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Old 10-11-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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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...

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Old 10-11-2014, 10:43 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 10-11-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
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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.

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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.
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Old 10-11-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
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So, Howie, what are you waiting for. Let's go
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:28 PM   #7
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We just got back from Alaska about 6 weeks ago. You can follow the trip here 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.

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