Alaska-Yukon Cruise Tour

Vancouver, BC

Juneau, AK

Skagway, AK

Whitehorse, Yukon

Dawson City, Yukon

Eagle, AK

Chicken, AK

Tok, AK

Fairbanks, AK

Fort Yukon, AK

Denali National Park

Anchorage, AK

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Klondike Highway

I included the history of the highway since our road trip started in Fraser, British Columbia, to Whitehorse, Yukon.  And from there to Dawson City.  The trip from Skagway to Fraser was via the White Pass Railroad.

The Klondike Highway links the Alaskan coastal town of Skagway to Yukon's Dawson City and its route somewhat parallels that used by prospectors in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.

It starts in the state of Alaska for 15 miles, up through the White Pass in the Coast Mountains where it crosses the Canadian border to British Columbia for 56 km, then enters Yukon where it reaches the Alaska Highway near Whitehorse and shares a short section with that highway until north of Whitehorse, where it diverges once more to Dawson City. The highway is 443 miles long.

The original 53 km section known locally as the Carcross Road was actually made into a part of the Alaska Highway in 1942.  Construction of the "Carcross-Skagway Road" began in the 1950s, was abandoned partway up a mountain from Skagway, resumed in 1976-1977 and was completed between Skagway and Carcross in August 1978. It was only open for a few weeks before seasonal closure. The first full summer season of use was in 1979.

The Carcross-Skagway Road portion of the highway underwent substantial rerouting, widening and paving in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The highway remains a popular tourist route (cars, RVs, buses), and provides an economic means for the White Pass railway to offer train excursions connecting at Fraser to buses from or toward points north.

 



North Klondike Highway
-  The quality of roads from Whitehorse to Dawson City prior to 1950 was poor and only for the hardiest of travelers and motorized vehicles.

Even as of 1979, the entire Klondike Highway was gravel, but by 1982, some paving had been laid down. Rebuilding and some rerouting was completed in the late 1980s.

 

On the map below, the yellow line is the route of our entire trip coming from the south east to Skagway via cruise ship.  Then taking the White Pass Railroad to Fraser, BC.  The bus trip was from Fraser to Dawson City.  Dawson City to Eagle, Alaska was via a boat on the Yukon River.  From Eagle it was back on a bus to Fairbanks.  Fairbanks to Denali National Park was via rail car.  Fairbanks to Anchorage was also by a comfortable rail car.

Clicking on the map below will appear larger to follow the trip route.

 

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