Nature in Abundance

15 days and 14 nights, from Anchorage to Whitehorse or vice versa

This oneway selfdrive between Alaska and the Yukon takes you to fascinating National Parks such as Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias and Kluane! Scenic drives - especially on the Top of the World Highway - are also included, and you will visit authentic towns like McCarthy and Dawson City. This is the ideal tour for you if you want to take your time to explore the playgrounds for nature lovers that Alaska and the Yukon have to offer!

Day 1

Anchorage

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

Day 2

Anchorage to Seward (127 miles)

Drive from Anchorage to Seward on the Seward Highway. The 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 (Alaska SeaLife Center).

Day 3

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Tour. This 8.5-hour whale-watching/glacier cruise takes you to Holgate Glacier. Discover the diverse marine wildlife. A cold lunch on board is included, as well as a salmon- and prime rib dinner on Fox Island.

Day 4

Seward to Palmer/Matanuska area (170-240 miles)

Drive northward on the Seward Highway to Anchorage, and on the Glenn Highway, closely paralleling the Matanuska River towards Palmer and Sheep Mountain. The Glenn Highway was declared as National Scenic Byway in 2002 and offers spectacular views of mountains as well as the Matanuska Glacier in the Sheep Mountain area. Overnight near Palmer or Sutton (Sheep Mountain).

Day 5

Palmer to McCarthy/Kennicott (202-274 miles)

Follow the scenic Glenn Highway to Glennallen, the Richardson Highway to Chitina and McCarthy Road, a true Alaskan style gravel road to the end of the road shortly before McCarthy. You travel deep into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, the largest park in the US National Park System and home to most of North America's tallest peaks.

Day 6

McCarthy/Kennicott

Spend the day exploring the ghost towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. There are some incredible hikes in this area, and you may want to join the historical tours or other guided activities offered by the adventure outfits in the area.

Day 7

McCarthy to Tok (246 miles)

Drive back out of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and turn northward. Take the Richardson Highway and Tok Cut Off 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 8

Tok to Dawson City (197 miles)

Travel 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 9

Dawson City

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

Day 10

Dawson City to Whitehorse (337 miles)

You travel to Whitehorse, 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 11

Whitehorse to Skagway or Haines (111 miles)

The South Klondike Highway leads you to Skagway. 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 12

Skagway or Haines to Haines Junction (152 miles)

Drive to Haines Junction on the Haines Highway. 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 Reserve.

Day 13

Haines Junction/Kluane National Park

Explore the area at your own leisure. Haines Junction is your gateway to the Kluane National Park. Flightseeing tours are a very special and rewarding way to enjoy the stunning glaciers of the park. Guided hikes are also offered from Haines Junction.

Day 14

Haines Junction to Whitehorse (96 miles)

A short drive on the Alaska Highway takes you back to Whitehorse.

Day 15

Whitehorse

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

Highlights

  • Take a tour into Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Drive the McCarthy Road and spend two days in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias 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 and spend time at Kluane National Park
  • 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!

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.

Rates 2017

Available May 25-September 1, 2017

From Anchorage
to Whitehorse

  • Double

    $3595 per person
    Booking Code GON166
  • Single

    $6860 per person
    Booking Code GON165
  • Triple

    $2595 per person
    Booking Code GON167

From Whitehorse
to Anchorage

  • Double

    $3440 per person
    Booking Code GON169
  • Single

    $6560 per person
    Booking Code GON168
  • Triple

    $2490 per person
    Booking Code GON170

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.
  • 8.5 hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise, including dinner on Fox Island
  • 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).

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!

Katmai National Park

Book a post night in Anchorage and join a bear viewing trip to Katmai National Park.

Flight Seeing

See Wrangell St. Elias National Park from a bird’s eyes view and add a flight seeing tour in McCarthy.

Lake Clark National Park

Book a post night in Anchorage and join a bear viewing trip to Lake Clark National Park.

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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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