An epic drive and even more epic scenery awaits you on this adventure through North America's two extraordinary wilderness destinations - Yukon and Alaska.
This experience is likely to take you further north than you've ever been before. And we can tell you, it is worth the trip. Starting in Whitehorse, Yukon - the territorial capital and only city - you'll journey through gold rush era communities and some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever witness. This is the sort of place where you are more likely to see a moose than another person! Then it's on to America's Last Frontier - Alaska, with its glacial parklands, seriously wide open roads and endless skies.
If you're searching for an off-the-grid, bucket list holiday - you've found it!
We've included two unique excursions - glacier flightseeing over Klaune National Park, Yukon and a ride on the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway.
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This itinerary is also available by motorhome and can be completely tailored to your wilderness adventure requirements. Take a sneak peak by requesting a digital Travel Yukon guide click here.
Arrive into Whitehorse early evening.
Situated on the shores of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the capital of northwest Canada’s Yukon Territory, and a former Klondike Gold Rush town. The quaint frontier-style buildings along Main Street are perfect for a stroll. Interesting exhibits and museums are worth a look and then enjoy some evening fun in an old-time saloon.
Distance: 95 miles
It’s an easy two hour drive along the historic Alaska Highway to Haines Junction - a small town with a giant back yard.....the awe-inspiring wilderness of Kluane National Park & Reserve. Roughly half the size of Switzerland, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to twelve of Canada’s highest mountains including the highest, Mt Logan.
Take a full day to explore the park, staring with a stop at the Visitor Information Centre for detailed hiking maps and guidance on how to make the most of your time here. Be sure to take in the culture and traditions of the local Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people through the interactive displays and presentations.
As you would imagine, the park is a hiker’s paradise with day hikes that range from easy to strenuous. There are more relaxing pursuits too, enjoy a scenic picnic at Kathleen Lake or visit the Thechàl Dhâl Visitor Centre and soak up striking vistas of the enormous Kluane Lake.
Distance: 180 miles
Drive beneath the towering peaks of the Kluane Front Range as you continue along the Alaska Highway. Stretch your legs with a walk up to Soldier’s Summit, the spot where the Alaska Highway was officially opened, then continue onto to Destruction Bay. Along the way, you’ll meander along the 50 miles long Kluane Lake - the largest lake in the Yukon.
On the Canada/USA border is the tiny town of Beaver Creek, the westernmost community in Canada, and a natural stopping place for travellers entering or leaving Alaska. Long before the Alaska Highway provided a continuous link from Alaska to British Columbia, the First Nations people of the area travelled, traded and lived here for a millennia.
Check into your hotel before departing on an experience of a lifetime - flightseeing over Kluane National Park. Have the camera ready for some of the planet's largest glaciers and the view of Mount Logan. At 6,000 metres it's the second highest point in North America.
In the evening, relax under the starry sky around the hotels large firepit and share your adventures with fellow like-minded travellers.
Distance: 311 miles
Continue your journey along the roads less travelled of the Alaska Highway. Make sure to stop and enjoy the quirky, historic communities such as Tok, Delta Junction and North Pole before arriving in Fairbanks.
Fairbanks is the only city in the interior of the state and the largest settlement for hundreds of miles. Known for dog sledging, northern lights and referred to as “the Land of the Midnight Sun” - between late April and late August the sun never seems to set. The peak of daylight is in June on summer solstice when the city celebrates with a variety of unique events.
Fairbanks offers a surprisingly large choice of restaurants from elegant dining to Alaskan-style home cooking. Sample the reindeer sausage or grilled Alaskan salmon served with Yukon gold potatoes - simply delicious. One of our team lived in Fairbanks for a number of years, so we'll be happy to give you first-hand recommendations!
Distance: 164 miles
With snow-capped Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, looming in the background your journey takes you through boreal forests and over winding river valleys. Six million acres of untamed wilderness will greet you at Denali National Park and with just one road into this vast park you’ll experience solitude and peace on an enormous scale.
Bon Voyage will suggest and pre-book excursions here as you’ll want to make the most out of your time in this incredible place. From helicopter tours over Mount McKinley to white water rafting, there’s a full range on offer to suit every taste and fitness level. Whilst you’re here also be sure to keep an eye out for grizzly bears, moose, wolves and Dall sheep!
Distance: 241 miles
As you travel south from Alaska's interior, the diversity of this mighty state will become only too evident as towering mountain ranges become the lush Matanuska River Valley. This is Alaska's richest agricultural region and with 20-hour summer days, it produces giant vegetables!
Anchorage is Alaska's largest city and surrounded by six different mountain ranges. Head out to Chugach National Forest, a wildlife photographer's dream, which is also a popular spot for hiking. Or, spend the day in Anchorage strolling around the Botanical Gardens which features over 1100 species of hardy perennials and 150 native arctic plants. Head for the Alaska Native Heritage Museum or the huge Anchorage Museum to learn more about life in America's 49th state.
Bon Voyage would be delighted to make suggests and pre-book excursions such as glacier cruise day trips, bear viewing, rail trips and whale-watching.
Make sure to enjoy one of the waterfront restaurants, famous for mouth-watering Alaskan king crab, as you look out over Cook Inlet.
Distance: 318 miles
Depart Anchorage and travel east along the highway just above the fjords and inlets that help create some of the most dramatic park settings in the north. Perhaps pack a picnic lunch before leaving Anchorage and stop at milepost marker 101 and the large Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area. This is a popular location to stop and take advantage of the easy walking trail that parallels the glacier and the Matanuska River. A pavilion provides shelter and a resting spot for those who wish to simply sit and enjoy the view.
In Tok, head for Fast Eddy's to rub shoulders with the locals. This Alaska Highway road house draws travellers from all over the state and is famous for huge steaks and pizza and locally sourced halibut.
Distance: 185 miles
For a true sense of the wilds of the north, this route will bring out the adventurer in you. Heading back towards the Canadian border, through some of the most untouched wilderness in North America, you pass back into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the aptly named Top of the World Highway, the road continues on to the riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Relive the days of prospecting with a day of independent exploration of this historic city. Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored to either their original grandeur, or rustic chic. Take the day to tour the historic landmarks of Dawson City and visit the surrounding goldfields that still resonate with the Klondike’s “Spirit of ’98”. You may choose to try your hand at panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. By night, head to Diamond Tooth Gerties for an authentic cancan show. Gertie and her Gold Rush Girls provide a show inspired by the dance halls and saloons of 1898. It's also a gambling hall, so you can also try your luck in the casino after!
All aboard today for your full-day included excursion from Whitehorse. You'll be collected and taken to Fraser, British Columbia to ride the rails on the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway.
Gently swaying back and forth along the tracks, you’ll travel back in time aboard parlour cars with enormous windows and viewing decks. Glancing down at the 10-foot wide railroad bed carved into solid rock mountainsides, then up at the panoramic views, you’ll be as floored by the scenery as you are by the marvel of engineering it took to carve this route through country formidable even for goats. Gaze out over Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Falls as the route offers astonishing views at 3,000 feet over the White Pass Summit before arriving in Skagway where you’ll be returned by motorcoach to your hotel for early evening.
Your Yukon and Alaska adventure comes to an end today as your depart for the UK on your morning flight home.
Not ready to leave the peace and tranquillity of nature behind? There's still plenty of wide open space to explore! All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made and we'd love to help you plan your wilderness adventure.