Top of the World large_8197867717The Top of the World Highway is a 301 km stretch of highway, connecting Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska. Departing westward from Dawson City, Yukon, on yet another beautiful, sunny day, we took the free George Black ferry across the Yukon River to West Dawson. There we joined the Yukon Highway 9, aka Top of the World Highway. My first thought was that it was so aptly named; the views were stunning! It skirts the crests of hills and is one of the most northerly highways in the world. Everything just dropped away. The highway, which is mostly unpaved, has been in use since 1955 and is only open during the summer months. It was built by the Americans to ensure supplies to Alaska during the Second World War, and until 1955, was the only road access to Dawson City.

To see for yourself, check out the following video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTfhANTfqZU‎

The border crossing into the United States is at Poker Creek. From there we travelled to the town of Chicken. We heard that Chicken was so named because the town folk could not agree on the spelling of Ptarmigan, a bird similar to a grouse.

photo credit: Sweet One via photopin cc

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