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Old 02-07-2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Drove from Southeast Texas to Alaska and back last summer in a 38 foot diesel pusher. Canada and expecially the Yukon Territory was worth the trip if we did not go to Alaska. The Scenery was awsome. This is the only way to really experience it. You can look at our trip at

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #16
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There are two ways through Canada to the Yukon then Alaska. One is the Alcan through Aberta, the other is up the middle of B.C. through the Okanagan Valley which is worth a trip on its own [ Some of The worlds best White Wine country] then up the klondike goldrush trail to the Yukon. I have met many MH ers who love it so much the have done it numerous times. We went last June and unfortunately only got to Ft. Nelson and could not go any further because the road was washed out for a week. So do to time constraints we turned south and did the gold trail, it was worth it and we will do it again.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #17
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we did ak in 2011 we love the drive but was limited were to go.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:44 AM   #18
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We're planning this trip next year. Is there problems with a 40' MH? We would like to stay in Provincial parks throughout.

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I don't know who you talked to but they obviously don't know anything about Canada. I live in the Okanagan Valley where you would pass through on one of the routes to AK. It is some of the most beautiful country in the world. Much of the area above us is un-touched. Tons of lakes. I have a hard time venturing out of our province of BC as it offers more than many of the states I have traveled to. The Rockie Mountains in Alberta are also some of the most beautiful in the world and unlike any range in the US. If you take either route through, you would never be sorry!
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We are leaving in our RV from So Cal at the end of May for 2 months. I want to drive , I have the time and I want to see it all. At this point I'm not interested in a cruise or Ferry, maybe someday. What you are asking has to be answered by yourself as you know what you want to do and see, everyone is different .
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AK Cruise/Tour

As a consideration for a first time AK trip check out one of the "small boat" tours. A well planned, intense Alaskan experience that gets you much closer to the coastal AK environment than one of the big ship trips with 3000 of your closest friends. Expensive, but a good way to do AK first time. We subsequently did a 13,000 mile round trip in 2.5 months that was more interesting than the land package of the cruise/tour. AK's a big place that requires several modes of transportation to just sample. Lots of factors to consider: expense, time and flexibility.. cruises and ferrys have schedules, some campgrounds we found to be full and we had to wait for a site.

If time and budget were no constraint: - RV up and inland tour - park and take a one week small boat cruise - ferry south to break up the long return trip - spend three months

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we are leaving NC June 9 and heading to Alaska, allowing 2+ months for the trip. Really looking forward to the drive and all to see along the way. Begining to wonder if this is enough time to see the country.
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Those that are planning a trip. Are you heading up alone or going with a caravan?
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:05 AM   #24
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We are heading up alone, although we will have another couple with us.
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Use your RV....This way you can spend as much or as little time in each spot...you like.

We have family in North Pole AK. (Near Fairbanks) that we visit about every 4th summer including this summer....by flying up. I plan to retire June 1st 2016 and head north to AK. with our RV June 2nd....of that year. You can easily spend 2 months there....Here are a few pics from our last trip....

I figure we can park the RV in my sis-in-laws driveway while were in that section of the state. All the times we have been up there the RV parks never seemed to be that full....
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If your FTers, so time is not an issue, I can't even imagine cruise vs driving as being a comparable alternative. We spent spring and summer traveling up and then traveling Alaska, and it was ALL wonderful. We'll be doing it again as long as we are able.

Forget all the horror storys you have heard-the roads are mostly great (much better than some down here in the lower 48 by the way). We FT-and the reason is for the adventure. This is one of the adventures! We never had one issue with the rig or the truck-and we didn't "bubble wrap" it all, as some seem to suggest. I have a theory about most of those storys-they are old tapes that just keep getting repeated.

As some one else suggested, take the cruise when thats all you can do. Bus in to see some things at some ports of call, and enjoy. But if you want to experience Alaska--take the spring and summer and drive Alaska-IMHO.
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I agree...To see the "Real Alaska" you need to travel the interior. A cruise is just a cruise....

Pick some berries...go fishing...watch out for the moose and bears...watch the snow melt....go play golf with a midnight tee time...There are so many pull-offs to check out the views....
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i would certainly consider joining a caravan it is not cheap but all the concerns are dealt with plus you have the advantage of traveling with some like minded people. If you don't go the caravan route there are so many people doing the trip solo it will be easy to hook up with someone to travel with.
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