Yukon & Alaska Wilderness Drive

Resort: Yukon & Alaska Wilderness Drive
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Canada
Price From: £1545.00

Overview

Combine the scenic and cultural
highlights of the Yukon and Alaska
on this self-drive itinerary. Marvel at
breathtaking landscapes, keep an eye
out for local wildlife and learn about the
indigenous culture.

Itinerary

Day 1: Whitehorse

Arrive into Whitehorse and collect your hire car
from the airport. Make your way to the Best
Western Gold Rush Inn for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Whitehorse

Day at leisure to explore the city. Visit the
Yukon Wildlife Preserve, where 10 species of
northern Canadian mammals can be viewed in
their natural habitats. (N)

Day 3: Skagway

Travel south on the South Klondike Highway,
which connects the Yukon territory with the
Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. The
descent from the White Pass to Skagway
offers some spectacular scenery, passing the
subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley and
Emerald Lake. On arrival, stay 1 night at the
Westmark Inn. (N)

Day 4: Skagway Haines

Morning at leisure to explore Skagway. Take an
afternoon scenic ferry ride along the Lynn Canal
fjord to Haines. Haines is located in the Valley of
Eagles, where almost 4,000 American bald eagles
gather along an 8-km stretch of the Chilkat river
each fall, attracted by the late run of salmon.
Stay at the Hotel Halsingland for 1 night. (N)

Day 5: Haines Haines Junction

Drive through the Chilkat Pass the highest
summit on the Haines Highway. Pass Klukshu
and drive through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
before arriving at Kluane National Park. The
Kluane area covers the largest non-polar
icefields in the world. Stay at the Raven Hotel
for 2 nights. (N)

Day 6: Kluane National Park

Today we recommend visiting Kluane National
Park, part of the largest contiguous area of
protected wilderness on earth. (B)

Day 7: Haines Junction Tok

This morning, go on a hiking trip before you
drive north along the shores of the beautiful
Kluane lake. Continue on the famous Alaska
Highway through myriad wilderness areas.
Arrive in Tok and stay overnight at Cleft of the
Rock Bed & Breakfast. (B)

Day 8: Dawson City

Drive along the Top of the World Highway
(please note this is a partly gravel road),
taking you through gold-mining areas and the
Canadian backcountry. Cross the Yukon river
by ferry before arriving in Dawson City. Stay at
the Aurora Inn for 3 nights. (N)

Days 9-10: Dawson City

Two full days exploring the historical sights of
Dawson City. We recommend seeing SS Keno,
the last paddle steamer to run the Yukon river
from Whitehorse; the Jack London Interpretive
Centre; the Grand Palace Theatre; and taking
a short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of
Midnight Dome, which offers excellent views
over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the
Yukon and Klondike rivers. (N)

Day 11: Whitehorse

En route to Whitehorse, stop at the Five Finger
Rapids and hike down to the shore of the
Yukon river. Arrive in Whitehorse in the late
afternoon and check in to the Best Western
Gold Rush Inn for 1 night. (N)

Day 12: Onward travel

Return your hire car at the airport and fly
home, or continue your holiday in Canada. (N)

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