Field editors for The MILEPOST travel guide to Alaska have driven a variety of vehicles while exploring the highways and byways of the North, from a VW Eurovan to a thirty foot motorhome. This year, after much discussion, we ended up with a leased truck and a used camper to take out on the road. We’ve found the truck camper combination to be a great choice for driving the North for The MILEPOST, and are already planning to upgrade next year. The truck camper is not too big or too long for the narrow side roads we explore, and yet it offers us room to sleep and work while on the road.
The MILEPOST truck camper has been up and down the Alaska Highway twice this summer and has been on just about every highway we cover in Alaska, as well as routes in Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories. Here are our reports from our summer on the road.
Many regard The Milepost as the true bible of North Country travel. Part of this acclaim comes from the verification process that occurs each year. Field editors annually validate route information and update the details concerning things like accommodations, road conditions, potential side trips, hunting and fishing opportunities, ferry schedules and sightseeing venues. Along with exhaustive route information, this guide provides detailed guidance on how to cross the international borders with a minimum of trouble. Even if you can’t visit Alaska this year, the Milepost and its accompanying digital edition make it an excellent armchair companion for the virtual traveler.
A great feature of the Milepost is its base itineraries and activity suggestions. One example is an itinerary that details travel beginning with travel through Southeast Alaska on the ferry, looping through the Yukon to the west toward Anchorage and returning south via the Alaska and Cassiar Highways. Spanning more than 3,500 miles, this trip covers an amazing diversity of terrain, cultural landmarks, communities and sightseeing options. One suggested activity is to visit the many glaciers that can be accessed with a vehicle like Matanuska Glacier on the Glenn Highway and Worthington Glacier on the Richardson Highway or consider a day trip on a small cruise ship to Sawyer Glacier near Juneau and Columbia Glacier near Valdez.