The Great North American Road Trip: Day 5 – Whitehorse, YT to Dawson, YT

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Date: 12 June 2016
Start: 
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
End: Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada
Distance Traveled: 330 miles
Total Time: 5 hours

After the huge stretches of the last few days, today’s comparatively short distance of 330 miles and five hours was a blessing. As much as I love driving, and as much as I am enjoying this trip, sitting in the car all day does get a little old.

I bet you all thought I was heading to Alaska, didn’t you? After all, I did spend the previous two days on the “Alaska Highway,” and there’s nothing else out here…right? The truth is that I would love to visit Alaska, but I’d rather spend an entire trip dedicated to it. This one, on the other hand, is devoted mainly to one specific place which I will be reaching on Tuesday (the 14th). I don’t want to reveal its name just yet, but some brief Google research regarding Dawson and northern Canada should give you accurate results.

For the unfamiliar – which I would imagine is just about everyone reading this – Dawson was the site of a goldrush during the 1800s, and since then has just become another small town in the Yukon Territory. That’s not to say it isn’t worth visiting though! I have definitely enjoyed my day here, and am looking for to spending another night here on the way back.

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The town itself resides along the banks of the Yukon River, which as you can see from the above picture is quite a scenic location. I actually spent close to an hour today just sitting on the bank and taking in the view.

Tomorrow is the Dempster Highway. I can’t wait.

I can think of worse ways to spend an evening
I can think of worse ways to spend an evening
Starting to get pretty far north!
Starting to get pretty far north

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