Before you go, be sure and get a copy of The MilePost:
It lists all the roads in northern Canada and Alaska, milepost by milepost. The amount and quality of the information cannot be gotten anywhere else. We've been to Alaska twice, 1999 and 2004 and wouldn't consider going without a copy of the book.
A couple of places high on my list of places to visit:
- Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay). A highlight of our first trip. Both Deadhorse and the Dalton Highway (following the pipeline) going to and from are unbelievable.
- Denali. We've been able to stop and get a campsite a couple of days out. Then we do some nearby sightseeing for a couple of days and return to camp in the park.
- McCarthy/Kennicott. Don't miss the old Kennicott copper mine.
- Eagle. Visit the museum and tour the town and area.
- Whittier. Put your van on the ferry to Valdez.
- Turnagain Arm. Get a tide chart for Anchorage and check for the highest High Tide followed by a low Low Tide. You may get to see a 'Bore Tide' (do a web search). We got to see (and hear) a 5 foot tall wall of water come down the Turnagain Arm. Probably a once in a lifetime experience for us.
Hopefully, you will have better weather than we did in 04 (95 degree heat and bad, bad fires amd smoke). Actually, in 04 we couldn't go to Deadhorse because of the fires and smoke.
Driving to Alaska, I would suggest the Cassiar Highway over the Alaska Highway. It's shorter, quicker and more scenic. Stop in Hyder at the southern end of Alaska. On the way up we go through Dawson City and take the ferry across the Yukon River and onto Alaska.
Enjoy the trip,