My Grand parents came from Missouri
down Carthage way.
If you really want to go north consider the way I took my scouts
Reserve space on the Alaska inland ferry and go to Skagway.
(You can get a room on the ferry or stay in the day lounge meals on board.)
Then in Skagway go overland to White Horse and then to Dawson City.
Marvolus trip fablous scenery. The go the top of the world highway back to Alaska
and home on the ferry. Or if you prefer the Alaska highway into Canada and then wind your way back to US.
Robert W. Service was in both Whitehorse and Dawson City. Its a trip you will never forget.
Late July is a good time to go. No skeeters and such.
If you want more info let me know!!!