Today you’ll be following the historic Alaska Highway alongside the spectacular front ranges of the St Elias Mountains.
Once called “the biggest and hardest job since the Panama Canal” the Alaska Highway was built to link the US Mainland with Alaska and improve strategic war efforts during World War II. Today it’s one of the most iconic drives in the world.
In Burwash Landing, be sure to visit the Kluane Museum of Natural History before continuing on to Destruction Bay.
This stretch of highway hugs the shores of Kluane Lake, which offers plenty of opportunities for scenic vistas. At the Thechàl Dhâl Visitor Centre you can pick up information on hiking trails and view Dhal sheep clinging to the mountainside. The ruins of Silver City—a former trading post, roadhouse and Northwest Mounted Police barracks—make for some great photo ops.
You’ll end your day at the picture-postcard village of Haines Junction (or if you want to sound like a local, simply “the Junction”), which boasts one of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds in its backyard. But more about that tomorrow—for now, rest up because you’ll need your energy!
Driving Time: 4 hours (298km/185mi.)