"Motor coach service to Alaska to begin"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 19:00

From the Knik Arm Courier, Nov. 20, 1962:

The first direct motor coach service between the State of Alaska and the State of Washington will begin May 19, 1964, it was announced today by C.B. West, president of Alaska Hyway Tours, Inc.

The inaugural run will leave Seattle May 18, will traverse the Alaska Highway, and arrive in Fairbanks on May 26. The first southbound departure will leave Fairbanks on June 4 and will arrive in Seattle on June 11.

Overnight stops will be made at the Alaska-Yukon Territory border, Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Prince George and Harrison Hot Springs.

Twenty-seven departures are scheduled between Fairbanks and Seattle throughout the 1964 travel season. Moderately priced round-trips between Washington and Alaska will range in length from 11 to 23 days, with passengers having the option of combining the new motor coach travel with ferry, cruise ship, rail and air transportation, either north or southbound.

Alaska Hyway Tours motor fleet totals 14, with the addition of three luxurious new air-conditioned, 38 passenger Sceneramic Highway Cruisers. All coaches are equipped with tinted picture windows, deeply comfortable seats and rest rooms.

Expert well-informed drivers will explain points along the way. Alaska Hyway Tours began scheduled sightseeing and highway service in 1955. It now offers service from Haines over the “Dalton Trail” Highway to Beaver Creek at the Alaska-Yukon border, where connections are made either to Valdez, Anchorage or Fairbanks.


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