TA-SD05 Alaska | Canada Self Drive Tours | Anchorage to Skagway

One Way Alaska and Canada Self Drive Tours: Anchorage to Skagway

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Alaska and Yukon one way self drive tour on the Gold Prospector Route provides an in depth view of Alaska and the Yukon Territory most differse regions. It features most of the highlights and scenic wonders in the central Alaska region. From Anchorage you'll travel to Talkeetna where you take a flightseeing tour to the icy world of the glaciers of Mt.McKinley. Continue to Denali National Park where you observe grizzly bears, caribou and a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Your journey continues north to Alaska's interior - Fairbanks with it's gold rush atmosphere and Chena Hot Springs. Now get to know the ocean region - Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park. Travel onboard the ferry and visit magnificent Columbia Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska. See glaciers calving and whales breaching during the Kenai Fjords wildlife and glacier cruise. You have time to try your luck fishing, go kayaking, dog sledding or fly with a helicopter to Godwin glacier.

Day 1: Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel. Pick up your rental car and get ready for a Alaska vacation of a lifetime. Spend the rest of the day with sightseeing activities in and around Alaska's largest city: take a hike along the coastal trail with sweeping views of Mt. McKinley and Mt. Susitna aka: the "Sleeping Lady" - shop for Alaska Native Art, or spend some time at a museum. Try some fresh Alaska seafood (salmon, halibut and dungeness crab) for dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants around the hotel. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 2: Anchorage - Talkeetna

Enjoy sweeping views of snowcapped mountain peaks in the distance while traveling from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway to Wasilla - home of the Iditarod Headquarter "The Last Great Sled Dog Race on Earth". Continue to Talkeetna: Talkeetna was established as a mining town and trading post before either Wasilla or Anchorage existed. Several of its old log buildings are today historical landmarks. The community is internationally recognized as the base for many of the climbing expeditions that challenge Mt. McKinley, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker during the summertime, so it is not unusual to find a larger number of international visitors walking these quiet streets. The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna and the town reportedly takes its name from an Indian word meaning "where the rivers join". A museum in The Little Red Schoolhouse, built in 1917. Local art, old books, and historical items are on display.  Tip: Reserve a spectacular Denali Flightseeing Tour | Kahiltna Glacier Landing into the Alaska Mountain Range. (Distance 110 Miles) Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 3: Talkeetna - Denali National Park

Leave Talkeetna and follow the highway through the Denali State Park with good wildlife viewing, canoe rental and excellent hiking opportunities. Arrive at Denali National Park and check in your hotel. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 4: Denali National Park

Denali, the “Great One”, is the name Athabascan people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. Denali National Park and Preserve was created 1980 from the former Mt Mc.Kinley National Park. At over 6 million acres, the park is larger than the State of Massachusetts. It exemplifies interior Alaska’s character as one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure and it remains largely wild and unspoiled, as the Athabascan knew it. Early (pre-reserved time) shuttle bus departure - the park road is closed for private vehicles - for a full day wildlife observation and sightseeing tour to the Eielson Visitor Center, Wonder Lake or Kantishna within the shadows of Mt. McKinley - with 20.320 ft. the highest mountain in North America. The views from here are just spectacular. Watch for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf, lynx, wolverine and fox roaming throughout the park or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the Denali National Park area. Many hiking trails along the ridges and throughout the valleys are easily accessible from the road. Park ranger at the visitor center are conducting interesting campfire talks, sled dog demonstations and short guided nature walks on a regular basis. Return to the Park entrance anytime during the day. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 5: Denali National Park - Denali Highway - Tok

The 134-mile-long Denali Highway links Cantwell on the Parks Highway with Paxson on the Richardson Highway. The last 21 miles of the Denali Highway to Paxson and the first 3 miles from Cantwell are paved. The condition of the gravel portion of the Denali Highway varies, depending on highway maintenance, weather and the opinion of the driver. Maclaren Summit, the second highest highway pass in the state, represents the only significant grade on the highway. When the Denali Highway opened in 1957, it was the only road link to Denali National Park and Preserve (then Mount McKinley National Park) until the completion of the Parks Highway in 1972. (Prior to 1957, the national park had been accessible only by railroad.) The Denali Highway has great scenery, ORV and mountain biking trails, fishing, hunting, good bird watching and interesting geography.  Those traveling in the early morning and late afternoons will enjoy the best wildlife viewing opportunities of moose, bears, wolves, caribou and fox are all spotted along the road and in the rolling countryside in this sub-arctic region of Alaska. Overnight: Tok

