One road, two countries, and 2,232km – a journey along the Alaska Highway promises to be the road trip of a lifetime.
Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Your roadtrip starts in the "Mile 0 City" of Dawson Creek
Known as the 'Mile 0 City', Dawson Creek, British Columbia, is the official starting point of the Alaska Highway. The name itself comes from the creek that runs through the town and has no connection with the similarly-named 90s show (sorry to disappoint any fans).
Before you hit the road, make sure you check out the Alaska Highway House where you can learn about the history of the highway and how its development changed the lives of the communities along its course.
An 8-minute drive from the highway, Stonebridge Hotel Dawson Creek offers guests a full, hot breakfast daily – a perfect way to start your trip.
Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada
Make sure your bring an item bearing your hometown name for the Sign Post Forest
Located near the border of British Columbia in southern Yukon, Watson Lake is home to one of the most famous landmarks along the Alaska Highway: the Sign Post Forest.
In 1942, when a soldier was ordered to repair a signpost marking nearby destinations, he decided to add a marking for his hometown of Danville, Illinois (4,562km away). Since then, more than 100,000 signposts for hometowns around the world have been added to the Sign Post Forest.
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Whitehorse is the perfect spot to experience Yukon's remote nature
The largest and only city in the Yukon, Whitehorse is located at kilometre 1,326 along the Alaska Highway. This capital city was named for the White Horse Rapids, which resembled the mane of a white horse, and is a great spot to relax after a long day’s drive. This is mainly thanks to the Takhini Hot Springs, located just outside the city. The hot springs have pools of two different temperatures and are a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Just five minutes from the city centre, SKKY Hotel offers modern accommodation and an on-site restaurant specialising in Korean and Japanese cuisine.
Delta Junction, Alaska, USA
Stretch your legs with a walk around Moose Lake
Delta Junction sits at 'Historic Milepost 1422', marking the official end of the Alaska Highway. It is here that the Alaska Highway meets Richardson Highway and continues on another 155km to Fairbanks.
Hiking around Moose Lake is a great way to experience the raw beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and potentially catch a glimpse of the moose that gather near the lake. Located right off of the Alaska Highway, Trophy Lodge offers guests an on-site restaurant and free parking.
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Try your luck and pan for gold in the Chena River
Though not officially part of the Alaska Highway, easy access from Delta Junction makes Fairbanks a great destination for those looking to extend their multi-country road trip by a few more days. The largest city in the interior region of Alaska, Fairbanks was founded during a gold rush in the early 1900s.
Today, you can still try your luck and pan for gold in the Chena River that weaves through the city. Fairbanks is also a great base for any further exploration of the Alaskan Interior or Arctic regional, of which many major destinations are within a 5-hour drive. Sophie Station Suites offers self-catered units with a living room and kitchen, perfect to unwind in after a day of driving.