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  • 1. http://andysbigtrip.blogspot.com/
  • 2. T R AV E L I N G T O A L A S K A PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBI LE S
  • 3. SHOW ME THE MONEY$$$$
  • 4. PLAN AND PLAN SOME MORE
  • 5. INFORMATION AND MORE THERE IS NO END TO THE AMOUNT OF INORMATION YOU CAN GET REGARDING A TRIP TO ALASKA; WEB SITES, BOOKS, TRAVEL GUIDES, BLOGS, ETC, ETC - ACTUALLY CAN GET INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!!
  • 6. THE BIBLE FOR TRAVLING TO ALASKA “THE MILEPOST” NO MATTER HOW YOU TRAVEL!!!! NEW $30.00 USED $12.00
  • 7. BUDGET ???? INEXPENSIVE $2000 to $3000 MIDDLE OF THE ROAD $4000 to $7000 ALL OUT $8000 PLUS
  • 8. SO MANY WAYS TO GO???? • PLANES • PLANES & CRUISE • PLANES & CAR,RV • DRIVE (whew)
  • 9. COST OF PLANE FLIGHTS COST OF FLYING TO ALASKA USING A VARIETY OF AIR RESERVATIONS COST WAS FROM $800 TO $1200 PER PERSON HOUSTON- ANCHORAGE -SEATTLE - HOUSTON $400 ROUNDTRIP: HOUSTON - SEATTLE
  • 10. A CHEAP CRUISE USUALLY 7 DAYS YOU COULD FLY TO SEATTLE TAKE A 7 DAY CRUISE ONE WAY, FLY BACK HOME FOR ABOUT $2200 TO $3000. NEGATIVES- VIEWS, TOURS, VERY LIMITED LOTS OF CRUISE LINES AND DEALS
  • 11. BIGGER CRUISE ROUNDTRIP 7+ TO 10+ DAYS MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION, USUALLY INVOLVES A ROUNDTRIP, FEW MORE DAYS FOR EXCURSIONS, RUNS FROM 1400 TO 2400 PER NEGATIVES AGAIN LIMITED VIEWS, TOURS
  • 12. ADVENTURE CRUISE 20 DAYS+ INVOLVES CRUISE, PLUS DAY OR OVERNIGHT TRIPS,, #1 DESTINATION IS DENALI N.P. MORE EXCURSIONS AND LOTS OF TIME. NEGATIVES: VIEWS, AGAIN STILL LIMITED, WEATHER, EXPENSIVE PROBABLY AROUND $6000.00 EACH POSITIVES. ALL PLANNED OUT
  • 13. Cruise Details Included: Shipboard Accommodations, Meals, Some Beverages, Onboard Entertainment and Daily Activities, Port Charges, 24-Hour Room Service Not Included: Shore Excursions, Personal Expenses, Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Specialty Restaurants, Spa Treatments, Some Taxes Optional Add-Ons: Flights, Hotels, Transfers, Insurance *All itineraries are subject to change without notice. **Prices are per person/double occupancy. ***Some Cruise Offers are dependent on the type of stateroom purchased.
  • 14. LETS DRIVE - MAYBE
  • 15. DAVID AND DONNA DECISIONS AND CHOICES • KEEP IN MIND, AS I’M RESEARCHING, I MADE LOTS OF LIST AND NOTES. VERY EARLY, I’M LEANING TOWARD DRIVING. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I’M LOOKING AND FINDING MORE PLACES WE WANT TO SEE KEEPING OUR OPTIONS OPEN. • RESULT MORE AND MORE CONFLICTS!!!
