“…we were planning on heading south on the Alcan from Whitehorse. Is the northern way to Dawson worth it?”
“Oh man, it’s a beautiful drive. Lots of construction, sure, but the tundra parts of the drive are incredible, and so is the Top of the World Highway.”
It felt like we’d had a similar conversation with more than a couple folks along the route through BC and the Yukon in prior days. So we pivoted from our plans.
Leaving Whitehorse, YT, the Alaska Highway heads southwest, then northwest to Delta Junction, AK. The Klondike Highway moves northwest to Dawson City, and the Top of the World Highway swings you back down to meet up with the Alaska Highway prior to Tok, AK. That’ still a couple hours east of Delta Junction. A choose your own adventure scenario.
Leaving Seattle was bittersweet. We had an incredible time in the PNW, but we hadn’t seen many of our family or friends since we left the northeast 8 months prior. We were excited to get back to see people we love and gain back some familiarity. Bijan and I were lucky that our former managers rehired us as travelers on our old floors at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston for a 3 month contract. We were tired of learning new hospital systems (it gets exhausting) and wanted something familiar for a little while. We were also lucky that my parents were willing to take us in for a few months. With 3 weeks off between assignments, we packed all of our belongings into our little Crosstrek and hit the road, with plans to visit some national parks along the way. We didn’t plan it out this way but we ended up road tripping during peak foliage season which made for some awesome views and photos!