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Old 05-14-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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Florida to Alaska

Two native Floridians looking for advice on the most scenic and direct route to Colorado RMNP, Glacier NP, Canadian Rockies, and Alaska. Don't like those interstates and like to take it easy with the daily driving. We're planning on leaving June 1st and returning in October so I think we have plenty of time to do it right.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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First get a copy of the "Alaska Milepost" as it will tell you about every mile along the Alcan Highway. My suggestion is to get to Washington state and go north through the Okanogan Valley in Canada, then continue north to Alaska. On your way back, take the ferry at Haines to Prince Rupert, get off there instead of going all the way to Seattle.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:11 AM   #3
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We are camped in western Colorado. We are from the Florida Panhandle (originally from Jacksonville) and left home about 3 weeks ago. We first made our way to Jacksonville, then up to South Carolina to visit friends for a few days. We then went up to the Top of Georgia Airstream Park for a few days. Then it was out west. We did have a significant delay in Arkansas related to Mississippi River flooding.

We try to stay off the Interstates as much as possible. We usually try to route ourselves on the US Highway that tracks the Interstate. Each Interstate has one (I-10/US 90; I-95/US 1) and they are usually a through route. We have found that using these US Highway routes always us to see all of the little towns on the route which we really enjoy. It does make for a little slower travel. Traveling the way that we do usually limits us to 300 mile days or less.

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I would definitely be checking for high water and highway flooding between here and Mississippi River. And all the smaller rivers feeding into it, for the next couple of weeks.
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Bebelee, I think the question is what do you want to see the most. If it is Alaska and northern Canada, I would take interstates until Canada to get closer to where you want to be. Alaska is not someplace you will probably go to very often, so spend your time there. I don't like interstates either, but they serve a purpose and that's to cover space quickly.

You can get the Milepost in book stores or order online. You should also invest in some books about Alaska and Canada such as Frommers and others so you know what you are looking at. Last year we took 8 weeks, other times 6. Even with 4 months, you can't cover everything. It is not just Alaska, you will spend a lot of time in Canada—and it is a great place to visit too.

We have traveled to Inuvik in NWT, but it's about 500 miles north of Dawson City, Yukon, on the Dempster Hwy and don't tow a trailer when it's wet—wait for it to dry. By September, you can see the Aurora and that's worth doing—we saw it near Yellowknife, NWT, and on the Dempster Hwy at Eagle Plains.

You can travel via the Alaska state ferry to see SE Alaska, but you will have to back your trailer either through the ship, up the ramp, or both. People will be hurrying you and possibly giving you different directions on the ferry about where to park. It is possible to schedule so you can spend several days in various towns such as Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Wrangel, though probably not all of them. The schedules are online as well as in the Milepost. If you are bringing a trailer (or not, but have a vehicle) it's good to make reservations well ahead of time. You can drive to Skagway and Haines, take the ferry or fly from there without vehicle and visit Juneau.

This is a very long trip. From Colorado, we have driven around 10,000 miles average on each of our three trips. Makes sure both vehicles are in very good shape. New or nearly new high quality tires will save you problems as they are less likely to fail on dirt and gravel roads. Bring lots of tools, tire repair kit, compressor capable of higher pressures (the kind that plug into the 12 v. sockets aren't powerful enough; direct attachment to battery is better), and extra gas. If you heard the Alaska Hwy is gravel and will destroy your vehicles, that's a myth; the road has been paved for decades. The Cassiar Hwy through central BC is an alternative route, also mostly paved now. There are plenty of dirt/gravel roads and you do ok if you drive carefully, slow down when opposing vehicles are coming and expect some dings.

There are quite a few threads about Alaska. Do a search. Last year we did this one: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...0-a-64080.html

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