Day 6: Tok - Dawson City 

The Yukoners call it the 60 mile. To Alaskans it is the Taylor Highway, but to everyone who has driven this beautiful road, it is known as the "Top of the World Highway." Please allow plenty of time for travel as the road is winding and narrow in many places. The road is maintained only during late spring to early fall corresponding to operation of the ferry service at Dawson City. Border crossing at Poker Creek is not allowed unless customs offices are open (9 AM to 9 AM Pacific Time). The Yukon (Top of the World) Highway Route #9 continues from Dawson to the Alaska and Yukon border, where it becomes the Taylor Highway - Alaska Route #5. Top of the World Highway is so named because much of its route meanders along the tops of mountains and ridges with endless views. Those driving along this route are able to enjoy beautiful vistas including spectacular alpine valleys. During the summer months the sun sets forever and you'll have hours of light to set-up that special sunset photograph. Arrival in Dawon City: It all began with Robert Henderson, a fur trapper and part-time prospector who, in 1894, found gold in Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza) not far from where the Klondike River empties into the Yukon. By 1904, an estimated $100 million in gold had been shipped from the Klondike.  No one really knows how much gold was found, however, because lots of it was never registered. At its height, Dawson City had a population of 35,000, but the "stampede" of `98 died out almost as quickly as it began. (Distance 190 Miles) Overnight: Dawson City

Day 7: Dawson City

A day to explore Dawson: Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall - a real Klondike Gold Rush-style gambling hall featuring Texas Hold'em poker, Blackjack and other table games plus slot machines. Live entertainment features Diamond Tooth Gertie and her Can-Can Girls. Jack London's Cabin - an interpretative center featuring the life of famed American author Jack London during his time in the Klondike. Robert Service Cabin - Daily at 10 AM and 3 PM ballads of the Yukon poet Robert Service are recited. Tours and readings are conducted daily. The Palace Grand Theatre - Originally built in 1898 by impresario and gold seeker, Arizona Charlie Meadows. It has been fully restored and is a National Historic Site. Midnight Dome Road - Is a five-mile-long road to the top of Midnight Dome overlooking Dawson City, the Yukon River and it’s gold fields. This road takes you 2900 feet above sea level, allowing a panoramic view of the Klondike Valley, the Sixty Mile country, and the Yukon River. From the Dome you can see the  "Midnight Sun" on June 21st barely dipping down behind the Ogilvie Mountain range in the North. Old Dawson Post Office - Stamps may be purchased, so letters may be postmarked and mailed at Dawson's original post office constructed in 1901. The old building is a National Historic Site. The No. 4 Dredge - Is the biggest wooden hull, bucket-line gold dredge in North America It rests on Claim No. 17 on Bonanza Creek, 10 miles from Downtown Dawson City on Bonanza Creek Road. Overnight: Dawson City

Day 8: Dawson City - Whitehorse

The Klondike Highway generally parallels the Yukon River as it winds its way from Dawson City to Whitehorse. Water in the Yukon River travels more than 3,000 km from headwaters near the Chilkoot Pass to the mouth at the Bering Sea. The river drains about 800,000 square kilometres and the Klondike Highway crosses two of its large tributaries: the Pelly and Stewart rivers. As you travel you will leave country that has been glaciated many times to visit an environment, known as Beringia, which was ice free during the last major ice age. Steppe bison and woolly mammoths inhabited this cool, ice-free land that once connected the continents of North America and Asia. The Klondike Highway North passes through three communities on the way to the historic gold rush town of Dawson City - and there is plenty to see along the way. The route of the old Overland Trail between Whitehorse and Dawson City meets the Klondike Highway north of the Braeburn highway lodge and generally follows the same route to Carmacks. Stop at Montague Roadhouse, a monument to the trials of travelling in an open stage during the cold Yukon winters. There were roadhouses every 20 miles to rest the horse and refresh the passengers. At Carmacks, you have an opportunity to travel on the Robert Campbell Highway to Faro and Ross River or take a short circle route along Frenchman and Tatchon lakes. Carmacks is the home of the Little Salmon/ Carmacks First Nation at the junction of the Yukon and Nordenskiold rivers. The Tagé Cho Hudän Cultural Centre has many exhibits depicting the lifestyle of the Northern Tutchone-speaking people of this region. Carmacks Roadhouse was another stop along the Overland Trail and the centre of the original community. The road between Minto and Pelly Crossing follows the route of a Selkirk First Nation traditional trail. The Pelly Cultural Centre at Pelly Crossing is housed in a reproduction of the original Big Jonathon House at Fort Selkirk Historic Site on the Yukon River. The Cultural Centre features the area’s Selkirk First Nation artists. (Distance 270 Miles) Overnight: Whitehorse

