We are planning on 2 weeks. We can do Glacier NP on our second day from home. I don't want to do huge days, but 300 + mile days would be fine.
How long was your trip and what was your average day?
Thanks a lot for the tips.
We were three weeks but that was out of Toronto and included 5 days to get home ( we flew the bikes out ). We were 22 days in total ....due to weather and being a little ahead of schedule we got home 2 days early. We also had a full rest day in Prince Rupert - I think it took the kid that long to get warm ( as I said take layers ) ....we went the same time you are planning...maybe a tad earlier.
We diverted over to Vancouver Island via The Inside Passage Ferry from Prince Rupert and then rode down ( not a lot to see on the north end ) but the middle west coast is superb.
The road to Port Alberni one of the best of the trip but you need to catch a quiet time tho I suppose you are not focused on riding twists hard.
Scenery is breathtaking.
This could be part of the trip - you catch 99 - as a distance reference Vancouver to Lilloet is an easy day - we got out of Vancouver at noon ( kid was chasing gloves ) ...I got into Lilloet at 6 ....kid got very lost ( understandable ...I missed the turn too and he wanted to play hooligan on one of the best roads EVAH ) and finally surfaced around 10 pm at night 80 km south. One very worried dad for a few hours.
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You've got just enough time to do the Kenai and I'd take that over Banff and Jasper any day but you have to be weather wary for the Kenai and have an alternative. It's 2300 miles or so from Glacier to Anchorage -
not a lot of margin on 300 mile days but you have long daylight hours too. You would then retrace and cut over on the Cassiar to head south.
You can also take a superb ferry down from the Kenai. If the weather is right Valdez/Kenai will be the highlight of your trip. The hard guess is booking a ferry ahead of time.
At the very least you have lots of time for the Cassiar and Steward/Hyder ...there is a natural loop in BC up through Banff and Jasper then up the Yellowhead - beleive me you will never regret that ride in Hyder/Steward if the weather behaves.
We did this one by car
You could ride up as far as Hyder/Steward ....assess your time and the weather. Then come back down and maybe do Vancouver Island if the Kenai/Valdez is too far.
Kid and I averaged 525 KM a day- that's just about bang on for you. The car trip averaged much longer days but two drivers and the downside of Alaska is the distances. You can take the Marine Highway all the way down from the Kenai and get to the inaccessible ports along the way.
You could slice out chunks of this
Alaska Marine Highway System - 14 Day Driving / Motorcycle Tour: Anchorage to Prince Rupert
14 Day Driving / Motorcycle Tour: Anchorage to Prince Rupert
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Route map for the fourteen day trip from Anchorage to Prince Rupert
If you've driven to Interior Alaska, and are looking for different views on the way back home, the ferry provides excellent opportunities to access the coastal communities of the Inside Passage. Traveling on the ferry from Skagway to Prince Rupert will save you nearly 1,000 miles of driving as you relax and enjoy the scenery. On this two-week tour, drive along the Glenn Highway, a National Scenic Byway, and the Taylor & Top of the World Highway, an Alaska Scenic Byway, before continuing through Southeast Alaska on the only marine route designated as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. This itinerary can also be completed in reverse, board the ferry in Prince Rupert and head north on your Alaska adventure.
At the very least get to Hyder/Steward then you can say you hit Alaska
and laugh at the snarky border crossing ..
this is why you have to be critter careful....perfect camo