Having a campervan gives us the freedom to stop and stay as long as we want PLUS we just pay to camp vs a hotel. The GPS function is separate from having cell coverage, you will have GPS the whole way. One of the most picturesque places on the continent, Banff should really be part of your trip. For this reason most people take their RV trip to Alaska during the summer months. The scenic, essen­tial 323-mile-long Parks High­way con­nects Anchor­age and Fair­banks, thread­ing its way past some of Alaska’s most icon­ic Alaskan areas, includ­ing Denali Nation­al Park and Mt. We will be driving from NY with our 2 kids and our dog. Thanks for the detailed blog i enjoyed it. In the far north of Alaska, the Brooks mountain range extends 700 miles from the coast, and veers into Canada’s Yukon Territory. But the Canadian border is supposedly closed due to the coronavirus. I’m heading that way probably next summer and would like to know if it’s safe to tent camp on the way. Coming from Texas I have a feeling you won’t go this way but if it’s only a few hours out of the way they are both worth it. I still need to get a passport, as well. If you are in a hurry you can cover most of the driving highlights of this park in a single day. We’re used to a ton of snow on the east coast, so I’m not worried too much. I am planning a road trip next summer with my 3 boys to Alaska from Texas. That sounds extremely high. 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. Does that go in October (I doubt it)? I can’t say enough about Charles Eikland Sr. who came to our rescue! Two years ago we were in Alaska, I was so impressed by the nature. Have a great trip up! 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. There are many large motorhomes driving to Alaska. The 1,900-mile drive through Canada along the Alaskan Highway is an exciting but lengthy trek that takes more than 35 hours of driving time. Then in late August or early September I will fly back to Idaho Falls and pick up our guns and ammo and transport them by ferry to Alaska. Awesome article! I am pretty sure it’s not too hard. Known as the salmon capital of the world, it’s a popular cruise excursion stop-off, and not just for the fishing. Have flown to Fairbanks, toured by bus and train to Whittier, then cruised the inside passage. Hand guns are prohibited but you can bring shot guns and rifles through you just need to declare them with the border agent, fill out a form and pay a 25 dollar fee. The peak season, starting early to mid June … We have driven as far as Banff so we have a good idea what it’s like to that point but what is it like north of Banff to Anchorage? All of our stuff will be packed and moved for us by a moving company but we’re in the planning phase on the drive up. What length motorhome do you feel is the best size to drive to Alaska? My spouse is there for 4 months. For the vast majority of the drive to Alaska, the road is a two-lane asphalt paved highway with a gravel shoulder large enough for a standard vehicle. Thanks! Finding a room the night you want to stay is not easy. Thank you all! We are leaving from Seattle and this trip is all about the journey so looking for recommendations and what to see along the way. I saw on a blog recently to expect $200 per tank full in Canada. In addition to being the driest month, May is also ideal for its reduced crowds, lower fares, and better wildlife viewing. You do not need an inventory and unless you have guns or pets, you should be through in just a few moments. if going to fast they could roll. You are going to love Alaska! i guess i’m just trying to get piece of mind. Where and how long they will last changes year to year. From the Alcan Highway, there are less possible deviations, since this is the main route. I had to drive the SUV ahead 3 miles to try and activate on-star, leaving the kids with doors locked in U-Haul truck. Go North to Alaska Folks, you won’t regret it !! The best time to visit Alaska is between mid-June and mid-September. I am confused, because when I google map our route, I do not see where we would need to hop on a ferry. Uh, what? I’m doing this in June of 2021. I wouldn’t cancel the trip, but maybe have a backup plan in place if the border doesn’t open up as quickly as it is scheduled. Do you have to travel then? Alaska is a massive state and how much you will see will depend on how much time you have. Considering that Alaska is the most remote and wild state in the US, it isn’t difficult to escape the crowds even during the busiest times. 2140 miles will be in Canada of our trip, so for real rough math call it half your trip, so an average of $4.50/gallon at 20 miles/gallon for 4006 miles = $901 so I’d round up to $1000. The book features over 500 Alaskan campgrounds and those along the way driving to Alaska. We’d love to spend some more time of the Marine Highway soon. Eventually making it to Seward but then settling outside of Anchorage for the next 11 yr.’s. Have a great trip! From the eastern half of the United States, most map programs will have you travel through North Dakota into Canada to Edmonton and then finally joining the Alcan Highway in Dawson Creek. Safe Travels! Too much earlier or later you will have the chance for some snow or weather. North of Fairbanks it will be expensive and difficult to find, so keep on the high side of your tank when traveling through Canada and in Alaska. The USA should not care too much since it