And precious little payment either. The Top Of The World Highway may not be for everyone, but the payoff really is something special. Especially Dawson City where miners still work the river for gold while hipsters sit around drinking craft beers. About 2,000 strong now, Dawson once had a population of 30,000. After Dawson the highway is much better maintained and follows the Yukon River to Whitehorse (which at 28,000 is just a smidgen smaller than Fairbanks). Whitehorse has a great art scene, very friendly people, and wonderful (but pricey) restaurants. Winters might be a tad cold, but man are there some nearby trails worth tackling. After Whitehorse we hit up another gold rush town (Atlin) then drove three hard days to Dawson Creek which just happens to be mile zero of the Alaskan Highway. We may not be on the top of the world right now, but we are still feeling pretty good.