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Old 09-11-2018, 07:13 AM   #1
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Alaska 2019

Am planning an Alaskan trip in 2019. Never been there but would like to spend at least 3 months, May, June, July or June, July and August. Have purchased a Milepost magazine for info but would like suggestions from RVers who have experienced Alaska first hand. How long would you suggest staying in each area like Fairbanks, Anchorage, Denali, etc? As always, thanks for suggestions.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:03 AM   #2
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Are you going to the rally next week? If so, some of us are going to be presenting information about going to Alaska. If you are not going to the rally, then I can pass along a few bits of information here. We went in 2016.

Fairbanks has the best visitor center of any place we have ever been. They have lots of information, free wifi, and also there is an attached museum. It depicts what it is like to live in Alaska. We found this to be very informative and interesting.

As for how long to stay in any one place, this is very personal. Everyone is interested in different things to see and do. Do some research online on what there is to see and do in various places, decide what interests you, and figure out how much time you need based on that. We wanted to see the place near Fairbanks where you can see musk oxen, but they were closed on the day we wanted to go, and we already had a reservation at Denali. From Fairbanks, you can drive up to the Arctic Circle. We did not go, but one suggestion is to not go when it's wet. The road is not paved.

We stayed outside of Denali Park at a campground located behind a strip of tourist shops and restaurants. It was very tight, but it worked. The wifi sucked, as is usual in most campgrounds, but we were lucky enough to be parked behind a cafe and used their wifi, which worked well.

Some places we found interesting:

Valdez - the road going there is very scenic, Valdez has an interesting history, and the Worthington Glacier was neat to see up close. You need to take a path beyond the boardwalk area and walk up to it.

Whittier - do some research on the place before you go. Some interesting history and buildings there.

Dawson City, Yukon - very historic and interesting.

Top of the World Highway - great trip, but take your time!

Some campgrounds are just gravel parking lots with water and electric. This worked fine for us. The RV is like a hotel for us, so easy in and out is best.

DO NOT stay overnight at Walmart in Anchorage. We heard horror stories of people being kicked out and fined in the middle of the night. We stayed at the Golden Nugget.

A current copy of the Milepost is a must. I wish they information that detailed about the roads in the rest of the U.S. and Canada! Our copy was the previous year's, which meant the road construction information was then two years out of date. The most current copy has the most current information as they are constantly updating it.

We plan to go back next year.

If you have any more questions, I am sure there are lots of people on this forum besides me who can help.

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Old 09-11-2018, 08:41 AM   #3
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When we were in Fairbanks, we took a flight up to Cold Foot and a small bus back. Was interesting and different seeing some of Alaska from the Sky., a little pricey, but no wear and tear on our TV. The Bus back made a stop at the Artic Circle marker so you could get your pictures to prove you were there.
In Cold Foot, there was a big sign on the Diesel Fuel tanks advising that it was the last fuel stop for Low Sulfur fuel that all the newer trucks need, pass there you were on your own.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:46 AM   #4
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Fairbanks and Anchorage are just cities...just a few days would be my suggestion.

Fly over to juneau... love the flight.

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Old 09-11-2018, 09:53 AM   #5
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Fairbanks and Anchorage are just cities...just a few days would be my suggestion.
Agree. Great places to stock up on supplies but still, they are just cities. We drove up on the Al Can and back on the Cassier Highway. Homer was one of our favorite stops. Lots of tours leave from Homer. The spit has some no hook-up campsites which we loved. There is so much to see and do but you must choose what interests you. I would plan on June as the beginning month only because the May weather can be unpredictable. You need Milepost to help you along, just don't count on it always being accurate. We found some dump stations were non-existent for instance.
Best advice we received, slow down and take your time. Road construction will slow you down, frost heaves will damage your rig if you drive too fast.
Do plan on seeing some of Canada's wonderful parks, Banff, Lake Louis, Jasper.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:12 PM   #6
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Don't spend much time in the cities. All the little museums are great. Do the Cassier Highway on the way back to catch the bears feeding off salmon in Hyder AK. Don't miss Wrangle Elias NP - tough drive but worth it. Only place you really need reservations is Denali - 3 days is plenty there. Take your time, ask a lot of questions along the way. Couple of campgrounds we really liked Blueberry State Park outside Valdez and Sourdough in Tok. Definitely spend some time on the Kenei. Make sure you are set up to handle boondocking a day or two at a time. Watch your speed - moose will jump out in front of you and you will find some unmarked frost heaves.

The best trip we have ever done. We had a plan but it changed a lot as we traveled.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:15 PM   #7
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Has anyone driven all the way to Prudhoe Bay? With or without your RV?
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Old 09-11-2018, 02:09 PM   #8
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I did the fly/drive to cold foot - very nice trip. While in Fairbanks do the buffet at a downtown park. Don't remember if it is daily or not. You can try 3 kinds of salmon and a couple of other fish. We didn't know which salmon we liked, do we found out - but now don't remember!!!! Also while there (I never made it but wanted to) there is a place about 70 miles north or east where there is a 'ice restaurant' - all made in an 'ice house?'.
As for drive the top of the world, I did it and wouldn't want to do it again. The Canadian side was a nice, pretty smooth gravel road. Once over the border, the USA gets your hopes up with 7 miles of pavement. Then it becomes a road on top of whatever the earth contain. Boulders underground showing thru the surface, narrow - can barely pass another vehicle. I like mountain and dirt roads but this was ROUGH!
Slow down for every red/orange flag on the side of the road. My first one, I slowed to 20-25 mph, but was not bad. So next one I slowed to 40 and about got shook out of my clothes!!!
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:07 AM   #9
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Now is the time to plan an Alaska trip. You can see our trip in 2007 at Tripjournal.com/millingtontravel
If you have trouble with this site, let me know.
We traveled from San Antonio for about 4 months with 2 months in Alaska. One of our objectives was fishing for salmon and halibut. We did that with a 30 day stay in Soldatna. In addition we planned ahead and removed a recliner and put in a 5 cubic foot freezer that returned with a full load of fish--probably 100 lbs. Out trip journal will show where we went and what we did. One suggestion is to leave the RV parked at a RV Park and drive to a place of interest--stay in a B&B. We did that for visits to Seward--to take the kayak delivery boat into Kenia Fjords NP and to Dawson just to see it and drive the TOW. Still driving the same Montana we took up the road but have a new truck. Happy Travels.
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