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  • Rowdy
    Rowdy:
    Welcome all before you know it we will in 2018 and waiting the spring adventure to Alaska. As the group founder thx to all those who share and ask questions here. This year we will be one of you as we drive back to Alaska from Arizona! We will be departin...  more
    • November 29
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    • Curtis and 6 others like this.
    • Rowdy
      Thom and Laurie Millane As it stands right now we will probably be leaving Wisco. the last week in April. 
      • November 29
    • Rowdy
      ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy Once you get onto the Alaska Highway, not much is open until the Canadian Victoria Day weekend (May 24th). South of that, it varies a lot by specific area. I'm heading south from Whitehorse about April 20th, will spend all of May in the Kootenay region ...  more
      • November 29
    • Rowdy
      Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable Good luck! We will be following your adventure especially because the next time we go to AK we'd like to leave mid/end Apr, June was way to late and and we'll change our itinerary so we can catch the Kings!
  • Chip & Vivian
    Chip & Vivian:
    We are planning our Alaska Roadtrip for 2018 - we will be departing from Yellowstone about May 15th. Looking forward to trying a run into/meet some RVillager's along the way.
    • November 8
    • Chip & Vivian
      Jake & Loretta We're planning on leaving around the same time. Are you traveling alone or with a caravan?
      • November 8
    • Chip & Vivian
      Chip & Vivian No Caravan just us. Getting to YNP around May 1st for wolf watching then heading North.
       
      • November 8
    • Chip & Vivian
      Larry and Suzette One of those going in 18 or later might want to create a "roll call" blog like, https://www.rvillage.com/blogs/373/850/north-to-alaska-2016-roll-call
    • Chip & Vivian
      BuckeyeCruisers We, too, are planning a trip to Alaska. We can leave anytime. ? Hide 1 Reply
      • Chip & Vivian
        Chip & Vivian I will try and post here and as LandS suggested a new group I or someone can create a Roll Call  2018 group.  
        • November 10
    • Chip & Vivian
      George &/Peggy WE are planning a trip in 2018 also.  We will probably leave Northern Nevada around 5-7/9 passing into Canada through Washington.
  • Cookie
    Cookie:
    There are lots of books and guides related to campgrounds in Alaska however, does anyone know a book or guide to boondocking in Alaska?
    • November 2
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    • Cookie
      Ricos Ride Read the detailed list for the road you are traveling. Known no fee camping areas are listed. No specific list of boondocks though. If you read all the posts for 2017 several are mentioned
      • November 2
    • Cookie
      Dreamers and Travelers / Tom & Tammy We boondocked (nearly 2 wks) along Postage Glacier Hwy across from Bear(crs) Campground.... on a nice peaceful lake. Until wknd warriors showed up and they were fine.
      • November 4
    • Cookie
      Cookie Thanks T &T, I'll check out your Postage Glacier Hwy spot.
      • November 4
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    • Cookie
      Dreamers and Travelers / Tom & Tammy We spent 2 wks in Palmer @Matanuska River Park CG on Old Palmer Hwy with electric. No water. Great rates and convenient to visit Hatcher's Pass when it opened late June. Lots of boondocking between Willow & Hatcher's Pass & Independence Mine. Many other ...  more
      • November 4
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      • Cookie
        unmee Alaska resident here, almost all gas stations in Alaska have free dump stations and all major towns on AlCan have dump stations.
    • Cookie
      Larry and Suzette There are a lot of books. Take what you read with some salt. We looked and found that a camping spot might list different sizes, 30 - 40.
      • November 8
  • Cookie
    Cookie:
    My friend and I are planning an Alaska trip for summer 2018. We are driving a 40ft class A with Honda CRV toad. I would like your input on spending time in Denali NP. Which campground would work for this size RV and also be a good location from which to...  more
    • October 29
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    • Cookie
      Emptying the Bucket The state park has the best view of the mountain and is quite nice. K'Esugi Ken is the one we stayed in and it was brand new with the grand opening in May of this year.  There are places you could definitely fit.
    • Cookie
      Hank & Shirleen Went 2007 in 37 ft MH & in 2016 with a 40 ft MH. Had no trouble getting anywhere we wanted. We sent 4 months both times. We stayed in Teklanika Campground 3 days both times. This is the only place I would make advance reservations. We only did take a few ...  more
    • Cookie
      Cookie Y'all, I am overwhelmed and so grateful for your input.  Benefiting from your experience is golden!!!  
