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The Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska


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We have stopped enroute to Denali Park from Delta Junction at this museum after visiting the Vintage Auto Museum.
The museum is located within the Alaska University Campus and we liked the modern building a lot already from the outside.

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Our kids enjoyed a lot the informative and interactive nature of the museum and we have learned a lot too.

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Their favourite was the microscope where they could pick from a lot of prepared items (bugs, mosquitos, bees and trailmarks of different animals).

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We just arrived one hour before closure and it is highly recommended to plann2-3 hours for a more relaxed visit.

Posted by divatmotoros 18:05 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Delta Junction to Denali Park via Fairbanks


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Today was worth three other days in terms of activities. We left in the morning quite early in our term (10:30) and headed from Delta Junction to Fairbanks. On the highway we have noticed the famous Santa Claus House at North Pole (not The North Pole rather a town called North Pole in Alaska). We had to quickly turn back on the road and visit it with the kids, would have been a big mistake missing it.

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Here we learned that even Santa has a travel trailer!

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We have seen Santa's reindeers too!

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Unfortunately Santa was not in his office today, he needs some time off too!

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Then we continued to Fairbanks where we had two attractions in mind. The first was the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum which is a fantastic place for petrolheads like myself. It deserves a stand alone post so if you are interested, check it our here.

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Then we had lunch in front of the museum while they tried to start up an old car (from 1930) circle-towing it around our trailer. We just finished our meal when they succeeded! Then we shopped and refuelled the car and continued to the Museum of the North, which also deserves a stand alone post. Our kids enjoyed it a lot and it was very informative. It was a pity we only had about an hour before it was closing.

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The rest of our drive was an additional 200 kms to the Denali Park where we celebrated our daughter's birthday, the fact that we have reached our most Northern tip of our journey and also being on the road for 3 months (and still enjoying it a lot!) We are grateful that this journey happens to us!

We got lucky at Lake Louise a few days ago and now we are lucky with our timing here too. The Denali Park's campsites close for the winter this Sunday so we can enjoy the last five days of the season. Everything is quiet, almost no tourists and fantastic autumn colors everywhere.

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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska


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We have stopped in Fairbanks enroute to Denali Park from Delta Junction at the antique auto museum and it is a must visit if you are in the area. The whole family was entertained by the collection of vintage automobiles and period fashions complemented by exhibits, photographs and videos. This “living museum”'s collection contains over 95 pre-World War II automobiles. We asked and was told that 77 were on display and all but 3 are operated in the summer!

The earliest car is from 1898 (Hay Motor Vehicle) and the collection ranges up to a 1936 Packard 1408 series dual windshield Phaeton. The expansive collection contains horseless carriages, steamers, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, midget racers and 30s classics. A jaw dropping experience! The workshop area is separated by a glass wall so you can see how mechanics work on the vintage cars to keep then alive and working.

The cars are displayed in chronological order and the fashion items and displays are very nicely inserted in between to offer a great overview of the given moment in time. We could easily spend half a day in there and would be happy to return any time!

Enioy this video from the official website:

and my random pictures in this post.

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Beaver Creek CA to Delta Junction, USA

Finishing the Alaska Highway

12 °C
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After our morning routine (good breakfast, today some bacon and eggs), packing up the trailer and dumping / filling water tanks and refueling the car we left Beaver Creek around 12:30. The Canada / USA border was just 30 minutes, I mean we left Canada in 30 minites and then we had to drive another 30 miles to reach the USA customs building. The officer was a bit upset due to the guy in front of us who did not declare a wild animal he was shooting in Canada and tried to drive it through the border. They had a lenghty discussion and finally they let the guy go. I am not sure what happened to the wild animal they talked about.

We also had a long conversation about our travels and we got admitted to the USA. The road conditions were very good until Beaver Creek but then the next 80-100 miles has been described as awful by fellow travellers we talked to. It was quite damaged in several shorter spans and we have seen many fresh repairs as well. We talked to a woman in Beaver Creek who had to stay there for days as the main structure of their trailer broke in one of the potholes. So we drove very carefully and even slower than usual, around 50-60 km / hour.

The season quickly chamged from summer to autumn in the last few days as we pressed on Northwest. All the trees were yellow and temperature dropped to 10-12 celsius.

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As we grinded miles the landscape was becoming more and more dramatic. The clouds and the ice covered mountains in the distance looked majestic. Endless forests, wide rivers. Unreal.

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We crossed another time zone amd arrived in the evening to the end of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction.

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Posted by divatmotoros 06:29 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Yukon River to Beaver Creek

In the morning we started with an oil change of the new generator then we started a relatively long day. We had several stops, the first at lunchtime at the Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre. It was a very informative exhibition and a very interesting stop. Then we headed towards Destruction Bay and we stopped for a short (1km) uphill hike at Kluane Lake, which is called the Soldiers Summit Trail. This was the place the original Alaska Highway's Opening Ceremony took place in 1943.

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Finally we stopped at the Pickhandle Lake Recreation site.

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After a short but refreshing stop we covered the final stretch of our driving to Beaver Creek whoch is just 30 kms from the CA-USA border.
We captured a polar beer with Echo and fainted into our bed.

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