This oneway selfdrive takes you from Seattle all the way to Anchorage through great National Parks such as Banff, Jasper, Kluane and Denali. Take your time to explore these playgrounds for nature lovers! An unforgettable highlight is the ferry ride through the northern Inside Passage from Prince Rupert to Skagway. Relax onboard while you take in the impressive coastal mountain scenery. You are staying at good, clean accommodations with a good price/service-ratio.
After your arrival in Seattle pick up your rental car. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this impressive city. Visit the famous Pike Place Market and indulge in fresh produce and local goods, See Seattle and the spectacular surroundings from above at the observation platform in the Space Needle or relax during a harbor cruise and enjoy Seattle from the water.
Seattle to Vancouver (144 miles)
The most direct connection between the two cities is the Interstate 5, but it is worth taking a detour on one of the scenic byways to take in the fantastic landscape in the Northern US. For example the Chuckanut Drive which overlooks Samish Bay and offers gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands. Leave enough time for the border crossing before you head to Vancouver.
A full day to discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The setting is most spectacular with the ocean at your toes and the mountains in the backdrop. Stroll along the waterfront, take a scenic flight to get a bird’s eyes view of the city, visit bustling Chinatown, explore the different neighborhoods or go on a shopping tour on famous Robson Street.
Vancouver to Penticton (255 miles)
Today’s drive takes you to the Okanagan Valley. This is one of the warmest regions in Canada and the soil is very fertile. Therefore, you will find orchards and vineyards in abundance along the road. Most of BC’s wine is cultivated in this area. Penticton is a relaxed lakeside town.
Penticton to Revelstoke (163 miles)
Travel along the shores of Okanagan Lake and visit one of the fruit farms or vineyards. A scenic drive takes you into Revelstoke, a small town just outside the equally named National Park.
Revelstoke to Banff (176 miles)
On route to Banff National Park you will drive through some other exceptional National Parks: At Glacier NP you find new incredible views of snow capped mountains and glaciers behind every corner, Yoho National Park attracts with the Emerald Lake. Its deep color and impressive surrounding attracts many visitors. But you can still walk away from the crowds and find a peaceful spot to enjoy the scenery.
Banff National Park
In 1883 Banff was declared the first National Park in Canada and the third in the world. It was originally established to protect a cave containing hot springs but nowadays it is even more popular for the wonderful scenery. Use the day to explore the National Park on one of the many hiking trails, take a scenic drive or a ride up to Sulfur Mountain or relax in the hot springs.
Banff to Jasper (180 miles)
The drive on the Icefield Parkway is an unforgettable adventure. Turquoise colored lakes, surrounded by lush forests and bizarre mountain peaks mark the setup of this region. Especially at dusk and dawn chances are good to spot wildlife. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake and the Athabasca Glacier & Falls are just some of the many options for stops and side trips.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park offers a more laid-back mountain experience - with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. A popular drive leads you via the Maligne Canyon, a steep gorge-wall of bedrock limestone to Maligne Lake. The biggest and deepest lake in Jasper National Parks offers fantastic scenery.
Jasper to Prince George (233 miles)
Today you will drive past Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in Canada and further on through a remote region of the North until you reach Prince George. Prince George is the most important city in the area and a service town for Northern British Columbia.
Prince George to Smithers (230 miles)
A drive through farm land takes you to the Bulkley Valley and into Smithers. The small town has a charming atmosphere and its surroundings offer good opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing or golfing. If you like the outdoors take a detour to Babine Mountains Provincial Park.
Smithers to Prince Rupert (216 miles)
If you are interested in the First Nations you should stop at the ‘Ksan Indian Village in New Hazelton. The Yellowhead highway continues along the shores of the Skeena River offering fjord-like scenery. Various Provincial Parks are dotted in the area and offer great opportunities for hiking or relaxing. Time permitting you may want to stop at the cannery in Port Edward just before arriving in Prince Rupert.
