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Old 08-28-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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Planning a trip to Alaska

I'd like to visit Alaska, Spring 2016. Planning this trip seems intimidating. Can someone just give me a push in the right direction? I'd like to plan a route that covers a reasonable area.

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Old 08-28-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Although I've taken a fabulous cruise to Alaska on Princess this is my first time planning a driving/camping trip. I, too, am having a hard time knowing where to start. Many folks swear by a book called "Mileposts". I do not have a copy yet but will get it soon. It is updated every year. I like the information on road trips on the National Geographic website, National Geographic: Images of Animals, Nature, and Cultures. There seem to be only 2 major roads in Alaska; one near the coast and one inland.

Will you tow your FGRV? Where do you live? How many days do you want your trip to be?

Although we have a FGRV we want to avoid the long ride TO Alaska and back. We live in California and want to rent a campervan and drive it one way from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Seattle, WA. RV rentals available seem to be on the large side. I haven't found any campervans yet.
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I've also seen the book "Alaskan Camping" by the Church's to be informative.
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We live in California and want to rent a campervan and drive it one way from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Seattle, WA. RV rentals available seem to be on the large side. I haven't found any campervans yet.
Ouch! That'll cost you. Not just the rental and gas, but the damage deductible, and the cleaning fee. I'd look into it very carefully.
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Glenn, thanks for the "heads-up". We've only begun our research.

Martin, here are the two classic road trip routes in Alaska, often made into a "loop".
  • The Alaska Highway provides the ultimate road trip from Alberta or British Columbia, Canada, through the Yukon to Alaska. The historic road was constructed during World War II.
  • The Seward Highway south from Anchorage to the port communities of Seward or Homer offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state and ample opportunities to view wildlife.
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I'd like to visit Alaska, Spring 2016. Planning this trip seems intimidating. Can someone just give me a push in the right direction? I'd like to plan a route that covers a reasonable area.

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You might want to take a look at this blog done by a fellow member of this forum.

Since they went from NY much of the trip though Canada might not apply to you. You can check the index of the entire trip to find the pages that interest you.
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I'll second the Church book. Much more useful for me than the Milepost, which seems to be mostly ads for stops along the way. I used both, but preferred Church.

I'm the author of the blog mentioned in the previous post. Some friends in a Scamp & I made the trip, spending around a month in Canada & Alaska. A great trip. If you want to stay in Denali (and I think it was one of the highlights of the trip) be sure to make reservations as early as possible. While there were plenty of empty sites each day we were there in Teklanika Campground, all the campgrounds in the park were listed as full - no sites available. The advantage of Teklanika is you are already 29 miles into the park.
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I'd like to visit Alaska, Spring 2016. Planning this trip seems intimidating. Can someone just give me a push in the right direction? I'd like to plan a route that covers a reasonable area.

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We hope to take the trip next year from GA, so we'll be tracking al the responses. ��
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Good Sam's website, RV.Net:

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: RVing in Canada and Alaska

will provide you with all the information you can possibly need. In the past 5 years, my husband and I made 3 trips to Alaska from Mississippi. The first one was with a 16 foot Scamp which we quickly realized was a bit small (mostly the bed) for us so after about 4 weeks in Alaska, we sold it and drove home by way of Backus, MN and picked up a 19 foot Scamp which we have taken to Alaska 2 times.

Yes, the Milepost is probably your best source for planning a trip. We had the Church book, but found that we rarely used it. Another thing that you need to do is contact the provinces through which you will travel and the state of Alaska a request travel information.

I am available to answer any questions that you might have, but if you go to the rv.net site and check the archives, you will find information on just about all things Alaska and the routes through Canada to Alaska. Our favorite town and surrounding area was Valdez. We also spent quite a bit of time in the Kenai and Seward area. I also highly recommend Hyder for the glaciers, bears and the Camp Run a Muck RV Park. BTW, the RV parks/campground will not be like what you might be used to in the lower states. Many times, they will simply be large gravel parking lots. Also, keep in mind Canada has some wonderful provinicial parks. We also really liked the Yukon territory parks. Lastly, be prepared for opportunities to boondock. Some of the camping places are right on the sides of the road.

This is an amazing trip, but it will take you much longer than you think. Some of the roads in Alaska are not so great and not only is it a huge state, but Canada is aloo really big. You will be stopping often to observe wildlife and other sights. So, whatever your mapping tools tell you about travel time, you can just ignore. Travel times on these sites are not accurate. There will be times when you will average 25-30 MPH due to road conditions or construction.

With the exception of Seward for July 4th week and Denali and Talkeetna at all times, you do need to make campground reservation. Even then, with the exception of Seward, you can usually snag something a week out.
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My wife and I did the trip in 2012 and plan on again next year so we might run into to you all. I would say a must is to go and get the mile post and route yourself through Glacier NP throught the border crossing to do Banff NP, Canadian Ice Fields and Jasper NP really a high light of the trip, you can them take from Jasper north through the Yellowknife Hwy into Dawson Creek the beginning of the Alcan. The return trip i would be out of Alaska and northern BC by end of August since most of the campgrounds will be closing by Sept 1st. and we had 26 to 28 degree weather the end of August. On the return trip you can pick up the Cassiar Hwy to do the bear watching in Steward, Hyder etc. coming down into Washington state for maybe Olympic NP and drive the coast thru Oregon and into Crescent city for the Redwood NP, this is just scratching the surface. Alaska itself is just wonderful from Denali, fairbanks, Artic Circle, Anchorage, Steward,Homer, Valdez an on. The weather is up and down but never stops anyone from doing things it can be hot, cold, wet but always inspiring. Go enjoy and take lots of pictures you will love it. Thanks Gary
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Since they went from NY much of the trip though Canada might not apply to you. You can check the index of the entire trip to find the pages that interest you.
It is unfortunate that you have to travel through Canada to get to Alaska.
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Some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery is in BC and YT. Alaska is the destination for many, but the journey through Canada is amazing. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
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It is unfortunate that you have to travel through Canada to get to Alaska.
NOW<> That is not a nice thing to say! what have you got against Canada?
Sure, the gas prices are higher, but you can't beat Tim Hortons for coffee and donuts. Besides, if Canada wasn't there, Alaska would probably belong to Siberia now.
We drove the Alcan in 2004. We joined a tour at Prince George BC operated by Adventure Caravans. They have a number of different tours, so you can find one that fits your plans. Ours was 50 days ending back in PG.
They do all the planning and pay for the campsites as a group. You even get a jacket and cap to wear.
The only downside for us FGRV folks, is they are mostly large motorhome and 5th wheel, or Class C motor home folks. But great people
Go, and enjoy!
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