was purchased in Alaska, just keep your receipts. Traveling outside the summer months requires a bit more planning to find accommodation so pick up a milepost book for sure. Experience Alaska and Canada at its absolute best! The best place to stop when driving to Alaska is Banff National Park and Glacier National Park if you can include them in your route. Currently, the border is supposed to be re-opened around May 21st, 2020. We drove from Western KY to Arizona and wintered this January and February….and although I was concerned, I made it fine. My truck is an 08 with 28k miles. Any information would be much appreciated. And parking will be easy with a small trailer. A great trip in itself. We are driving from MI across Canada in August 2018 Planning stages now. No extra gas cans were needed, No spare tires needed either.Took us 1 week to get here. Cooked meals on the tailgate of my truck. It's also the perfect place to plan everything for your road trip. Safe travels to Alaska. I would check with Cruise America, I know they have a location in Anchorage so it may be possible, but you’ll have to call because it doesn’t appear to be an option when reserving online. Our grandson is in the military stationed in Anchorage. If you’re really short on time, you can jump on a Banff helicopter tour and see the park from a whole other level. did it run well after the trip? The Canadian border rules regarding pets/animals is fairly strict. We would like to drive the jeep and the dog to him. I have 2 wks.. leaving April 5th or so and need to arrive by 19th. Maybe you could make better time on the way up and the go a little slower on the way home. Chances are good that you’ll hit snow in October. 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. Hi I’m a 42 female. What part of the drive are you most interested in? Thank you so much for the wonderful article! When flying to Alaska you don’t need a passport. Chris. This book is by far better than Milepost which we had also, but would not buy again. Because of this, flightseeing tours remain a popular way to get around the state, while simultaneously enjoying stunning birds-eye views of the mountains. Would Canadian Customs care if it is all for personal consumption? About 5 day’s later I got off in Haines AK and drove the rest of the way through Canada via the Haines hwy. Hi Bill I am also planning a trip to Alaska June 2018 in a skoolie. Additional planning is needed when traveling during off-season, which you will be in. Plan at least a day inside Jasper, and three days would allow you to cover most of the highlights. Congrats on them for still having the travel bug. A much more capable vehicle is required in the winter, rather than summer travel to Alaska. 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. Thank you for posting. It’s best to contact your carrier to see how your plan will work in Canada before switching it on across the border. Yes, generally June to August is the best time to travel especially on a motorcycle. If you’re taking this drive by yourself or have a loved one driving to Alaska alone and you want some extra peace of mind you should consider packing a satellite phone. We are driving an Ford Expedition with 5 people. It’s worth the trip, you’ll be glad you took it. The Milepost is very helpful for us. Most towns, even really small towns we were able to get connection for email. Thank You, There are numerous state/provincial campgrounds as well as private campgrounds along the way where you can tent camp. Hosted by Kellee Edwards. The best time of the year was in the winter (my car was winterized with frost shields and low visc oil) because the gravel road was packed snow and smooth to travel at 50 MPH. how much approximately in gas money did this cost you? Thoughts and route and what to see? “Best laid plans!” but I’m going now! Between small towns and using our phone as a hotspot (we have Verizon) would we be able to get a good connection daily? 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. My husband and I are thinking of this drive and I am doing a little recon work… really enjoyed this article and all of the info!! Leaving the U.S. next week, March 10th headed for Anchorage. Drove every road in Alaska that had a town at the end of it. During this time of year, you’ll experience mostly clear weather, temperatures in the low to mid-60s F, and long hours of sunlight. With so many places to visit and things to do, tourists often find it difficult to decide which parts of Alaska to visit and what time of year is best to travel Alaska. Safe Travels! If your car requires greater than 87 octane fuel, you may want to consider bringing a fuel additive/booster with you…. Hi, we are hoping to drive to Alaska from California in the fall and I was curious if you know of companies or websites that allow for one-way RV rentals so we can drive there and fly back (Limited time off). We personally would recommend using the Mile Post as a reference, I would be surprised if it didn’t note if a hotel was pet friendly. For the warmest weather and most activity options, travel in June and July. Bought some Placer gold land to use during spring to fall months. Last year's was the best month of the summer and in past years I've seen it rain hard everyday. I would like to drive our 40 foot motorhome with a toad to Alaska. However, on our trips up to Alaska we did not see any significant damage – more than driving 10,000 miles elsewhere in the world, but of course, it could happen. Past Banff there are some cool things to see, but they are further between. Any advice on this take along? How did the exterior of your van hold up? We saw 86 degrees Fahrenheit on some bank thermometers. We found T-Mobile shared towers with many Canadian carriers and work better than our Verizon line for both calls and data. Crazy question: I am a huge fan of Denali Brewing Company beer and plan on driving up in a week or so from Chicago to bring back as much beer as I can fit in that car. 