Have a great trip up to Alaska! MILEPOST field editor Judy Nadon, who lives on the Alaska Highway near Whitehorse, YT, is one of those local drivers and winter is her favorite time of year. Your insight is really appreciated, ordered mile post. I’m riding a goldwing there this week from Texas. From Jasper make your way up HWY 40 in Alberta to connect with The Alcan Highway in Dawson Creek where the Alaskan highway starts. Hotels are easy to find. I have a fear of heights. We had a Verizon line and it worked alright, but still pretty limited. Sounds like an amazing trip! . For the warmest weather and most activity options, travel in June and July. Driving a 40 ft Class A with a tow and curious how many and how steep they were? Thanks!! How did the exterior of your van hold up? Most places accepted credit cards so we didn’t need more than $100 CAD. We will not have any space for camping gear. There are some portions of the road which get frost heaving which makes some hard to see bumps, and some stretches have frequent potholes, but overall the road was in much better shape than I expected. Also, plan at least a week to drive up and another week to drive home from Alaska. We will have 3 kids with us (ages 3,2 and 9 months). I am also worried about traveling due to the weather during this time of year. Consider extra gas cans – On a normal year, most travelers wouldn’t really need gas cans because the gas stations are frequent enough. We have all the health info on the dog. We are not campers and of the age where sleeping in the van doesn’t sound fun. We are planning to leave from minnesota for Alaska in June of 19’. Most of the tourist have already left. hi ive been thinking about moving to Alaska and i just wanted to know the best time to drive there and the cut off point in witch i shouldn't drive there. There is no road to Kotzebue! if going to fast they could roll. We’d love to spend some more time of the Marine Highway soon. We would probably spend a month or so. But the Canadian border is supposedly closed due to the coronavirus. Our campervan gets on average 20 miles a gallon so I would estimate $1,250 in total but I did keep all the gas receipts for the trip and I will add them up to get you an exact number. You should be fine in your truck, it might loud at times as some of the campsites along the Alcan Highway are right off the main road. You’re going to love it up there. Complete campsite details with address, contact phone number, description, and more. For travelers seeking something extra special, try visiting Ketchikan: a remote fishing town near the southern tip of Alaska. Great info, thanks! Like soon!! Looks like 77 hours of driving – you won’t have a lot of time for sightseeing but you should make it. And you can expect very mild temperatures for the duration of your journey. Reconfirm accommodations and bookings over the phone or email – Hotels may be slow to open back up to visitors, especially smaller establishments – and there may be extra cleaning requirements that could hinder their efforts. This time of year. While our summer season is short, it is the driest, warmest time to visit. We drove from Western KY to Arizona and wintered this January and February….and although I was concerned, I made it fine. You can pick some up from an ATM in Canada or get some from your bank before your trip. Hi Chris – Three weeks seems pretty tight, while it’s probably doable, you wouldn’t really have much time in Alaska, especially with a stop in Washington. I will drive the first 2 trips and take the ferry for my last trip. They all told me, If you’re driving from AK to lower 48 or vice versa they will allow you to drive through w/ a birth cert. The condition of the roads will depend on how tough the winter is and how much it heaves the roads. I would strongly suggest driving yourself and then sending for your things. It was one I can never forget ! My girlfriend and I are trying to plan a trip cross country from Buffalo, NY to Olympic national park in Washington, and then head up to Alaska. Chances are good that you’ll hit snow in October. Too much earlier or later you will have the chance for some snow or weather. Hi, I’m actually moving to AK & driving from Tucson, AS. If you plan on driving up to Alaska this summer, you should consider booking rooms soon, there isn’t a lot of availability in many towns along the way. With driving around in AK I would estimate your trip at 12,000 assuming 20mph (might be high) and gas at $2.50 (might be low, check gasbuddy) you’d spend about $1500, camping shouldn’t cost most than $40 per night x 40 is $1600 – plus you could easily camp for less in state parks without so many amenities for less. The drive sounds exciting , I would be driving about 8-11 hours a day as this is a move not a road trip and we will be given 7-12 days to get there. If you don’t have a month of time to drive to Alaska you should probably fly to Alaska and do a road trip in Alaska instead. Hi, Was wondering would it be even possible for a woman alone with a 150# Anatolian and a cat to drive from Alabama to Anchorage. Our main stay is in Petersburg and will fish for a couple of weeks. Hi Hannah and Adam, Love your blog’s, and this one really brought back some memories for me. You do not need an inventory and unless you have guns or pets, you should be through in just a few moments. The Verizon was usable though too. My husband and I are planning to check the Number 1 on the bucket list of my Dream Trips. This stretch even if you don’t leave the car is worth the drive. If you want to keep your truck looking nice I would suggest a vinyl front grill/hood cover they used to call them ‘LeBras’ and anything you could find to reduce the possibility of damage from loose gravel/rocks. Does the Jeep need to be in our name to cross into Canada. I have ordered the 2019 version of The Mile Post and will eagerly search for that as a destination “must do” part of our trip. moving up in April ~ anyone know what the roads conditions thru the Yukon are during that time? A hurriedly built thoroughfare that was once best suited to armored military vehicles, the modern Alaska Highway is an asphalt-covered, two-lane boulevard that winds its way through some of Canada’s most impressive scenery. How was your trip? Drive safe and let us know how the roads are after winter in early 2019. Might even see ya on the trail ! amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; Would be great to know someone on the road while traveling. Just wondering we are moving to alaska and were putting things in the works and wanted to know do you really need a passport to move there if driving through canada. