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Old 09-22-2015, 09:35 PM   #15
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There are tenders that run between Haines and Skagway throughout the day
Thanks for the note, after additional research I see that there are actually multiple options running all day long.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:44 PM   #16
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I lived in Alaska for 18 years and have driven the highway more than once. End of May would be the earliest I would ever go. Bad weather, storms, very remote, it all adds up to nobody looking for you if you go off the road. Kenai, Homer, Seward, Fairbanks, Anchorage, all good. Take your time. Things are expensive.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:29 PM   #17
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Made the trip this year but drove both directions (up via eastern approach and back by the Cassiar). Campgrounds in Canada were generally only half full but the Alaska parks were jammed. Highly recommend reservations in Alaska.

I second the recommendation for the Kenai. Probably the most beautiful part of Alaska. No one mentioned Valdez. Great little town and a breath taking ride to get there.

Last comment, consider travelling the Cassiar highway going up or down. Not a great highway but some of the best scenery on the whole trip.

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Old 09-23-2015, 05:50 AM   #18
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.Bpoint to get over tI would consider the Cassiar coming back on the return trip, so you can plan a stop at Stewart/Hyder to watch the bears chow down on salmon. We've been up twice, once by motorcycle which just wetted our appetite, then again to spend an entire summer in the motorhome. We went up middle of May in the coach, and a lot of the rivers were still frozen, and half of the lake at Destruction Bay. It even snowed on us pretty good when we left Destruction Bay, but it was beautiful. The kenai is a must, but it can be crowded when the salmon are running, which starts middle of July. But if you like to fish, it's a hoot. I over-nighted over a 100lbs. of salmon to our dtr., and half filled our outside freezer. Homer, Seward, Valdez, and of course Denali are beautiful. I'm glad you're at least driving back, because if you didn't, you'd miss some breath taking scenery. I especially enjoyed the drive up, because all the mtns. still had a lot of snow, like the Wrangells, and Mt. Sanford. It's hard to see, but my avatar was taken on a pull off near the Wrangells. I believe it's a trip EVERY rv'er should do at least once. It's a place that will really make an impression. Oh, and definitely make it a point to drive the icefield parkway from Jasper to Banff.
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We traveled to Alaska in 2012. Our planning started with a DVD of the Alaskan Highway and the Inter coastal Ferry from RV Adventures (See web site below). We were able to use it as a resource to see places to camp, sight seeing, places to eat, adventures to take, fuel stops, airplane tours of Denali, fishing in Homer, exploring cities on the Alaskan Highway and Intercoastal ferry. You can see our trip that was started in May (2012) and ended home in NY in September on our blog listed below. We only made one reservation during the trip. We reserved a date for our plane ride into Denali and landing on Eldridge Glacier(See picture of Mt. Denali below) . As we traveled from Haines to Prince Rupert we went to the Ferry terminal on the first day to set our itinerary to the Ferry. There was no problem scheduling our stops in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.

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Yes, Jasper and Banff NP are definitely on the itinerary.

How relaxed is the environment in Alaska and Canada regarding overnighting in parking lots and such? With such a small unit if there is virtually any space in a CG we can use it, but just in case...
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Great input so far, and you are causing me much anguish as it will not be until 2018 before we'll make out second trip!!!

I will 2nd a few items, and add a new suggestion.
1) Do schedule adequate time for Denali. We stayed 7 days in Savage (Where we saw 'The Mountain' come out of hiding from the clouds! Elk walked thru the park a few times. Mom was trying to protect a young injured calf by standing in amounts the campgrounds. And yes, a grizzly did come thru after the scent! You can pick up the parks great shuttles outside of the campground. And due make the time to take an early tour into the park, go at least as far as the great inside the park visitor center. And further into the park if you do not have a dog you need to get back too!
2) The further into the park campground, along the river, was also well worth it. As mentioned, 3 day commitment. The Rangers do a great job of doing evening programs.
3) One of our all time favorite 4th of July's, was in the town of Seward. They have The Race Up/Down The Mountain, where people come from all over to just do this incredible run! And, town parade is a real American parade!! Finally, I believe their is some turf warfare going on, as the various town churches have different food for sale - all trying to be The Best food in town. (Tip - the Methodist's bake a great pie, that travels well!)

