First of all, I must say, this is one of the unique and excellent website on roadtrip all around the world. This website definately need an extension of Europe roadtrip and other parts of the world and other people around the world should get benifit of this excellent resource on roadtrip.
Now, to come to the point, i have seen many thread of going to Alaska and found so many great links and threads.
So, I am going to buy MILEPOST of march 2012 for sure.
I am planning a TRIP from Phoenix to Alaska in June'2012. I am planning from 2nd June to 30th June (Roundtrip). Though i have roadtrip experience in past, there are few legitimate questions i have that i would appreciate your opinion and suggestions.
The very first question i have is the obvious question which you will be also be thinking to ask---why roundtrip? why not oneway roadtrip?
I wanted to have it 1-way trip (Phx-Anchorage or Anchorage-PHX) but have some issues:-
---One way flight ticket would cost approx $2000 (2 Adults, 2 kids) + One way car dropping fees (approx $800)> More important factor (for not feeling it as 1-way trip) is becuase getting one way car for rental from phx to anchorage (ANC to PHX) is getting almost impossibe (have not found a single company). Please let me know if there is any company giving 1-way rental.
---I have not thought of ferry as want to keep it road trip and want to drive all the way...
---I thought ot getting 1way RV also but again no success.
I do not want to drive in my car (dont want to add 10k on it) and need a rental car. I have few ideas on car rental :-
-- What if i rent a car from Phoenix and return it to Phoenix itself after round trip?? I read some terms and conditions of some car rentals and most of them allow only in 48 states + Canada but no one has mentioned that i can drive to AK. what's my best optoins?
I am thinking of renting a SUV rather full size car just because of long distance.
I would appreciate if i can get some advice on the above issues.
I am thinking of this --
Outbound: -Phoenix -SaltLake city- Glacier Park -Crossing into Canada-Calgary Banff-Jasper-Hinton (avoiding Edmunton)- meeting at Grande Prairie -white horse-Anchorage
Inbound:- Anchorage -Seattle -coastal highway 101-San diego-Yuma-Phx.
I have some experience of roadtrip and think it should help.
Just last year in June, I had done a great roadtrip from Portland-St. Mary, MT-Calgary-Banff-hinton-kamloops-Portland-highway101-SFO-LA-San Diego-Yuma-Phx (see pics below)June'11.jpg
Had also done Phx-Rocky Mt National Park; Phx-Southlake Tahoe while in US and have also done a European trip. so have some exp and would appreciate all your help and suggestions.
Lastly, I would like to say that i have 3-4 months to keep the suggestions coming and i will definately update on my trip as i will go along and will also furnish a final travel report in July with pics and experiences.
If anyone wants to join the trip (within 30 miles of here an there while on the road), they are welcome (with your own privacy and transport of course :-))
Apology in advance for any typo/grammers :-)