there are more derelict than functioning roadhouses these days, there is still a few you can visit in Alaska:
Steese Roadhouse: Way up on the Steese Highway outside of Fairbanks, this joint doesn't even have a website. It has all the roadhouse standards, and is pictured above.
Silver Fox Roadhouse: Free coffee, cabins, and local gossip. The roadhouse also appeals to hunters and fishermen.
There are plenty more out there that simply aren't on the web - maybe it's time to plan a road trip and discover this dwindling part of American travel.