Top of the World Highway to Dawson City

Yesterday we made the fairly short but spectacular drive from Tok, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon. We were away from Tok at 08:30, and an hour later made our first rest stop below Mount Fairplay on the Taylor Highway.

Mount Fairplay, Alaska

At 10:20 we reached Chicken, and the post office was a popular photo subject.

Post office in Chicken, Alaska

The Pedro gold dredge is the centerpiece of The Original Chicken Gold Camp where we stopped for coffee and snacks. The people by the gravel pile are panning for gold.

The Original Chicken Gold Camp

At 12:50 we made a very quick crossing back into the Yukon at Little Gold Creek, and then made a stop at the high point of the day at about 4450 feet.

Little Gold Creek, Yukon

A look down the Top of the World Highway towards Dawson City from the summit.

I went to bed right after dinner yesterday evening, but was up with a couple of my guests at 1:30am for some aurora borealis viewing.

Northern Lights at Dawson City

When the aurora faded, I wandered around town for a while – I enjoy Dawson as much at night as during the day.

Red Feather Saloon, Dawson City

This is the Discovery Day long weekend, officially celebrating the discovery of gold in the Klondike but also unofficially the celebration of the end of summer in Dawson – the tourist season winds down in a hurry starting today. There were hundreds of young people milling around, many in various stages of intoxication, and a couple of RCMP cruisers were keeping a close eye on them and some house parties.

Discovery Day party in Dawson City

Today, we explore Dawson City and the Klondike goldfields.


Top of the World Highway to Dawson City — 4 Comments

  1. Is it more scenic to approach the TOP of the WORLD HIGHWAY from Dawson City? Is the summit close to Dawson City or it closer to the Alaska Highway?

    I would like to visit the area, but I wish I could drive and see in front me all the mountains and road ahead.

    • I’ve done it in both direction many times, Dul, and much prefer starting from Dawson. The summit is 105 km from Dawson, 178 km from the Alaska Highway at Tetlin Junction. To answer the questions that you sent by email, driving the ToW in a rental car is reasonable, but check to see if the Top of the World is allowed before you rent – I think that Driving Force is the only one in Whitehorse that does allow it. As far as motels along that highway, the cabins at the Chicken Gold Camp and Chicken Creek RV Park are the only options – and