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Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and also a former gold-rush town, but one that has grown up substantially. Excellent cultural facilities, fun restaurants and a lovely waterfront right on the Yukon River make it a great place to relax and explore.
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Located just 30 minutes or so outside Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve are a worthy detour en route to Dawson City. The hot springs is a beloved local amenity and the preserve features 10 species of northern mammals in boreal habitats.
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Be sure to get a photo at Five Finger Rapids, where the Yukon River is split into five channels by four large rock towers.
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Dawson City was the epicenter of the Klondike Gold Rush and its museums, gambling halls, saloons and historic buildings will send you back to 1898, when the population surged to nearly 80,000.
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Access to Alaska comes via the George Black, a free car ferry that shuttles motorists of all kinds (cars, RVs and motorcycles) across the Yukon River and toward the Alaska-Canada border. The ferry operates nearly 24 hours a day during the summer months.
Eagle, Alaska presents a unique opportunity to visit a community that is cut off from the outside world most of the year – the only road leading from town is not maintained in winter. The charming little town sits on the banks of the Yukon River and its active local historical society has carefully maintained its historical record. A historical walking tour and a visit to Fort Egbert are must dos.
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