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Old 04-06-2008, 10:12 AM   #1
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So, we're talking seriously about making the pilgrimage to Alaska this year, before gasoline prices go back down. For those who have made the trip, or researched it, what are the sights and locations that are essential for us to get the most bang for the considerable bucks a trailer trip will take?

I've done the "Alaska" search and will get the Milepost book. I see extra spare tires are no longer needed, but some rock protection for both TV and T is still a good idea, and while I'm open to the idea of taking a ferry on the return trip, I don't think I could, or want to, make reservations if that's a requirement.

Any and all comments would be appreciated!
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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I went to Alaska(1992) to see my sister. One of the best things I saw was http://www.hatcherspass.org/ Very cool rustic roads with old mining camps.
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Looking at your map you would be missing a extremely beautifull route . I would got to Banff Alberta and then follow the road north to Jasper Alberta. This takes you throught great scenery.

Banff and Jasper are National parks.
http://www.google.ca/search?q=banff+nation...lient=firefox-a
http://www.google.ca/search?q=jasper+natio...lient=firefox-a
Once past Jasper you go east to Highway 43 and then head North to Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, and then onto Alaska Highway to Dawson Creek and head to Alaska.
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We have been to Banff and I was going to include it, but didn't know if there was a suitable "northern exit". Thanks for the tip and I've updated the map!
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We have been to Banff and I was going to include it, but didn't know if there was a suitable "northern exit". Thanks for the tip and I've updated the map!
Great---Once you leave Jasper and go west, you can go past Highway 43 turn off for about 2 miles and you come to Hinton Alberta. Theres a Wallmart there on the highway also a Canadian Tire. You can stock up there also.
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The important question is - how much time do you have to spend in AK?

Along your route - the one thing not to be missed is the AK wildlife conservation center. I could litereally spend all day there just watching the animals. You can get VERY close too (like, almost too close for comfort.) Best money you can spend along Seward Highway, in my opinion.

http://awcc.org/web/home.html
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I really enjoyed the roads up through Dawson City YT, over the Top of the World Highway and down through Chicken AK to Tok.

Also enjoyed the Cassiar Highway in BC.

Be sure to follow Milepost instructions to wash off road treatment whenever possible from under TV/TT as it is moisture attractant (to keep down dust) and promotes rust.
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For a trip of that length, I am preparing to spend two to three months, with plenty of time at stops, plenty of stops, and will try to look at as much as possible with the exclusion of any anti-gravity attractions, should there be any!
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Two to three months - hurray!
Banff and Jasper on the way up, definitely good, and then Kluane.
A sidetrip from Haines Jct. to Haines - you'd get Chilkat Pass and Haines (gorgeous, plus a taste of Southeast)
Dawson and the Top of the World HWY - we made that trip in the early fall and really liked it
Richardson Hwy to Valdez has some topnotch scenery (Wrangall-St. Elias Mtns), glaciers, etc. A side trip off the Richardson towards Chitina has the nice but tiny Liberty Falls CG. And we've been beyond Chitina over to McCarthy, which is a long 60?mile road (old RR grade) , but McCarthy and the old Kennicott mine area is pretty cool.
Denali HWY - mostly gravel, but gets up high with good views of mtns. (Paxon Lakes area BLM campground has lots of skeeters) Used to be the only way to Denali before the Parks Hwy was built.
From Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs - neat sidetrip, but road close to Fairbanks is "interesting"due to melting permafrost.
Denali - high and magnificent, but sometimes hard to get camping spot in the park and most have to do bus ride to go into Wonder Lake. But it's worth stopping and at least driving in the first allowable miles.
Anchorage and surroundings - beautiful country, too bad there are so many people.
Hatcher Pass is cool, too, but road up there is interesting.
AND THE KENAI PENINSULA (where I live) - beautiful place with a little bit of everything. The drive down to Seward is splendid. (Ptarmigan CG is our favorite, small and quiet) The road over to the east side (Soldotna, Kenai, Homer) takes you out of the mountains with lots of lakes and moose, and then you get down to Homer and Wow! - there are the mtns. again, with Kachemak Bay and glaciers spread out before you. Good fishing on the peninsula, too. We live near the end of the road north of Kenai, and there's a very nice campground at Capt. Cook State Park. About the only thing I don't like about the peninsula is that on the weekends there is often heavy traffic from Anchorage, and they fill up our campgrounds.

Bring warm coats - you'll need them.
Hope you have a splendid, awesome trip.
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