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Old 10-04-2016, 04:38 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip into Alaska and while doing research I have ingested so much info that I find it confusing and contradictory.
Has anyone done this trip recently I would love to know when you went and what route you took?

How much time does one really need?
Is it worth it?


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Old 10-04-2016, 05:22 PM   #2
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You're going to have to give us some more info. When are you leaving, from where, how long for the trip, what kind of things do you like to do and what don't you care about? You get the idea. There's no route up other than the Alaska Highway. A few ways to get to that, and once you get to Tok, possibilities open up as to where you go. We went up for a one time trip of a lifetime in 2006, then went back in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and are going again in 2017. If you fish, you'll think you've died and went to heaven. Scenery is just unbelievable and side trips just don't end. We've been to Homer on the Kenai numerous times, and up as far north as Prudhoe Bay. Helicopter to glaciers, ride the Alaska ferries on the Alaska Marine Highway, take a boat to the base of a glacier, whale watch, see the puffins, other birds and a ton of otters, seals and other marine animals. The obligatory Denali trip and all sorts of other things to do. Whatever you do, don't pass a single visitor center, museum or similar locations. Some of these are only one room, but give remarkable experiences. Touch various furs, see how people lived in the past and how they live today. Learn about the oil industry, the pipeline and the Valdez terminal. I think you're starting to see some of the possibilities. In the summer Alaskans are ALL out and about. Talk to them and enjoy their tales and info they can give you.

Get a copy of the Milepost and start your planning. Except for things like Valdez Gold Rush Days and July 4th reservations are usually not needed for CG's. Call a day or 2 ahead if you're feeling nervous. Most CG's are little more than a gravel parking lot with hookups so don't expect "Resorts" as you'd see down in the lower 48. Boondocking is allowed any place there are not signs prohibiting it, as long as you're off the road pavement and we take advantage of it. Post any specific questions and I and others will be glad to help. Good luck.

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Old 10-04-2016, 05:56 PM   #3
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Big Trip

My folks went up and back in 6 weeks. Mom said it was "too hurried".
2 years later they went for 3 months. The first one was just too mild of a taste!
We fly up for a week or 2 at a time. It's tough enough to TRY to absorb the stuff that is THERE!
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Sorry I forgot to mention, We go up in May and return late Aug/early Sept.
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Most definitely it's worth it!!!!

It's not a trip you'll probably do often so take as much time as you can. We crossed the Sumas, Washington May 20 and crossed into Montana Sept. 1.

All you need for the trip is to purchase online - the Milepost which is great for the area history (we read to each other all the time along the drive), Mike and Terri Church's book 'Alaskan Camping' which includes Canada and the Yukon, also (they lived in Fairbanks and traveled the roads to the lower 48 constantly so they know the campgrounds, RV parks and great boondocking areas), and the TourSaver 2/1 Coupon Book (one glacier tour will pay for the book and you'll want to do at least one - along with other tours available).

Don't make any reservations before you leave. It would be no fun to keep on a schedule. The only reservations we made for our 40' motorhome were for the July 4 weekend (Alaskans like to camp, too) and for 5 nights in Denali's farthest campground you can drive - Teklanika. For those we only made them a couple weeks prior as we were traveling and when we could better judge when we'd be in the areas. We used very few RV parks during the whole summer. We had fantastic scenic site in public campgrounds and just boondocking along the way with river or lake views.

You won't be driving fast speeds. The key is to take it nice and slow and enjoy the surroundings. Driving fast, especially in construction areas, is when folks get damage to their RVs and vehicles. We didn't get any damage whatsoever.

The horror stories you hear are passed down from years past. It's a very easy trip to do nowadays and you can't get lost - there aren't many road choices. You'll meet up with many of the same folks time after time. The thousands that go each year all go to the same places.

It's a trip you should do if you have the chance. There's nothing else like it.

There have been many posts of all the RV forums with lots of good reading. After January is when folks really get serious about their plans and you'll get lots of good information just by reading, reading, reading.
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We made the trip 5 years ago, in early May, Just before the tourist season starts. Just a little over three weeks and 12,000 miles. We consider this a scouting trip, need a couple months to really stop an look.

Alcan going up, Ceasar coming home.

Was it worth it, ABSOLUTELY -

We did a Blog and tried to do entries daily

Alaska | Alaska Trip Log

While your up there take a look at the article "Not your fathers Alaskan Highway"



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