Originally Posted by SierraHawk
We crossed the border in early May, drove the entire loop up to Kenai and got back to Washington in late September. It rained or drizzled 5 out of 7 days. The Top of the World Road gives you a spectacular view north through some of the last true wilderness in the world. Drove to Kenai because we wanted to visit relatives there. If you get to Kenai during a salmon run the place is a zoo though it is interesting to see the dip netting by the locals. On one of the only sunny days in the previous month we took a boat ride out of Seward. It was a good tour in a boat that had two 250HP outboards.
If you have a few extra days consider driving to the Copper River and the copper mine. Good scenery and hiking. In August and September you can pick blueberries and mushrooms along the side of the road. Our return through Tok and along the East slope of the coast range was the most spectacular part of the trip. When we go back we will spend the summer in the he region west of Hanes Junction. Fishing is exceptional on both rivers and lakes.
Thanks for the first-hand information. We already have a trip North to Tuktoyaktuk on our list of travel plans. From all the trip reports and videos I've seen, I think that a trip to Tuktoyaktuk would be more interesting than the similar trip to Prudhoe Bay.
Will definitely add a stop at Copper River to our Alaska trip based on your report. It looks like we'd be near part of the Northern parts anyway as we take Rt 1 onward to Anchorage and then to Homer. Might as well tack on a trip to Whittier too while we are there if only for the trip through the historic tunnel.
The more we pour over the maps the more places we find that we want to go...we can easily spend three or more months seeing only the high points of our list.