My husband and I are retiring at the end of the school year, 2011, and are hoping to fulfill our lifelong dream of driving to Alaska from Pa. ....hope to spend about 6-7 weeks tripping. ..thinking middle of August through September. We are going to do Mt. Rushmore and then up to Banff/Calgary, and then from there head to Alaska. We will be traveling with an 11 pound dog, other than that , just the two of us. We are mostly interested in scenery and wildlife (won't be able to do much hiking unfortunately) . Want to definately get to Denali. Have ordered Milepost and am looking forward to receiving that for more help and ideas. Any advice, concerns ( I know...the dog is going to be a drawback at times, but don't have a choice there).......but if anyone would like to jump in and give me some guidance and advice I would REALLY appreciate it! As our one "splurge" on the trip we would like to do a flight of somekind...again, any recommendations on the ONE to do? Know we will have to kennel the dog for that one...or leave him in the vehicle (which he is OK with for 3-4 hours maybe) Are boarding kennels going to be few and far between? again, any guidance at this point would be GREATLY appreciated as we are in the early planning stages.