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Classic Yukon and Alaska Fly drive holiday

14 nights

This self drive holiday brings together all the highlights of Yukon and coastal and interior Alaska.

Highlights includes Denali National Park, Top of the World Highway, Dawson City with its gold rush history and western character and the two national parks of Kluane and Kenai Fjords.

 

 

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The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1

Whitehorse

Arrive in Whitehorse, collect your car and drive to your hotel.

1 night in Whitehorse.

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Day 2

Whitehorse to Skagway

Today's journey will take you south along the Klondike Highway, one of Alaska's most spectacular with Emerald Lake, Carcross desert and the small community of Carcross. You will cross the Yukon River Suspension bridge, providing amazing scenic views from above. You will cross the Canada/US border (passport and ESTA required) and continue to Skagway, which is part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

1 night Skagway.

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Day 3

Skagway to Haines Junction

Today you will drive south along the Klondike Highway to get to Haines Junction for your overnight stop. Kluane National Park is not accessible by road and we recommend you take a flightseeing tour for the best views and enjoyment of the park.

1 night Haines Junction

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Day 4

Haines Junction to Tok

Today you will be heading northwest from Haines Junction back in to Alaska, along the shores of Kluane Lake. As it borders part of Kluane National Park, be sure to keep any eye out for wildlife. Cross the Canada/Alaska border once more and continue on to Tok.

1 night in Tok.

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Day 5

Tok to Wasilla

Travel the Tok cutoff through scenic mountain and forest landscape to Glennallen and then you will continue on the scenic Glenn Highway to Wasilla. Highlights today will include the Matanuska Glacier and Matanuska River Valley; guided glacier hikes and rafting tours are available. On reaching Palmer, you should visit the Musk Ox Farm or take in the hidden but beautiful Hatchers Pass Area.
1 night in Wasilla.

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Day 6

Wasilla to Seward

You will be back on the Glenn Highway today, heading south to Anchorage and continuing on the Seward Highway. Outside of Anchorae, travel along the scenic Turnaga in Arm, known for its bore tides, where sometimes you can see beluga whales or Dall sheep along the highway. A great stop for lunch is the Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood. You can take a tram up Mt Alyeska ~(not included). Other great stops inlcude the Portage Glacier, while in Seward we recommend you visit Exit Glacier and the Alaska SeaLife Centre.

1 night in Seward

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Day 7

Denali National Park to Anchorage

Today, why not take a wildlife and glacier cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park? You will then be heading to Anchorage on the Seward Highway.

Anchorage is the large and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway for many visitors. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, many people joke that the city is next door to the Alaska wilderness.  You’ll have time for a stroll around the nearby downtown city streets, the quaint log cabin Visitors Centre is a good place to start.

There are several great museums within the city, but the one truly great aspect of Anchorage is the amount of park space throughout the city. 

1 night in Anchorage.

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Day 8

Anchorage to Denali National Park

Today you will drive the Glenn Highway once more north toward Wasilla. Take time on the way to stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and the Eklutna Indian Village. From Wasilla, continue on the Parks Highway north towards Denali National Park. Drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. The side trip to the small gold mining community of Talkeetna to take a flightseeing tour to the Alaska Range and Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley).

2 nights Denali National Park entrance area

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Day 9

Denali National Park to Denali National Park

Today you will enjoy a 6-8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park. This beautiful is inhabited by different animal species such as bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) can be seen if the weather is clear.

 

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Day 10

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Today you will continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Drive through incredible forest and mountain landscape as you drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester, an old mining camp.

1 night in Fairbanks

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Day 11

Fairbanks to Tok

Today you will drive southeast on the Alaska/Canada highway to the border town of Tok. You will pass through the quaint towns of North Pole and Delta Junction. There are also views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge along the route. This scenic drive also follows the Tanana River, one of Alaska's longest.

1 night in Tok.

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Day 12-13

Tok to Dawson City

You will be driving the amazing Top of the World highway today (partly gravel road) which brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation, you will get incredible views over the countryside. Before you reach Dawson City, you cross the Yukon River by state ferry. On arrival in Dawson City, you may feel you have gone back in time; this old Klondike city has a unique feel all of its own.

You will have a full day to explore the Klondike goldfields and enjoying the Gold Rush atmosphere of Dawson City. Visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's casino, cruise down the Yukon River, or take a walking historical tour.

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Day 14

Dawson to Whitehorse

Today you will travel the Klondike Highway east to Yukon's capital city, Whitehorse. For part of the route, you will follow the Yukon River. You could stop and take the Silver Trail Highway to the silver mining area of Mayo and Keno City.

1 night in Whitehorse

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Day 15

Whitehorse

Today you will be saying goodbye to Whitehorse and returning your car for your flight back home.

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The View

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Ruby Homawala

This holiday looks very interesting and just what I would like to do, as I do want to visit Alaska. Perhaps a little more time in Alaska would be good. I would also like to be able to enlarge the map which doesn't seem possible on this page.

 

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