  • 16. ALTERNATIVES ?? OTHER WAYS TO TRAVEL COMBINATION TRIPS
  • 17. TAKE YOUR CAR ON A CRUISE
  • 18. BETTER ALTERNATIVE ???? • POSITIVES • KEEP YOUR OWN CAR • BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, CRUISE-DRIVE • NEGATIVES • EXPENSIVE • TIGHT SCHEDULING • FEATURES OF THE CRUISE
  • 19. www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/
  • 20. ALASKA ADVENTURES CRUISE AND RV RENTAL • http://www.alaskaadventures.com/alaska_highway_cruises/pages/national_parks_explorer.htm 15 DAY- 2000/2600 7DAY CRUISE, 8DAY RV 22DAY -3900/4600 7DAY CRUISE, 15DAY RV INCLUDES DENALI, ALASKA HIGHWAY BACK TO VANCOUVER
  • 21. ALTERNATIVE ALASKA ADVENTURE • POSITIVES • SEE MORE • COMBINES BEST OF BOTH WORLDS • ALL INCLUSIVE SCHEDULE, CHOICES • NEGATIVES • EXPENSIVE a few hidden cost • LIMITED PACKING • SCHEDULE IS SET
  • 22. MOST PEOPLE CRUISE, WHY? POSITIVES: 1. CHEAPEST WAY TO GO 2. TIME AND DISTANCE 3. SET SCHEDULE, PAY AND GO 4. ALL KINDS OF DEALS NEGATIVES 1. LIMITED TO WHAT YOU SEE AND DO 2. MAY NOT BE THAT CHEAP???? 3. VIEWS – what side of the boat??
  • 23. LET’S CRUISE, FLY, OR DRIVE? DRIVE TO SEATTLE AND BACK @ 5000 MILES - MIN 7/8 days COST 1000 TO 1500 COST OF CRUISE 1,200 TO 6,000 NOTES: DOGGIE, HOUSE ESTIMATED COST 8 to 10+++ 23
  • 24. OPTIONS AND MORE OPTIONS CRUISE COST AIRPLANE COST TAXES PORT COST TIPS EXCURSIONS SPENDING MONEY
  • 25. DAVID AND DONNA DECISIONS AND CHOICES AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS OF PLANNING, WE DECIDED TO DRIVE. WHY? MORE FREEDOM, PLAN OUR OWN ROUTE, PUPPY DOG BE FLEXIBLE, PROBLEMS OF COURSE…
  • 26. SOME QUICK NUMBERS DRIVING: HOUSTON TO SEATTLE 2,500 HOUSTON TO FAIRBANKS 10,000 FLYING: HOUSTON TO SEATTLE 5hrs ANCHORAGE TO HOUSTON 10hrs
  • 27. TOURIST FACTS OR FICTION 2 MILLION VISITORS (POP 650,00) 350k IN 3 CITIES, ANCHORAGE, FAIRBANKS, JUNEAU compare with Harris County 4.2m ROADS: Alaska 4,900 Houston 9,000+ MOST CRUISE SMALL WINDOW TO VISIT MAY TO SEPTEMBER HOTELS, (cost) RESERVATIONS ????
  • 28. Considering the cost of Gas • DRIVING FROM HOUSTON TO ALASKA • (USING FAIRBANKS AS DESTINATION) • GOOGLE 4100mi LETS GO WITH 10,000mi RT • COST OF GAS $3.50 $3.75 $4.00 $4.25 4.50 • 10,000/10 =1000 3500 3750 4000 4250 4500 • 12 = 850 2975 3187 3399 3611 3823 • 15 = 700 2450 2625 2800 2875 3150 • 20 = 500 1750 1875 2000 2125 2250 • Lets go with a 10 to 15% under so probably add at least cost times .10 Ex, 2800x.10= 280.00extra
  • 29. OUR DAILY PLANNER FOR EACH DAY OF OUR TRIP, I PLANNED THE ROUTE, SITES TO SEE, MILES, CAMPS, USING MAPS, GOOGLE DAY ___ DATE__________ DESTINATION:_____________________________ MILES:_______ CAMPGROUND:____________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ NOW BASED UPON EACH DESTINATION, THE ITENERARY COULD CHANGE. EXAMPLE DENALI, WORKED BACKWARDS IF DURING THE DAILY PLANNING, IF I WOULD FIND A ROADBLOCK NO HOTEL, TOO MANY MILES, I COULD ADJUST THE ITENARY. GO BACK TO MAPS, MILEPOST AND LOOK MORE. SITES:____________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ NOTES:___________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ DURING THE PLANNING OF OUR TRIP, I MADE DOZENS OF CHANGES
  • 30. DAY CITY MILES DATE 1 SALINA, KS 681 8/25 2 CHEYENE, WY 681 8/26 3 BILLINGS, MT 457 8/27 4 LETHERIDGE, AB 404 8/28 5 JASPER 580 8/29 6 DAWSON CREEK 325 8/30 7 FT NELSON 282 8/31 8 WATSON LAKE 319 9/1 9 ROSS RIVER CHANGE!! 9/2 10 CARMACKS 383 9/3 11 DAWSON CITY 219 9/4 12 DELTA JUNCTION 292 9/5, 13 FAIRBANKS 95 9/6 14/15 DENALI 150 9/7,8 16 ANCHORAGE 212 9/9 NOTE MILEAGE CHANGE?? SOME DAYS MORE, SOME DAYS LESS!!!