Day 9: Whitehorse - Skagway

Time to explore the sights of Whitehorse: The McBride Museum - Covering half a city block, this log-cabin museum is crammed with relics from the gold-rush era and has a large display of Yukon wildlife and minerals, all lovingly arranged by a nonprofit society. Within the museum compound you'll find Sam McGee's Cabin (read Robert Service's poem on the cremation of same) and the old Whitehorse Telegraph Office. The MacBride has four galleries, open-air exhibits, and a gift shop. The SS Klondike - Take a tour of the largest of the 250 riverboats that chugged up and down the Yukon River between 1929 and 1955, primarily as a cargo transport. Actually, the one on view was built in 1936 to replace the first Klondike, which ran aground. The Klondike is now permanently dry-docked beside the river, and is a designated National Historic Site. The boat has been restored to its late 1930s glory. The Yukon Beringia Center - During the last ice age, a land bridge joined Asia to Alaska and the Yukon, forming a subcontinent known as Beringia. Bordered on all sides by glaciers, Beringia was once home to woolly mammoths and other fascinating Pleistocene-era animals, as well as to cave-dwelling humans. This museum presents the archaeological and paleontological past of Beringia, with life-size exhibits of ice-age animals, multimedia displays, films, and dioramas on its prehistoric people, animals, plants, and ecosystems. Try your hand at hurling an atlatl, which is a sling and spear weapon that early hunters used in these parts 10,000 years ago. The South Klondike Highway connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road, the road is a 2-lane, asphalt-surfaced road, open year-round and offers some spectacular scenery as it decents by 11 percent grade from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the much photographed Emerald Lake. (Distance 100 Miles) Overnight: Skagway

Day 10:  Skagway

On July 17, 1898, the "Portland" steamed into Seattle with "a ton of gold" from the Klondike. These news electrified the world and sparked the most fantastic gold rush ever known. A few weeks later the first boats loaded with stampeder landed at Skagway and at the nearby town of Dyea were the infamous 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail began. Thee 40-mile White Pass Trail originated at Skagway and paralleled the present-day route of the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Although harder to climb, the Chilkoot Trail was favored because it was the shorter of the two trails into the Yukon Territory and to the Klondike goldfields. Today, Skagway is Alaska's northernmost stop on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry system serving communities along the Inside Passage. It is also the home of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Skagway has a historical district of about 100 buildings from the gold rush era. Return your rental car. End of tour or individual tour extensions within the Yukon Territory, Glacier Bay and Southeast Alaska destinations.

Tour Includes

  • 9 Nights Superior OR First-Class Accommodation
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • 10 Days Compact Rental Car
  • Unlimited Free Mileage
  • Rental Car Licensing Fees
  • State of Alaska Rental Car Taxes
  • City of Anchorage Rental Car Taxes
  • One Way Car Rental Fee
  • Denali Shuttle Bus Tour to Eielson Center
  • Denali National Park Fee
  • Tour Documentation
  • Sightseeing Information  

Rates per Person in US $ from Anchorage or Skagway

Tour Number | TA-SD05 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 10 - May 31 | Superior Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | Superior Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | Superior Hotels

 

$2180.00

$2785.00

$2380.00

 

$1150.00

$1455.00

$1250.00


$840.00

$1080.00

$890.00


$695.00

$830.00

$725.00


Tour Number | TA-SD05 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 10 - May 31 | First Class Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | First Class Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | First Class Hotels

$2430.00

$3185.00

$2560.00

$1220.00

$1650.00

$1320.00

$880.00

$1190.00

$950.00

$699.00

$950.00

$759.00


Optional Sightseeing Tours

Rates in US$ / per person
Adult

Talkeetna: 60 Min Denali Flightseeing Tour (Kahiltna Glacier Landing add $75)

Denali: Tundra Wildlife Tour (instead Shuttle Bus Tour)

Skagway: One Way White Pass Railroad / Bus Transfer to Whitehorse

Skagway: White Pass & Yukon Railroad Summit Excursion (3 hrs)

Skagway: Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Dog Sledding (3 hrs)

$189.00

$95.00

$120.00

$115.00

$499.00


Tour Package | Rental Car Upgrades

Rental Car Category | Taxes + Unlimited Free Mileage Included
Upgrade Extra Day

Compact Car | Chevrolet Aveo or similar

Mid Size Car | Toyota Corolla or similar

Full Size Car | Chevrolet Malibu or similar

Mid Size SUV | Ford Escape or similar

Full Size SUV | Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar

Mini Van | Dodge Grand Caravan or similar

 

Included

$110.00

$160.00

$640.00

$940.00

$640.00

$92.00

$99.00

$110.00

$180.00

$220.00

$180.00