Haines, Skagway & Juneau

Haines and Skagway are both situated on arms of the Lynn Canal which is an inlet into the mainland of south east Alaska. The fjord is graced with abundant wildlife and glaciers. We enjoyed a couple of nights in the small fishing community of Haines where we camped right on the waterfront. A highlight of... Continue Reading →

Denali Highway to Haines

Pointing the troopy south, we make our way back to Denali. The Highway of the same name begins about 40kms south of the park entrance and heads east for 215 kms where it meets the Richardson Highway. All but 35 km is gravel, which is variable but generally good. We decided to travel the Denali... Continue Reading →

Fairbanks, Alaska

With hopes of catching the Northern Lights from Fairbanks, we headed north, catching up with travel companions and enjoying a night in an RV park complete with lovely warm showers. Chena Hot Springs beckoned and we enjoyed the afternoon relaxing in the thermal pools (no photographs) before choosing an almost free lakeside campsite from which... Continue Reading →

Denali National Park

If there’s a National Park that all visitors to Alaska want to visit, it must be the much revered Denali National Park (formerly known as Mount McKinley National Park). The centre-piece of the park is the 6,190m high Denali. Denali means “the High One” to the Athabascan Indians who have called this area along the... Continue Reading →

Anchorage, Alaska

When we first began our planning for this journey, we thought that driving from Ushuaia, Argentina to Anchorage, Alaska was a crazy idea - but now we've done it! What was not much more than a thought bubble on a camping trip across the Simpson Desert 7 years ago, has become a reality. Anyway, on... Continue Reading →

Kenai Peninsula

A couple of days drive from Valdez and we were in Seward (pronounced soo-word) on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, just a couple of hours south of Anchorage. It really is beautiful. Seward has a history as an essential rail-head and is unique in Alaska as Alaska's only deep-water, ice-free port with rail,... Continue Reading →

The Road to Valdez

The main road south from the Wrangell-St Elias National Park turn-off to Valdez is one of the most spectacular roads we have travelled in North America. If you enjoy glaciers, this is the road you’ve been waiting to drive. The road provides views of huge valleys, snow capped mountains, big waterfalls and glaciers along most... Continue Reading →

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

A pleasant drive the next morning with the hope of seeing moose –(no luck) saw us pass the turnoff to Anchorage and head south towards Valdez. Along this road is the opportunity to take the 100km detour into the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Given that this is the largest unit in the National Parks system... Continue Reading →

Bears, bears, bears …..

In one of our recent posts about the National Parks, we wrote about how different the parks were in what they offered the visitor. There is however, one thing all the parks along the length of the Rocky Mountains have in common and that’s bears! One could be excused for thinking that the Rocky Mountain... Continue Reading →

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