Whether it’s the idea of spending quality time together, saving money on flights, visiting somewhere special, or a combination of all three, there’s something curiously romantic about loading up the car and hitting the highway as a family. For those like me in the contiguous 48, the notion of cruising Alaska’s open roads in an RV surrounded by exquisite scenery and abundant wildlife seemed to epitomize this ideal.
We picked up our RV from ABC Motorhome & Car Rental right near the airport. As a family with two boys ages 12 and 15, we selected a 24’ Class C Model. It claims to sleep 6, which proved just spacious enough for the four of us. Having once rented a motorhome in New Zealand, I learned it’s smart to go up at least one size from what you think you need.
The big decision you need to make is whether to head north or south. Denali National Park is 240 miles up highways 1 & 3 and will require a good three days to visit. As much as I wanted to see the grandeur of Mt. McKinley firsthand, the idea of fishing with the boys, taking long hikes through enchanted forests, and looking for wildlife held greater appeal, so we chose the Kenai Peninsula.