Klondike Highway with Klondike Gold Fields Loop Side Trip

Whitehorse, Yukon

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Paved highway from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon; 527 kilometers (327 miles). The Klondike Highway is a well-paved route that connects the Yukon capital of Whitehorse with Dawson City and the Klondike gold fields. Fortune seekers followed this same route during the Klondike gold rush of 1898, via stern-wheelers in the summer and overland sleighs during the winter. The modern highway follows the old sleigh route, tracking the mighty Yukon River and crossing the forested uplands of the Yukon Plateau. Along the way, the road provides access to the history-rich Silver Trail; the Dempster Highway, which runs northward toward the Arctic Ocean; and the Top of the World Highway, with its link to the Alaska highway system. At the end of the road, Dawson celebrates its colorful gold-rush history with false-fronted buildings, museums, gambling halls, and live entertainment. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Klondike Highway with Klondike Gold Fields Loop Side Trip Professional Review and Guide

"Paved highway from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon; 527 kilometers (327 miles). The Klondike Highway is a well-paved route that connects the Yukon capital of Whitehorse with Dawson City and the Klondike gold fields. Fortune seekers followed this same route during the Klondike gold rush of 1898, via stern-wheelers in the summer and overland sleighs during the winter. The modern highway follows the old sleigh route, tracking the mighty Yukon River and crossing the forested uplands of the Yukon Plateau.

Along the way, the road provides access to the history-rich Silver Trail; the Dempster Highway, which runs northward toward the Arctic Ocean; and the Top of the World Highway, with its link to the Alaska highway system. At the end of the road, Dawson celebrates its colorful gold-rush history with false-fronted buildings, museums, gambling halls, and live entertainment. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Whitehorse
Distance: 327
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Klondike Visitors Association
Driving Directions: Directions to Klondike Highway with Klondike Gold Fields Loop Side Trip

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10/29/2003
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This drive is great. We took the Klondike Highway on our way to Alaska and the Top of the World Highway. Make sure you stop and see the sights in Whitehorse, a very beautiful city. There is an incredible gorge right outside of town, I think it is called Miles Canyon. From Whitehorse the scenery just keeps increasing in beauty. More majestic mountains appear and wildlife becomes more abundant. We saw many caribou and a moose or two. Take a short stop at Stone Mountain. It is a great short hike and what an incredible view from the top. There are quite a few creeks along the road where you can stop and take a peek for some gold. We found quite a few rocks with small flakes. Gas stations are not a frequent sight. I recommend carrying some extra gas on your vehicle if possible. What view stations often have pay showers if camping along the way. Dawson is a small, bustling mining town. It can be quite the tourist trap, but can be fun. This route is a must if driving to Alaska. Happy Roadtripping! :)



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