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Ridin with Style is very excited to offer a ride to Alaska. This trek to Alaska is nothing like other motorcycle tours. It's a special tour that offers scenic views of towering mountains, sparkling glaciers, and waterways along this historic highway as well as up-close encounters with wildlife such as sheep, eagles, and moose. It's the most fun you can have with your leathers on!
You will be staying in various accommodations, one of them is a beautiful lodge containing log cabins and a central hot tub to rest the muscles after an awesome day of riding.
Today will be your arrival day in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Upon arrival, you will hop on the hotel shuttle and have the day to enjoy all there is to do in the city, or just relax in the hotel pool until the group meets in the hotel ballroom to enjoy a welcoming meal, compliments from Ridin with Style. You will then have an orientation for the upcoming trip.
After a relaxing sleep in anticipation for the "Trek to Alaska", you will pick up your bike across the street from the hotel and head west to the Rockies. Once you are outside the city limits, the mountain view will begin. While riding through the foothills on the 4 lanes, you won't be able to keep your eyes off the mountain peaks which are normally snow-covered this time of the year.
Stopping for pictures at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are a must. Even a novice photographer can take incredible pics at these spectacular anomalies. You will also make a stop at the Columbia Icefields and the Athabasca Chute Falls. Jasper is then just around the corner for the nights' stop at some rustic cabins.
You will leave Jasper and travel west until the route turns 90 degrees north to take you through William Switzer Provincial Park. When the road turns west at Grand Prairie you will see the only grain and agriculture farming area on this trek.
As you enter Dawson Creek, you will stop for a photo session at the monument "Mile 0" of the Alcan Highway and visit an art gallery which holds much of the history behind the building of this engineering marvel. Afterward, your journey will then begin on the magnificent Alcan.
You will begin your journey on the Alaska Highway. One of your first stops is the Kiskatinaw Bridge on mile 21. At mile 148, you will see what's called as a "suicide hill" with its spectacular views. You will stay in Fort Nelson for the night.
This 300-mile stretch of the Alaska Highway is considered by many to be the most scenic part of the highway. The highway you'll take winds along the Summit lake and Muncho lake for 12 kilometers and gives you unparalleled views of the blue-green waters. You may also see bears, buffalos, and sheep along the way.
You'll stop at Liard River Hot Springs. Before the day is finished you'll cross the border into the magic and mysterious Yukon.
With plenty to see and do in Watson Lake, a couple of stops will be included. A trip to the department store which is a small store with everything you can imagine in it along with the sign post forest.
You will then continue north to enjoy the sites Yukon has to offer. You will see some large beautiful clear lakes such as Teslin and Marsh. Bringing a fishing pole may be a good idea. Your fuel and lunch stop will be in Teslin. Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon is your place of rest for the evening.
You will be traveling north from Whitehorse. In the distance, you can see the Wrangell-St Elias mountain range protruding to the sky. You will stay in Tok for the night.
On this day, you will complete the last leg of the Alaskan highway. Delta Junction is host to a monument milepost to mark the end of the historic roadway. Before turning onto the Richardson highway, you'll stop at the Buffalo Center Drive-In for a snack or just a soft ice cream or both.
You will continue the ride to Fairbanks, visiting the first Harley store on the route to buy a Harley T-shirt. After checking into your hotel for the night, a short walk to the Pioneer Park Museum for a true Alaskan salmon bake is a must try. It's an experience not to be missed.
This route is designated a National Scenic Byway in 2009. It will take you through some of the grandest scenery that Alaska has to offer.
The Parks Highway provides the most direct Highway access to Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley which stands 20.320 feet. No trip to Alaska is complete without traveling this beautifully paved road, twists, and turns with more creeks, gully's, rivers, and bridges than one can imagine. At the end of the day, you will arrive in the natural beauty and adventurous Anchorage, Alaska.
You'll ride along the Seward highway. This highway is an outstanding scenic byway that connects Anchorage with the community of Seward on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula. As you wind along the coastline, you may see beluga whales spouting, doll sheep grazing, and eagles soaring. You'll climb into the mountains for equally stunning views and wildlife viewing opportunities.
