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car trip from banff to alaska

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car trip from banff to alaska

hey guys, i am planning to do a car trip from banff to alaska. What i am looking for is a good way to do it. my only real plan is to do it by car ,so i dont need overnight stays in towns. i am willing to sleep in the car or on campgrounds. furthermore i want to do it on low budget. now what i am hoping to find here is some advices how to do it and where to go. i am intrestet in wildlife and landscape i dont need to see so much culture and really need towns only for food etc. . what is a good route and i am just open to anysuggestion specially from people who did something like this before and have their own expirience.


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1. Re: car trip from banff to alaska

It's either the Alaska Highway all the way or the Cassiar part of the way

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2. Re: car trip from banff to alaska

It's a great drive I've done 3 times. As mentioned above, from Banff u only 2 choices. I prefer including the Cassier. Your willingness to "car camp" could make this relatively inexpensive.

Check out "the milepost". It's be a worthwhile investment for you trip. If you search online , there's a 2010 version as a PDF available.

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3. Re: car trip from banff to alaska

Icefields Parkway to Yellowhead Highway to Stewart-Cassiar Highway (37) at Hazelton to Alaska Highway a little west of Watson Lake YT.

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4. Re: car trip from banff to alaska

I am about to do a trip by car from Calgary to Alaska. The best research tool is The Milepost, as sdpryde states. It gives you all the routes, has a great map included in the hard copy version and is full of great infomation, including all the campsites.

Which way to go really depends on where you want to end up to be honest. Large towns are far and few once you are in Alaska, and most often will be your only opportunity to buy gas and food, so plan your trip with that in mind.

Once you have a more specific plan as to where you want to go you will be able to get more specific questions answered on the forums.

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5. Re: car trip from banff to alaska

If you are doing a loop type trip, I would try to include the Cassiar - would give you a good variety. And yes, the Milepost is pretty essential up north. :)

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