Yukon and Alaska Explorer Self Drive

13 Nights

Yukon & Northwest Territories

Your adventure begins in Whitehorse through spectacular rugged mountains, serene landscapes, and breathtaking scenery. Gold Rush towns still speak of fortunes made and lost at the end of the 18th century, original and restored buildings showcasing the daily life of those early prospectors. Combined with a captivating flightseeing tour of vast glacial parklands, this itinerary offers a truly unique experience just few hundred kilometers below the Arctic Circle.

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Highlights

  • Soak in the breathtaking sights of Kluane National Park, including Mt Logan, the 2nd highest peak in North America
  • Discover the towering mountains, wide valleys, roaring rivers and rippling streams of Alaska’s interior
  • Explore moose, caribou and grizzly bears at the Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America
  • Descend into the lush Matanuska River Valley, the richest agricultural region in Alaska, where 20-hour summer days produce giant vegetables
  • Explore wildlife and over 150 native plant species at the Chugach National Forest and Anchorage Botanical Gardens
  • Bring out the adventurer in you and you pass untouched wilderness at at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the US and Canada.
  • Drive through the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance
  • Board the world-famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway to journey through Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls
  • Day 1 - Arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Day 2 - Whitehorse to Haine's Jucntion
  • Day 3 - Haine's junction to Beaver creek
  • Day 4 - Beaver Creek to Fairbanks
  • Day 5 - Fairbanks to Denali National Park
  • Day 6 - Denali National Park
  • Day 7 - Denali National Park to Anchorage
  • Day 8 - Anchorage
  • Day 9 - Anchorage to Tok
  • Day 10 - Tok to Dawson City
  • Day 11 - Dawson City
  • Day 12 - Dawson City to Whitehorse
  • Day 13 - Whitehorse
  • Day 14 - End of Tour
  • Additional Information

Arrive at Whitehorse Airport and transfer independently to your hotel in central Whitehorse. Pick-up your Jonview Canada Roadbook at the front desk as you check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this historic town. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Meals Included: Ro

Coast High Country Inn

This quiet downtown location is right next to Jim Light Park and within walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Main Street. Not to mention we’re just a block away from the famous Yukon River. We have a range of well-appointed, recently renovated rooms for you to choose from, including Jacuzzi, kitchenette, and pet-friendly options.

Begin your northern adventure as you head west through the small villages of the territory to Haine’s Junction, situated on the edge of the massive Kluane National Park. Overnight in Haine’s Junction.

Meals Included: Ro

Raven Hotel

The Raven Hotel is located in the beautiful community of Haines Junction, in southwest Yukon. The hotel is strategically located a few steps from the town's amenities, including the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre, the Recreation Complex, and the St. Elias Convention Centre. You will thrill at the beauty that abounds right outside the door of your hotel room. Enjoy great photo opportunities, hiking, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing, whatever your adventurous heart desires. At The Raven Hotel, you will experience small-town charm with warm and personal service. Relax in the refined comfort of one of the 12 en-suite rooms, each with direct outdoor access. All rooms offer private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, flat screen TVs and FREE wireless internet. We also provide a complimentary continental breakfast to start your day! Whether you are planning a romantic get-away, a business conference or just a great Yukon adventure, you can expect upscale convenience and modern elegance at The Raven Hotel.

Today you continue west, stopping just short of the international border. Hiking trails of various skill levels are all close by and easily accessible along the Alaska Highway. After checking into your hotel, depart on an incredible flightseeing tour to see the incredible sights of Kluane National Park from spectacular heights. The St. Elias mountains rise up from the sweeping lines of the glacier fields, the highest being Mt. Logan at almost 6000 metres making it the second-highest point in North America. After a day of exploration, spend some time at the hotel’s large fire pit for some camaraderie with your fellow guests under the gleaming Yukon stars. Overnight in Beaver Creek.