    • Cookie
      Marla & Ruth The great thing about Alaska is you can pull over and call it boondocking almost anywhere. Make sure you check BLM and Forest Service locations also. You will have a great time!
    • Cookie
      Dreamers and Travelers / Tom & Tammy Depending on your schedule, many sites at Denali will accommodate your RV. Call to reserve a site as they are always booked. We had a spot at Savage river for a week from 6/1 to 7th. No water or electric. We enjoyed our whole summer in AK with only one rs...  more
  • Navy Dave
    Navy Dave:
    What is the average time it could take to drive to anchorage. We want to get there as early as possible. Looking to relocate there. Do not want to spend alot of sight seeing time, will do that when settled. We have an idea of U.S. driving time from Florida.
    • October 28
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    • Navy Dave
      Griz Bait I am new at this. Posted a comment but   don’t see it. So. We drive from Springfield, MO which is 4,033 miles one way to Fairbanks. Considering 500 miles each day that’s 8 days. We maintain 60 -65 (max) mph most of the way. However, like the...  more
    • Navy Dave
      Mary and Rollie We drove up the second week of May 2016, crossed into Canada at Sweetgrass, MT, and got to Seward in 7 days without pushing too hard.
    • Navy Dave
      unmee Navy Dave, I winter about 200 miles south of you and have driven the AlCan 22X you can average 500 miles a day and make it in 9/10 days. When you get on AlCan make sure you fill with fuel at all major towns ( Dawson Creek; Ft Nelson; Watson Lake; Whitehor...  more
    • Navy Dave
      Angie907 My husband drove down in June with my daughter in a uhaul truck pulling an enclosed trailer to Quad city Iowa. It took them 5 days and 5 hours. That was driving all night twice. Add a few more days from Florida.
    • Navy Dave
      Dreamers and Travelers / Tom & Tammy GO NAVY! It is a long drive across the Alcan Hwy. Speed is very detrimental for the trip. Frost heaves once you cross Yukon/US border is terrible. The Tok 'cut-off' towards Anchorage has about 60-80 miles of nasty heaves. Enjoy the journey & take your time.
  • Debe
    Debe:
    As a solo traveler, I would very much like to join a caravan to visit Alaska......don’t know why I am so hesitant. But I must commit.
    • October 21
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    • Ted & Renee and 2 others like this.
    • Debe
      John & Paula Clary We joined Alaskan Discovery RV Tours last year and highly enjoyed it. http://rvalaskatours.com
      • October 21
    • Debe
      Rick Riley We don't have a diffident date set. Plan is about the third week of June 2018.and no schedule. Looking for a fun place in Alaska  to be for the Forth of July. still doing homework. Hide 3 Replies
      • Debe
        Mary and Rollie Seward is the place to be on the 4th, if you don’t mind crowds. Book now! Unfortunately the city waterfront campground is the best and it is first come first served. If you get there a week before the 4th you might get a site.
      • Debe
        ORFranP86 I would highly recommend Haines Alaska for July 4th. Old fashioned celebration!  Pancake breakfast and a fun run, parade, fundraiser BBQ at fire station, etc.  
        • October 21
      • Debe
        MRJohnston Seward is definitely the place to be on the 4th. Be prepared for crowds.  Mt. Marathon Run is the highlight.  800 people on a 3 mile round trip.
        • October 28
    • Debe
      Debe Keep me posted.  Why so late to head out.  May seems to be the standard.  Guess it depends on where you are from.  I’m in San Diego 
      • October 21
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      • Debe
        Rick Riley My wife is retiring May 30th and wants to go to Hawaii for her B-day June 1st
    • Debe
      Rick Riley were in Riverside..not to far from you
    • Debe
      Angie907 DO NOT CAMP IN SEWARD DURING THE FOURTH. Unless you like crowds and crazies. If you decide to do Seward get the many days early. The city waterfront rv oatk does not take reservations unless you are with a caravan. Miller's Reach does take reservations....  more
      • November 4
  • Samifel
    Samifel :
    We went this summer. We retired June 30 and left the next day. We went across Canada and landed in Homer third week of July. We stayed there for a month and then came back through the states. It was amazing!! The one thing that you must have is a cop...  more
    • October 8
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    • John & Diana and 5 others like this.