At the end of the road, you'll see a picturesque town nestled on the shores of Resurrection Bay where mountains rise majestically from crystal blue waters. You can take the afternoon to wander the streets, do some gift shopping, or a stroll down by the shoreline and watch the boats cruising up and down the inlet. The trip back is a mirror view, giving you a different look that will make you want to take a possible third look someday.
At the halfway point of your trip, this day is a 299-mile ride that includes one of the most unnoticed and unadvertised scenic drives in Alaska including the Chugach mountains and Worthington glacier.
At the Glen Allen Junction, your tour will start along the Richardson Highway that leads to Valdez. This highway was the first route known to gold seekers in 1898 as the Valdez to Eagle trail. It is a great paved road that has motorcycle riders smiling each and every mile. Thompson Pass is a relatively low elevation pass but you wouldn't know it as the cool temperatures and the dive in altitude when descending into the last stretch of highway into Valdez. It is rated as the top stretch of highway on this 21-day trek. This town is often referred to as "Little Switzerland".
On this day, you will have an excursion to the Columbia Glacier. You'll be able to witness the ice falling into the sea, causing thunderous explosions and massive plumes of spray. It is your day off the bike.
After a deserved day off the bike, you will gear up again and reunite with the highway. The reverse trip is a whole new trip on a bike. The sites you missed are will be seen on the return trip. The section that you will backtrack is a motorcycle dream road. Many moose can be seen throughout Alaska but the second half of this stretch is a moose haven with lots of marsh areas that the moose love. You will need to pay attention to the ditches as you enjoy the road.
You will travel south of Tok and cross the US and Canada border and enter Yukon. You will rest in Haines Junction in Yukon province after a long day ride.
This 160-mile trip today will be a pretty drive. You will be welcomed by Kathleen Lake, a striking view with clear waters casting shadows of the mountains in the background. Your first stop is the Million Dollar Falls, gorgeous but yet so powerful.
As you pull into Haines, you will witness a small village that is home to residents who would live nowhere else in the world. After a look around the town, you'll head out to Chilkoot Lake and River. You will also have a short ferry ride to Skagway where the gold seekers started their trek to find and fill their pockets with gold. You can also shop for gift before you rest for the night.
Today, the route will take up past Tutshi Lake, Moon Lake, and Bove Island. All 3 are picturesque mountain lakes. You'll have a quick stop at Carcross in Yukon to learn about its history and see a few pictures of the colorful murals on the buildings. You will then jump back on the Alcan highway for a short stretch back towards Watson Lake and stay over in neat little cabins at the junction of Highway 3 and the Cassiar highway which will you tackle tomorrow.
You will continue your journey today by heading south on Highway 37 (The Cassiar Highway), a very scenic route with sufficient fuel and service stops along the way. An abundant amount of bears should be seen along with caribou at Gnat Pass and Stone Sheep south of Good Hope. The highway is narrower than most of them and the north half contains no lines to divide the lanes. Your night stay is at a beautiful lodge containing log cabins and a central hot tub to rest the muscles after an awesome day of riding.
Today, you will complete the south 150 miles of the Cassiar Highway. A quick stop to view some authentic totem poles at a small Indian village before you hit the Yellowstone highway will happen.
You'll travel east on the Yellowhead and Highway 16, a paved Trans-Canada Highway that extends from Winnipeg in Manitoba through Saskatchewan in Alberta and ends at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. It is a very scenic highway passing through mountains, forests, and farmland. The section of highway will show you many logging communities where huge stacks of logs await to be processed. As you pull into your stop for the night, you'll check your odometers for 392 miles, your farthest distance traveled day.
Today, you will get a break from the mountain peaks and ride through a beautiful ranching and agriculture area with a lot of rolling foothills that has an amazing green and silver poplar in the mix. You will also wind through Robson Valley and see incredible views of Fraser River as it flows through this picture perfect valley.
The afternoon will take you back to the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. After various photo stops, you will enter Jasper National Park and call Jasper your home for the evening. You can pick up some last minute souvenirs to remind you of your visit there long after the trip ends.
This is the last day of riding, and it will be another scenic overdose. You will head south, down through Highway 93 towards Calgary and stop in Banff to see Columbia Glacier and so much more.