  • 31. 17 HOMER 168 9/10 18 SEWARD 169 9/11 19 VALDEZ 120 9/12 20 TOK 139 9/13 21 HAINES JUNCTION 290 9/14 22 HAINES/SKAGWAY 167 9/15 23 WHITEHORSE 109 9/16 24 DEASE LAKE 407 9/17 25 PRINCE RUPERT 452 9/18 26 PRINCE GEORGE 446 9/19 27 CACHE CREEK 276 9/20 28 SEATTLE 458 9/21 29 TWIN FALLS, ID 629 9/22 30 CHEYENE,WY 618 9/23 31 AMARILLO, TX 513 9/24 32 HOUSTON 582 9/25 TOTAL MILES 10523 FERRY
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  • 33. OUR ROUTE TO ALASKA
  • 34. CANADA & ALASKA ROUTES NORTH --YELLOW BLUE GREEN SOUTH--PURPLE GREEN PINK
  • 35. DAVID AND DONNA DECISIONS AND CHOICES WHAT ARE WE DRIVING OUR OWN VAN RENT DRIVE TO SEATTLE, RENT RV WHERE ARE WE GOING, MOSTLY DONE???!!! SCHEDULE RESERVATIONS
  • 36. RV RENTAL PROBLEMS 1. COST+MILES 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. SET UP NO EQUIPMENT NEW TO RV DRIVING TOUR SET ROUTE CAMPGROUNDS RENT HOUSTON, RENT SEATTLE
  • 37. PROBLEMS AND HEADACHES • • • • • • TIME OF THE YEAR TRAVELING AVOID CROWDS WINTER COMING DENALI CLOSES 9/15 STRICT SCHEDULE COST
  • 38. DAVID AND DONNA DECISIONS AND CHOICES • ALL KINDS OF HEADACHES • SCHEDULES • HOTELS FOR PUPPY DOG • MADE FOR A VERY STRICT SCHEDULE • COST
  • 39. THE BIG, BIG DECISION???? AFTER SOME INITIAL RESEARCH WE DECIDED TO BUY AN RV • • • MADE PLANNING MUCH EASIER LOTS OF CAMPGROUNDS ITENARY OOPS
  • 40. AFTER WEIGHING THE COST vs PURCHASE PRICES TIGHT SCHEDULE SOMETHING WE HAD LOOKED AT DOING BEFORE
  • 41. WHAT KIND OF RV SORRY BUT THAT’S FOR ANOTHER DAY AND DO NOT THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT DID NOT ADD A LOT MORE HEADACHES
  • 42. F I NA L I T I N E R A RY USING THE CAMPGROUND REVIEWS AND GOOGLE, IT WAS VERY EASY TO MAKE A FINAL ITENARY AND ROUTE MAP - WHEW FINALLY!!!!!
