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Michaeloh
03-03-2016, 11:10 PM
We r Planning the trip of a lifetime with dad and uncle. We have no definite plans other than we want to make it to Denali and take in a whale watching tour. We have the month of July. Any suggestions, comments, must see's would be appreciated.

BLHFUN
03-04-2016, 11:34 AM
We r Planning the trip of a lifetime with dad and uncle. We have no definite plans other than we want to make it to Denali and take in a whale watching tour. We have the month of July. Any suggestions, comments, must see's would be appreciated.

Suggestion.. Take us with you!!! :)

It's on our list for sure - Sounds like a great time. Safe travels!

Dean-Pam
03-04-2016, 12:29 PM
Would love to hear about your trip when you return and any lessons learned. This is something we have dreamed about.

travelin2
03-04-2016, 02:16 PM
Been there and done that. PM me for details...


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NorthCal Bob
03-04-2016, 07:15 PM
done that also but think u will need more than one month if taking the 5er.

donmogey
03-04-2016, 08:15 PM
Call in sick and take another 3 weeks.😈

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GregP
03-04-2016, 08:17 PM
I agree with NorthCal Bob. You will need more than a month if you want to really enjoy the trip. There is a book, "The Milepost" which is a very worthwhile investment for the Alaska Hwy Rte as well as much info on side trips, sights to see, and much more. We drove up in 2014 with our BH and spent nearly two months getting there and seeing some of the sights. Two months was still too much of a rush and I can't wait to go back, possibly in 2017. Feel free to PM if you want. Love to talk about the trip.

teasac69
03-04-2016, 08:48 PM
I agree with NorthCal Bob. You will need more than a month if you want to really enjoy the trip. There is a book, "The Milepost" which is a very worthwhile investment for the Alaska Hwy Rte as well as much info on side trips, sights to see, and much more. We drove up in 2014 with our BH and spent nearly two months getting there and seeing some of the sights. Two months was still too much of a rush and I can't wait to go back, possibly in 2017. Feel free to PM if you want. Love to talk about the trip.

Thanks for the book suggestion. I'll get that one right away. We have that on our RV bucket list, most likely for 2017 as well but maybe in 18'. Wondering if it's advisable to try to go in teams to always have a travel buddy for the road unknown troubles? I also agree with suggestions to take longer to get it done. That trip is tough enough without trying to do it in record time and not getting to breathe the air and take in the sights.

GregP
03-04-2016, 09:08 PM
One thing to remember if you are heading up via the Alaska Highway...bring a sign for the "Signpost Forest" at Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. There are over 72,000 signs posted by travellers from all over to link with their distant homes. The Alaska Highway is not as intimidating as it once was and we had no problems finding diesel or gas on our trip. Fuel is expensive tho, so be ready to pay a lot more than in the lower 48.

davebennington
03-04-2016, 09:58 PM
We went to Alaska several years ago and we did a day by day post with pictures on the forum link here: LINK



(https://heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/24960-Dave-amp-Julie-s-Alaska-Adventure/page7)

MTPockets
03-04-2016, 10:20 PM
A suggestion is to have a "Plan B".... We did a six month drive to Alaska in 2011, but the portion from Vancouver to Denali and back to Montanna was about 3 months. We encountered sections of road in various modes of construction with speed maybe 10mph due to the frost heaves. Then a Forrest fire delayed us three days. Don't know where you're starting in Texas, but 8000 miles round trip from Dallas to Anchorage in 30 days is pretty ambitious.

Gizzy
03-04-2016, 11:59 PM
We spent 3 1/2 months going last summer and even that seemed to be rushing it at times. Can't imagine trying to make the trip in 1 month and enjoying it. There are so many places to stop and see just driving thru Canada on the way up and back plus all the places to visit in Alaska. Be sure to make the drive from Banff to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies. Plan a couple of days in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Probably the most remembered places for us were the time spent in Seward and on the way back we stayed in Hyder a few days to watch the brown bears catching salmon. (had to wait until the end of July for the salmon to run). Good luck and have a safe trip and let us know how it goes.

Michaeloh
03-05-2016, 04:56 PM
What kind of sign?

I appreciate the suggestions so far, and the Alaska envy:p
I had not considered that a month would be rushing it but it's actually worse than y'all know. We are leaving from south Texas not north Texas and the mileage will probably be around 10,000. And now that I do the math that is 333 miles per day, which sounds like a lot of driving and not much camping.

any other specific suggestions and Bon voyages will be appreciated.

travelin2
03-05-2016, 05:22 PM
If you only have a month, ought to buy a plane ticket and leave the camper at home...just saying.
We were gone for four months and drove 18K miles on our trip to Alaska. One month is insane!
As someone mentioned, buy the Milepost and you'll soon see there are too many places to stop and see in BC, the Yukon, and AK. We're going back again later in the summer next time to see things we couldn't because of seasons.