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. A trip during this time will take a little bit more planning. We have 8 weeks for the whole trip so we figured the journey would be fun. Safe drive to Alaska. My husband and I are planning to check the Number 1 on the bucket list of my Dream Trips. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "gettistamp03-20"; The road is well traveled in the summer months and if you had an issue and people are helpful along the route. They’re used to camping and the one year old will be more used to car rides at that point. ANY vehicle is capable of making the drive to Alaska. Occasionally we have had to push on for a really long drive when all the rooms were sold out. Any insight on road conditions would be much appreciated! (If you happen to end up in Seward, the gray whales tend to show up in spring.). I’m looking for tips. We too just pulled over and slept in our van. Dog too big to fly, he is oversized. These are generally a good resource and we found roughly accurate. I’m riding a goldwing there this week from Texas. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; What’s the best time of year to drive through Canada and not have to worry as much about the snow and ice? Best Time to Avoid Crowds and High Prices. 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. Thanks again. Planning a trip from Dallas, Tx to Denali as well as going down to Seward. Would you suggest a side trip to the coast? Any thoughts on traveling with pets? Do you plan to camp, do you have a truck you could throw a futon type mattress in the back? May through September remains the busiest time of year for tourism in Alaska, but many folks are just as content planning a trip in winter. Gas is more expensive in Canada, but nowhere near $10/gallon. Good luck with the gold too! I am 70 years young now and will take at least 7 days this trip. However, we aren’t experts on the gun part of the drive to Alaska – there may be work arounds but not that we know of. Why? Many come to take on the 20,310-foot Denali, which is the highest peak in North America. We drove a Dodge Caravan Van towing a 10×5 foot trailer behind us. Thank you in advance!! Anybody, just counting fuel and camping, how much did someone speed? 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. Vehicles should be registered and insured, but it shouldn’t matter if it’s not in your name as long as you have insurance personally and your Grandson does as well. . We put together a list of our must-have items here on Amazon. “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. Roads are well paved and each town has gas and food if needed. He has driven the Alcan before and has first hand invaluable knowledge about what to expect and fun to be had along the way. Most think they’ll need 3 spare tires and gas cans strapped to every flat surface of their vehicle. Your insight is really appreciated, ordered mile post. Great to hear, have a great trip up to Alaska this year! I will be making a teip via ferry in September to transport my weapons and ammo. ~Darcy. It is a spectacular drive! Any tips for us? Everywhere I read says we need to take a ferry to enter Alaska. Click here to watch our Youtube video and see what our van looks like. Canadians are some of the nicest people ever, glad you found someone to help you and get you back on the road driving to Alaska. I’m assuming we’ll be seeing some wintery stuff. Safe travels! Our minivan campervan gets around 400 miles to the tank and we just never let it get too far under 1/2 a tank and never had an issue. Would I be out of my mind bringing young children on this kind of road trip? Consider extra gas cans – On a normal year, most travelers wouldn’t really need gas cans because the gas stations are frequent enough. But almost any coastal town in Alaska has at least some kind of fishing community, and with over three million unnamed natural lakes, you can imagine just how plentiful the fishing is in America’s northernmost state. We made the trip this summer also from Wisconsin in my vintage 1978 Pinto Cruising Wagon. Expect worse than normal road conditions – There is a chance that the road crews will be delayed or slowed by the virus. All of the adult children are a little concerned that they are taking too much on. Is this motorhome too long? Our last trip driving up to Alaska was about 40 days with driving and seeing things along the way and we ended up having around 2.5-3 weeks in 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 … Winter driving to Alaska is not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am looking at moving in September/ October. The cruise portion was really delightful. Moving to Anchorage next year (March / April 2020). It is still very likely to be snowy and icy. Even with the challenges of this year, it is totally worth it and an amazing adventure – and