Meals Included: Ro

Discovery Yukon Lodgings

Discovery Yukon Lodgings has been described by guests, as an oasis of green and wildflowers. We are an eco-tourism destination nestled at the foothills of Kluane Park Preserve, at Km 1818 Alaska Highway. Located 50km southeast of Beaver Creek, midway between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. Discovery Yukon Lodgings provides a variety of accommodation options from handcrafted log cabins, queen size motel rooms, full service RV and tent sites with a variety of facilities. We consider ourselves a favourite destination for many travelers and not simply a stop along the route between Whitehorse, Yukon and Anchorage, as well as the major cities in Alaska

Crossing into the United States, you travel the Alaska Highway en route to Fairbanks, travelling through a chain of small towns that have played
parts in the stories and history of Alaska such as Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson. This intriguing community is administrative hub of Alaska’s interior, located less than 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Meals Included: Ro

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center

The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is rising to new heights in Fairbanks and sets the standard for elegance, style and service in the Golden Heart City. With a convenient downtown location, the Westmark Fairbanks is prepared to meet your every need, whether business or leisure. Your hospitality needs are served with 400 guest rooms and more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space. Junior, executive and two room suites are available. Wi-Fi internet connection is also available. 

Today’s route takes you along the George Parks Highway, across the Tanana River and on to Denali National Park. The towering mountains, wide valleys, roaring rivers and rippling streams of Alaska’s interior offer visitors excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. You may decide to independently arrange hiking, fishing or canoeing against the backdrop of a pristine wilderness. Driving south, you will soon see Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 6193 m – an eternal sentinel that marks the entrance into Denali National Park. Overnight in Denali National Park.

Meals Included: Ro

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

Scenic property on boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska. Beautiful cedar hotel rooms on river or on hill. Pioneer Alaska Family Owned property. Not a big corporate hotel property.

Today you may decide to independently explore some of the many day hike trails Denali National Park. The protected parklands stretch out serenely
beneath the shadows of the majestic Mount McKinley, giving visitors the opportunity to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Many of the animals can often be spotted in plain view from the access roads. Overnight in Denali National Park.

Meals Included: Ro

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

Scenic property on boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska. Beautiful cedar hotel rooms on river or on hill. Pioneer Alaska Family Owned property. Not a big corporate hotel property.

Today you will continue your adventure southbound, traversing vast woodlands of spruce, birch and aspen. Descending from the interior, Alaska’s great geographical diversity becomes evident as the dense evergreen forests
and windswept mountains give way to the lush Matanuska River Valley. The Matanuska River Valley is the richest agricultural region in Alaska, where 20-hour summer days produce giant vegetables. Before dusk, you will reach Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet. Overnight in Anchorage.

Meals Included: Ro

Westmark Anchorage Hotel

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Westmark Anchorage Hotel is a perfect blend of sophistication and convenience. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet from the private balconies that adjoin every guest room. Check your e-mail on our complimentary high-speed internet station or simply relax in the always popular Solstice Bar & Grill. Adjacent to the Egan Center and Performing Arts Center and blocks away from the 5th Avenue Mall, the Westmark Anchorage is the perfect hotel choice for downtown accessibility. With a restaurant, lounge and over-sized guestrooms, the Westmark Anchorage offers supreme comfort in Alaska's largest city. 

Today is yours to experience the modern city of Anchorage and its surroundings. Explore Chugach National Forest, a wildlife-photographer's delight that is also popular with anglers and hikers. You may decide to have a relaxing day in town, visiting the Anchorage Tourism Centre, or perhaps a leisurely stroll through the beautiful displays of the Anchorage Botanical Gardens featuring more than 1100 species of hardy perennials and over 150 native arctic plant species. End the day on a waterside patio and perhaps a dinner of famous Alaskan crab! Overnight in Anchorage.

Meals Included: Ro

Westmark Anchorage Hotel

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Westmark Anchorage Hotel is a perfect blend of sophistication and convenience. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet from the private balconies that adjoin every guest room. Check your e-mail on our complimentary high-speed internet station or simply relax in the always popular Solstice Bar & Grill. Adjacent to the Egan Center and Performing Arts Center and blocks away from the 5th Avenue Mall, the Westmark Anchorage is the perfect hotel choice for downtown accessibility. With a restaurant, lounge and over-sized guestrooms, the Westmark Anchorage offers supreme comfort in Alaska's largest city. 

Today depart Anchorage and travel east along the highways just above the fjords and inlets that help create some of the most dramatic park settings in the north. Perhaps pack a picnic lunch before leaving Anchorage and stop at milepost marker 101 and the large Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area. This is apopular location to stop and take advantage of the easy walking trail that parallels the glacier and the Matanuska River. A pavilion provides shelter and a resting spot for those who wish to simply sit and enjoy the view. Continue on to Tok where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Tok.