  • 43. http://rvparkreviews.com/
  • 44. WHO NEEDS TO SCHEDULE?? AND WHAT TO PACK • DURING ALL MY RESEARCH • CROWDS • DENALI & JASPER NATIONAL PARKS • WHAT TO TAKE,CLOTHES, FOOD, OTHER • HOW TO PACK THE RV
  • 45. DRIVING IN ALASKA ROAD CONDITIONS FROST HEAVES- WHAT? OTHER CONCERNS ROAD WORK(411) PULL OUTS DANGERS
  • 46. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS PASSPORT- MANDATORY INSURANCE-CAR/MEDICAL DOGGIE PAPERS MORE FREEDOM= MORE REQUIREMENTS 47
  • 47. MORE STUFF TO CONSIDER •TIME OF YEAR may/sept vs summer •WEATHER ????? •MONEY EXCHANGE •PHONE BE CAREFUL
  • 48. WEATHER FACTS MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT AVG HIGH AVG LOW AVG RAIN RECORD HIGH 55 39 0.7 77 62 47 1.0 85 65 51 1.9 82 63 49 2.4 82 55 41 2.7 73 RECORD LOW 17 33 36 31 19 DAYS RAIN SUNLIGHT 7 16 8 18.4 12 19.1 14 17.0 14 14.2
  • 49. OUR GREAT ADVENTURE http://andysbigtrip.blogspot.com/ GREAT FOR COMMUNICATING & PICTURES
  • 50. OUR ROUTE TO ALASKA NOTES: 1ST NIGHT HOTEL (HEAT AND LONG MILES TO BORDER), RV CAMPS REST
  • 51. ALASKAN HIGHWAY
  • 52. ORIGINAL CHICKEN DAWSON CITY CARMACKS ROSS RIVER ORIGINAL ITENARY HAD US GOING TO ROSS LAKE, CHANGED IT BUT HAD MADE PLANS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. MILEPOST ROSS RIVER
  • 53. CHICKEN DAWSON CITY CARMACKS ROSS RIVER
  • 54. CHICKEN DAWSON CITY CARMACKS ROSS RIVER
  • 55. CHICKEN DAWSON CITY CARMACKS ROSS RIVER
  • 56. DENALI NATIONAL PARK SEPT 7 DAY 14 FAIRBANKS F- 120 400K VISITORS 6MILL ACRES A-240 ANCHORAGE
  • 57. ROUTE FROM ANCHORAGE SEE NOTES HOMER CHICKEN
  • 58. IN CASE YOUR INTERESTED 493 MILES ONE WAY, NEARLY ALL GRAVEL, DEADHORSE, POP?25/50, PIPELINE, ICE TRUCKERS
  • 59. www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/
  • 60. CANADA & ALASKA ROUTES NORTH --YELLOW BLUE GREEN SOUTH--PURPLE GREEN PINK
  • 61. SEARCH SITES WE USED http://rvparkreviews.com/ RVPARKREVIEWS http://woodalls.com/ WOODALLS http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/ca mpgroundsandrvparks/Default.aspx GOODSAMCLUB https://maps.google.com/ GOOGLEMAPS, SEARCH
  • 62. WHAT WE LEARNED • • • • • • • • • • SCHEDULES CAMPGROUNDS ROADS BORDERS PICTURES BLOG PHONE INTERNET WEATHER FISHING- SALMON RUN ALL SUMMER,BUT BETTER IN SPRING
  • 63. OTHER ALTERNATIVES • CAMP IN YOUR CAR, TENT • BICYCLE • MOTORCYCLE • DRIVE AN RV ONE WAY • FALL DEALS • LOTS OF FOREIGNERS DURING SHOULDER SEASON
  • 64. JUST IN CASE MOST OF LIKE DISCOUNTS CAMPING WORLD- GOOD SAMS http://www.campingworld.com/ GAS BUDDY http://www.gasbuddy.com/ PILOT GAS STATIONS http://www.pilotflyingj.com/locations