We elected to not do the inland waterways on this trip. Part was the costs for the 40' + toad, but also we wanted to see areas we had not hit on our way up. Our next trip in 2018, we're thinking of towing a smaller camper van behind us, leave the RV at a campground, and then go down and back up to pick up the RV.

And yes to up Alcan, and down Cassier!

Salute to the great Yukon, BC, and Alaska Providence/State Parks!

We left a bit earlier then most, crossing the Canadian border on May 1st. Some campgrounds were not open, and we did have to sit out a few storms (We don't drive on snow and ice!) We hunkered down for Victoria's Holiday weekend along Muncho Lake, Strawberry Flats, for 6 days. The lake was still frozen over, and every night was in the teens - but just so spectacular! As, was the full trip!!!

Have a blast, don't try to do it all, take time to stop in an area see the sites... We watched so many tour groups going, and going, and going. Where it seemed a long stop was 3 nights.

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Made the trip this year but drove both directions (up via eastern approach and back by the Cassiar). Campgrounds in Canada were generally only half full but the Alaska parks were jammed. Highly recommend reservations in Alaska.



I second the recommendation for the Kenai. Probably the most beautiful part of Alaska. No one mentioned Valdez. Great little town and a breath taking ride to get there.



Last comment, consider travelling the Cassiar highway going up or down. Not a great highway but some of the best scenery on the whole trip.



Good Luck.

Agree with this post completely.

Particularly, do not miss Valdez! It's a great side trip. Go whale watching on the Lu Lu Belle. Stay at the very small campground which is a part of a larger campground down facing the harbor.


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I'll put in my two cents I don't think anyone has mentioned it coopers landing there is a rv park there that is own by a cruise lines they have a really nice lodge that available to the camper can walk down to the Kenai river they have trail that go right down to the river they have built decks out we was lucky enough to watch the beats fishing you can lose a day quick.easy drive to the spit and lots of other places I don't remember the name of we was there July 4 towards the end of a two month trip 10000. Miles never made a reservation only time we had
trouble was Skagway it hot when we got there like spring in Texas the rv park shut down he said because he couldn't make any money told him we would pa extra he said he couldn't. We say on the parking lot where the cruise ships came in think we had full hookups but coopers landing is a must do we made homemade ice cream on the fourth took some to the host said we had been the only ones to ever done that there the benefit of extra storage in a dp
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We spent 58 nights just in Alaska. Our favorites were Valdez, Denali, and Homer. We plan to return in 2017 and this is where we will concentrate our time. We did not even make it to Juneau.
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April may be way to early. We started our trip north in mid May and the majority of places were just starting to open for the Memorial day start of tourist season.

We went all the way up to Deadhorse (from Ohio) North travel was via Alcan Hwy, south travel via Cassier Hwy.

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WAIT!.....HOLD IT!.....All of us who have done the Alaska thing have failed to give the most important advice of all.........CINNAMON ROLLS!!!! Especially at the "Moose is Loose" bakery in Soldotna on the Kenai. But just about any little café will have incredible ones....And they're HUGE!!!!
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Something else I just remembered. If you do come back via the Cassiar, and stay at Stewart/Hyder, make it a point to drive up to Salmon Glacier. I believe it's the only place you can drive & be high above a glacier. It's spectacular.
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You all have made me jealous, jealous, jealous. LOL. I have dreamed of doing that trip for some time now, but not enough money has come my way. Maybe if I played the lotto and won???? Enjoy the trip when you go. I have been there 3 times, just never camping. Who knows, maybe one day........
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