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Old 04-26-2015, 07:30 AM   #1
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Alaska from RI, MA, CT?

Has anyone travelled to Alaska from Rhode Island? We flew into Anchorage in 2010 and rented an RV and travelled from Fairbanks to Seward. We have owned our own RV for 3 years now and want to return. Do you think 3-1/2 - 4 months is enough time to make this trip? We have the books suggested i.e. Milepost, etc.

What would be your suggestions for best route and easiest border crossing into Canada? Of course we would like to see and do things along the way. We have been to Banff, Jasper, Victoria but more interested in spending time in Alaska. Thought about perhaps seeing Yellowstone on return trip.
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From RI, you could enter Canada almost intermediately and go north of the great lakes. OR, stay in the US and cross in North Dakota (or somewhere west of the great lakes)

This would take you near Yellow stone. AND, if fuel costs are an issue, gas will be considerably cheaper in the US vs Canada.

We crossed at Portal, ND.

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I would stay in the U.S. as long as possible because of fuel costs. The second time we went we crossed at Sweetgrass/Couts on the Montana border. From there straight north with a swing westerly to AK. We came back on the Cassier. We'll be doing our third trip in 2016. 3 1/2 to 4 months should be plenty of time. We crossed into Alaska May 31st. Some rivers were still frozen, and a few lakes partially frozen. It was a beautiful drive. And by going earlier you'll miss road construction, but you'll have to be watchful for frost heaves. But they are usually posted with little flags on the side of the road. And by leaving early you'll probably see a lot of animals out & about after their winter slumber. Enjoy...it's a great adventure.
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Has anyone travelled to Alaska from Rhode Island? We flew into Anchorage in 2010 and rented an RV and travelled from Fairbanks to Seward. We have owned our own RV for 3 years now and want to return. Do you think 3-1/2 - 4 months is enough time to make this trip? We have the books suggested i.e. Milepost, etc.

What would be your suggestions for best route and easiest border crossing into Canada? Of course we would like to see and do things along the way. We have been to Banff, Jasper, Victoria but more interested in spending time in Alaska. Thought about perhaps seeing Yellowstone on return trip.

When I go again, I'll try to get to the Alaska border by early to mid June & plan to stay until mid to late Sept. There are some route options.
1. Straight up the Alaska highway.
2. Alaska highway and then at Whitehorse, up the Dempster to Dawson City & Chicken.
3. The Cassiar highway.
Lots of places to cross into Canada. Sweetgrass (I15) is easy, as is south of Winnipeg on I29.


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Another consideration - When traveling on the Alcan, a lot of bushiness are not open until mid May. Plan your fuel stops carefully.
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Waiter spoke of fuel stops, which brings up an important point. ALWAYS drive off the top half of your fuel tank, you never know if the next fuel point is open.
Milepost, while being an indispensable aid, has information that is always a year old when published. Learn to use Milepost, it's not like reading a road atlas, on your return to the U.S.A. you must read Milepost rear to front. The use instructions are in the front. We used small Post-it notes on the relevant pages for the next days driving as bookmarks.
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Milepost: Yes, it's a challenge to learn how to read it! We always read over our next day's drive and highlighted things of interest. Like Ray, IN, we then used Post-Its to mark the pages because in some instances you're jumping around when highways change along with Milepost markers. You'll get used to it fast though.
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