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Ten Tips for Driving the Alaska Highway

Updated on July 31, 2012

Alaska Highway

Enjoy Driving the Alaska Highawy

Driving to Alaska is the adventure of a lifetime. Here are some tips for a pleasurable and pain free trip.

1. Keep a copy of the Milepost close at hand. It is the most comprehensive guide to driving the highway with a mile by mile breakdown of sights and attractions along the road.

2. Allow enough time to take some side trips. In a matter of hours you can leave the Alaska Highway and visit scenic communities like Haines or Skagway,

3. Make sure your vehicle is well maintained before you leave. You will be traveling for long stretches without access to a mechanic.

4. Take time to visit museums and cultural centers along the way. They offer a unique insight into the history and culture of the Yukon and Alaska and are staffed by friendly people.

5. Spend some time exploring the major centers like Whitehorse. The Yukon capital has a rich arts and sports community.

6. Camp in Yukon government campgrounds. They are available for a small nightly fee, offer free firewood and are a great way to meet people along the way.

7. Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member back home. Check in along the way. You will not have cell phone service along most of the highway.

8. Don't forget your camera or video recorder. Chances are you'll encounter wildlife like moose, bison and bears along the way.

9. Take at least one adventure day along the way. Choose rafting, a helicopter tour or a guided hike.

10. The Alaska Highway is fully paved but expect delays due to construction along the way. Take your time. There is a scenic view around every corner.

Number 11. There's always a bonus item to the top ten. Don't forget to pack lots of bug spray. Enjoy your trip to Alaska.

Milepost Guide 2012

Alaska Highway

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A markerfort st john, bc -
Fort St John, BC, Canada
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B markerWatson Lake, Yukon -
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory Y0A, Canada
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C markerwhitehorse Yukon -
Whitehorse, YT, Canada
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D markerBeaver creek, yukon -
Beaver Creek, YT Y0B, Canada
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E markertok, alaska -
Tok, AK, USA
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F markerDelta junction, alaska -
Delta Junction, AK, USA
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G markerFairbanks, alaska -
Fairbanks, AK, USA
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    • HawaiiHeart profile image

      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great tips! I hope I get to visit Alaska one day.

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      These are some great tips! I came to the mainland from Hawaii and would've loved a little guide like this for Los Angeles. If you expanded this hub, it would be an excellent guide about Alaska. Great work!