Go Back   Airstream Forums > Airstream Community Forums > On The Road...

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-11-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
Bellevue , Washington
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 42
Anyone drove from WA to Alaska in the summer before?

Planning our next summer's trip. Just not sure if it would be a fun trip. I know Airstreaming in Alaska must be fun, but how is the long road trip (roundtrip) across Canada from south to north...

shockfly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 10:43 AM   #2
Rivet Master
HowieE's Avatar

1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,316
Images: 12
Go east the Montana and start up 93. Tradition would say to go up the Alcan from Dawson Creek but your choice will be that or the Cassiar. Witch ever way yo go make sure you do both or you will miss Hyder.

The only way to enter Alaska is through Chicken. They were going to name the town Ptarmigan, the state bird, but no one in town could spell it. That way you can't miss Dawson City.

Plan at least a month in Alaska or you will have wasted a lot of gas.

2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
Rivet Master
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,592
Many questions will be answered with a current copy of "Milepost" which is updated yearly. You can get it on line or any book store will have it or order it for you.
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
Rivet Master
1988 25' Excella
1987 32' Excella
Knoxville , Tennessee
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,823
Blog Entries: 1
For me the long trip across the Yukon was definitely fun. Lots of wildlife. Caught some Arctic Grayling. We went Prince George to Dawson Creek and through Dawson City and Chicken. Came back through Tinglet. Caught a steelhead there. Both ways were fun. Both were long, fairly hard drives. We were on a caravan so had lots of company but took more days than one would allot on his own, I think.
We did the 93 route Howie suggests and went through the Icefields Parkway and Jasper. But the trip from Vancouver to Prince George on the west side of the Rockies is also spectacular. If time is tight I would suggest going the shortest way for you to get to Alaska and make a separate trip up 93 to Jasper some other time. It would be easy to spend a week there on the way to Alaska if you have the time. You can use all the time you can get in Alaska. I liked Haines, Hyder, and Homer for sure. Not so much Chicken. Spent a few days fishing in Soldotna.

Yes, order the Milepost.

We did a lot of gravel roads. But good gravel roads. The big danger is small gravel thrown by the trucks that pass you at great speed. We taped plexiglas over the windows on the road side. I heard bursts of gravel hit the trailer several times. We did not get a chipped windshield. Some did. On some of the pullouts they use a gravel that looks like it is arrowheads. Take a spare tire. We would go several days at a time without phone service.
Bill M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
retired USA/USAF

2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,023
So, Howie, what are you waiting for. Let's go
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 10:28 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Smartstream's Avatar

1982 28' Airstream 280
Port Angeles , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,191
We just got back from Alaska about 6 weeks ago. You can follow the trip here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1466644 The Alaska trip starts on page 40 post 274. We were gone 11 weeks and put 8500 miles on the old motorhome. Had a great time.

Cheers, Dan

"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."
~ Margaret Thatcher ~
Smartstream is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Drove Our New International Off the Lot VioLey Member Introductions 9 11-07-2013 09:54 PM
Drove 200+ miles O/W too see this one Jimbcole 1959 - 1965 Ambassador 17 06-21-2011 09:11 AM
drove off with cord connected jparks Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 11-14-2007 05:29 AM
Drove over the keys... joe hall Doors & Locks 3 06-03-2004 10:39 AM
Anyone Caravan To Ontario in July this summer Happycampers WBCCI Rallies & Events 3 05-12-2004 10:35 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.