|24 HOURS IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA|
Travelers hitting the road en route to the Alaska Highway are more than likely looking forward to wildlife, scenery and the many parks and historical sites along the way. But visitors need look no further than Alberta's capital, Edmonton, for a taste of city life, northern style. With a calendar chock full of annual festivals and events, eclectic neighborhoods, charming markets and major attractions, there's something for everyone in Edmonton.
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|24 HOURS IN DAWSON CREEK, BRITISH COLUMBIA|
Dawson Creek marks the official beginning of the Alaska Highway, but this major jumping off point for Alaska Highway travelers offers plenty of compelling reasons to stay awhile.
Perhaps foremost, highway travelers will get an introduction to the construction of the Alaska Highway and its history, providing a historical backdrop to the stunning scenery and adventure opportunities along route North to Alaska.
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|24 HOURS IN WHITEHORSE|
Whitehorse is the capital of Canada's Yukon and its largest city, but at around 26,000 residents, the community nicely straddles the line between charming northern outpost and comfortable visitor destination.
Numerous attractions, both natural and man-made, lure visitors to Whitehorse on their way north to Alaska on the Alaska Highway.
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|24 HOURS IN HAINES, ALASKA|
It's just a short 150-mile jaunt south of the main Alaska Highway route from Haines Junction, Yukon to Haines, Alaska – and well worth the trip! Known as a laid-back small town with ample outdoor recreation opportunities, Haines is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System and sees its fair share of RVers each summer. Several campgrounds make highway travelers comfortable while visiting town.
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DON'T LEAVE TOWN WITHOUT...
For each of this month's featured destinations, we've included one crucial piece of travel advice in this article. Whether it's a useful tool or an unforgettable site, make note of these tips for your drive north along the Alaska Highway.
1. Edmonton, Alberta - Most people will stop at the West Edmonton Mall while they're in Edmonton, but if you're seeking something a little more serene, check out Elk Island National Park. Located less than an hour away from Edmonton, Elk Island National Park of Canada is open year-round, and park visitors can enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, golfing, camping and more. Elk Island National Park has been the most influential organization in re-establishing bison in not only Western Canada and the United States, but has contributed to growing bison herds all over the world. http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/elkisland/
2. Dawson Creek, British Columbia - Most RVers hit the road with a smart phone in hand these days, and there's a wealth of information available for those who do. Follow http://www.twitter.com/RVNorthernBC to read Twitter updates dedicated to RV and touring in northern British Columbia. Get short, timely updates on road conditions, things to see and do, weather, RV Parks / campgrounds, connect with other RVers in the region and share stories from the road.
3. Whitehorse, Yukon - Be sure to get your tickets to the "Frantic Follies," Whitehorse's longest running vaudeville show, which is held nightly from mid-May through mid-September at the Westmark Hotel in Whitehorse. The 1.5-hour show features cancan dancing, music and hilarious skits from Robert Service ballads. Buy your tickets in advance to secure your spot at the Frantic Follies! http://www.westmarkhotels.com
4. Haines, Alaska – One of the quirkiest museums in Alaska is located in Haines, and features more than 1,800 hammers. The aptly named Hammer Museum is the result of one man's passion for one of mankind's most basic tools, the hammer, and even features an 800-year-old Tlingit hammer. The hammers are grouped by purpose and age and reveal much about human history while exploring the many uses for this common tool. www.hammermuseum.org