The Alaskan Itinerary

I have to meet everyone in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 11.  I’m planning to be in the area earlier than that, as my last post detailed.  From Idaho, we’ll leave to head towards Banff and Jasper.  Here is a map of the trip from Coeur d’Alene to the end point of the tour in Ferndale, WA.

Alaska itinerary

We will sometimes be at a place for several days–such as 3 nights in Banff and 3 more nights in Jasper, but other sites will just be an overnight (such as Fort Nelson).  On the way to Alaska, we’ll go through the Yukon Territory up to Dawson City.  We’ll cross into Alaska and overnight in Chicken.  From there, we’ll head to Tok, and then to Valdez.

From Valdez we go to Palmer, then to Seward and Homer.  From there, we’ll go back north to Anchorage, then to Denali (4 nights) and then Fairbanks.  We’ll then make our way south to Ferndale.

There’s a lot I’m looking forward to.  In Watson Lake, YT there is something called the Signpost Forest.  People who visit bring a sign to hang.  I don’t have one yet, nor any idea what I should hang up.  Put your suggestions in the comments below!

 

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In Homer, we’ll actually be camping out on a spit of land!

 

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I’m told the Kenai peninsula is absolutely breathtaking.

 

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And I’ve long wanted to visit Banff and Lake Louise!

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One stop I’m really looking forward to is in Stewart, British Columbia.  We’ll cross into Alaska at Hyder, the easternmost town in Alaska.  It can only be reached by road from Canada; it does not have any connection to the US otherwise.  But, it is the home of the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site  Bears start coming here when the salmon start running in mid-summer.  It looks amazing.

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Border crossing into Hyder
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Fishing spot

Obviously, there are lots of stops I haven’t covered.  That’s all still to come!  I hope to document each place as best I can, with my own photos and descriptions.  As of today, May 5, there are 3 weeks until I leave.  It’s terrifying; I’m not ready.  But, I really can’t wait to get started!  Let me know if you have any ideas for a sign.  I haven’t had time to even think about it.

3 Replies to “The Alaskan Itinerary”

  1. So excited to follow your trip! (And so jealous, too!) The Kenai Peninsula looks EXACTLY like the pictures you posted above. We thought everything about Alaska was amazing! Good luck with your final preparations! (And I think Jill would agree with me that your sign should definitely say something about the stripper pits of our fair land, lol!)

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  2. Hey Andrea, I am happy and excited for you to be able to make this dream trip,, better do these things while you are still young and have the nerve to try adventures like this. I have always wanted to go to Alaska but the closest I will ever get is following your blog and seeing it thru your eyes and pics. Hope all goes well, and not too many mishaps, keep us informed, I dont have any suggestions for your sign but I know you will come up with a good one.

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