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Old 06-21-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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Has been many years since I last made the trip. This time of year there will be competition for hotels and camping spaces. I would recommend starting early and stopping early in the afternoon. Not sure about now, but use to be the campgrounds in Canada were really nice.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Alberta Travel Information - Highway and Road Conditions

British Columbia Campgrounds - Super Camping British Columbia

Current Road Conditions - Highways and Public Works - Government of Yukon

Alaska Road Traveler Information Service

If you happen to stay in Watson Lake, the best place there is the Airforce Lodge, nothing beats this place.

Food must stops....

There's a lot of McDonald's in Alberta, last one in for a while in BC is at Fort St. John and they sell mocha's!

Charlie Lake north of Fort St. John has a great deli at the gas station to your left of the lake.

Wonowon has a good restaurant

Buckinghorse

Anything is good in Fort Nelson

Toad River, good food no matter what time

There are a lot of Tim Horton's in the larger towns, good donuts.

Jake's Corner in Yukon is good

We had KFC in Whitehorse because we wanted it and it was good.

There are numerous places in Haines Junction, all of it is good.

Destruction Bay has good food

Beaver Creek has good food, too at the Alaska Border.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Yeah, we're hoping to be on the road by 7am each morning and off by 7pm (10 hours of driving and 2 hours of sightseeing/rest breaks per day). That puts us on schedule to arrive in Wasilla Saturday afternoon hopefully. Is 7pm too late in the day to get a spot at a motel?
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I drive into the late evening, don't know why. Last month it was 10-11 at night and it was easy to get a motel for the night. We drove up in 4 days from Livingston, Mt. That's driving all day and into the night. I know, crazy.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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Yeah, we're hoping to be on the road by 7am each morning and off by 7pm (10 hours of driving and 2 hours of sightseeing/rest breaks per day). That puts us on schedule to arrive in Wasilla Saturday afternoon hopefully. Is 7pm too late in the day to get a spot at a motel?
Your first coule of days should be ok. Once you actually get on the Alacan might be a problem. However you always have plan "B" with the tent.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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HIGHWAY MAY BE CLOSED INTERMITTENTLY BETWEEN LIARD RIVER AND FIRESIDE DUE TO FOREST FIRE AND HEAVY SMOKE. WATCH FLAG PERSONS AND PILOT VEHICLES. POSSIBLE DELAYS. ID#82603
Hope this clears up soon!
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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This fire started right after we got home. There is a lot of construction the farther north you go. There is Construction in the mountains after you pass Testa River, not too bad though. This was between Testa and Toad River. Most of the larger road construction areas were in the Yukon from Kluane Lake up, they're getting rid of the frost heaves.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I remember there was one city I read about that everyone said never to stay the night there due to vandalism/break-ins, anyone remember which?
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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We have always driven from Whitehorse straight to Wasilla, stopping in Tok at 3 Bears to grab snacks and get gas. We won't stay in Tok because at this point we are always real anxious to get home plus a friend had their truck ransacked at a hotel there couple years ago.
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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How long of a drive would you say it is? We have two kids (4 and 2) and while they were very good on the trip out to Utah we didn't drive more than 10 hours any of the days (averaged 12 hours in the car the two longest days including rest stops and food). Google says it's a 13 hour drive (so that makes it probably 15-16 if you include stops for pictures, food, and potty breaks) and I'm thinkin' I'd rather get into town in the daylight with happy kids.
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