Alaska Yukon Explorer

15 days and 14 nights, from/to Anchorage, Fairbanks or Whitehorse

Explore the major attractions in Alaska and the Yukon Territory in two weeks. Driving the Top of the World Highway certainly is a highlight of the tour! Your overnight accommodations go from economic, over romantic to idyllic. This classic selfdrive is ideal for you if you do not have a lot of time, but want to see the most of Alaska and the Yukon. There are also great ways to extend this package: Add a dog sled tour or some whale watching!

Day 1

Anchorage

Spend the day exploring Alaska's biggest city. There is lots to do: Visit the museum, enjoy a walk along the waterfront or explore the downtown area. If you happen to be there on Saturday or Sunday the downtown market is worth a visit.

Day 2

Anchorage to Denali (231 miles)

Drive on the Glenn Highway and Parks Highway to Denali National Park. The road is paved the whole way. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. Weather permitting you can catch a great view of Mt. Denali. Overnight in Healy or near the Denali National Park entrance.

Day 3

Denali National Park

In the morning, you take a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park. This is one of your best opportunities to spot wildlife, including bears, moose, caribou or even wolves! While the ride on the park shuttle bus is not narrated, it gives you the freedom to get off the bus and do some hiking and afterwards taking a different bus back to the park entrance. Bring your own food and beverages, as no food or beverages are available once you depart the Wilderness Access Center.

Day 4

Denali to Fairbanks (125 miles)

Drive on the Parks Highway to Fairbanks. The scenic drive allows you plenty of time to explore a little on foot, either in town or in the forest. Fairbanks is no pulsing metropolis, but it does offer some interesting diversions and a scenic location at the shores of the Chena River.

Day 5

Fairbanks to Tok (206 miles)

Continue your journey to Tok. The Richardson Highway was Alaska’s first road, known to gold seekers in 1898 as the Valdez to Eagle trail. On the way to Tok you pass North Pole, where you can take a picture with Santa Claus.

Day 6

Tok to Dawson City (197 miles)

Travel on the spectacular Taylor and Top of the World Highways to Dawson City. The Taylor Highway is a typical Alaskan gravel road, which can be in very good or very poor shape, depending on the season and the weather. Be sure to plan enough time to drive this road. In the afternoon, you cross the Canadian border, the road conditions improve, and you reach Dawson City, heart of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Day 7

Dawson City

You have a free-day in the Las Vegas of the North. Dawson City is an old-west gold-rush town with an attitude. Enjoy the turn-of-the-century atmosphere and be sure to try the world-famous sourtoe cocktail...

Day 8

Dawson City to Whitehorse (337 miles)

Today you travel to Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. Your drive takes you through gold-rush country. Relics from that age lie fallow along the roadsides. When you arrive in Whitehorse, take some time to explore this charming town, stroll along the riverside and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this little northern city.

Day 9

Whitehorse to Skagway or Haines (111 miles)

From Whitehorse you wind your way up into the mountains. You travel past Fraser and Bennett Lake, and over the Chilkoot Pass, where weary gold seekers made their way from the ocean to the Klondike gold fields inland. Ferry passage from Skagway to Haines either today or tomorrow, depending on ferry schedule. Overnight in Skagway or Haines.

Day 10

Skagway or Haines to Haines Junction (152 miles)

Known for its grand views of glaciated mountains and the variety of its scenery – from coastal forests to alpine tundra – the Haines Highway winds through river flats and climbs up to a wide alpine valley, following the eastern border of Kluane National Park and Reserve.

Day 11

Haines Junction to Tok (297 miles)

Leaving Haines Junction behind, the Alaska Highway will take you back into Alaska. You will travel along Kluane National Park, cross the border and go back to Tok. Tok is also known as the “Sled Dog Capital of Alaska” because so many of its residents are involved in some way with dogs and dog mushing.

Day 12

Tok to Palmer (286 miles)

Continue your journey to Palmer. The scenic drive offers great views of the glaciers and takes you through the most important agricultural area in Alaska. Palmer is a community that is both a bit of pioneer Alaska as well as a modern-day commercial center for the Matanuska and Susitna valleys.

Day 13

Palmer to Seward (267 miles)

Return to Anchorage and continue on the Seward Highway to Seward. The Seward Highway offers outstanding sightseeing and wildlife viewing opportunities, including spawning salmon and a number of good hiking trails. Seward is a small fishing village with an excellent aquarium, the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Day 14

Seward to Anchorage (130 miles)

You may want to join an optional whale- and glacier viewing tour at Kenai Fjords National Park before starting your drive back to Anchorage. Once again enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way.