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GregP
03-05-2016, 11:26 PM
The suggestion to fly up from Texas isn't actually too bad an idea if you don't have the time available. You could also fly up and take a coastal cruise if all you are able to do is the high points. Although the Alaska Hwy is not the military highway of the past, it is not anything at all like the Interstates that we are used to. 333 miles of driving per day through BC, Yukon and Alaska is pretty ambitious. Besides...it is "knock your socks off" gorgeous and you may not want to make that kind of mileage, taking time to enjoy the country. The signs are mostly location signs from cities/towns or wherever else travellers are from. Google Watson Lake Yukon for photos. Bring a sign yourself to post and be a part of history.

travelin2
03-06-2016, 08:49 AM
Thanks for the book suggestion. I'll get that one right away. We have that on our RV bucket list, most likely for 2017 as well but maybe in 18'. Wondering if it's advisable to try to go in teams to always have a travel buddy for the road unknown troubles? I also agree with suggestions to take longer to get it done. That trip is tough enough without trying to do it in record time and not getting to breathe the air and take in the sights.

The Milepost comes in handy for fuel stops, places to stay, sights to see, last year's road issues and construction in Canada and Alaska. The trip (road) itself is not that tough. Many miles (KM) have a posted speed limit of 100 km/hr. The worst section of the hwy was the last couple hundred miles in the YT entering AK. Frost heaves from the permafrost damage really limits your speeds and progress. Some of the same in AK but efforts are made to mark areas to give you some advance warning. The hwy is a tourist route so the majority of the traffic is campers and RV'ers. We saw/met some traveling using the buddy system but not many. The "toughest" part of the trip is the miles of wide open nothingness where (mentally) you feel you're the only one out there...


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GregP
03-06-2016, 10:22 AM
"Nothingness"? I call that room to breathe. The Yukon territory is about 2/3 the area of Texas with a TOTAL population of around 36000 people. About 27000 of those live in Whitehorse, the biggest city. Leaves a lot of elbow room for those who like to get away from the smog and traffic of more populated areas. And Alaska...well that's a whole 'nuther story. I can't wait to head back up and could probably spend a lifetime poking around and meeting some of the best people ever. DW maybe not so much, so I will have to work on her a bit.
She loved the trip. She didn't care for the "top of the World" highway from Dawson City Yukon to Tok Alaska.

CabinetmakerII
03-27-2016, 01:21 PM
We are leaving from Northern Idaho on June 10th and returning late August or early September. Perhaps we will see you around the camp fire!

mlpeloquin
03-27-2016, 03:38 PM
There are tour groups that you can sign up for. They setup nightly camping spots and you can pull over to enjoy the scenery and catch up at the nightly camping stop. Don't think any would do it in a month.

travelin2
03-27-2016, 04:17 PM
There are tour groups that you can sign up for. They setup nightly camping spots and you can pull over to enjoy the scenery and catch up at the nightly camping stop. Don't think any would do it in a month.

We saw a couple of those groups...reminded me of watching "Rawhide" with the wagon master "Round 'em up & roll 'em out". Everyone showing up at the same time, chaos as rigs were all trying for their spots at the same time, the "boss" going rig to rig saying "meet in front of xxx" for the scheduled event, and everyone leaving trying not to be left behind. Sometimes humorous, other times pitiful. Not for me!!!
Talked to one of those guys at a fuel stop in Tok while the caravan was across the road at the diner; he was in hurry "had to get 'em back to Dawson Creek"! Turn around and lead another group up.

AKDallBH
03-27-2016, 09:17 PM
I will echo previous comments, 30 days won't give you much time to enjoy the trip, other than the drive. I live just north of Seward, and will be heading out May 1 to pick up a 5th wheel in Wichita, then over to Sequim washington for a 7 day visit with my parents then back home. Arriving on May 29th. The only non-driving days will be those 7 in Sequim....and I have driven the road before and know what to expect.

If you come, I recommend staying a couple of extra days in Whitehorse, and making a day side trip to Carcross and Skagway. Plan on 2-3 days in Denali (make camping reservations now). Anf 2-3 days in Seward. Skip Valdez and Homer, long drives that take time you won't have. If you have specific questions let me know.

Scott

travelin2
03-28-2016, 05:38 AM
I will echo previous comments, 30 days won't give you much time.

If you come, I recommend staying a couple of extra days in Whitehorse, and making a day side trip to Carcross and Skagway. Plan on 2-3 days in Denali (make camping reservations now). Anf 2-3 days in Seward. Skip Valdez and Homer, long drives that take time you won't have. If you have specific questions let me know.

