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first time to alaska

bulli
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first time to alaska

we are travelling to alaska next june for 4 weeks and we would like to do a return trip from anchorage thru the yukon and down to bc and back . we have heard that you can take your rv on the public ferry system from different towns in bc .also can you take a trip to the glacier for the day and what prices are we looking at .we like to walk and love history of the area.would the roads be ok for travelling at this time of the year. any suggestions on which routes to take would be great.

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1. Re: first time to alaska

Hi Musketeer & welcome to AK-TA.

I've noticed you've some posts in Banff anf Cdn Rockies too. Are you able to give a little more information as to where the beginning of your trip is, where the end is and maybe a couple of your "important" destinations in between.

I'm trying to understand if your whole trip length is 4 weeks or is your trip longer and you want to spend 4 weeks of it in Alaska.

Scott

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2. Re: first time to alaska

You can ride the Alaska ferry system and/or the BC ferry system depending on your itinerary. Taking a vehicle on the ferry, especially an RV is VERY expensive. A very popular route is the Inside Passage on the Alaska ferry from Bellingham (90 miles north of Seattle) to Skagway. This is around $375 per person, plus over $1200 for the RV depending on the size. This trip takes almost 3 days. Then from Skagway you drive up thru the Yukon and into Alaska.

To use the BC ferry the most popular route to Alaska would be from Port Hardy on the north end of Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert. From this point you can drive thru BC, and onto Alaska.

Here are the links to the ferry systems so you can study the various itineraries.

http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/routes.shtml

http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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3. Re: first time to alaska

hi scott

we will be flying into vancouver. we were thinking of a 7 day cruise but after seeing the public ferry system set up we thought we would use it,but it looks quite expensive so maybe the way to go is to do a one way cruise to anchorage and pick up a rv in anchorage. we don't want to drive from vancouver to anchorage as it is too far and we want to see as much of the yukon as possible. we have been all over the map i know but after seeing the travelling distances changes have been made ,but any ideas please let us know as we are trying to pick everyones brain

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thanks yescanada

gee that is expensive it looks like we will go back to the drawing board .

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5. Re: first time to alaska

A one way cruise from Vancouver followed by a land tour to the Yukon seems like a reasonable alternative. Do you have a Milepost to help you with your planning? If you can't buy one at the bookstore, you can order on-line. Or consider an older edition from Amazon for $2-$3 plus shipping.

This link might help you with distances.

alaska.org/gettingaround/alaska-transportati…

If you rent an RV or car be sure to ask if there are any hwy restrictions if you are travelling to Whitehorse. I know with RV's some roads are restricted and some are prohibited.

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hi

yes i did try to buy a milepost but they wouldn't send one overseas but i will try your link

thanks

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7. Re: first time to alaska

You can order a Milepost online from amazon.com. They should ship it overseas.

see:

amazon.com/Milepost-2010-Alaska-Travel-Plann…

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8. Re: first time to alaska

Pack a lunch and walk on the ferry (AMHS) to go from Bellingham to Skagway (375US$ each). It will take 3 to 4 days. Add 350US$ for cabin but you can and sleep on the deck for free.

Once in Skagway, you can ride the White Pass Yukon Route's train / bus to Whitehorse 200US$ each.

Once in WHITEHORSE, you can rent a car and drive around. 75US$ / day

To reach Anchorage, there's Alaska Direct Bus Line 200US$ each.

Once there you can rent a car for another loop. 75US$ / day

You can fly back to Seattle, all this, probably for less than a rented RV + Gas.

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