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Old 01-14-2014, 07:45 PM   #15
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Smile Top of the World

I would definitely go for it, haven't been
on it personally but we've spent last
summer camp hosting
in AK and from what I hear, while it is a
little rough it's worth it.
We are taking the AS back to AK again
this summer via the Alaska Ferry
which leaves from Bellingham,
WA. We love the ferry! Nice break
from the road and beautiful scenery.
If you go to Denali National Park,
Teklanika is a great place to camp...
the farthest you can drive an RV/trailer,
In the park (mile 29.1) stop by and say
hello to us!!
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:48 PM   #16
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Here is an old thread, it may have some info that may help.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...on-100192.html
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:55 PM   #17
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Don't miss Top Of The World Highway

My wife and I spent 7 months of 2013 (4/1 - 10/29) Airstreaming from Pennsylvania to Alaska and back. We spent all of June, July and August in the state of Alaska and it was even more amazing than we could have imagined.

Yes - drive Top Of The World Highway. Much of it is unpaved but it was still a great ride and no problem towing the Airstream. We did it in mid-August heading north to Dawson City, wait for clear weather for the best views.

Also, in addition to The Milepost, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you buy Mike and Terri Church's Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping. I just noticed tonight that there is a new addition being published this month so be sure you order that, the 6th edition instead of the previous one. Great resource to locate campgrounds (use the GPS coordinates, addresses mean very little up north) as well as to find dump stations which are harder to find up north than in the lower 48.

One other highlight, Denali Highway. Not in the park, Denali highway runs from Paxon in the east to Cantwell in the west. It's about 135 miles, mostly unpaved but truly spectacular. We actually took 5 days spending 4 glorious nights on this amazing road. There are turn outs and gravel pits all along the road where you can pull off and boondock for free. Last night there we camped at a turn out near mile marker 123 and were looking directly at Mt. McKinley, awesome.

I also agree with the contributor above who recommended the ferry system, we took it and loved the experience. I had no reservation but when you enter the main part of Alaska through Tok, stop at the visitor center there and they can make reservations for you. We stopped in early August and got onto a ferry in mid-August, no problem. We sailed from Skagway with stops in Juneau, Sitka (loved Sitka), Petersburg and got off in Prince Rupert.

Just writing this I am so excited for all of you that are going, you're in for the trip of a lifetime.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:36 AM   #18
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WOW!!! We a getting so much information, thanks to all of you. We have decided to definitely do The Top of The World towing. We are just not sure which direction to go, but we don't have to make that decision until later. We are not much on making reservations and always ready to change plans along the way. It sounds like we do (or should) make reservations at Denali, but 2 - 3 weeks ahead of time should be ok.

Again, Thanks to everyone contributing to this thread, we really appreciate the information and suggestions of other web sites too.
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You will have a great trip, take your time and Enjoy.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:11 AM   #20
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We made the drive from Texas last summer. It was a great trip and I hope to live long enough to do it again. In Canada on the Alaska Highway be sure you heed the small red flags on the road side and the miniature slow signs. They indicate road damage. If you don't notice them the first time you probably will thereafter. And the little slow signs don't mean to slow down just a little. Have a great trip and be safe.
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WOW!!! We a getting so much information, thanks to all of you. We have decided to definitely do The Top of The World towing. We are just not sure which direction to go, but we don't have to make that decision until later. We are not much on making reservations and always ready to change plans along the way. It sounds like we do (or should) make reservations at Denali, but 2 - 3 weeks ahead of time should be ok.

Again, Thanks to everyone contributing to this thread, we really appreciate the information and suggestions of other web sites too.
Hi, like most of our trips, including our Alaska trip, we don't make reservations. [hence "random trip']
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:28 AM   #22
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Have you traveled in the northern areas of BC.? Like I said above we have gone as far north as Prince George. The roads were very good, or course there is always construction somewhere. We are planning on being in Dawson Creek about 5/18 - 5/20.

Does that fit in your plans?

We are currently in Tucson, AZ and will be home, which is actually Lacey, about the middle of March.
We haven't been too far north in BC. but we did go to northern Alberta and down through the Canadian Rockies. We have a couple of the suggested books but are still looking for best time to go. Like many here we don't schedule much, just kind of head toward what looks interesting. We did 4 months to the Canadian Maritime and back down the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can check it out here, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...oad-79445.html.

We should get together when you get back to Washington.
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I am taking my GD to AK this summer, it will be between her junior and senior years in college and I figure it may be the last we spend a lot of time together. She gets out of classes on the 6th of May and I plan on leaving as soon after as I can talk her into.
This is my first time there, the late wife would never go, it has always been on my bucket list.
Thanks everyone for the book and guide suggestions, waiting on the new Milepost to replace my 5 year old one.
We will be taking my '76 27' Overland International, probably pulling it with a tannish-silver 2004 Dodge 2500 diesel, so if you see us at least wave. Between stopping at family and full filling my promise to my wife to spread her ashes in her favorite places,
we won't get to Fairbanks until mid June. That gives us a month and a half before she flys home so I can take my time. I sure hope she doesn't back out.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:11 AM   #24
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Uncle Bill here again with another quick question...I am still planning on my trip to Alaska by entering Canada thru Montana, passing thru Lethbridge. I have seen with Google that I can make a by-pass around Fort MacLeod by taking RT 23 north and then turning on RT 519 west until I come back to RT 2. Is this a good idea? And, then my next question is about Calgary. I want to get onto RT1 west in that area heading for Lake Louise. Is there a good by-pass around Calgary to avoid potential traffic?
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:02 AM   #25
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Bill, the Fort MacLeod by-pass is a good route to take, saves you a few miles. It's two lane, but not busy. To bypass Calgary there are a few options, you can take Hwy 22 exit (Calgary south end) and bypass Calgary via Bragg Creek. This adds a few miles but will be quiet.

Another alternative is to continue through Calgary on Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail, then take Stoney Trail to Highway 1 West. This route is 'freeway', and to be avoided during rush hours, but straight forward and relatively quick.
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Hi from AZ. . . we too are planning to drive to Alaska this year. Hoping to leave after Son graduates (finally from college,) & Good Lord Willing & her chemo goes well, on May 24. A few days at GLNP, and arrive AK on or about Jun 25. After 3 or 4 weeks in AK, I may put the rig on the ferry & head to Bellingham. It's expensive (@49 ft), but only takes 3 1/2 days. My theory is probably going to be my ONE trip, so I plan to DO it all, fishing offshore, flightseeing, maybe that fast boat to Juneau for a day, no really, do it all. I have the Church's book, new Milepost coming, Tour-saver deal & a book on fishing. I have companions/ride-alongs for most of the segments ( defined by commercial airports, CAL-ANC-SEA) She still works so I need co-pilots here & there. Planning is a big deal for us & I mostly enjoy it Hope to see lots of other 'Streamers along the way, regards, Craig
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We took the Top of the World Hwy in July '10, and although it was an "experience", we would not do it again.

However, I would advise you to take the Cassiar Hwy at least one way as it is a much better road, and more scenic than the lower part of the Alaska Hwy.

Here's a picture of what we looked like when we got to Chicken, AK. Took $15 worth of quarters to wash the mud off when we got to Tok, AK
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Another semi-retired bucket-lister gathering plans for trip to Alaska.. May not happen this summer for a variety of reasons, but wanted to thank folks for contributions and stay connected to the thread for when we can make the trip... We've cruised the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, and had a great time... Better weather tools, GPS and wireless have made Trailer travel way easier than in Wally's day...
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