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Toronto to Alaska - How Long?

I'm planning a little getaway next May. I'm thinking of heading to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then down to visit my sons in Seattle, Washington, and then back home.

Any thoughts on how long I should allow myself for the Toronto to Fairbanks leg, and then how long from Fairbanks to Seattle?

I'm allowing myself three weeks for the entire trip, but I'm just trying to figure out how to pace myself so I'm in Seattle on a specific date.

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Toronto to Fairbanks

I consistently go Ottawa to Whitehorse in 8 days
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I consistently go Ottawa to Whitehorse in 8 days
Ouch, that's much longer than I thought! And Fairbanks would be at least a day beyond that, maybe two...

How long were your driving days? I plan on long days until I get to the interesting scenery (BC), and then just the occasional photo stop until I get to the Yukon. At that point I'd like to stop more often so I can take lots of pictures.

Anyone else with any thoughts on this?
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To give you an idea . . .it is 5500 Km from Ottawa to Whitehorse, and I usually ride 10 to 12 hours per day . .with lots of stops for "bum break", and photos . . .

It is 6400 Km from Toronto to Fairbanks, so I can see at least 9 days for you . .unless you spend all day riding hard..

It is such a beautiful trip, it is a shame to race through it.
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From Whitehorse to Fairbanks is a full day ride. Either push though it in one day or make it two days - stopping in Tok, Alaska.

If you are heading from Whitehorse to Seattle, take the Cassiar Highway at 37 junction, just before Watson Lake. You will run into some gravel and mud, but it is easy enough on the strom. Just take your time and be careful. It ends in officially in Steward, as 37A, but you can take 37 to Prince George and then turn south on 97 and drop down to Vancouver instead of Queen's Highway 1. It will definately be more scenic.

Also, the Cassiar Highway from Delta Junction to Prince George is a full day's ride also - so plan on getting up early and riding until dark.

I'd recommend a route like this on the way up.

Then take this route on the way down.

You will be riding most of the days if you plan to do it all in three weeks. The routes I gave you make the mileage similar to the trip Coop74, GrayWolf, and I just took. 10350 miles for the total trip.

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Thanks!

Thanks for the update jstephenca, and for the detailed instructions Tige.

After talking to my sons (in Seattle) about the timing, it's better for me to head to Alaska first and then Seattle, rather than the other way around, so the maps you provided Tige will be the way I'll go.

I'll definitely look into your Cassiar Hwy and Prince George route suggestions.

I appreciate your responses, both of you. At least now I realize that three weeks *full* weeks is what I need to plan.
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Hello Beensy!

I'm headed up that way myself next June/July
I was going to take about 14 days to get to Fairbanks due to a detour up the Dempster and lots of stops along the way. I'm going to be out for about 5 weeks there and back. I'm going out across Canada and home through the US. I want to check out Glacier NP, Yellowstone, and the Black Hills on my way back. This is my dream trip..... at least for now!

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Hello Beensy!
I'm headed up that way myself next June/July
I was going to take about 14 days to get to Fairbanks due to a detour up the Dempster and lots of stops along the way. I'm going to be out for about 5 weeks there and back. I'm going out across Canada and home through the US. I want to check out Glacier NP, Yellowstone, and the Black Hills on my way back. This is my dream trip..... at least for now!
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I'd love to be able to stretch it out to 4 weeks, but it was even difficult getting 3 weeks off from work. I know it will make the trip a little rushed, especially trying to squeeze in some visiting with my sons along the way, but it's just something I *have* to do...
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Hey P...Currently in Ft Simpson NWT. my brother and I took 8 days to get here averaging approx 750 k per day. We camped all but two nights and this adds an hour or so to each end of your day. We ran maybe at the limit to perhaps 15 over...Miles in US and klicks here at home. Granted, we didn't have time to see too much other than the fantastic scenery from the saddle!

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Hey P...Currently in Ft Simpson NWT. my brother and I took 8 days to get here averaging approx 750 k per day. We camped all but two nights and this adds an hour or so to each end of your day. We ran maybe at the limit to perhaps 15 over...Miles in US and klicks here at home. Granted, we didn't have time to see too much other than the fantastic scenery from the saddle!
Cheers...Steverino
750 km per day, eh? I hope to average much more than that until I reach BC, and then slow down to take some pix after that.

Any problems finding campgrounds? Were most of the sites already in the GPS points-of-interest, or did you just look for places once you decided to call it quits each day?

It's too bad there isn't a central repository of campground GPX files somewhere... Or a GPX file of good rest stops... Or good unchained family restaurants... Or walmarts (always a clean washroom)...
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