Hello all. I am active duty U.S. Coast Guard, and we are transferring from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan (in the U.P.) to Juneau, Alaska this June. We've got a few decisions to make, and I'd like to get some outside opinions, if you don't mind.
We are going to be taking the ferry from Prince Rupert, B.C. to get to Juneau. We are driving a 1994 Chevy Astro ext AWD minivan w/130,000+ miles, towing a 5'x8' utility trailer with 1 motorcycle on the trailer.
Our trip will actually be starting in Traverse City, Michigan...both our parents live there.
We have to deliver our car to St. Louis, so it can be shipped from there to Juneau. We can drop it off anytime...either before we leave for the trip, or beforehand...so St. Louis does NOT need to be included in the route.
We want to consider all route options...with one requirement: that we take NO or very few interstate freeways. We want to enjoy the trip (this is our 8th transfer, we've always drive!!!), and not rush. We have plenty of time...2-3 weeks if need be. We plan on tent camping 90% of the time, with a hotel thrown in here and there for good measure.
We are thinking about doing US-2 across to just W of Glacier, then heading up towards Jasper Park/Banff area, and then W to Prince Rupert. Of course, we would make a stop in Glacier. We also were considering the Tetons and Yellowstone, but that was mainly going to be if we were to drop the car in St. Louis and then head to Prince Rupert that way.
We don't want to over-tax our van too much...we've already taken care of the major maintenance issues prior to the trip, to get it ready. We know we'll be in the mountains (this is our 4th time driving to Alaska...!).
We are very interested in hearing the thoughts and opinions of the best route(s) to take. Also, interesting stops (restaurants, interesting things to see and do) along the way.