WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THE TRIP?
Your clothes and equipment should be appropriate for the conditions you’ll be traveling in, which will vary depending on weather, elevation and latitude. When traveling in the north, layering your clothing is strongly recommended. Chilly mornings give way to hot afternoons that give way to evening showers. A light rain jacket over a sweater over your t-shirt is the best way to go!
Northern Adventure Tours will provide all camping equipment including sleeping bags, beds and mattresses, camp chairs and tables.
We have put together a suggested packing checklist, available by clicking here, to help you pack for the trip.
HOW WILL MEALS BE PREPARED? CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
Camp meals will be prepared daily in our custom mobile commercial kitchen. Daily menus will feature local foods from the communities we visit along the way, highlighting seasonal selections. Special dietary needs can be accommodated by our chef, although an additional fee for special ingredients may be applied. Our chef is available for menu consultation in advance of your trip to ensure that our meals satisfy you and your traveling companions. Breakfast and Dinner will be served in camp while box lunches will be packed for you to enjoy on the road.
WHY ARE YOU STARTING FROM SPOKANE INSTEAD OF SEATTLE?
We have planned our trip to maximize the amount of spectacular scenery along our route, while minimizing the travel time from the Lower 48 states to Alaska. By starting our tours in Spokane, our clients are able to experience four Canadian National Parks, including Banff and Jasper, while driving some of the most spectacular stretches of road in North America. Our route crosses the Continental Divide four times and avoids major interstate highways in favor of more scenic byways. We are happy to work with you to arrange transportation to or from Spokane – flights, passenger rail, or automobile.
HOW DO I GET TO OR FROM SPOKANE? (The start of the Northbound to Alaska Tour and final destination for the Southbound Road Rally)
The Northbound to Alaska Tour begins and the Southbound Road Rally concludes in Spokane, Washington.
By Plane: The Spokane International Airport (airline designator GEG) is about 5 miles (8km) west of downtown Spokane and is the second largest airport in Washington, with over 3 million passengers in 2010.
The following airlines offer direct flights to Spokane from within the United States:
- Alaska Airlines
- Allegiant Air
- Frontier Airlines
- US Airways
Other airlines that fly into Spokane International Airport:
- American Airlines
By Train: Spokane is located on Amtrak’s Empire Builder route, which operates between Seattle/Portland and Chicago. Spokane is located at the point where westbound trains are split in half, one half going to Seattle through the Cascades and the other half to Portland OR-Vancouver WA along the Columbia River Gorge, and where eastbound trains from those cities are joined together to continue eastward. The Empire Builder connects with Amtrak’s Coast Starlight & Cascades in Seattle and Portland and multiple east-west-south trains in Chicago. The Amtrak intermodal station, which is shared with Greyhound buses, is a new facility located downtown, close to major hotels and attractions at 221 W 1st Ave.
Additionally, Spokane is a 4 hour drive or 55 minute flight from Seattle taking you over the majestic Cascade mountain range that includes famous Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.
HOW DO I GET TO OR FROM ANCHORAGE? (The Start of the Southbound Road Rally and final destination for the Northbound to Alaska Tour)
The Southbound Road Rally Tour begins and the Northbound to Alaska Tour concludes in Anchorage, Alaska.
By Plane: The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (airline designator ANC) is about 4 miles (7.4km) southwest of downtown Anchorage and is the largest airport in Alaska, with approximately 5 million passengers annually.
The following airlines offer direct flights to and from Anchorage during the summer:
- Air Canada
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Era Alaska
- Frontier Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Sun Country Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin America
- Yakutia Airlines
What is a typical day with Northern Adventure Tours like?
Our tours are designed to offer maximum flexibility to our clients. While your daily route is set, you are free to stop and experience the sights that interest you. Meals are prepared fresh daily, allowing you to customize your dining experience. Once we arrive in camp, you’re free to explore the spectacular locations we will call home for the evening, tell stories around the campfire or retreat to the privacy of your deluxe wall tent for a night of restful slumber. At Northern Adventure Tours, we provide you with the tools to create your own perfect vacation.
John is an early riser who grabs a cup of coffee from our camp chef before a morning stroll.
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal with seasonal fruit, locally-sourced yoghurt and honey.
Daily Activities: John is a history buff. His typical day involves stops at local museums and roadside interpretive sites.
Lunch: John will find a scenic overlook to enjoy his boxed lunch. John usually pairs a hot thermos of soup with a sandwich, fresh fruit and veggie sticks.
Dinner: John is usually the first person into camp. He’ll spend an hour reading at his campsite before enjoying dinner at the kitchen trailer. A locally-sourced, grass-fed steak, baked potato, green salad and fresh-baked dinner rolls give way to a slice of apple pie ala mode. John enjoys sitting around the campfire at night, sharing stories with other travelers.
Anna is a yoga enthusiast who starts every morning with stretches, a healthy breakfast and meditation.
Breakfast: Seasonal fruit salad, egg white omelet with locally-sourced cheddar and vegetables.
Daily Activities: Anna and her two girlfriends agreed to morning yoga stretches and at least one short, brisk hike every day of the tour.
Lunch: Anna and her friends usually enjoy lunch at the halfway point of their midday hike. Mixed green salads and fresh fruit make them feel better about enjoying a fresh baked cookie for dessert.
Dinner: Anna and her friends usually join the group for dinner, but tonight they’ve asked the chef to prepare a private dinner of Mediterranean-spiced kebabs, pilaf, grilled pita and hummus. After dinner, they’ll join the others at the campfire.
Scott’s day doesn’t really start until he’s had his coffee, breakfast and a glance at his email.
Breakfast: Spanish Omelet with breakfast potatoes, fresh baked biscuit and honey butter.
Daily Activities: Scott and his wife seek out wineries, bakeries and farm stands along our route. New campers, they usually plan to meet other travelers for short hikes during the day.
Lunch: Scott and his wife usually munch in the car, allowing them to spend more time exploring. Hearty chili and cornbread, paired with fresh pico de gallo, chips and guacamole.
Dinner: After conferring with the chef, Scott and his wife grab a couple bottles of red wine to enjoy with their dinner of steaks grilled to order, veggie kebabs, baked potatoes and mixed green salad. Tonight they’ll enjoy a leisurely lakeside walk before retiring.