So - as well as shining a clear light on some of Alaska’s most staggering, and remote, scenery – your self drive adventure through this largely untouched wilderness will also bring you to some unforgettable highlights. The majesty of the Denali National Park, for example, with its rich variety of wildlife. Dog mushing in Tok. The historic sights of Dawson City – including the Grand Palace Theater and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino. And the scenic cruise into Kenai Fjord National Park to see immense glaciers, eagles and bears. All yours to unearth on your ‘prospector’ tour of Alaska and the Yukon.
Northern Canada’s largest city – but still only 22,000 people – Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon and your gateway to the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Whitehorse – Skagway
Today the South Klondike Highway will take you over the spectacularly scenic White Pass and on to Skagway. The road connects the Yukon to Alaska’s Inside Passage ferry system.
Skagway to Haines
Skagway has a fine collection of historic buildings and gives you access to Haines via the Alaska Ferry – a memorable cruise through the Lynn Canal, a pristine fjord with steep sides towering up to 7000 feet.
Haines to Haines Junction
From Haines you drive over Chilkat Pass on the winding Haines Highway, and on the way you’ll pass Klukshu (a native summer fishing camp) and Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, before arriving at Kluane National Park.
Haines Junction – Tok
Take a hike, then drive along the shores of Kluane Lake. Break your journey through the wilderness at Sheep Mountain to see dall sheep. Finally the Alaskan Highway brings you to the self-proclaimed dog mushing capital of the world; Tok.
Tok to Valdez
Now the Glen Highway presents you with impressive views of the Wrangell Mountains before reaching the Copper River with its native fishing wheels, salmon run and Copper Centre. Then you can stroll along a boardwalk to the edge of Worthington Glacier.
Valdez – Whittier – Seward
Take the Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry through Prince William Sound and you’ll be treated to sightings of whales, sea otters and seals. Then drive through the Whittier-Portage Tunnel for fabulous views of the Portage Glacier. Don’t forget to stop at Exit Glacier on your way to Seward.
Seward – Kenai Fjord National Park – Anchorage
A wildlife and glacier cruise in Kenai Fjord National Park is definitely not to be missed, before driving the scenic Seward Highway back to Anchorage.
Day 9: Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and a fascinating place to explore. You can also walk along the Coastal Trail, along Cook Island to Earthquake Park – or simply lunch in one of Anchorage’s famous seafood restaurants.
Anchorage – Talkeena
Now it’s time to take the Glenn Highway to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and on to Talkeetna – at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. This base camp for Mt McKinley climbers is an original, 100 year old gold mining town with log cabins, clapboard storefronts, wooden sidewalks and dirt roads.
Talkeena – Denali National Park
Drive from Talkeena to the entrance to the park, taking in the sights of the George Parks Highway along the way.
Day 12: A guided coach trip will take you on a safari; to see bears, caribou, wolves, moose, sheep and a rich variety of birdlife. But perhaps the highlight of the day is a light aircraft flight to Mount McKinley.
Denali National Park – Fairbanks
A short drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) takes you to the ‘Golden Heart City of Alaska’. Fairbanks has 24 hours of daylight and is a great gateway to Alaska’s vast interior.
Day 14: Time to discover this interesting town with its opportunity to go hiking or cross over the Arctic Circle.
Fairbanks – Tok
Today the Richardson Highway takes you through impressive stands of white birch and black spruce along the Tanana River. You’ll venture into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaskan Pipeline. Tok is a great stop on your journey.
Tok – Dawson City
The aptly-named Top of the World Highway presents you with incredible views across the surrounding countryside and takes you across the Yukon River by ferry, before bringing you to Dawson City. This is gold mining territory, reflected in both the city and in the country.
Day 17: Dawson City tells you the story of gold mining using its historic buildings and sights. You’ll see Jack London’s original cabin, the last steamer to run the Yukon River and the views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. You’ll also want to visit Bonanza Creek, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino and the Grand Palace Theatre.
Dawson City – Whitehorse
The road to Whitehorse has a stunning, raw beauty, especially if you stop at Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River.
Day 19: Explore Whitehorse before checking out of your hotel and bringing your Alaskan adventure to an end.