Stories From the Road Bike, Ski, and RV: Yukon to Southeast Alaska
We’re used to dirtbagging it on our trips, whether that’s sleeping in tents, cars, or under the stars. But when the opportunity came up to travel through the Yukon and Southeast Alaska in an RV, we couldn’t pass it up! We’ve been to the Yukon several times in the past, for work and for play, and every time we’ve fallen further in love with the landscapes of the north. Endless mountain ranges, roads that reach above treeline, and friendly people made it an easy decision to come visit again—not to mention we had a wedding to attend in Juneau along the way.
We had never stayed in an RV before, and we always thought to ourselves, ‘how much better than tent camping could it really be?’ It turns out: WAY better. The stove, oven, fridge, running water, and other creature comforts add up to a great experience, but never having to pitch a tent or break down camp is what really pushed it over the edge.
The sun rises super early and sets super late in the north (4:30am and 11pm, anyone?) and spring skiing needs to happen early—travel is easiest and safest while the snow is still frozen up in the morning. Having the convenience of the RV to camp, cook, and live in made it possible to climb and ski the mountains we saw from the road, and gave us a comfortable space to spend the down time.
We also appreciated that our itinerary never had us driving for more than a couple of hours at a time: it never felt like we had a ‘travel day,’ which means that it felt like all play!
RVing delivers all of the best parts of camping, with all the discomforts and inconveniences completely removed—which for us, meant we had more time and energy to spend skiing, biking, and adventuring in the mountains!
We started and finished our trip in Whitehorse, Yukon, and drove a loop including two beautiful ferry rides in Alaska. Some highlights and recommendations:
An RV might be the perfect base camp for adventuring: imagine a small hotel room on wheels, with all the amenities, parked right at the trailhead. Considerably more comfortable than a tent in any weather, with zero setup time, and complete with a bed, fridge, stove, running water, and all-important bug-nets in the windows.
But there are also a lot of ways in which RVs are decidedly not hotel rooms—they’re much smaller, and there’s no housekeeping service to clean it while you’re away. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the most of your RV for adventuring.
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