Unfortunately, this day will be your last day of the tour. A shuttle is available to drive you to the airport.
You will have an excursion to Columbia Glacier. You'll get to experience spectacular calving events. this is a very sought after touring on one of the most prestigious yachts in the Valdez Harbour.You don't have to worry about the rough waters as the route has calm protected waters in the Prince William Sound.
During this trip to Alaska, you will ride across Canada and USA. Here are the places, sites, and tracks that you will visit or pass through on the tour:
Calgary is known for the longest running outdoor rodeo the Stampede. Participants travel from all over the world to participate with large prize money divided amongst winners. This is where it gets its slang handle "Cow Town". Don't let that fool you, Calgary has a perfect combination of western cowboy country trails to a modern culture that boasts a high occupancy of the provinces' large corporate head offices that make the downtown core their home.
This is undisturbed wild land on the northern doorstep of the Rockies which is pure eye candy. You can enjoy the foothills, meadows, evergreen and aspen forests, glacial lakes, and wetlands here.
Liard River Hot springs features its natural hot water river, leaves you wondering how mother nature heats this water to a temperature almost unbearable. The pools are set to salsify everyone to their perfect so desired temperatures.
This is a grain and agriculture farming area. Farmers face a short growing season to harvest these crops. It is not hard to notice this city relies on the oil and forest industry to provide a healthy living for its residents. It is obvious with the sites of residential dwellings that line the outskirts of the city which would be dream homes for the average Canadian.
Dawson Creek is rich with oil. The highway for the first 75 miles is usually busy with oilfield trucks and tankers. The roads are in great shape but one has to keep an eye out for bear along the way as they are plentiful in this area.
Kiskatinaw Bridge is located on mile 21. A 531 ft. It is a curved structure, one of the first of its kind in Canada. It is the only original timber bridge built along the highway which is still in use.
This highway is considered by many to be the most scenic part of the highway. Summit Lake is the highest elevation on the entire highway and Muncho Lake and its turquoise colors are simply beautiful. The highway winds along the lake for 12 kilometers and gives unparalleled views of the blue-green waters. The color is attributed to copper oxide leaching into the lake. The wildlife is so abundant, some of the animals are bears, buffalos, and sheep.
Watson lake is the town's most favorite attraction. It all started in 1942 when Carl Lindley, a homesick soldier while working on the Alaskan highway, erected a sign and pointed it towards his hometown of Danville, Illinois. The collection of signs is constantly added to each year by visitors.
Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park covering 22.000 square kilometers. It is also home to Kluane Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
The Parks Highway provides the most direct highway access to Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley which stands 20.320 feet. No trip to Alaska is complete without traveling this beautifully paved road, twists, and turns with more creeks, gully's, rivers and bridges than one can imagine.
Anchorage is a city in Alaska that has the highest concentration of glaciers in the country. More than 50 of them can be found within 50 miles of downtown. Summer days stretch into midnight and beyond.
Yukon is the region in Canada which is famous for Klondike Gold Rush that began after gold was discovered near Dawson City, Yukon in 1896. It also boasts the incredible St. Elias Mountains which span to include Wrangell-St Elias National park in the USA, Kluane National Park in Canada, and Glacier Bay National park in Alaska. The range also contains the highest mountain in Canada which is Mount Logan.
The Kluane National Park is one of the most beautiful that you will witness. The gorgeous lakes and snow covered peaks will leave you speechless.
This highway was completed in 1972 connecting the Alaska Highway in Yukon to the Yellowstone Highway in British Columbia, stretching 450 miles in length. It's a very scenic route with sufficient fuel and service stops along the way. An abundant amount of bears should be seen along with caribou at Gnat Pass and Stone Sheep south of Good Hope. The highway is narrower than most and the north half contains no lines to divide the lanes.
Highway 93, also known as the "Icefields Parkway" was identified by travelers magazine as one of the 20 most drives of a lifetime. It has jaw-dropping sceneries that parallel the continental divide, traversing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies.
On the first day, you will be welcomed by a welcome supper. You will also have complimentary breakfast when available.
Please arrive at Calgary International Airport (YYC). A hotel shuttle will be waiting to pick you up. This pick-up is already included in the price.