For Nature Lovers

16 days and 15 nights, from Anchorage to Whitehorse or vice versa

This oneway selfdrive between Alaska and the Yukon takes you to playgrounds for nature lovers like Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park. Take your time to explore the Kenai Peninsula all the way to Homer, drive on scenic Denali Highway and follow the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City, an old-west goldrush town.

Day 1

Anchorage

Arrival in Anchorage. Explore Alaska's biggest city at your leisure. There is lots to do: Visit the museums, 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 Homer (222 miles)

Drive from Anchorage to Homer on the Seward and Sterling Highway. You will pass stunning mountain scenery and great wildlife viewing opportunities along your way. Homer is a quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife.

Day 3

Homer

Explore the beautiful area at your own leisure. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Homer: Fishing charters, a visit to Halibut Cove, a stroll on the Spit or kayaking adventures. Stop by the Visitors Center for detailed information.

Day 4

Homer to Seward (173 miles)

Drive from Homer to Seward on the Sterling and Seward Highway. The Seward Highway offers outstanding sightseeing opportunities, including spawning salmon and a number of good hiking trails. Seward is a small fishing village with an excellent aquarium (Alaska SeaLife Center).

Day 5

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Tour. This 6-hour whale-watching/glacier cruise takes you to Holgate Glacier. Discover the diverse marine wildlife. Lunch is included. After the tour you have the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

Day 6

Seward to Palmer (168 miles)

Drive northward on the Seward Highway to Anchorage, and on the Glenn Highway, closely paralleling the Matanuska River, towards Palmer. Palmer lies within the MatSu area, Alaska's most important agricultural area. 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.  Overnight near Palmer.

Day 7

Palmer to Paxson (218 miles)

Continue on the scenic Glenn Highway and enjoy mountain views and Matanuska Glacier halfway between Palmer and Glennallen. The Glenn Highway was declared as National Scenic Byway in 2002 and offers spectacular views. The Richardson Highway takes you to the Paxson Area. Overnight near Paxson.

Day 8

Paxson to Denali (161 miles)

Drive westward on the Denali Highway to Denali. This gravel road takes you along the southern slope of the Alaska Range mountains, in view of the glaciers and rocky peaks of this spectacular mountain range.

Day 9

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 10

Denali to Fairbanks (121 miles)

The scenic drive on the Parks Highway to Fairbanks 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. Overnight in a lodge near Fairbanks.

Day 11

Fairbanks

Day at your leisure. You may want to continue on to Chena Hot Springs Road to Chena Hot Springs. Next to the road often moose can be spotted in the many rivers and ponds. Take advantage of a variety of activities at Chena Hot Springs, including hikes, hot spring baths, horseback riding, ATV rides, and an ice museum. Overnight in a lodge near Fairbanks.

Day 12

Fairbanks to Tok (206 miles)

Drive to Tok on the  Richardson Highway and the Alaska Highway. 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 13

Tok to Dawson City (197 miles)

Travel on the impressive 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 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 14

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 15

Dawson City to Whitehorse (330 miles)

Continue driving on the Klondike Loop to Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. 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 16

Whitehorse

Your trip ends today. Return your rental car and depart Whitehorse.

Highlights

  • Take a tour into Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park
  • Explore the Kenai Peninsula all the way to Homer
  • Explore the spectacular Top of The World Highway and stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Money Saver

This selfdrive is available from either Anchorage to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Anchorage. Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and save $500 on total package price!

Rates 2017

Available May 25-September 1, 2017, for Anchorage-Whitehorse
Available June 1-September 1, 2017, for Whitehorse-Anchorage

From Anchorage
to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $3940 per person
    Booking Code GON173
  • Single

    $7610 per person
    Booking Code GON172
  • Triple

    $2840 per person
    Booking Code GON174

From Whitehorse
to Anchorage

  • Double

    $3775 per person
    Booking Code GON176
  • Single

    $7285 per person
    Booking Code GON175
  • Triple

    $2730 per person
    Booking Code GON177

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • GoNorth 5-passenger SUV 4x4 with unlimited miles, standard Collision Damage Waiver* ($2000 deductible). Oneway fee and gravel road permission included.
  • Six hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Detailed itinerary in English

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

Money Saver

Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place from Anchorage to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Anchorage and save $500 on total package price!

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!

Glacier Bay & Inside Passage

Discover the wonders of Glacier Bay & the Inside Passage with our 7-day train- and flight program. With start and end in Whitehorse it can be perfectly added to this tour.

Dempster Highway

Feel the ‘real north’ and explore the Dempster Highway. With the 5-day guided tour you don’t even have to drive yourself. Especially recommended in fall for fall colors and Northern Lights.

Kayaking

Join a spectacular kayak tour on a glacier lake combined with scenic flight while staying at Knik River Lodge.

Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our For Nature Lovers 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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Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our For Nature Lovers 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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