If you’re planning on taking a drive to Alaska there are only a couple direct driving routes that will take you there. You can either drive the Cassiar Highway, which is a small mostly rural route, or drive the Alaska Canada Highway (aka the Al-Can), which is a slightly larger, slightly less rural route. :-) No matter which way you go you’ll be guaranteed two things: several days of non-stop driving, and miles of wide open spaces. Since we had the opportunity to make the drive last fall we decided to put together this handy dandy guide and road trip planner for driving the Alaska-Canada Highway.
Finding a dog friendly hotel gets to be very difficult when you travel to remote regions of the country. We were having a bit of trouble finding a dog friendly hotel while visiting Fairbanks, Alaska when a new friend of ours recommended Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. It turned out to be exactly what we were looking for: fun, quirky, and friendly. We loved it so much we ended up staying there twice! If you’re planing on visiting Fairbanks AK, take a look at this Pike’s Waterfront Lodge review to see why Pike’s might just be the place for you and your dogs.
We traveled through the city of Valdez , Alaska and came across one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen in nature. While entering the city, after crossing through Thompson’s Pass, we came across hundreds of bald eagles nesting in trees and fishing in the streams. It was very easy to see why these are America’s national bird. They are so majestic. There were so many of them, we just had to stop and take it all in.
A Mooseberry Inn in Tok, Alaska was the first bed and breakfast we have ever stayed in. Kenin and I traveled for many years and stayed in everything from a tent to the Ritz Carlton. Somehow, we managed to completely avoid B&Bs altogether. We always thought the idea of a B&B was a little odd. This is the bed and breakfast that converted me.
When we told everyone that we were going to take a road trip from Florida to Alaska in a VW GTI, we received a rather mixed response. We heard everything from “Are you nuts!?!?” to “That’s epic! Take me with you!”. I have to admit that before (and during) our trip Lauren and I both questioned our own and each others’ sanity at certain points. Even now, after we’ve returned home, there are moments when I look back at our pictures and question whether or not it all really happened. When you want to do something big, or different, you usually have to go a bit against the grain to make it work, and to me, that’s one of the things that makes it all worthwhile. I decided, now that we’ve made it, to try and summarize (if that’s even possible) our entire Key West, Florida to Deadhorse, Alaska road trip in one post!