a much more interesting way to social distance than sitting at home! The roads will be relatively main roads until you hit Edmonton, from there it gets a lot more lonely at that time of the year. Plan to do it again? We choose a campervan as we were on a month long trip and we didn’t have our Alaska itinerary mapped out. Did you use Canadian money or USA at the gas stations in Canada that don’t take credit cards? What route would be the easiest to drive starting from Oregon? From where? However, the short summer season is best for driving and should be mostly free of snow. Best Time To Visit Alaska: Expert Travel Advice | ALASKA.ORG However, I would like to know about places to stay along the Alcan as I am a bit too old (by choice) to do the camping thing. There aren’t many pieces of road that are hair-raising as far as driving close to cliffs that I can recall. My daughter bought me Black Diamond carbon fiber and I would never consider being without them! Drove R/T from MD to AK 11 times from 1981 to 2003. There is so much to see along the way. There should be plenty of campgrounds where pets are accepted and likely some hotel/motels as well. He already has dreams about us bubbling happily in hot springs at the end of one leg of the trip to melt away the travel miles. Providing travel tips and making sure cruisers get to see destinations like Ketchikan and Juneau. It’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical order because from anywhere in the lower 48 of the U.S. a drive to Alaska is at least 48 hours of drive time. Thanks for all the info. list of our must-have items here on Amazon. Hi Ed, yes there are hotels/motels along the route to Alaska in many cities, however, if you are driving up this summer season you should book in advance because there are not many rooms. I’ve been researching about whether or not I would need a passport or passport card to enter AK? 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. As Princess Cruises’ Lisa Syme told T+L, “I definitely recommend looking at May and September for promotional deals [like] on-board credits that you can use toward the cost of your excursions.”. The leader of the group (who has more-or-less done all the grunt work for itinerary & other great stuff) indicated we needed to dump all our food before heading through CA customs. I agree, the prices for the ferries make it hard to justify, you might as well but a luxury cruise instead. Or do you need a van/somewhere inside your vehicle you can sleep at night? 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. How mountainous is the drive from Seattle to Alaska. I have a Mazda 6 with no 4 wheel drive, it handles well on snowy WI roads but that’s not the steep roads of the Canadian Rockies. ), but the scenery and wildlife should still be well worth another trip. It was one I can never forget ! amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; South of Fairbanks is Denali, the tallest mountain in North America at a staggering 20,310 feet. We would probably spend a month or so. You can bring weapons into Canada. Not a word about customs?! This is what could be the only dangerous thing about driving. Will definately use your advice and a tremendous thank you. Yes, all hotel/motel info is in the milepost book along with phone numbers to call and make bookings. I’ve been told that the roads are better if I go in from Idaho or Montana. We are not campers and of the age where sleeping in the van doesn’t sound fun. We are 63 and 64. Summertime is the best time to drive if you want to avoid snow (and the Florida heat). We actually usually slept in our van in one of the pull-offs and not an official campground. Well, it depends how far out of the way you want to go. Let us know how the roads are in this early driving season of 2018, thanks! Good luck planning the trip and be safe on the roads driving to Alaska. This drive deserves at least a day of your road trip to Alaska, two days would allow you to walk on the Columbia Icefield and really see this amazing place properly. We found this book helpful for planning https://amzn.to/2MQghFN – Have an amazing trip! The best or only real guidebook is the Milepost book. Hi! We had a Verizon line and it worked alright, but still pretty limited. Awesome blog post! I’ve trolled the CA websites (USDA equivalent, I think) and it’s not really detailed enough to be helpful. Most Americans, upon first traveling to Alaska, are shocked to realize just how big the state is. If not you might have to ship it. Once you are in Jasper there is only one way & road to Alaska. 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. My wife and I are also moving to Anchorage … from San Antonio, Texas. We knew we were driving to Alaska but wanted to take our time getting there. Alaska is busiest from mid-June through mid-August, which is also when you will likely experience the best weather. We did the rest stops and we had no issues at all, just lock up at night. He said that he thinks I can recoup my investment in truck and trailer by reselling them once I get to Alaska because folks are looking to do my move in reverse (from AK to the lower 48) and that truck/trailer combinations are harder to find there and therefore easier to sell. Drive safe and enjoy Alaska! The Grand Caravan should make a good DIY camper, we did ours in a Honda Oddessy 2006. Weather wise ??? I figure a little over 8k miles driving in 3 to 4 months. We are no strangers to real camping in a tent, we built our campervan a month after camping in Africa for 68 nights (yes you saw that right) from Nairobi Kenya to Cape Town South Africa. The high mountains can cause weather and extra time would allow a better chance to see this stunning park under blue skies. Getty Images, These Are the Best (and Cheapest) Times to Visit Alaska (Video). Northern Lights and grizzly viewing. Planning on moving to Anchorage from Texas. It is the end of April in 2019 and I am in the planning stages of a move from Round Rock, (just north of Austin) Texas to Seldovia, Alaska over on the Kenai Peninsula which will require a ferry excursion for the last leg of the excursion. 