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RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

You mentioned Juneau and one way to see it as well as some fantastic scenery is to take the fast ferry (passengers only and not connected with the state of Alaska ferry system) out of either Skagway or Haines. It is a day trip with a bus trip from the ferry terminal into Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier. We really enjoyed seeing the sights around this part of Alaska, seeing whales along the way to Juneau, seeing bears fishing near Haines, and like I said, fantastic scenery. One can take a camper on the Alaska Ferry between Skagway & Haines, it's only about a 20 mile trip. The highway into Skagway and then the highway between Haines and Haines Junction offered scenery well worth seeing, awesome in my thinking.
snowedin 05/31/19 06:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

Absolutely Right!!! The awesome picture in EEWally's profile says it all, well not all as any picture is just one piece of the pie. There are fabulous, unobstructed views in all directions and it was not crowded when I was there. With so many great places to go in Alaska it is hard to pick a favorite but this route has to rank right up there.
snowedin 05/19/19 03:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Readying TT for ALASKA Trip

Maybe just have been lucky but after two trips to Alaska I never had any damage to the tow vehicle or trailer, no cracked windshields, no flat tires, no damage of any kind. As you have a Lance travel trailer you may want to search the Lance owners website for information on a protective cover for the front window on your trailer, . There are a couple of solutions, 1) a do it yourself polycarbonate sheet over the window, and 2) a vinyl tarp material that snaps in place over the window from Autoweave Upholstery in Colorado
snowedin 05/16/19 07:29am Towing
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

One of the few roads in Alaska that is pretty much free of trees blocking the views and the views of the Alaska Range as well as the rest of the landscape are worth seeing in my opinion. The road starts out as paved on the east end, turns to nicely maintained gravel and then lesser maintained gravel in the middle. Tangle Lakes area is good with a nice BLM campground and also a lodge with a great cafe. The road had a lot of potholes when I went so with the travel trailer ended up going pretty slow, maybe 20-25 mph in places. The road grader was sitting (but had not been grading) there so guess it depends on when the road was last maintained. Take your time and enjoy the scenery,maybe plan on overnighting somewhere along the road as there are numerous turnouts to do so. If you plan on traveling at 60 mph this is not the route for you. For me the scenery was worth whatever time it took to travel the road and would do it again.
snowedin 05/15/19 11:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

There are so many things to see in Canada & Alaska and everyone goes for different reasons, some for the fishing, some for the scenery, some for the bear viewing. Have made 4 trips to Alaska and still have not seen it all, never could, but for us the reason for going has been the scenery. Would love to make the trip again but age is catching up with me. Loved the Skagway/Haines/Juneau areas, Glacier Bay, McCarty/Kennecot, Valdez, Alaska Hwy #8, the Kenai, but never made it to Dawson City. The Cassiar Hwy gives you an alternative route. Ask questions and play it by ear. Flight Seeing excursions in Denali and Wrangell-St Elias National Parks are nothing short of spectacular and would imagine they would be the same at other locations. Don't wait too long, just do it!
snowedin 05/07/19 09:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska

Some have referred to Skagway as being a tourist trap overrun by folks from the cruise ships and that may be true to some extent but there is so much more to Skagway for the RVers that it would be a shame to miss it. First there is a lot of history to the area. One can drive to the head of the historic Chilkoot Trail and hike at least part of it. The scenery on the drive into Skagway and in the Skagway area is spectacular. There is the option of taking the fast ferry to Juneau with the opportunity to see whales along the say, fantastic scenery too, and then see Juneau & the Mendenhall Glacier. There are flightseeing trips out of both Skagway & Haines to see the area. There is the option to load the RV on the short Alaska Ferry jaunt to Haines and while in Haines see the bears fishing for salmon along the road to Chilkoot Lake. The drive from Haines to Haines Junction is about as scenic as it gets, transitioning from sea level up through Alpine terrain. And you get to see all this while still getting to drive from Haines Junction to Whitehorse on your return trip. There are many more things to do by taking the Skagway/Haines route vs the Whitehorse/Haines Junction route that is seems a shame to miss them. And when the cruise ships depart toward evening Skagway becomes a different place, uncrowded, and we found it peaceful to dine while listening to a local band. The hardware store in Skagway has everything you can imagine if you need supplies. Am not saying that some of the daytime tourist attractions are not worthwhile but there seems to be something for everyone.
snowedin 02/07/19 08:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

We are planning on Alaska in 2019. We had traveled in a caravan 12 years ago and though it was the right choice then we are going on our won this year. Rather than do the Banff/Jasper route we are thinking of going up on the west side, hwy 95 and coming back via Banff/Jasper. Any comments on this route would be appreciated. There really are not many options when going to Alaska or even once you cross the border. You can go up the eastern route through Edmonton & onwards or you can do the westward route through Banff, Jasper & onward up the Cassiar. Either way they meet just north of Watson Lake at which point there are no other options, other than side trips, till you get just north of Whitehorse where you either stay on the Alaska Highway or head to Dawson City & the TOW highway where you meet again a little south of Tok. From Tok you do Alaska clockwise or anti clockwise. It is basically that simple. Not many roads to choose from. There are a couple of interesting options: 1) From the Whitehorse area drive to Skagway, take the Alaska Ferry to Haines, and then drive to Haines Junction. We found the scenery on that route to be just eye poppingly beautiful. 2) Drive to Dawson City then head west over the Top of the World road. And yes, the Alaska route #8 from Paxton to Cantwell was one of our favorites but the road can be slow going, rough so be prepared to take your time.
snowedin 02/07/19 08:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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