The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson City is easily done in a day. Take time to stop in Carmacks and visit the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre. Arrive in downtown Dawson City, itself a national historic site. Remember, just because it doesn’t get dark doesn’t mean there’s not nightlife! Live music at local bars, and can-can dancers and casino action at Diamond Tooth Gerties make for lively nights.
The farther north you travel, the longer the sun doesn’t leave the sky. This route takes you to the home of one the world’s greatest gold rushes, past the spectacular Tombstone Mountains, and up above the Arctic Circle where you’re treated to an extra-long dose of midnight sun.
Touring National Historic Site Dredge #4 or taking a creekside hiking trail, Dawson City has plenty of ways to fill your day. As evening approaches, take a drive to Midnight Dome, a high point near Dawson City that gives a view of both the Yukon and Klondike Rivers and an amazing vantage point of the sun hovering above the horizon.
Turn toward the Arctic Circle. The Dempster Highway is maintained, but being prepared is imperative. Have a full tank, a spare tire, food, drinking water, and a plan for where you’ll camp. The interpretive centre is your first stop in the stunning Tombstone Territorial Park. Drop in for a cup of Mountain Wild tea, visit the library, join a guided walk, and enjoy the interpretive programs and displays.
The farther north you go, the brighter the evening hours. Up above the Arctic Circle, the sun truly doesn't set for weeks. And this is where you’re heading! Eagle Plains is the halfway mark on the highway and is a good stop to fill up and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to snap a photo at the Arctic Circle sign before carrying on to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Gear up for your return drive and enjoy the especially long daylight hours in the far north.