Day 15

Anchorage

Your tour ends today. Return your rental car and depart Anchorage.

Highlights

  • Take a tour into Denali National Park
  • Drive the spectacular Top of The World Highway and stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • Take the ferry from Skagway to Haines
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Ferry Information

The ferry sailing between Skagway and Haines is included. All ferry sailings depend on state budget and may get canceled by July 1st 2017 – in case of a ferry cancellation the routing would not get changed, but you will drive from Skagway to Haines Junction instead of taking the ferry. In that case a full refund in the amount of the ferry sailing will be given.

The Alaska Yukon Explorer's overnight accommodations go from economic, over romantic to idyllic. Some of our Alaska Yukon Explorer priority hotels are:

  • The straightforward Inlet Tower Suites in Anchorage
  • In Denali you could spend the night at the unpretentious Aurora Denali Lodge
  • For your stay in Fairbanks we like to offer the Bridgewater Hotel, a downtown budget choice
  • While in Tok, reside in cozy cabins
  • In Dawson, stay at the classic Dawson City overnight accommodation
  • When in Skagway, your hotel is conveniently located right by Chilkoot Trail
  • Enjoy your visit at a lovely hotel in Haines Junction
  • Get comfortable in Palmer at a lodge, which is beautifully situated by the Knik Glacier
  • In Seward, you may reside in a homey and simply furnished hotel, next to the scenic Resurrection River

Depending on availability at the time of booking, other hotels of similar comfort and style may be chosen.

Rates 2018 with GoNorth SUV

Available from May 31st to August 31st, 2018

From/to Anchorage

  • Double

    $3055 per person
    Booking Code GON65
  • Single

    $5860 per person
    Booking Code GON64
  • Triple

    $2150 per person
    Booking Code GON66
  • Quad

    $1910 per person
    Booking Code GON67
  • Quad (2 rooms)

    $2530 per person
    Booking Code GON68

From/to Fairbanks

  • Double

    $2990 per person
    Booking Code GON70
  • Single

    $5725 per person
    Booking Code GON69
  • Triple

    $2110 per person
    Booking Code GON71
  • Quad

    $1850 per person
    Booking Code GON72
  • Quad (2 rooms)

    $2475 per person
    Booking Code GON73

From/to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $2945 per person
    Booking Code GON75
  • Single

    $5655 per person
    Booking Code GON74
  • Triple

    $2075 per person
    Booking Code GON76
  • Quad

    $1820 per person
    Booking Code GON77
  • Quad (2 rooms)

    $2445 per person
    Booking Code GON78

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • GoNorth 5-passenger SUV 4x4 with unlimited miles, standard Collision Damage Waiver* ($2000 deductible). GoNorth 7-passenger SUV 4x4 for quad occupancy. Gravel road permission included.
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Ferry between Skagway and Haines, including one vehicle up to 19ft
  • Detailed itinerary in English

*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).

Rates 2018 without GoNorth SUV

Available from May 31st to August 31st, 2018

From/to Anchorage

  • Double

    $1975 per person
    Booking Code GON50
  • Single

    $3735 per person
    Booking Code GON49
  • Triple

    $1435 per person
    Booking Code GON51
  • Quad

    $1255 per person
    Booking Code GON52

From/to Fairbanks

  • Double

    $1975 per person
    Booking Code GON55
  • Single

    $3735 per person
    Booking Code GON54
  • Triple

    $1435 per person
    Booking Code GON56
  • Quad

    $1850 per person
    Booking Code GON72

From/to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $1975 per person
    Booking Code GON60
  • Single

    $3735 per person
    Booking Code GON59
  • Triple

    $1435 per person
    Booking Code GON61
  • Quad

    $1255 per person
    Booking Code GON62

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Ferry between Skagway and Haines, including one vehicle up to 19ft
  • Detailed itinerary in English

Cancellation Policy

Up to 31 days before departure date 30%
30 - 21 days before departure date 50%
20 - 14 days before departure date 75%
13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %

If you want to extend your stay in Alaska, we do have some great add-ons for you!

Dog Sledding

Follow the tracks of the famous Alaska dog mushers on a combined helicopter and dog sled tour from Palmer.
Photo by Jeff Shultz

Denali National Park

Upgrade your Denali Experience to a Kantishna Wilderness Drive&Fly.

Whale Watching

Add a night in Skagway and include a day whale cruise to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.

Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Alaska Yukon Explorer selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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