    • Samifel
      Trekout I have a copy of last year’s model post. I will buy a new one when they come out. Thanks for the heads up. This is going to be our first trip to Alaska we are so excited
      • October 9
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      • Samifel
        Samifel It was just amazing... my only negative thought. If in fact it is negative is the trees...the trees are wimpy and ugly...lol. 
    • Samifel
      PennyR How and where do I get a copy of the mile post?
      • October 10
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    • Samifel
      MRJohnston “the trees are wimpy and ugly...lol”.   ? that’s a good one!  I would be wimpy and ugly too if I only had 4 months to grow each year!!
    • Samifel
      Mary and Rollie The trees are known as the "drunken forest".
      • October 29
  • PennyR
    PennyR:
    We’re trying to plan an Alaskan trip for next year, would like to head that way as soon as feasible and stay as long as possible. Looking for input on dates to leave and return, places to see and stay along the way. Any and all input appreciated! You can ...  more
    • October 7
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    • Becca Ray and 3 others like this.
    • PennyR
      Larry and Suzette This will give you an idea of when and where folks went to Alaska in '16

      https://www.rvillage.com/blogs/373/850/north-to-alaska-2016-roll-call
      • October 7
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    • PennyR
      Griz Bait You should have no weather problems in early May. However, you may encounter snow in the Canadian Rockies but this is a rare occasion. Check on line with your intended RV Parks to make sure they will be open. Also, be aware that Top of the World Highway (...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • PennyR
        Angie907 Also in Alaska the word "highway" does not mean paved. The Denali Highway from Tok to Cantwell is gravel. Best way to Denali Park is Parks Highway from Fairbanks or Anchorage. Top of the World Highway is gravel.
        • November 4
    • PennyR
      Inactive Member Mid-June/July/August to mid-September is a great time to be in Alaska.  The rivers are clear the salmon are running the weather can be great.  In late August early September the change of seasons makes the colors specular.  I always loved t...  more
    • PennyR
      George &/Peggy We are planning a trip also, but we will probably leave Nevada about the 7th of May and wind our way up. Hide 1 Reply
      • PennyR
        Larry and Suzette Take time to visit the great Basin NP, NV train ??, and Creater of the Moon NP, and ??????
        • November 4
  • Jake & Loretta
    Jake & Loretta:
    Has anyone had the experience of driving to AK and taking a cruise back to the US with your rig on board? Costs? Web sites?
    • October 7
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    • Jake & Loretta
      SouthParkSteve I definitely don't have first hand experience with this, but the only "cruise" that I know of where you can take your rig is the Alaska State Ferry System (http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/). I looked it up once, and if I recall, it was VERY expensive--so...  more
    • Jake & Loretta
      Greg & Toni Might be cheaper to do a sea/land/sea cruise or fly up there, rent a RV and take the cruise back
    • Jake & Loretta
      Griz Bait It is my understanding the ferry charges by the foot but of course no cost for sleeping your rig. Also, consider reservations will be mandatory.
      • October 8
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      • Jake & Loretta
        Natravellers Griz, I checked and they do NOT allow you to sleep in your rig,. Their website says IIRC once a day they will ****** you to your camper to get any items you need from it. . As said above when we checked the prices we were floored.
      • Jake & Loretta
        Angie907 I do not believe you can sleep in your rig. You are allowed to go to your vehicle only once a day- unless things have changed. You have a choice of a state room or sleep on a deck chair. Which many do. If you board in Skagway, it will be cheaper. Barg...  more
        • November 4
    • Jake & Loretta
      Natravellers wow, es cort was censored lol.
      • October 8
    • Jake & Loretta
      Dreamers and Travelers / Tom & Tammy Last summer we met a couple that put an r.v. on a badge from WA to AK. Quite pricey. But so is driving the whole way up & back... Enjoyed our trip!
      • October 21
  • Griz Bait
    Griz Bait:
    Hello, brand new to RV village and North to AK. For those heading to AK early, most RV parks are open along the Alcan.
    Total RV traffic in Ak was up by 20 -25 % for 2017 as compared to 2016 and 2018 may see another increase. Suggest making reservations fo...  more
    • September 23
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    • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy and 4 others like this.
    • Griz Bait
      ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy Welcome, Griz Bait :)  Thanks for the heads-up about Border City - I'm on the Alaska Highway a lot (though not that end of it this year) and usually fuel there.
    • Griz Bait
      Curtis Welcome! Be sure to put up a profile photo and complete your profile. Makes it easier to meet people around ya. Glad you are here! :-)