An unforgettable highlight is the ferry ride through the northern Inside Passage. Relax onboard while you take in the impressive coastal mountain scenery. Keep an eye out for wildlife. Overnight in a cabin on the ferry.
Arrival in Juneau
After some more hours on the boat you will arrive in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. With no road access it is the only state capital in the US that has no other access than by airplane or boat. It is also one of the oldest cities in Alaska.
Juneau’s lively downtown is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Within walking distance are many of Juneau’s main attractions, including the state capitol building, Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, several museums and historic South Franklin Street, where turn-of-the-century buildings today are gift shops, restaurants and pubs. One of the most popular attractions is nearby Mendenhall Glacier, one of the 38 major glaciers that extend from the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield. For a panoramic view of the area take Mount Roberts Tram.
Juneau to Skagway
Another ferry ride takes you to Skagway. A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, restored buildings and locals showcase period costumes. Beginning in 1897, Skagway and the nearby ghost town of Dyea were the starting point for more than 40,000 gold-rush stampeders who headed to the Yukon primarily by way of the Chilkoot Trail.
Skagway to Haines Junction (210 miles)
You leave Skagway on the Klondike Highway. The “desert” near Carcross formed by the sediments of a glacial lake and Emerald Lake with it’s impressive colors are worth a stop on your way North. Continue to Whitehorse and on to Haines Junction, the gateway to the Kluane National Park.
Haines Junction to Tok (297 miles)
A scenic drive along the border of Kluane National Park provides you with fantastic views of the snow-capped mountains and the magnificent Kluane Lake. With a length of approximately 70 km this is the biggest lake in the Yukon. Later today you cross the border to Alaska.
Tok to Fairbanks (204 miles)
Travel to Fairbanks on the Alaska and Richardson Hwys. You might want to visit Santa Claus in North Pole before you get into Fairbanks. There is a lot to do in Alaska’s second largest city: Experience the old days at Pioneer Park, learn about history and cultures in the interesting museums or take a dinner cruise down the Chena River.
Fairbanks to Denali (121 miles)
A drive through the wilderness takes you into the Denali area. If you arrive early you can discover the park entrance area and visit the exhibition at the Visitor Center or the Murie Science Center, see a sled dog demonstration or go on a hike.
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.
Denali to Anchorage (231 miles)
On clear days you are rewarded with great views of the Alaska Range. Options for side trips include hiking trails, the artist town of Talkeetna or the Independence Mine. In Anchorage you may want to stroll along the Coastal Trail, visit the interesting Anchorage Museum go or a shopping session.
Your trip ends today. Return your rental car and depart Anchorage.
The ferry sailing between Prince Rupert and Juneau as well as Juneau and Skagway is included in this selfdrive. All ferry sailings depend on state budget and may get canceled by July 1st 2017 – in case of a ferry cancellation an alternative routing via Stewart Cassiar Highway will come into effect. Please make sure that you are aware of this scenerio BEFORE making the booking.
The alternative routing would be the following: Seattle – Vancouver 2 nights – Penticton/Summerland – Revelstoke – Banff 2 nights – Jasper 2 nights – Prince George – Smithers – Stewart 2 nights – Dease Lake/Iskut – Watson Lake – Whitehorse – Haines Junction – Tok – Fairbanks – Denali National Park/Healy 2 nights – Anchorage.
A refund reflecting the changes in the services will be granted.
Available approx. between June 1 and August 24, 2017, usually Monday, Thursday from Seattle and Wednesday, Sunday from Anchorage. As ferry departure times/days differ throughout the season, small changes to the itinerary may be necessary, sometimes resulting into a price change.
Double$4885 per personBooking Code GON436
Single$9280 per personBooking Code GON435
Triple$3510 per personBooking Code GON437
Double$4855 per personBooking Code GON439
Single$9280 per personBooking Code GON438
Triple$3510 per personBooking Code GON440
*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).
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13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %
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