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speediq99

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Posted: 05/28/22 11:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a whole summer repeat trip planned for Oregon and now wife seems to have decided to go to Alaska instead. We are near Banff now

We have July, August and Sept available.
Can someone guide me with a few campsite stops, best route from Banff to Alaska and must visit places?

Thinking

Valdez
Anchorage
Seward
Homer
Anchorage
Denali
Fairbanks

Traveling with 44ft 5th wheel.
I have no clue where to stay and best places to stop for how long. The stretch from Banff to Valdez will require 2-3 stops but I have no idea where to begin.

We did a lot of research for Oregon but starting at zero with this trip. This is what happens when wife gets the adventure bug.

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Posted: 05/28/22 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beg, borrow, steal or buy a copy of The Milepost. Our trip: https://2013alaska.blogspot.com/ We wanted to drive the entire Alaskan Highway Dawson Creek to Delta Junction. Took tours in Fairbanks, Denali, Kenai Penninsula and Valdez. Kenai is spectacular. The passenger ferry from Haines to Jenau was the best tour of all. Enjoyed the short ferry run from Haines to Skagway.

Call for reservations a few days ahead and there are various pull offs otherwise. Keep fuel above a half tank and expect the next great stop will be closed. SLOW DOWN as these are not lower 48 roads. Met a guy in Dawson Creek on his 19th day there and his parts for the bent 5er hitch had just arrived.


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Posted: 05/28/22 02:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Along with the Milepost, which I find a bit too commercial, check out The Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping by Mike Church. Far more useful. If you start the Alaskan Highway at Dawson Creek, stop at the visitor center for their fuel & campground guide handout. Probably the most up to date list available (if they are still doing it).

We made the trip in 2015 and found the Teklanika Campground in Denali a good location - you can't drive after hauling your trailer to the campground, but you have a open pass for the buses for your entire stay. Even in 2015 Teklanika was "full" (with lots of empty sites) by the time we got there. We made reservations in December for a July visit. Our Alaska Trip.


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Posted: 05/29/22 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

By far the best CGs are the Canadian PPs & Alaskan state recreation parks.

Unfortunately at 44' sites able to accommodate you are few. We are just under 36'LOA and the trick was to arrive early to get a spot long enough before someone with a truck camper or a class C snagged one of the few long sites.

The good news is that many people are doing Alaska in a rush & don't head for a CG till late in the day.

The private CGs are much like those found anywhere else. They lack the atmosphere of camping The North. They will always find somewhere to cram you in.

Reservations will only be needed at places like Fairbanks & perhaps Denali. The rest wing it only making reservations maybe a day or so out when you have an idea of where you will be.


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Spaces can be limited due to tour reservations. We left before 9, arriving by 2 which meant were were ahead of the non tour campers. No problems. Fairbanks and Denali are popular so plan ahead more than a few days.

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Posted: 05/29/22 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe the first thing is not to over plan the route and stays. Expect your plans to change due to road conditions, fire and smoke closures, and weather. On your list of city names, I didn't see ones in the Yukon and British Columbia. Most repeat visitors spend weeks, not days, in Northern BC and the Yukon. I agree that the Church book is the better resource, much easier for me to find spots. My first trip up I did not know about the Tour Saver book. I got one each time on most of my last few trips up but I have not been back up since 2019. I didn't really save any money with the two for ones, we just did twice as many excursions. I fish so lot of my movements from one location to another were following the salmon runs. We seldom stayed in the same place for two weeks but did revisit almost every place except Fairbanks and Delta Junction. There were no bad places





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If you don't have it already, get the Milepost! Very helpful with great information and maps.

We made the trip from Georgia in 2013. I blogged about the entire trip. Here is a link to the list of campgrounds where we stayed https://wanderingdawgs.com/campground-list/. There is a search box near the bottom of the page where you can search for a place and find posts about the place. There is also a link at the top of the page to maps of our trip.

Except for Banff and Teklanika in Denali we had no reservations anywhere. I don't know what it is like these days but we never had trouble finding a place to stay.

I hope this information helps. It was the trip of a lifetime! Have fun and enjoy the journey!


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