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. Even those in a hurry should plan three days to take in the sights between Banff, Jasper, and the Icefields Parkway that connect the two parks. It should open in time for most travelers driving to Alaska this summer, however, this is something you need to keep an eye on if you plan to drive near these dates. Snow. Definately can feel it getting colder. 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. You should have connection daily with Verizon, but the further north you go the less you’ll have it. Hope that helps a little bit. We slept in our campervan for 30 days straight and had no issues. But we’ll take you far beyond what you can see from the road. I’m driving up through Montana and into Alaska. It wasn’t great but it was enough for us. On our last drive up to Alaska we put on 10,000 miles round trip and that was from Wisconsin. Can you share more details about your itinerary? Yes, thanks for clarifying the link is included in the article. Hope you make the trip, it’s worth it! Throughout the year in Alaska, there’s great fishing to be found. We will be driving a diesel pickup, any problems with finding diesel at the stations along the way??? If it’s classic Alaskan King salmon you’re after, show up mid-May through July, when the fisheries for that species peaks. I am terrified of heights and steep cliffs. It will be a great trip! Below is what worked well for us (and what didn’t) – to make your drive to Alaska even better than ours. Safe Travels and enjoy the ride! I Homesteaded near Glenallen, AK for 24 years and now residing in MD. Locals are happy to see the tourists and aren't burnt out after working all summer. Scared to death and exhausted I finally was able to access on-star on get roadside assistance. From Jasper make your way up HWY 40 in Alberta to connect with The Alcan Highway in Dawson Creek where the Alaskan highway starts. Hi David, that is quite the trip! I’ll be towing a small trailer. But if you can’t, invest in good all weather tires. Once into BC however, fuel did become more difficult to get. Canada is rather strict on the amount of alcohol coming into the country. All those parks are a MUST! Travelers should note that Denali Park Road — the park’s only roadway — remains open through early September for bus tours dedicated to spotting wildlife (a 15-mile portion of the road is also open for private vehicles). Could you use a pop up camper to travel to Alaska I would be pulling it with my pic up. In British Columbia, if you are caught going. Chuck Exploration Destruction Bay, Yukon Ph. It isn’t very much appreciated. I’d love to chat with you about your plans! On our last trip, we used a credit card the whole way, but had about 100 Canadian Dollars with us just in case. We would totally do it again, would you? Again thanks, and blessings to you in your future road trips, I am from St. Germain & Crivitz WI area living and driving from Florida, lol.. longer than you did but so looking forward to seeing the sites your photos show Take Care. My question is, wich is the better time of the year ?? If not I would wait a month or two, it’s not impossible – but it would much more enjoyable then. There is no stretch of roads anywhere on the route to Alaska longer than 200 miles without a gas station. We will have 3 kids with us (ages 3,2 and 9 months). We are Hannah & Adam, a Wisconsin couple who left behind the American dream to travel the world and chase our own dreams. Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. You definitely will not have to unload your U-Haul. I am making the move at the end of July middle of august with my family . 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. We are use to driving to Mazatlan Mexico each year and do the hotels along the way. A full guide on when is the best time to cruise Alaska. Our entire road trip to Alaska was just over 10,000 miles as we spent some time in Banff, Jasper, Montana before driving to Alaska from Jasper. registration and proof of insurance. As for the route, we really suggest heading into Canada a little further west and making the trip up through Glacier NP, Banff NP (Canada), and Jasper NP (Canada) then connect to the Alcan. The Verizon was usable though too. We already got the Mile Post. Jasper National Park is full of more impressive mountains and glacial feed lakes and rivers. Hope to drive next summer after dreaming for over 50 years. More on the Alcan Highway here https://www.gettingstamped.com/alcan-highway-alaska/ Hopefully your friends come and visit and realize what they missed out on. We came to Alaska by road trip from the lower 48 and didnt have any problems with the trip. 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