Alaska: Ultimate RV Road Trip, part 4 — Planning tips

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+Alaska_Frank Flavin - Glacier viewing in PortageThere are free vacation planners and valuable travel information available online from the State of Alaska and North to Alaska.com.

John Holod’s of RV Adventure Videos travel DVDs include: “Alaska: RV Adventure of a Lifetime” covering the entire paved highway system in northern Canada and Alaska, and “Alaska’s Inside Passage” covering the ferry journey from Haines, Alaska, to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

— “Traveler’s Guide to Alaskan Camping: Alaska and Yukon Camping with RV or Tent,” 6th edition (2014), by Mike and Terri Church, provides detailed routes and advice for exploring Alaska and northwestern Canada. They include campground pictures, amenities, maps and contact information.

— “Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer” (DeLorme Publishing) is a detailed map for just about any size road trip in Alaska and is frequently used in combination with The Milepost.

— Read at least one book about Alaska other than a travel guide. RVer Karen Franklund recommends “Alaska” by James A. Michener. “It gave me an idea of the history and geology of the place.”

— Take at least one bus tour through Denali National Park and Preserve. Mount McKinley is dazzling. “The all-day tour is definitely worth doing,” says Jaimie Bruzenak. “The terrain changes, you’ll see lots of wildlife and you get beyond where most tourists go.”

— If you are considering flying into Alaska and renting an RV, there are numerous motorhome rental outlets. You can sometimes save up to 20 percent, by traveling during the early and late parts of the season.

— Along the way, stop into local visitors centers. They have a wealth of free information and clean restrooms.

— To read the complete 4-part series, click on: “Alaska: Ultimate RV Road Trip.

— Julianne G. Crane

Photo: The Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm is one of most scenic drives in the world. (State of Alaska/Frank Flavin)

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