Scott

What he said but I'd skip Skagway. Other than the history it's an expensive tourist trap where you'll compete with many thousands from the cruise ships. Spend any extra time in Whitehorse. Nice CG next to a mineral hot springs there[emoji2][emoji2]. We liked Seward but places to stay were limited. Check ahead. Longer at Denali is better. Need reservations if you want to spend a few days in Talkeetna, again limited spots. Skip Valdez. Unless you want to Halibut fish skip Homer.
You can drive in a "circular" route from Tok to Fairbanks to Wasilla/Palmer to Glenallen back to Tok. All the other highways are dead ends, so it's "down and back"" again"!!!

olcoon
03-28-2016, 09:46 AM
We want to make this trip someday, but are planning on taking several months to do it. Some of the options we've thought about are: Fly up rent an RV & travel around in it. We'd miss the sights & experience of the Alaska Hwy. doing this though. But it'd save the wear & tear on our rig. Going with a caravan/group, some friends did this a few years ago & loved it. Some advantages were that every rig had walkie talkies & the leader was kind of like a tour guide & talking on it telling you different things. They had an EMT/paramedic along if needed, plus a certified RV tech that was the tail gunner. The cost of doing something like that isn't cheap, but included were some meals & tours so that made it more reasonable. Also they had pre-set places to refuel & got a discount on the fuel. Also they had sat. wifi every night which was a plus, and the leader also had a sat. cell phone for emergencies, & if you needed to call home in an emergency. But if there was 1 hour slotted at a certain place you had to be ready when the group left. Several advantages & disadvantages! Our other thought was to work camp up there for the summer. The draw back on that would be having to be anchored to one location. Alaska is a big state & we probably wouldn't be able to take in some of the sights further away, it'd put a new meaning to day tripping!!! One thing I'd recommend would be that if you think you might do some hiking or whatever would be to get at least one can of bear spray, might keep you from being the guest of honor at a bear's supper! It'd be cheaper to get some before you leave. Last I heard, you can take it across the border, but when you tell them about it at the check point make sure you tell them it's bear spray. They won't allow you to bring pepper spray, etc into Canada.

Enjoy your trip & be careful!

GregP
03-28-2016, 10:54 AM
If you are a history fan, Skagway is interesting to see, but it is a touristy place. If you stay in Whitehorse Yukon for a few days, you can take a train/bus tour from Whitehorse to Skagway that is well worth the money. The WhitePass & Yukon Rte. is a narrow gauge RR that follows the original gold seekers route for much of the way. It is very interesting and scenic, and lets you leave the driving to someone else while you enjoy the sights. No matter how long you allow for the trip...you won't be able to take it all in.

travelin2
03-28-2016, 11:10 AM
We want to make this trip someday, but are planning on taking several months to do it. Some of the options we've thought about are: Fly up rent an RV & travel around in it.
Last I heard, you can take bear spray across the border, but when you tell them about it at the check point make sure you tell them it's bear spray. They won't allow you to bring pepper spray, etc into Canada.

Enjoy your trip & be careful!

Friends of ours checked on renting an RV (Minnie Winnies are everywhere) so they wouldn't have to drive up and save their rig. They figured it would cost the two of them about $20K to fly up, rent a Minnie and outfit it for 30 days, with the insurance fuel and parking...unfamiliar with any other details.
Yes, bear spray and it must be labeled bear spray is ok to carry across.

Jim Posz
03-28-2016, 09:59 PM
We did our Alaska trip the summer of 2014, and would highly recommend it. It was item 1 on our bucket list. One thing we did that we recommend is taking the ferry up the inside passage. We boarded at Prince Rupert BC and got off at Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, and Haines then drove up to Anchorage etc. We saw Skagway by taking a 15 minute plane ride from Haines as a day trip. Skagway had four large cruise ships that day, so I figure the tourists outnumbered the locals about 10 to 1...Still I think it was worth while for the train ride and plane ride down the fjord. Jim

Wk15
03-28-2016, 10:32 PM
You will really enjoy your trip up here. You will need more than 30 days to see this massive state. Bet spray is a good suggestion. A better one is Lead. If you are military they have a Military campground you can stay at while in Seward, Millers Landing is another place in Seward. If military you can get on the Military charters and go Halibut fishing. I do it three times a year here. There are plenty of places to dry camp or places that have full to partial hooks ups.

I'm down on the Knik River every weekend to ATV and camp. I live in Eagle River, Alaska

The "MilePost" is a great book to get. It shows everything about Alaska, Its like a 750+ page history/Alaska Travel Planner Book. If you need one let me know.

The Holiday gas stations give you free tank dumping. Here is a list of dump stations: http://www.rvdumps.com/alaska/

llinton201
04-21-2016, 07:26 PM
Were you traveling in a motorhome or 5th wheel? Did you have flat tire issues?

AKDallBH
04-21-2016, 07:36 PM
If you have decent tires, don't overload your rig, and drive at or below the speed limit, you won't have any more or less problems with tires than on any other trip.

Overloading is a frequent problem because you bring extra tools, clothes, gear....for the most part, you can buy what you need along the way.

Scott