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Old 08-29-2018, 09:28 AM   #1
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Itinerary for Alaska

Hi, We are planning a trip for 2019. I have purchased The Milepost 2018, been reading blogs and forums. I am planning for us to drive from Jasper through Whitehorse to Dawson City and a few stops along the way. Then go through Fairbanks to Denali, Anchorage, Kenai. Here's where I get stuck. Going back to Vancouver into Washington state. We will have to backtrack I suppose through Tok and Whitehorse again? We want to see Skagway as everyone says its great. It's still another long journey to get to Washington. I see people talk of ferry rides, not sure where they would come in. Does anyone have a list of stops for us to get to Vancouver along the Cassair (is that right?)? Any shortcuts, any advice. This is a challenge, and I love planning, just feeling like it's going to take us every bit of 3 months just to see most of it. We are planning on getting back to our home in Florida by October, and maybe stopping along the way to see some of the Washington coast too. Or maybe that just has to be another trip another year. Thanks!
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Have done the Cassair twice. We boondock except for Hyder. Been to Alaska twice and never had reservations.
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There are probably water options to get to Skagway from the Kenai, perhaps from Whittier, I'm not sure. It would be a longish/expensive boat ride if there was a ferry service between them.
If you backtracked out along the Glenn Hwy to Tok and then to Haines Junction, YT, you could pick up the Haines Hwy to Haines, AK and probably ferry it to Skagway or Juneau from there. Then come out to Whitehorse via the Klondike Hwy out of Skagway.
Or, come out all the way to Whitehorse, YT and take the Klondike Hwy to Skagway over land and back.
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We were supposed to be in alaska last year for only two months, left as Denali was getting snow. So much to see. Going again next year. We bought the milepost and left it behind. Plenty of places to boondock and camp going up and while there so don't over worry about camping; unless you fish Russian river Reds then make reservations early. Best of luck and see you up there.
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There really are no 'shortcuts'. Yes, you have to go back to Tok. From Haines Jct. you can get to Haines which is nice. Then you'll backtrack to Haines Jct to Whitehorse to Carcross and down to Skagway. Then backtrack to Carcross and take the Alaskan Hwy to Watson Lake where you'll pick up the Cassier Hwy. Definitely stop at Hyder. Continue to Prince George and head south to Hope, BC and cross into Washington at the Sumas crossing which is the least congested. There no reason to go over to Vancouver unless you have a specific reason.

From Sumas, WA you can work your way over to 101 and take that down through Oregon for a gorgeous coastline drive. In Washington a good portion of 101 is not along the coast. The Olympic Peninsula of Washington is a wonderful place to explore.

Yes, you'll need all the time you can manage for this big trip. Don't skimp. How often will you do it? Have fun planning!! The only reservations we made were for the July 4 weekend (Alaskans like to camp, too) & for 5 nights in Denali's Teklanika campground. We only made those reservations a couple weeks prior when we could better judge when we'd be in the areas. We used public parks as much as possible or boondocked in gorgeous areas. We didn't use RV parks. If you do, you should pull in early afternoon before the RV caravans begin arriving.
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Southbound, drive to Haines, then very short ferry to Skagway, back to Alcon, then Cassiar Highway with stop at Hyder.
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Definitely the Cassier with a stop at Stewart/Hyder on the way back. You can watch the bears chowing down on Salmon. Try to take the drive up to Salmon glacier it's pretty spectacular. Might be the only place you can be that high above a glacier without being in a plane. Keep in mind it's a dirt road all the way up, but I still say it's worth it.
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The Cassier is a nice return route. Things / stops I think your missing are Dawson City and Valdez ( Worthington Glacier).

Also get Mike & Terri Church’s Alaskan Camping book. Great resource. See ya up there too in 19’.
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I 2nd getting Church's book. You don't say when you plan on heading out. We crossed into Canada at Coutts/Sweetgrass in Mt. 3rd week of May, and didn't cross back until 2nd week of Sept.. We too planned on being back to Fl. by Oct., but it was the 3rd week of Oct. by the time we reached Frostproof. Once you've been to Ak. it never really gets out of your blood.
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If you plan to do any activities, get the 2019 Alaska Tour Saver Book. Yes, it’s pricey, $100 but it’s “buy one, get one free”. We did a full day cruise from Seward and one from Valdez, tram up Mt. Alyeska, helicopter/glacier landing near Denali, museum in Seward, wildlife refuge in Portage, fishing/rafting in Cooper Landing, and numerous other activities. Well worth the money.
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we just came down the Cassiar hwy last week. the first 20-30 miles from the north are quite rough then you'll get on the smoothest blacktop road you've ever been on for about 40-50 miles to Boya campground, nice government campground. from there its a little rough for 20 miles then good the rest of the way the further south you go the better it gets.
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