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Forgot to mention my 6k est includes travel trailer rental. In October you’ll likely hit some winter weather at some point in your drive. What a great share!! Past that I think there might be some pretty minor cliffs in Muncho Lake Park in BC, a few bridges, but overall nothing too scary that I can remember. I’m moving from Chicago, IL and driving my SUV and trailer to Washington to take the ferry into Alaska. Moving to Anchorage next year (March / April 2020). The weather during this period is mostly pleasant but it can change quickly any time of the year, so pack a warm coat anyway. I would like to take this road trip alone from Oregon to anchorage. Be sure to have other backup options on your route in case the weather slows you down. I saw on a blog recently to expect $200 per tank full in Canada. Very excited. Because of this, flightseeing tours remain a popular way to get around the state, while simultaneously enjoying stunning birds-eye views of the mountains. A much more capable vehicle is required in the winter, rather than summer travel to Alaska. You may want to get a local sim card in Canada or the T-mobile one plan worked well for us in Canada which used Canadian towers better than Verison. Awesome article! It’s a long drive but not difficult or dangerous. Related Article: Things To Do In Homer Alaska. Can you ship things via ferry? I wouldn’t see any issues bring children on this road trip safety wise. We are driving an Ford Expedition with 5 people. I also do not feel comfortable leaving my dog alone for that long while on a ferry. July 3, 2018 At 10:00 p.m. last night we had a blowout on a transport trailer halfway between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek, Canada. Anyone have experience moving up to Alaska by road? Gas and hotels would be covered if we take the drive(reimbursed after we get there). Good Stops:  Muncho Lake Provincial Park,  Stone Mountain Provincial Park, Destruction Bay, Tetlin Junction, Skagway. We are planning a trip to Alaska from Seattle in our truck and camper, we have heard stories about how the roads beat up your vehicle is this true? Start listening to T+L's brand new podcast, Let's Go Together! There is so much to see along the way. Have a great ride! When I questioned this, he replied it’s true, about $10 per gallon. “The mountains are gold, the berry bushes have turned bright red (with berries to pick), and you have the night sky to enjoy,” Jillian Simpson, vice president of Alaska Travel Industry Association, told Trave + Leisure. Thanks! Anywhere there is gasoline, there will also be diesel? Best Time to Avoid Crowds and High Prices. Thanks so much for any MOVING / RELOCATION advise you can give! I am mainly asking for any tips for the section from Shelby, MT to where we connect to the Al-Can. We live in Vermont now and cant wait to leave. These are a must when crossing borders with other countries and will be necessary if your pet needs a vet check or boarding. There is better coverage between towns in Alaska than in northern Canada, but mostly for calls, the internet is still limited to the towns and cities. Locals are happy to see the tourists and aren't burnt out after working all summer. Also, pick up one of the Milepost books for any further details. You don’t need a 4×4 or anything crazy, we’ve seen motorcycles, full-size RVs, trucks with a 5th wheel camper, and even our basic grocery-getting minivan. The Milepost is very helpful for us. Some of the park highlights not to miss are the Valley of 5 Lakes hike and the massive Pyramid Mountain. If not you might have to ship it. I’m looking for tips. Drive safe and enjoy Alaska! Yes, the road is regularly cleared of snow but if you happen to be caught on the road when a blizzard hits, you’ll have … If you’re worried about crowds, your best bet is to visit in April through May and … May overall I think is best for lots of baby bear and moose along the road, less people as kids are still in school and tourism is just getting starting. The truck stops are “cardlock” meaning you must have a membership and to be a member you must be Canadian. Thoughts? In the smaller towns it will be more. We will be traveling in June -July and I was curious if you had any special stops that you did, that were just WOW! We are sr. citizens I have flown up for a fishing trip and would love to drive it with my wife. We too just pulled over and slept in our van. Safe Travels! I know conditions could still be snowy so just not sure. The cruise portion was really delightful. Any information would be much appreciated. We are planning a move to Sterling Alaska next summer. See our Alaskan road trip guide and itinerary for everything to see while in Alaska. I’m assuming we’ll be seeing some wintery stuff. I would recommend you plan your time to have a minimum of two weeks in Alaska to see most of the interior highlights. Overall we found it unnecessary to carry extra gas, but it was a piece of mind while in what felt like the middle of nowhere. For sure keep your tank full and consider some extra gas cans. As a travel nurse with a bit of experience traveling with a dog and cat, I would suggest you have your Up-To-Date Rabies and Vaccinations records for each of your pets with you when you