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amy from New York City asked

Western Canada & Southern Alaska road trip from Seattle.

Some friends are planning their honeymoon for late fall, and they want to take a 8-9 day road trip from Seattle, through Vancouver, and up towards Juneau Alaska. Does anyone know of places/things to see along the way, and also what might be open/available to do during the first 10 days of November ?? I know its after tourist season has ended and most things close the month before. Also, they aren't SUPER athletic/adventurous/outdoors-y folks, they just really want to see the sights and enjoy some beautiful scenery. 

Any info would be greatly appreciated !

Canada   Alaska (AK)   Vancouver (British Columbia)   Juneau (Alaska)   Glacier Bay (Alaska)   Seattle (Washington)

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Jerry from Edmonton

You can't drive to anywhere in Alaska and back in 9 days from Seattle. I would say a three week minimum driving and ferry. If the idea is to experience the north then I recommend driving to Prince Rupert. It's a 2000 mile round trip half on pretty good single lane 55 mph highways, you still need winter tires. It is an over night ferry to Juneau so it gets you close and has a similar feel and experience as Juneau. Check the Alaska Ferry system schedule to see the Juneau layover. Lots of hiking and hot spring locations and scenic vistas on the way.

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You can't drive to Juneau.   The Alaskan highway is possible in the winter, but you are required to have winter tires on BC Highways from Oct. 1–March 31 or your car can be impounded.  There are long stretches without cell service and gas stations are infrequent and not open 24 hours.

My advice to them would be - drive from Seattle to Anacortes Ferry Terminal and take the ferry to Friday HarborVictoria and explore British Columbiaas weather permits

Or else, drive down the Oregon coast and explore the national parks along the way as they go south.

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