Top 4 Places to See on an Alaskan RV Trip

Alaska: the last frontier. Spanning more than half a million square miles dotted with mirage-like towns and framed with vast mountain ranges, seemingly limitless, it bursts at the seams with the unknown. Alaska is one of the few states in the nation where you can come face to face with a grizzly bear and never lack room to run and hide.

In a climate very much governed by Mother Nature, there is excitement and beauty to be found over each hillside. It should be no wonder, then, that Alaska remains a sort of Eden for avid outdoorsmen and RV enthusiasts. If you’re planning an RV trip to Alaska anytime soon, you ought to know the best spots to explore and some of the things to expect before you map your route. To help, here are four places we recommend putting on the itinerary:

1. Bear and Whale Excursions

First things first, you’ll want to get out into nature as soon as you arrive. How better to fully experience the wilderness that’s made Alaska famous than to watch its biggest and baddest natives in their natural routines? There are a number of whale watching spots and bear viewing tours available throughout the state that you can register for in advance. Alaska.org offers up several choices so you can find the embarking point nearest where you plan to stay.

2. Midnight Sun in Anchorage

Similar to the Northern Lights phenomenon that tops most must-do lists for Alaska, we highly recommend your RV trip include a stop at the annual midnight sun that occurs at summer solstice (June 22nd). In summer months, Anchorage is one of the few cities in North America where the sun remains above the horizon for up to 22 hours per day. That means that when it ought to be pitch black at midnight, instead the horizon glows and the sun continues to shine like a basketball ablaze in the sky. If you don’t see it, you’ll wish you had!

3. Scenic Highway Drives

Now for the part that gets RVers jumping out of their chairs. It has been said that you can drive west from the Canadian border across the state of Alaska for a full 365 days, trekking one million acres per day, and still have more ground to cover in the new year.

It’s almost impossible to be disappointed when you grab your keys and set off down any Alaskan road. Whether you make for Mt. McKinley by way of legendary Parks Highway or you choose the iconic coastal views of the Seward, there are wonders to be found in whichever direction you choose.

4. Mendenhall Glacier

Situated just 12 miles from downtown Juneau in the southeastern part of the state, Mendenhall Glacier is one of the greatest natural wonders on display in Alaska. This monumental ice flow feeds into the Mendenhall River after melting and descending from the Juneau Icefields. The national park offers up five hikes to various scenic locations, so you can experience the splendors of the glacier from multiple vantage points.

These are just a handful of our must-sees for an RV trip to the wonderfully endless state of Alaska. With thousands of rivers to traverse and countless mountains to climb, you’ll never run out of places to explore when you visit the Alaskan wilderness by RV. Also, try to check out some of the state’s one-of-a-kind museums, seal-life centers, Denali National Park and gold dredges.

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14 Responses to “Top 4 Places to See on an Alaskan RV Trip”

  1. Jeanne Bramer

    After living in Alaska for 5 years there are tons of great places to visit – especially in an RV, but I don’t under why you would list Juneau in “Top 4”. You can’t even drive to it. That would make it quite an expensive trip to get there having to ferry the RV there. There are many glaciers that are accessible by road that would be a much better choice (i.e. Matanuska or Root). I love Alaska & want others to enjoy its beauty as well.

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    • ERIN SMITH-COHEN

      Amen! Exit Glacier in Seward is awesome. It’s called SeaLife Center in Seward not Seal Life.

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  2. Dave Oliver

    This article is extremely shallow and disappointing. It misses most of the real highlights of Alaska from the Top of the World Highway, Chicken and Eagle to the halibut fishing at Homer. It also fails to explore the coast of Alaska from the Marine Highway in towns like Wrangell, Petersburg and Sitka and the real Alaska of Fairbanks. All of these sites are accessible by RV. We have done it.

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  3. Kat Lowry

    I travel with dogs – is it a problem to get them from the mainland to Alaska, or to take them through the state? I would probably rent an RV on arrival to travel in…..do not currently own an RV…..

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Kat. Traveling with pets is an RV is not difficult, in fact it’s one of the major reasons people buy and RV. They don’t have to worry about putting a pet into the cargo hold, finding pet friendly hotels, and security. There are some things you need to be aware of when RVing with Pets like dangers at the campground such as engine fluids that may have leaked onto a site, dump stations, neighbors generator exhaust and finding campground pet regulations. Check out the blog on the site which goes into great detail about preparing for traveling in an RV with pets here: https://www.rvrepairclub.com/article/traveling-with-pets-in-your-rv-things-to-consider/

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    • Ruth

      If traveling through Canada make sure you have vaccinations up to date and appropriate certificates to verify

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  4. Chuck Hendricks

    Drive the ALCAN to Fairbanks, north then a few miles and visit the pipeline viewing site. Later, go to Valdex and view the terminus, you may even see a tanker ‘filling up.’

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  5. Darrell Watson

    Fairbanks was missed in this article. There is more sunlight there than Anchorage and a lot to see, ie: pipeline, gold dredge, gold panning, etc. Also if feeling adventurous you can drive to Deadhorse but wouldn’t pull a trailer, there are several tours you can take.

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  6. Merrill Levy

    Can someone tell me what the manufacturers “Hitch Weight” specifically pertains to? Is it the weight on the hitch at the max loaded weight or is it at the dry ship weight of the trailer?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Merrill,

      If it is labeled from the manufacture, this usually means the weight of the tongue when it ships. It does not pertain to the unit being fully loaded since that weight can change based on where the load is located. You could put 500lbs in the front and the next trip put the same amount in the rear. The weight of the whole unit would be the same each trip but the tongue weight would be different because of the placement of the weight each time. Normally they just mention the tongue weight how it comes from the factory and will pull propane tanks. This is how most manufactures do it, it is always best to contact them to be sure though.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  7. NORM

    This was far from your bet article. And it was dangerous.
    As a person who has spent a lot of time in Alaska-NEVER EVER PUT GRIZZLY AND RUN AND HIDE IN TH SAME SENTENCE. YOU CAN NOT OUT RUN THE BEAR AND WILL TRIGGER AN ATTACK. PLEASE PRINT A CORRECTION. Please stick with your repair articles the are good. As other have pointed out YOU CANT GET TO JUNO TO VIEW THE GLACIER BY ROAD.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Norm,
      Thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded your comment to the proper department. We value your opinion, and it will help with the development of our online streaming community. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.
      Sarah
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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