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RV Road Trip: The Wild Alaskan Highway




Hit the road for the ultimate American RV road trip! The wild Alaskan Highway makes for an awesome adventure as you wind your way across the gorgeous and ultra interesting Canadian countryside, ending on U.S. soil in Alaska! It’s an experience that you should have at least once in your lifetime, so pack up your RV from TradeWinds RV and hit the road!

THE ALASKAN HIGHWAY


Adventure awaits on the wild Alaskan Highway! Also known as the Alcan (Alaska-Canadian) Highway, this amazing stretch of road spans approximately 1,000 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia up to Delta Junction, Alaska (near Fairbanks). Along the way you’ll get a healthy dose of wilderness with several species of animals frolicking near the roadway. You’ll also see gorgeous landscapes including the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the babbling Yukon River, lush green forests, snow-capped peaks (including Canada’s highest peak, located in the St. Elias Mountains), and more!

This fantastic roadway was first developed during World War II as a convenient route for military vehicles, but after the war was over, it was opened up to civilian travel and has become a popular scenic travel route ever since! You don’t have to travel with the efficiency of a soldier though! Stop and see the sights and enjoy a relaxing drive along this amazing stretch of road.

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NOTABLE STOPS ALONG THE ALASKAN HIGHWAY


WHITEHORSE

As you make your way along the Alaskan Highway, a stop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, is a must! It’s the largest community along the Alaskan Highway route. As the Yukon’s capital, it features plenty of fun spots to visit! The Yukon Transportation Museum is perfect for those who  have a penchant for all things history and are fascinated with different modes of transportation, while the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center offers a glimpse into the history of the natural world around us!

Take a ride on the Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum, explore the S.S. Klondike, head out to Miles Canyon and appreciate the beautiful views, then head out to Yukon Wildlife Preserve to see animals native to Canada! While you’re taking some time to explore Whitehorse, unhitch the RV at Hi Country RV Park, which feels wonderfully rustic with sites surrounded by tall trees, yet is modernly convenient with a charming camp store, full restrooms, laundry, and a three-minute drive to downtown Whitehorse!

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LIARD HOT SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK


This is a stop you definitely don’t want to miss! Stop and take a dip in the hot springs and soak away the tension you may have from the long drive along the Alaskan Highway! Not only are the 107-125 degree springs incredible, but the view is nothing short of stunning! It’s surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful countryside for a completely relaxing experience.

This park also features a great campground that is open year round, so you can visit no matter the season. You can even take a dip in the springs in the winter! It’s pet friendly, and has great opportunities for hiking, cycling, and, if you’re lucky, you might spot a moose or other wildlife. The campground fills up fast in the summer, so make sure you plan ahead and make a reservation!


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STONE MOUNTAIN PROVINCIAL PARK

British Columbia is just full of beauty! If you appreciate beautiful views and love hiking, wildlife viewing, cycling, and more, a stop at Stone Mountain Provincial Park is a must. This northern portion of the Rocky Mountains provides views that will simply take your breath away! There are trails ranging from 0.3 miles long all the way to 40 mile-long treks, with terrain ranging from lush green valleys to alpine landscape, so make sure you bring your hiking boots! There is a wonderful campground within the park, as well as opportunities for backcountry camping so you can truly get closer to nature!

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There are countless other incredible sights to see along the Alaskan Highway, so make sure to research and make an itinerary so that you can make all the stops you want to and drink in as much of the beautiful Canadian countryside as you can!




TIPS FOR TRAVELING THE ALASKAN HIGHWAY


GET A TUNEUP BEFORE YOU GO


Before you hit the road, make sure you get both your tow vehicle and your RV a full tuneup and inspection. You’ll definitely be putting some miles on those tires, so you’ll want to make sure everything is in tip-top shape before it’s too late and you’re stranded on the side of the Alaskan Highway. With our incredible extended warranty, we’ll come to you in case of an emergency and get your RV taken care of. But be sure to stop by Tradewinds RV and let our certified RV technicians get your camper cruising like new!

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ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY OF GAS

Although the Alaskan Highway is a major roadway, the convenience and frequency of gas stations may not always be there when you need it. Some stations are open late, others close early, and you’ll rarely find one open overnight. Fuel up around midday, and always try to keep your tank above the half-full mark. That way you’ll be prepared!

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BE READY FOR ANY WEATHER, REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON

The different weather you may encounter on a trip along the Alaskan Highway honestly sounds like a typical day in Michigan, but you’ll still want to be prepared for anything. Even in the dead of summer, areas like Summit Lake can experience snow and hail storms! The leaves can begin to turn as early as August, and the cold can set in as early as September in the Yukon. If you’re a Michigander, we know you can handle weather changes, but just stay safe and take it slow if the weather is too bad.

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TAKE YOUR TIME

Although you’ll want to travel down the Alaskan Highway at a safe speed and travel accordingly to weather conditions, this tip also extends to the overall experience of your RV road trip. There is a lot of beauty to drink in, a ton of gorgeous sights to see, and plenty of interesting people to meet. Take your time, stay long enough to enjoy an enriching experience, try some new things, explore, snap some photos as a keepsake, and simply have a great time!



If you aren’t planning your RV road trip along the wild Alaskan Highway yet, get to it now! There is so much beauty to drink in, so make sure you set aside a nice chunk of vacation time so you can explore at your leisure!

Here at TradeWinds RV Center, we have top-of-the-line RVs for sale that are perfect for your Alaskan Highway trip! From sturdy fifth wheels, travel trailers, and lightweight pop-ups, to Class A and C motorhomes, we have something to suit all your driving and living needs! You’ll save $1000s over our top competitors, and we’ll even ship your RV anywhere in the world—even to Canada!

Have you traveled the Alaskan Highway before, or are you excited to embark on your trip? Leave us a comment below to share your experiences or what you’re looking forward to on your travels!


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