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Yukon, Canada

Alaska & Yukon National Parks Self-Drive

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,720 pp incl. flights


Short description

A memorable road trip through Alaska's National Parks and the Yukon's gold rush landscapes


  • Discover the magnificence of the Denali National Park and take a bush plane flight past Mount McKinley
  • Explore Fairbanks, gateway to Alaska's interior and home to almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months
  • Travel the Top of the World Highway crossing the border into Canada's Yukon Territory

In Brief

  • 1 Night Anchorage
  • 1 Night Talkeetna
  • 2 Nights Denali National Park and Preserve
  • 2 Nights Fairbanks
  • 1 Night Tok
  • 2 Nights Dawson City
  • 2 Nights Whitehorse
  • 1 Night Haines Junction
  • 1 Night Tok
  • 1 Night Valdez
  • 1 Night Anchorage


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Mountains | Self-drive | Wildlife

The landscapes of Alaska and the Yukon are among North America's most dramatic – towering mountain ranges and vast glaciers frame rushing rivers and ancient forests home to bears, wolves and moose. Starting in Anchorage, this fly-drive takes in Denali National Park – home to the continent's highest peak – and the Golden Heart City of Alaska, Fairbanks. You'll then follow the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City in the Yukon and travel the South Klondike Highway to Haines Junction before going in search of more wildlife in the magnificent Kluane National Park.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Depart the UK on your daytime flight via Iceland to Anchorage. On arrival collect your rental vehicle and make your way to your city hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore. 

Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (Superior)

Day 2

Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage and the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. Denali climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets, colourful locals and bush pilots stroll the wooden sidewalks.

Stay: Susitna River Lodge, Talkeetna 

Days 3-4
Denali National Park Entrance

Explore the south side of Denali or make an early start for the drive to the Denali National Park. The day is yours to explore at your own pace so you have as much time as you like to enjoy the majesty of the park. You'll spend two nights here and on your second day we've included a full day tour deep into the park. Departing by coach you'll travel the full length of the restricted Denali Park Road with an experienced driver/guide who will help in your search for moose, bears, caribou and the numerous other wildlife that resides here. There will be plenty of stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs. Lunch is included at the Denali Backcountry lodge and there is time to try your hand at panning for gold or enjoying a nature hike. For the return journey to the park entrance you'll board a small bush plane for a scenic flight, which weather permitting, will take you close to Mount McKinley. 

Stay: Denali Cabins, Denali Park Entrance

Days 5-6

It's a short drive via Nenana to Fairbanks. The city is known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska and is gateway to the Alaskan interior, during the summer months you'll experience almost 24 hours of daylight. You have two nights in Fairbanks and there's chance to join an optional tour which takes you across the Arctic Circle to explore the interior. Alternatively take a drive along the Chena Hot Springs road (keep an eye out for moose), enjoy a hike or perhaps a dip at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. 

Stay: Rivers Edge Resort, Fairbanks

Day 7
Fairbanks to Tok

Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes through stands of White birch and Black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soak up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska pipeline. Tok’s role in the world has never expanded much beyond being a stop on the road. The town has built an economy of gas stations, gift stores, cafes, and hotels to serve highway travellers. 

Stay: Cleft of the Rock B&B, Tok (Standard)

Days 8-9
Dawson City

Today sees you embark on a journey along the dramatically named Top of the World Highway, a road which takes you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. As you reach the highest elevations you'll have incredible views of seemingly never-ending panoramas. Cross the Yukon River before arriving in Dawson City, which retains a true Klondike feel making you feel like you've travelled back in time. You'll spend two nights in Dawson City giving you an entire day free to explore the many historical sites - The SS Keno was the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, whilst the Jack London Interpretive Centre has the poets original cabin. Diamond Tooth Gerties is renowned as the infamous casino with 'Can-Can' floor shows.

Stay: Aurora Inn (Superior) 

Days 10-11

Continue south through the stark, raw landscape of the Yukon to Whitehorse. Take time to stop at Five Finger Rapids and enjoy a hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. You should arrive in the Yukon's capital city late afternoon.

Next day you have time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), a unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. 

Stay: Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Superior) 

Day 12
Whitehorse to Haines Junction

Follow the Haines Highway over the Chilkat Pass, passing Klukshu - a native summer fishing camp offering fabulous photo opportunities and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving in the Kluane National Park. Kluane covers the largest non-polar icefield in the world and you can visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre to learn more about the area.

Stay: The Raven Hotel (Standard) 

Day 13
Haines Junction to Tok

This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”.

Welcome back to Alaska. 

Stay: Cleft of the Rock B&B, Tok (Standard)

Meals: B

Day 14
Tok to Valdez

Scenic views are in abundance today as you continue along the Glenn Highway with impressive panoramas of the Wrangell Mountains. A stop at the historic roadhouse at Copper Centre is worthwhile and you can see the native fish wheels at Copper River. A little later into your drive the Worthington Glacier pops into view, take time to follow the boardwalk which leads to the toe of the glacier. Valdez - often referred to as the 'Switzerland of Alaska' is the gateway for some epic salmon fishing trips as well as excellent narrated cruises to the Columbia Glacier. You can also visit the terminus for the Alaska Pipeline, an incredible feat of engineering. 

Stay: Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn (Standard)

Day 15
Meares Glacier Cruise

Today, you have an opportunity to discover all of what majestic Prince William Sound has to offer – amazing glaciers, exciting wildlife and a rich history. En-route to Meares Glacier, the captain will travel the shorelines looking for the critters that call the Sound home - sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, humpback or orca whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins and cormorants. On board the captain will share with you stories about the history of the Sound, including early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing and the 1964 Earthquake. (lunch & afternoon snack served on board)

Stay: Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn (Standard)

Day 16
Valdez to Sheep Mountain Lodge

Today you will drive back north on the Richardson Highway with great views of the Wrangell Mountains as you return to Glennallen (weather permitting). Here you follow the Glenn Highway towards Palmer / Anchorage until you reach Sheep Mountain Lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenic mountain views or recreational activities in the area. There are over 12 miles of trails near the Lodge perfect for exploring. Birds and wildflowers abound. Maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking.

Stay: Sheep Mountain Lodge, Sheep Mountain 

Day 17
Sheep Mountain Lodge to Anchorage

Drive the Glenn Highway south to Anchorage. Highlights on today’s trip include the Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass and the many communities in the Mat-Su Valley. This valley contains many farms with the remarkable growing season in Alaska and offers beautiful views of the Chugach Range.

Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (Superior)

Day 18
Depart for UK

Return your rental car to Anchorage Airport and board your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 19
Arrive UK

On arrival in the UK continue with your onward journey. 



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,720 pp incl. flights



  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return international flights between UK and Anchorage
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour by coach with flight back to Denali National Park Entrance
  • Denali National Park entrance fee
  • Alaska Marine Highway Ferry between Valdez and Whittier
  • 6 hour tour of Kenai Fjord National Park
  • 18 days car rental and touring
  • Fully personalised travel documentation

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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