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Old 06-30-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I am really working hard to try and price the trip out and decide if it is worth it to drive. The total driving distance is 4700 miles, which I am thinking will take about 12 days @ 8-10 hours driving a day. Does that sound reasonable?
Here is a link of the route I am considering...any suggestions/warnings?

from:allentown,pa to:Glacier National Park to:52.536273,-117.685547 to:anchorage - Google Maps

I also looked into shipping my car and flying instead and that looks like it'll be like $2,800,
whereas I am estimating the driving trip costs as:
GAS: $500 @ 28 MPG and $3/gallon
LODGING:$1000 @ about $90/ night 11 nights
FOOD:$600 @ $50/day
MISC:$200
for a total of $2300.

Do these expenses seem about right? They are a little high end but from what I understand everything gets significantly more expensive once you get into Canada.

Thanks,
Matt
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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Matt,
the food price seems right. Well ,everything seems right except the gas. Our price for gas in Canada was the equivalent of about $5.00 to even $6.00 a gallon! It was outrageous! So you will probably need to plan more money for gas. If you end up wanting to camp out at all, there are also really nice campgrounds in Canada for like $12 a night. I would say that 12 days is reasonable. The link to your route didn't work but really, any of the routes are pretty good until you get into the crappy roads in British Columbia/Yukon. I can't remember when the bad roads ended. It seems like we had pretty rough roads from Tok to almost Edmonton, but again, that is only because of the trailer. If you find it affordable, you should really drive, it is the trip of a lifetime, you will never forget it!
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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12 days? Megansmom made it up to Fairbanks in four days from the east coast and she was pulling a trailer and had kids in tow!
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Are you driving alone or with your family? $50 a day on food? That sounds high even with a family. Pack sandwiches and just keep rolling. As for lodging, if you're young and willing. Camp out most nights and save your money. Your going to Alaska, man up just a little bit .
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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My thoughts exactly. I like campgrounds a lot!
My most favorite one is in Grassy Lake, Alberta. There is a herd of mad cows right next to it. They never stop moo-ing and let me tell you, no two sound the same!
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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Are you driving alone or with your family? $50 a day on food? That sounds high even with a family. Pack sandwiches and just keep rolling. As for lodging, if you're young and willing. Camp out most nights and save your money. Your going to Alaska, man up just a little bit .
Bahaha I love this. I know I sound like a wuss but here is the problem I am driving a coupe and my girlfriend is coming too. As such, we will have limited space and we need to pack a fair amount of stuff in the car...then again how much space will a two-man tent and sleeping bags take up?
I imagine $50/day is high, but it is an upper level estimate.
Thanks for the heads up on Canadian gas prices, I totally forgot to check into that. I am sure the over estimate of food and lodging will probably offset the cost though.

PS: copy and paste from http:// to anchorage and you'll be able to see my route
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I came up last week and the gas prices were nowhere near $6 a gallon. The most I paid for gas the entire trip from Sweetgrass through the border with Alaska was $4.41 Canadian (or $3.91 US Dollars, the conversion rate last week was $.87 USD per CAND). The Average price was around $4.05 Canadian or $3.62 American. I also did it in 8 days driving with a total trip mileage of 4900 and I have a wife and two kids. Most of our driving days were 10 hours of driving (meaning 11-12 hours in the car with gas, food and potty breaks). If it's just you and your girlfriend I would do at least 12 hours in the car per day or more if possible to cut down on hotel costs (unless you bring a tent). Lodging is going to be the big cost for you, once you get past Edmonton hotel prices push $125-150 a night easily. You should easily be able to do it in 8 days.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Quaker, you need to change locations!
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I am really working hard to try and price the trip out and decide if it is worth it to drive. The total driving distance is 4700 miles, which I am thinking will take about 12 days @ 8-10 hours driving a day. Does that sound reasonable?
Here is a link of the route I am considering...any suggestions/warnings?

from:allentown,pa to:Glacier National Park to:52.536273,-117.685547 to:anchorage - Google Maps

I also looked into shipping my car and flying instead and that looks like it'll be like $2,800,
whereas I am estimating the driving trip costs as:
GAS: $500 @ 28 MPG and $3/gallon
LODGING:$1000 @ about $90/ night 11 nights
FOOD:$600 @ $50/day
MISC:$200
for a total of $2300.

Do these expenses seem about right? They are a little high end but from what I understand everything gets significantly more expensive once you get into Canada.

Thanks,
Matt
Your gas consumption estimate seems a bit low. You will be paying more than $3/gallon as soon as you hit Canada. But your food seems a bit high, unless you plan on dinning well. Overall, however, you should be able to make it at the price you estimated.


Two pieces of advice:
  1. Start looking for a gas station when you reach half a tank; and
  2. Keep to an 8-10 hour driving schedule, even if you feel like you could drive further, otherwise you could find yourself exhausted by the 10th or 11th day. It is a long haul, so pace yourself accordingly.
Best of luck!
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