We are planning a trip on the Alaska Highway from Edmonton to Dawson City, down to Tok, up to Fairbanks, down to Anchorage and then to Skagway. I figure on traveling most of June & July with my 30 foot Jayco. What can I expect in the way of traffic, availability of camp sites especially in the major tourist centers etc. Any information or comments would be appreciated.
We did the same trip years ago and had no problems on HWY or getting a spot in a C.G.
If you plan to be in a C.G on the 4th of July I do suggest you reserve one.
I also suggest to travel gravel roads on weekends when there is less truck traffic.
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We did the trip last summer (part of June, all of July, and part of Aug) and were surprised at the lack of traffic. Alot of the time on the Alaskan Hwy, we felt as though we were the only ones out there. We drove from Whitehorse to Skagway and I really can't remember meeting hardly anyone. You won't have any problems finding places to stay. Do keep in mind however, that July 1st is Canada Day (their 4th of July) and then things are really jumping if you are still in Canada. We were in the Baniff/Lake Louise area and it was packed.
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Traffic is seldom heavy on the Alaska Highway or on most Alaskan highways. during out two month stay we spent only 15 nights in a campground of any kind with the rest of the time being spent in the numerous boondocking areas in the back country. Don't recall seeing any campgrounds that were full when we went past. Good luck and have a great trip / Skip
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The best guide book for campgrounds is the Alaskan Camping by Mike and Terri Church. Very through, honest in it's reviews. The people that have their names on the book are the ones that keep it up to date. Also get a copy of the Milepost. It has a lot of good info but read the reviews with a bit of suspicion, as the businesses themselves write, many/most, of the reviews and some of the business owners have very active imaginations to say the least. World Famous usually means in their own minds. LOL But it is a good guide with lots of good info in it.
Both books are available at a discount at any book seller's store, or online.
You will find a bit of traffic near or in the towns but not away from the towns. Occasionally there may be a caravan of RVs but that is about it, some truck traffic. Finding a place to spend the night is just not a problem, with either private commercial, provincial or regional parks, or just a beautiful spot to pull off by a lake or stream to spend the night.
Most of the roadhouses, if they don't have a campground business also, will let you park overnight in their parking lot with a fuel fill up.
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We did the trip to Fairbanks last summer. Your worst fear is not the traffice but, the road conditions. The section from Whitehorse to Tok took us 14hrs, and then a day from there to Fairbanks. Pay particular attention to the frost heaves between Haines Junction and the US border. They are deceving and usually worse than they appear. We had a cabinet come loose in our 29A that we had to repair in Tok.
Take your time and enjoy the trip. You shouldn't have problems if you take your time. FYI the stretch to Skagway is usually decent condition.
Have fun, I wish I was going back this year. We LOVE it up there.
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Just wanted to let you guys know that when you get to Alaska we have a lot of construction going on here.
The road to Seward is closed at certain times during the day or night and only emergency traffic can get through. There are also other places where you will find that happening. Hopefully you can get the infor mation you need from this site.