Driving to Alaska from the Lower 48 – Once west of the Rockies and into Canada, there are half a dozen primary routes if you want to drive to Alaska. The Cassiar Highway through British Columbia connecting to the Alaska Highway is popular. Photographer Ben Adkison started his journey in Montana and snapped this image in Canada's Yukon territory, north of Haines Junction.
Canadian Rockies – Flowing out of the Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca Glacier can be seen along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta. This parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks is the best route to see the Canadian Rockies and connects you to the Cassiar Highway.
Camping with a view – This camp site down a logging road off the Yellowhead Highway offered Adkison an incredible view of Mount Robson Provincial Park. At nearly 13,000 feet, Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Gold rush – The old mining town of Hyder, Alaska, is located off the Cassiar Highway along the coast. As you pass through these former gold rush zones it's smart to carry extra gas. Stations can be separated by great distances and aren't always open in spring or winter.
Wildlife – Animals seem to be around every bend in the road in the Yukon Territory just east of the Wrangell Mountains. Black and grizzly bear begin to emerge from hibernation in spring and are often seen foraging along the roadside. Waterfowl take advantage of thawing lakes as they migrate north. Caribou can be found further north.
Yukon Brewing Company – Located in the Canadian city of Whitehorse, Adkison says the Yukon Brewing Company has the best beer along the whole route through Canada. The facility offers tours and samples.
Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains – Not long after Whitehorse the highway continues north skirting the towering Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. These peaks mark the border between Canada and Alaska.
Alaska-Canada border – Along the Alaska Highway you can straddle the U.S.-Canada border.
Just the beginning – For many travelers, the Wrangell Mountains (here from the Alaska Highway between the Canadian border and Tok, Alaska) offer the first encounter with giant mountains inside Alaska.
Almost there – For those hoping to prolong spring or even winter, the drive north to Alaska is a good choice. Frozen lakes and snowy peaks thaw slowly, grudgingly giving way to the new season. Anchorage isn't far away now ... but civilization can wait one more day.