Alaska Highway Road Trip

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Is a road trip to Alaska on your boomer bucket list? From our experience, it’s one big beautiful, adventure-filled trip that we’ll be repeating.

No matter how you plan to drive the Alaska Highway, you’re in for an unforgettable road trip. And our articles on Alaska Highway travel will help.

Create your itinerary after reading about our tips. You’ll also find articles on the destinations in Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon that Alan and I (and our guest writers) have experienced.

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Alaska Highway travel tips

Fall is beautiful on the Glenn Highway

There are so many ways to plan an Alaska road trip. You can drive the official Alcan Highway beginning in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and ending 1,390 miles later at Delta Junction, Alaska.

Another option is to mix it up. We did just that by combining ferry rides, an Alaska Marine Highway cruise, scenic roads in British Columbia and the Yukon, with the Alaska Highway.

Through the years, My Itchy Travel Feet readers have asked many questions about Alaska road trips. You might have the same ones. And if you don’t find the information that you need, contact us and we’ll try to find the answer for you.

Boomer Travel Tip

Our number #1 tip for an Alaska Highway trip? Bring along the latest edition of The Milepost.

When is the best time to drive the Alaska Highway?

While summer is the most popular season for road trips to Alaska, we prefer early September, specifically to avoid most of mosquito season. And fall—early to mid September in Alaska—is a beautiful time to see the state, the fireweed is especially beautiful.

Which is the best route to drive in Alaska?

As I’ve mentioned, there are plenty of choices when choosing an Alaskan road trip itinerary, you don’t have to drive the highway straight through. However some purists wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s your choice.

While researching, I learned about many scenic highways in the region. So far, Alan and I have driven Cassiar Highway, Top of the World Highway, and Taylor and Glenn Highways.

The Golden Circle is next on our want-to-do-list. Alan’s travel feet are itching to drive The Dalton and The Dempster. Of course, when we do, you’ll find the information on this page.

Boomer Travel Tip

If you’re looking for Alaska travel advice, start at our Alaska Travel Planner page for the online sources, books, guides and products that we use and recommend.

Why did you pick this itinerary?

Alan and I are attracted to big landscapes and unique journeys, which is why we opted to skip beginning this boomer adventure at Dawson Creek in the prairie of country of BC. Instead, we chose to officially start in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island (we don’t count driving from Montana to Vancouver as part of the official trip).

 

How to choose the best Alaska cruise

Arriving back to the U.S. via the Alaska Marine Highway allowed us to relax for a couple of days while taking in the beauty of the Inside Passage. Alan appreciated that someone else was doing the driving. It’s a great addition to any Alaska road trip adventure.

Of course the route that we created meant skipping sections of the Alaska Highway. Next time, we’ll include the portion of the Alcan that travels through Kluane National Park, Muncho Lake and Liard Hot Springs.

How did you choose where to stay on the Alaska Highway? 

Although Alan and I don’t travel by RV, it’s certainly the best way to explore Alaska and Canada’s far north. Lodging is a challenge but we managed to find acceptable places to stay in Alaska (and reserved ahead).

Boomer Travel Tip

I recommend starting your search here and then head over to read the reviews on TripAdvisor. That’s how we planned our trip.

Our Alaska Highway road trip destinations

YukonHo! road trip itinerary

YukonHo! on the Alaska Highway

Updated 06.01.2016 Is driving the Alaska Highway on your bucket list? You might find it odd that the rugged road has been on my to-do list for several years, especially considering all this talk from me about being a travel princess. After all, camping and backpacking are just not my style, although I could go for a […]

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Prince Rupert Ferry scenic view

Riding the Prince Rupert Ferry

Updated: 07.01.2017 The soft shades of morning sunlight illuminates Scarlett Point as the M. V. Northern Expedition (Prince Rupert Ferry) begins the 15-hour cruise up the Inside Passage from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert on the British Columbia (B.C.) mainland. The postcard-like scene reveals hidden coves, sailboats at anchor and fishing lodges […]

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Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Watching for Bears at Fish Creek

From July to early September, salmon spawn at Fish Creek in Hyder, Alaska. The silver backs of chum salmon flash in the sunlight as the salmon swim up the creek from the Portland Canal. Bears (both black and grizzly), wolves, eagles and other wildlife aren’t far behind, attracted by the convenient food source. And where […]

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Cassiar Highway in northern British Columbia

Driving the Cassiar Highway on an Alaska Highway Road Trip

Updated 05.01.2019: Are you a baby boomer who likes traveling off-the-beaten-path? If you’re planning an Alaska Highway road trip, don’t miss driving the Cassiar Highway—also know as Highway 37 BC—for isolation, scenery and an in-the-middle-of-nowhere vibe. The 450 miles of rugged beauty journeys through northern British Columbia from the Skeena River Bridge on the Yellowhead […]

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Colorful streets of Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Include Dawson City on Your Alaska Highway Road Trip

One of the beauties of an Alaska Highway road trip is the diversity of alternate routes. There are so many options! That’s how Alan and I ended up exploring Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory. We left the Alaska Highway at Whitehorse for the 330-mile-drive on the Klondike Highway to Dawson City because that’s where […]

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Fall color on Top of the World Highway in the Yukon

Driving on Top of the World

This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. On a misty, September morning, our Ram truck climbs Yukon Highway 9—also called Top of the World Highway—after crossing the Yukon River on the George Black Ferry out of Dawson City. Soon Alan and I are riding […]

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Beautiful Downtown Chicken Alaska

Beautiful Downtown Chicken

Driving the Top of the World Highway from Dawson City, Yukon to its intersect with Alaska Highway, there are few places to stop for lunch if you’re thinking of purchasing something. After the road changes names to Taylor Highway and descends into the 40 Mile Valley, you’ll discover the community of Chicken, the ONLY place […]

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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Luxury in Alaska at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Looking for luxury on an Alaska Highway road trip Updated 05.25.2019:  It’s hard to find luxury in the wilderness of Alaska. Ask me, I know. After driving for three weeks on an Alaska Highway road trip where Alan and I were lucky to find a halfway decent place to sleep each night—with a hard mattress, […]

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Review of The Milepost. A must-have for driving in Alaska.

The Milepost: Your Companion For North Country Travel

Sometimes our road trip planning consists of packing a few items and fueling up the car, before heading on a spontaneous journey to who knows where. But not when it comes to driving the Alaska Highway.  This is a travel adventure that requires months of planning. And sometimes the information isn’t easy to come by. […]

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Wildlife on Top of the World Highway

Saturday’s scene: Standing in the Fireweed

When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip adventure, we hoped to see lots of wildlife. Were the highways brimming with animal sightings? Not really. Our total count of wildlife viewings on the road were 3 black bears on the Cassiar Highway, a bald eagle near Dawson city and the reindeer pictured above. […]

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Fall on the Glenn Highway in Alaska

Saturday’s scene: Fall on the Glenn Highway

When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip, we weren’t thinking about fall color. But that’s exactly what we found in the first week of September while driving the Glenn Highway, also known as the Tok Cutoff. The paved road travels 328 scenic miles between Tok and Anchorage. And the portion of the highway […]

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Scarlett Point lighthouse

Alaska Highway Photos From a Boomer Road Trip to Alaska

Sometimes a little photo inspiration is all readers are looking for. These Alaska Highway photos should do the trick. They are guaranteed to put your Alaska Highway road trip planning into high gear. Alaska Highway photos: Week 1 Alan and I began this boomer bucket list journey from Missoula, Montana. We stopped in Republic, Washington, […]

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Tips for an Alaska Highway Road Trip including when to go, which routes to choose and where to stay on a bucket list trip in Alaska.