An Aussie friend and I are considering driving, mid-September 2012, from Skagway to Whitehorse (yes, we are aware that he has to rent the car as Canadian law won't allow a car rented in the US by a Canadian into Canada! Makes no sense that an Aussie can rent the car!) Is this a safe drive at that time of year? (ie, it IS too early for snow, right???) I'm assuming we have to be wary of moose and other wildlife on the roads? Are the Northern Lights visible in September? What about returning via Haines Junction, and the Haines Highway? I know we'd have to get the ferry from Haines to Skagway, but is that a viable idea?
Any hotels that we should avoid? Since we have a car, it does mean we don't have to stick to downtown hotels or ones by the airport - any highly recommended places for just one night? Any restaurants that really are must go to's? We're not looking for high-end - just good food, and hopefully locally sourced.
Thank you for your assistance. VTers are the best!
we where there 3 times in september and it is great. Shure, it is cold and it can be rainy. In Haines is the Chilkoot Lake State Park (about 10 miles west of the ferry terminal) where you can watsch Grizzley Bears fishing salmong from your car.
The ferry doesn't go every day in september, so you will try to get information.
The northern light is visible, even in summertime. You only need a very dark night, without moon and without any electrical lights nearby.
The Haines highway is a very very beautiful road with a lot of spectacular views.
But: I don't think that there is a car rental company in Skagway or even Haines, who can give you an car for an one way rental to Whitehorse.
Beate from Germany
Thank you for your detailed answer. We're going to be doing a circle tour, just not 100% decided whether it will be from Juneau or Haines. And my friend has to do the Canadian driving and I'll do the US portion - makes no sense why the laws are what they are.
Suspect it won't be too hard to find a dark enough night to see the Northern Lights.