Remember there is only one road driving in and out of Alaska and that goes through TOK. So unless you take the ferry one way, you'll see TOK twice--which is OK. I'd forget the Caravan route and just be guided by what interests you.
Your first purchase should be the 2006 Milepost. A must for the Alaska trip. See:
Here's a link to some photos I took during our Alaska trip in 2003.
The first thing I would recommend you do is purchase an Alaska discount tour book. See:
We used this as the basis to plan our trip and it paid for itself in the first week.
Our first real stop was in Skagway for several days. The White Pass railroad is a must?half price with the tour book. We then took the Ferry to Haines?1 hour ride. In Haines stay at the RV park on the water. We were able to sit in the RV and watch the whales in the sound in front of us. Take the one day ferry ride to Juneau. We didn?t and regret not doing so.
We drove from Haines?through Tok?to Valdez. Take the Glacer and whale watch cruse on the LuLu Belle, half price again with the tour book. We then stopped at Chitina and drove the Jeep to McCarthy?not for the faint of heart, but well worth the drive. From here we went to Anchorage and stayed at the RV Park-two nights for the price of one from the tour book.
From Anchorage we slowly went to Seward, arriving on June 30th and stayed over the 4th of July. Seward is crazy over the 4th and a must visit on these dates if you can. The city runs some first come first serve RV sites on the water front that are great?if you can get a space. We did.
From Seward to Cooper River with a stop here for a River Raft trip?right ? price again. Then around to Ninilchik. I would recommend staying at the state park on the beach here and then driving to Homer, rather than try to stay on the Spit.
From Ninilchik we went back to Anchorage for 2 more days, half price again from the tour book. From Anchorage on to Denali for several days, before going up to Fairbanks. Stayed at Fairbanks at the Chiena Marina RV park, right on the float plane take off and landing area. Watched the planes out the front window of the RV.
Be sure and do the Gold Mine tour while in Fairbanks. Forget the Gold dredge?there?s a better one in Dawson City.
From Fairbanks, back to TOK and then the Top of The World HWY through Chicken to Dawson City. See the Dredge here and be sure and take the walking tour of town. It?s memorable.
Drove south from Dawson City to White horse, crossed the Alaska Hwy and went down the Cassiar to Prince Rupert, with a side trip of a couple of days in Stewart.
We went on to Jasper and down the Icefield Parkway to Banff. Stay at a campground in Jasper and drive the Parkway both ways. You will not regret it. From here you have the option to go east to Calgray or down the parkway-again.
That was our trip. After you drop down to the states again, Go through MT and stop and see Ron Ruward. He?s a good host.
If you have any questions, ask away.
BTW we are starting to plan to do the trip again, in the reverse direction in 2007.
We didn't make any RV campground reseverations, except at Fairbanks and had no problems. I suspect the price of fuel will cut into the number of RVs in Alaska this year.