Alaska and the Yukon Territory
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.