Alaska and the Yukon Territory

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January 30, 2011

by Dee Reed

It’s never too late to make a resolution about travel, and the ultimate travel destination for RVers is Alaska. Your driving route will also take you through Canada’s beautiful Yukon Territory. So put it on your list and start making plans. After you plan your route, it’s time to make reservations at Yukon Territory and Alaska RV parks. Some are even open year-round, such as the Golden Nugget RV Park, a Good Sam Park in Anchorage, Alaska; Oceanside RV Park, a Good Sam Park in Haines, Alaska; and Gold Motel and RV Park, a Good Sam Park in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

And don’t believe the naysayers who tell you that the trip is way too dangerous and that the roads are bone shattering. Although once a bumpy dirt road, the Alaska Highway is now a modern, well maintained highway. The Alaska Highway officially begins in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. You can reach “Mile Zero” by heading north up the B.C.’s Cassiar Highway. Or you can roll through Alberta’s high prairie and head west to Dawson Creek. For specific directions, rely on Good Sam’s online Trip Routing program.

Driving to Alaska through the Yukon Territory offers the opportunity to see some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful scenery along the route. Stop and take in some cultural attraction and adventure tours along the way.

When going Alaska RV camping, make sure you take along your fishing equipment because Alaska offers some of the most spectacular fly-fishing, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and even ice fishing in the world. With more than 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers and countless fish-filled streams, you’ll have many opportunities to catch the fish of your choice.

Take along your camera to catch images of some of the most diverse wildlife in the world. Where else can you see polar bears, bald eagles, blue and humpbacked whales, gray wolves, grizzly bears, orcas, lynx, moose, and hundreds of other rare and endangered species — some within view of your campsite in one of Alaska’s many RV parks.

Alaska and the Yukon Territory offer adventures for all seasons. In winter, take a dog sled ride, ice fish, snow ski or snow mobile. In summer, raft, kayak, or jet boat on some of the region’s famous rivers, lakes and protected coastal waters.

Of course, it’s not all wilderness and wildlife — the animal kind. You can also find night life in many of the state’s cosmopolitan cities. For instance, find big-city amenities in Anchorage: fine restaurants, museums, theaters, and an excellent music scene. Shopping in Fairbanks is a year-round event. The many galleries are filled with pottery, painting, textiles, and Alaska native art and jewelry. Travel to Ketchikan and walk along the Waterfront Promenade that’s equipped with historical markers and whale-tail benches where you can rest and take in the view. RVing and taking in festivals is the perfect match in the Yukon. Plan your trip around the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, Dawson City Discovery Days or Dawson City Music Festival.

No matter when you go or how you get there, a visit to Alaska and the Yukon Territory is a once in a lifetime adventure.

For more info about RV travel visit the Good Sam Club Trip Planning section where you can route your RV trip, read interesting RV travel articles, learn about points of interest, find RV campgrounds and print out RV checklists.

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  1. George & Leona

    We are planning a trip to Alaska and the Yukon this June . Is there any others going at that time

  2. Mary Willcock

    The Milepost Magazine is sold at Camping World. It is a must for anyone traveling from the US to Alaska. It gives all the construction areas and proposed dates for the construction. We drove from Shelby Montana to Alaska, all around Alaska and back through British Columbia and Western Oregon. It is gives a mile by mile list of all the attractions and points of interest along the way. We had a marvelous time. Be sure to stop at the information centers as well, they can give you the most up to date information. Happy travels.

  3. Mark Walsh

    Bill Rogan asked about handguns. No hand guns of any kind are permitted in Canada unless you have special permits to carry. _Police etc. Otherwise, do not even think about it for several reasons: they are illegal and will be taken from you if found.There is a good chance that everything else you have could be taken also. You could spend a little time discussing it with fellow inmates. But the most important reason is YOU DO NOT NEED THEM HERE IN CANADA. No one carries fire arms unless we are hunting. You might find that hard to believe but ask any visitors who have come here.

  4. sonny

    we made the trip last year it was just wonderful the roads are all fair the best book is THE MILE MARKER ALLMOST A MUSTif ni can help in anyway please e-mail me at [email protected] would be glad to tell what we did and what we think we should have done

  5. I would love to take an RV trip to Alaska. I jog and we bike on a regular basis. I have read stories that retold tales of people being mauled or killed by grizzlies. When in the Army I jogged with a rifle, but today a hand gun works much better. What are the laws about carrying a firearm in Alaska and in Canada?

  6. phil blumenfeld

    Is there a book that shows roads that an RVer should stay away from?