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Old 01-22-2016, 05:07 PM   #29
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We did an Alaska trip in 2006. 2 months total time on the road. We had a great experience on the Ferry portion and saw places you can't drive to. We drove going up did a big loop and got on the Ferry at Haines, on-off several places and permanently off at Prince Rupert. You get a much different experience on the ferry than on a cruise ship. There are many towns that are not serviced by cruise ships and I like those towns much better. Also being in the cruise ship towns after the ships leave each evening is much more enjoyable than dealing with the tourists from the ships. The ferry portion enhanced our trip. If you are just taking the ferry for transportation and staying on then that is a little different.
Interesting prospective and a wonderful recommendation of how to do Alaska. I could not agree more.

As one who has spent about 25 years in the high Arctic, there is nothing more superficial than a cruise ship showing up in a community. It's (okay) for the community as the locals get to sell a few trinkets. The tourist get to take a few pictures and feel like they are being immersed in the stop. It doesn't matter that the reality of this immersion is superficial at best.

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Old 01-22-2016, 05:55 PM   #30
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If you're a little short on time, the ferry up as walk-on passengers, an RV rental in AK and then a flight back would probably be great. When you have more time in some future year, you also could do the drive up and back with your RV.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:00 PM   #31
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Perfect thread for us too.
We are planing an Alaska trip for 2017. This year we are heading out East since all of our trips the last 3 years have been out West. My question is do it solo or join the caravan? We are both bit of a loners and never joined a caravan before.
Hi Frank - The caravan / solo question is a hard one to answer as everyone is different. For us, we like the comradery of traveling with other airstreamer's, but not in a formalized caravan. Doing a "Are you Heading Our Way" arrangement, allows us to travel for a few days or even a couple weeks with others and then go our own way and meet up again later if we want to.

We're actually planning an eastern trip also this year. As we want to get it done before Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Our guess is the hot tourist spots in Canada will get a lot busier with the birthday celebration and the reality of a .60$. So 2016 for Eastern Canada and into the NE corner of the USA will work for us. I think we will try and set it up so we end with the Urban Air Rally in Eaton Rapids, Michigan in mid to late October.

Here is an image I grabbed from the Urban-Air FaceBook page. It looks like it would be a good stop and a fun event

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Perfect thread for us too.
We are planing an Alaska trip for 2017. This year we are heading out East since all of our trips the last 3 years have been out West. My question is do it solo or join the caravan? We are both bit of a loners and never joined a caravan before.
We did it solo, but when we go again it will be in a caravan of at least two units for support and safety.
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:48 PM   #33
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Agree - drive it or cruise it!

We did our Alaska RV trip in 2009 from Austin to TOK and beyond in 2009. Best trip we have ever taken in our 2003 34' A/S Classic limited with 2 labs. We considered a cruise on the way back and glad we did not. This trip needs to be seen from the road unless you want to do the inside passage separately which we want to do sometime. The Alaskan highway was fabulous but don't miss the Cassiar Hwy, Hyder, Skagway, Kanastin Lake Provincial Park and Atlin Lake in BC (Norm will leave a chair out to reserve your site!!) My wife and I took 500 photos of bald eagles in flight over 2 days in Valdez! Good luck.
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Like the Chief says "its the journey" that makes most of us head up to Alaska. Last fall I drove up the Cassiar, Alaska, and Top-of-the-World Hwys to Anchorage (kinda a dump), then back down to Skagway and took the ferry back to Prince Rupert, cut east, and drove through the Canadian Rockies south from Jasper. Re your question is the drive worth it....most definitely. Its ALL paved (tho you get stretches of loose gravel in construction segments), but its beautiful country....made for pulling a camper. And like Cameron says, it'll never get cheaper given the ratio of the US/CA $. Similarly, the inside passage is beautiful...and totally relaxing. And Scherzi is correct...you cannot stay in your camper, though you can get to it while in ports. Its a great trip...a bucket list trip.
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Old 01-23-2016, 01:46 PM   #35
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one mistake....the Top of the World Highway....besides not really being a highway....is not paved. In fact, its pretty slippery during rains, full of very bad potholes, and without any guard rails to keep you from sliding off the steep edges. I didn't know that part before I had committed. The decent into Chicken is also pretty intense....but man, what beautiful sights.
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Interesting thread. Alaska is on our bucket list in the next 3-5 years..

Good Luck and enjoy
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I agree. Great thread for planning a "bucket list" trip to Alaska. Thanks.

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Comment from friends who did the trip on the ferry

Here is what some friends said about the trip:
I don't have access to that page and probably should not set up one as I don't have an Airstream. However, we did enjoy that trip up on the ferry from Bellingham and drove back. There is a naturalist on board that points out many things we would have missed. We stayed 2 1/2 months and drove back the end of August when fall was starting up there. Roads were much better on the way back but if they are concerned about time the ferry is the way to go. You can copy and paste that into the forum if you wish.
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My Parents and I will be departing May 1st and spending the summer up in the Far North once again this year as many of the past 30. Hope to see everyone out in the Wilderness. ENJOY !!


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