are traveling. Days are longer and warmer during the summer. The drive to Alaska will have you in Canada for several days. Gas is more expensive in Canada, but nowhere near $10/gallon. If it’s classic Alaskan King salmon you’re after, show up mid-May through July, when the fisheries for that species peaks. Any advice on this take along? Most accommodations may not be open for the season yet so extra planning is going to be important. If your goal is just to get to Alaska the fastest way possible, you’re better off flying and renting a car in Alaska. Hi I’m a 42 female. I’ve trolled the CA websites (USDA equivalent, I think) and it’s not really detailed enough to be helpful. Happy planning! The longest we went between gas stations was 87 miles. Actual drive times will depend on where you start but is really dictated by what you want to see along the way, however we suggest one week to safely drive to Alaska. If you are going in June, July or August you need to think about booking rooms now. Another important factor to keep in mind is daylight: in certain parts of Alaska during the summer, the sun never sets. I want to take my time to visit places and also try and visit the places you stated in your article. Hi I have made the trip four times! I have some food issues (can’t eat onions), so I usually make my own boil-in-bag food from home cooking for convenience and edibility for travel/camping. Alaska’s wildlife, including bears, sea otters, seals and whales, is visible throughout this period, with June and July the best months for sightings. As for Diesel – if you take the Alcan Highway, this is one of the only routes and it’s used by truckers too so diesel should be widely available. We aren’t looking for streaming, just the ability to email. Your best bet is to pick up one of the above suggest books like the Milestone. No gun parts. Safe travels. However, if you add just 9 hours of driving to your route you can see some of the most fascinating landscapes in North America. A trip during this time will take a little bit more planning. Would we be stopped, do you know, if we are driving through Canada on our way to Alaska? Thoughts and route and what to see? Have a great trip! Alaska is a massive state and how much you will see will depend on how much time you have. It is a spectacular drive! If you are in a hurry you can cover most of the driving highlights of this park in a single day. He did not have to drop everything and go out to take care of our tire- amazing! Our minivan is a 2006 and we started the trip with 130,000 miles. I was thinking to do some ski backcountry, so do you think the roads will be good? This book is by far better than Milepost which we had also, but would not buy again. I drove to Seattle and then put myself and my pick-up onboard the MV Matanuska of the Alaska Marine Highway System. I am hoping to go to Alaska in the first week of May or last week of April 2018 but I’m concerned about snow pack in the passess left over from winter. There should be plenty of campgrounds where pets are accepted and likely some hotel/motels as well. Getty Images, These Are the Best (and Cheapest) Times to Visit Alaska (Video). The simple answer is no. Also, make sure to buy your Marine Highway Tickets soon to ensure you get a spot. How was the rest of your drive? Thanks! Have a great trip and drive safe! My daughter bought me Black Diamond carbon fiber and I would never consider being without them! Currently, the US Canada border is closed until May 21st, 2020 which makes traveling to Alaska by land not possible until the border reopens. There are, however, dozens of easy-to-book tours offered out of Fairbanks. About 5 day’s later I got off in Haines AK and drove the rest of the way through Canada via the Haines hwy. I’ve ordered milepost but new version not out for a couple more weeks so looking for any info you may be able to share. Occasionally we have had to push on for a really long drive when all the rooms were sold out. Just wondering if you think it would be ok to do the trip with a car and tent? No extra gas cans were needed, No spare tires needed either.Took us 1 week to get here. I’m planning a move to Anchorage for a job. Thanks. Also, considering a satellite phone and not sure if I need chains for tires? Go North to Alaska Folks, you won’t regret it !! The people along the way to Alaska are generally pretty helpful people, if you have troubles on the road people do help each other out. I am hoping to drive from Wisconsin to Alaska this spring. How are the mountains? Locals are happy to see the tourists and aren't burnt out after working all summer. Dog too big to fly, he is oversized. If it doesn’t, I would call a few and see what the percentage of them are and then decide if you need to make reservations or note. For fuel I would use an app like Gas Buddy to see how much gas is currently – according to our initial reports from this year gas in Canada (in parts) is close to $6 USD per gallon, and close to $3 in the US. I would pick up a copy of the Milepost book and confirm the areas you want to stay have appropriate campsites, but I think you’ll be ok for the most part. (If you happen to end up in Seward, the gray whales tend to show up in spring.). Yes, it’s part of the United States, English is spoken, and the dollar is used — but Alaska’s wild coastal plains, towering snow-capped mountains, and glacier-rimmed fjords have a way of making you feel worlds away from home. Credit: These are generally a good resource and we found roughly accurate. It’s best to grab a Mile Post book and call a few places as you are planning your route. We drive about half the way and take the Marine Alaskan Highway (Ferry) the rest. He has driven the Alcan before and has first hand invaluable knowledge about what to expect and fun to be had along the way. So decided maybe driving is best. Do they limit the amount of Alcohol you can bring through the country? 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