Meals Included: Ro

Three Bears Tok Motel

The Three Bears Tok Motel is a family owned establishment. Friendly staff is ready to serve you with affordable rooms that are extra clean and feature all of your standard motel amenities. The motel is conveniently located in downtown Tok, within walking distance of a restaurant, bar, post office, and grocery store. Whether sightseeing in Alaska or just passing through, choose Three Bears Tok Motel. Room Check-In is 8:00am-11:00pm daily.

For a true sense of the wilds of the north, today’s route will bring out the adventurer in you. Striking back towards the border through some of the most untouched wilderness in North America, youpass back over into Canada at Little Gold Camp – the highest border crossing between the two countries. Following the aptly-named Top-of-the-World Highway the road continues on to riverside town of Dawson City, one of the major focal points of the 18th century Gold Rush where prospectors made and lost their fortunes. Overnight in Dawson Creek.

Meals Included: Ro

Westmark Inn Dawson City

Unwind in Dawson City’s premier hotel, the Westmark Inn Dawson City offers travelers spacious and comfortable accommodations with warm northern hospitality in the middle of the Yukon Territory. Ranked #1 of all Dawson City hotels and winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, the Westmark Inn is situated in the heart of downtown and is open mid-May through mid-September. The hotel features 177 turn-of-the-century rooms, perfect for large or small parties.

Relive the days of prospecting with a day of independent exploration of this historic city. Many original buildings have stood the test of time, while others have been faithfully restored to either their original grandeur, or rustic ruggedness. Take the day to tour the historic landmarks of Dawson City and visit the surrounding goldfields that still resonate with the Klondike’s “Spirit of ’98”. You may choose to try your hand at panning for gold at an authentic, working gold claim. For a slightly different venue, visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and try your luck at any of the establishment’s games of chance. Overnight in Dawson City.

Meals Included: Ro

Westmark Inn Dawson City

Unwind in Dawson City’s premier hotel, the Westmark Inn Dawson City offers travelers spacious and comfortable accommodations with warm northern hospitality in the middle of the Yukon Territory. Ranked #1 of all Dawson City hotels and winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, the Westmark Inn is situated in the heart of downtown and is open mid-May through mid-September. The hotel features 177 turn-of-the-century rooms, perfect for large or small parties.

The Klondike Highway is your access route back to the southern region of the Yukon. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the mighty Stewart
River before it joins with the mighty Yukon River for its 3,500 km journey up to Alaska’s Bering Sea. You will be passing through the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam in abundance. You may choose to stop at one of the gold rush staging posts and Bonanza Creek to see the origins of the Gold Rush and the way of life those early prospectors experienced. Arriving in Whitehorse, relax after a long day of travelling at your hotel or perhaps visit one of the many eateries around town. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Meals Included: Ro

Coast High Country Inn

This quiet downtown location is right next to Jim Light Park and within walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Main Street. Not to mention we’re just a block away from the famous Yukon River. We have a range of well-appointed, recently renovated rooms for you to choose from, including Jacuzzi, kitchenette, and pet-friendly options.

Today you embark on a full-day scenic trip along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you board the world-famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway to journey through areas that still echo with the hardships and fortunes of the past such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. The route travels over the White Pass Summit, offering views from a height of 880m before ending in Skagway, Alaska. Return by motorcoach to Whitehorse to relax for the evening at your hotel. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Meals Included: Ro

Coast High Country Inn

This quiet downtown location is right next to Jim Light Park and within walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Main Street. Not to mention we’re just a block away from the famous Yukon River. We have a range of well-appointed, recently renovated rooms for you to choose from, including Jacuzzi, kitchenette, and pet-friendly options.

Today your northern adventure comes to an end as you transfer independently to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals Included: Ro

Included

  • Accommodation for 13 nights
  • Day 3, 1 - hour flightseeing tour of Kluane National Park
  • Day 13, full-day White Pass & Yukon Route sightseeing trip
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook containing essential
    travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and customised day-by-day routing maps
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST

Not included

Airport transfers
Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
Park entrance fees
Car rental, taxes and insurance
Fuel