Top of the World Highway

The Top of the World Highway is really two highways. Yukon Highway 9 in Canada and the Taylor Highway 5 in Alaska. It is 175 miles/281 km from Dawson City in the Yukon to the Alaska Highway (Tetlin Junction). The Top of the World Highway is open during the summer starting mid-May but closes once the snow flies, which is usually by mid-October. However, it has been known to close earlier. Many travelers use the Top of the World Highway when driving between Fairbanks, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon.

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When entering or leaving Dawson City on the Top of the World Highway, you will need to take the George Black Ferry. It crosses the Yukon River, for free, 24 hours a day in the summer. The first 106 km to the border is mostly on a chip-sealed surface with gravel sections. There are a number of scenic overlooks on this part of the highway.

The Canada/U.S. border is open from May to Sept. from 8am to 8pm Alaska time and 9am to 9pm Yukon time. Everyone crossing the border will need proper ID, such as a passport. The Poker Creek Border Crossing is North America’s most northern international border crossing.

Boundary Spur Road from the U.S./Canada Border to Jack Wade Jct. is newly paved. At the junction you join the Taylor Highway, which travels west to Chicken or north to Eagle. The 30 miles from Jack Wade Junction to Chicken is gravel and can be challenging. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. At mile 66 of the Taylor Highway you will find the community of Chicken, home of the Pedro Gold Dredge and Tisha’s Schoolhouse. Chicken is a good place to stay over as there is lots to see and do in this historic community. The road between Chicken and Tetlin Junction has been reconstructed and is usually in good condition.

The Top of the World Highway is a scenic route with breathtaking views that should be enjoyed with plenty of stops along the way.
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