Texas to Alaska

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  1. 355spider

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    So we're taking our family of 4 kids across the country to Alaska. Not sure if we're totally crazy but we may be after it's all over. For those of you that have been any advice would be greatly appreciated. We're going grand canyon-- moab--grand teton--Yellowstone---Glacier national park---Banff--Lake Louise-- Jasper-- Dawson's Creek--muncho lake--liard hot springs---Watson lake--Whitehorse--Kline Np--ice fields--tok--fairbanks---Denali--anchorage--kenai-- skagway--probably back through Oregon.

    For those that have done it, what do you think? I think it will take us a couple months. Should we bring our Yamaha side by side. It's like a jeep. Plenty of places to use it in Alaska and Canada? [​IMG]

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    The other thing is our RV is a 43 ft toy hauler so it doesn't fit in a lot of places. Any tips would be helpful.

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  3. RickB

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    Sounds like a blast and a great way to create lasting memories for the kids!

    You didn't give a time-frame (other than the length) for your trip. Knowing the timing may be helpful for getting better advice.

    I can only speak for the Oregon part of your journey, so here are my thoughts.

    If you are travelling this summer and plan on following the Oregon coast and camping in our beautiful Oregon State parks before Labor Day you will struggle to find a campsite. Reservations can be made 9 months in advance and sites that will accommodate a 43ft RV are reserved quite early.
    If you don't need hookups there are lots of OHV "staging areas" that allow overnight camping in the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. This area is about 40 miles long and there are numerous designated areas for OHV's for you to use your toy or rent.

    If you'd like high desert off-roading, central and eastern Oregon have numerous designated locations. There are not many campgrounds with hookups on the east side but about half of it is BLM or National Forest with designated or dispersed camping available.

    Safe travels,
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    Cool. That helps a lot. Hadn't thought about Oregon yet. We're leaving Texas may 27.

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  5. John E. Baker III

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    Nothing of firsthand experience, 355Spider. But if you navigate over to YouTube, LongLongHoneymoon and GoneWithTheWynns have some excellent vids on what to expect for an Alaska trip! I'd particularly point out LoLoHo's "When to go... When to LEAVE" post.

    You don't state what you're driving, but most travelers to the 49th are best served if they go with this in mind: Fuel... Fuel... FUEL!! Get it whenever you CAN! Especially diesel. You can also expect to pay $4+/gallon for gasoline & nearly $5/gallon for diesel in Canada! A 3-5 gallon jerry can in the basement could mean the difference between getting to a station... or taking the SxS into the nearest town. I'd even recommend making sure the SxS is full, too... For that reason! One other caveat, though: Try to [diesel] fuel in the larger towns and scope out the busiest station(s)... That way, you'll run less risk of the fuel being contaminated [sediments; water] than if you were out in the hinterlands.

    Meanwhile... Watch your tail swing, keep th' greasy side down and keep it 'tweeeeeeeeeeeen th' ditches, Y'all!! :cool:
     
  6. campingdog

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    The wife and I just got back from our trip to Alaska. My opinion, for what its worth, trying to visit all the lower 48 NPs and make a trip to Alaska would require at least four months to properly visit all the locations you have listed. Unless you have the time it would be better to make Alaska a separate stand alone trip. Our trip was 54 days, including 7 days in Idaho visiting in-laws. I would have liked the trip to be 30 days longer but due to commitments I was limited to 60 days. 11,601 miles and did not visit Banff or Jasper. We plan to go back again and visit them.
     
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    For the kids (and maybe you), may I suggest you look into getting them National Park Passport books:
    https://www.eparks.com/product/22515/Passport-To-Your-National-Parks®/

    It makes the visit to each park even more interesting, the books have some basic info on each park, and you can make it a quest to get as many of the cancelation s and stamps as possible. It also creates a dated record of their travels.

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