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Anchorage to Mexico City

Overlanding is a fantastic way to experience the traveller's paradise of North America! Dragoman have been the world's leading overland operator for decades, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. We begin our journey in the Alaskan town of Anchorage, and wind our way through the wilds of Alaska and the forest-covered slopes of Canada's mountain country. We will learn about the local cultures and minig history, camp out in the wilderness, trek through the breathtaking landscapes, forests and glaciers, and have the chance to enjoy some exhilirating outdoor activities in some of the world's best National Parks such as Denali, Jasper and Banff. From the glittering city of Banff, we journey through the stunning western USA along the famous Rocky Mountains, to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, the geothermal geysers of Yellowstone, the red columns of Monument Valley in Utah, and through the incredible deserts of Arizona en route to Mexico. This scenic and active journey takes us to Mexico's buzzing capital. Join us on this unforgettable overlanding experience through the Americas!

North America
  • Duration: 52 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 158192
  • Starts: Anchorage, United States
  • Finishes: Mexico City, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Anchorage
  • Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Denali Highway
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Tok
  • Dawson
  • Whitehorse
  • Watson Lake
  • Stewart
  • Hyder
  • Hazelton
  • En route in British Columbia
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson Hole
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Moab
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Page
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Phoenix
  • Nogales
  • Guaymas
  • Mazatlan
  • Sayulita
  • Tequila
  • Angahuan
  • Mexico City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Anchorage

Border information: If you are joining in Anchorage, you will most likely enter the USA at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (IATA code: ANC).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Anchorage and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Anchorage before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Anchorage.

In Anchorage we will stay in private rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

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Day 2-3: Seward

Today our journey begins with a short drive to the town of Seward, possibly via a short detour to the Portage Glacier.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day you will have free time to explore Seward and take part in optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.

In Seward we will camp at a woodland campsite near the shore.

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Day 4-6: Denali National Park

Today we will drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the area of Toklat River, where we will be able to freely explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. 

On the following day we will have a free day to further explore the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.

In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

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Day 7-8: Denali Highway

Today we have a short and scenic drive to our lodge along the Denali Highway, located in an area popular with wildlife spotters and fishermen.

Tonight we will stay in rooms at a basic Alaskan lodge - these could be dormitory or private rooms, depending on their availability and our group size.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will head out along the river on motorised canoes to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to head out on a trek to a nearby glaicer, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the night.

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Day 9-10: McCarthy

Today we will canoe back downstream from our wilderness camp to our lodge to rejoin our overland bus. We will then drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights, glacier walks and ice climbing.

In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite.

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Day 11: Tok

Today we will have a scenic drive day towards the Canadian border, arriving at the small town of Tok.

In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 12-13: Dawson

Border information: Exit the USA at Polar Creek, enter Canada at Little Gold Creek.

Today we will travel along the spectacular 'Top of the World Highway' to cross into Canada at North America's northernmost border. We will drive into the famous Klondike area of Canada's Yukon province and the city of Dawson, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the area and take part in optional activities such as taking a tour of the old gold mines, trekking up the nearby Midnight Dome, or taking in a can-can show at the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!

In Dawson we will camp in a well-equipped campsite just across the Yukon River from the town.

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Day 14: Dawson

Today we will drive to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. En route we will stop for a tour of one of the incredible original mobile mining rigs near Dawson, Dredge No. 4.

In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite. 

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 15: Watson Lake

Today we will drive into the province of British Columbia and the small town of Watson Lake. On arrival we will have an included visit to the fascinating Sign Post Forest, and in the evening we have the chance to go on an optional visit to see the show at the fantastic Northern Lights Centre.

In Watson Lake we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimate Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 16-17: Stewart

Today we will drive south through the beautiful countryside of British Columbia to the town of Stewart.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we will have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. Here we will visit the Fish Creek Observation Site where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies or black bears fishing for salmon. We will also visit the huge Salmon Glacier before returning to Stewart for the night.

In Stewart we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

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Day 18: Hazelton

Today we will drive to the town of Hazelton and have an included tour of the historical Ksan Indian Village to learn all about the life and history of the Gitxsan people. After our visit we will continue our drive towards the Rocky Mountains and stay at the area of François Lake.

In François Lake we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 19-20: Jasper

Today we will continue our drive into the Canadian Rockies and to the town of Jasper.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the stunning Jasper National Park or take part in optional activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, or taking the Skytram up the near Whistlers' Mountain.

In Jasper we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

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Day 21: Jasper

Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the town of Banff, travelling through both Jasper and Banff National Parks. En route we will have an included visit to the Athabasca Falls and Lake Louise.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Please note that depending on the general preference of the group, this day could also be used to have more time in Jasper or anywhere else on this trip - it is essentially a spare day to be used flexibly.

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Day 22-23: Banff

If we have not our spare day anywhere else on the trip, then we will have two full days to freely explore the town of Banff, the spectacular National Park, and take part in the myriad of optional activities available here.

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Day 24: Banff

Border information: If you are leaving in Banff, you will most likely exit Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Banff. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Day 25: Banff

Border information: If joining in Banff, you will most likely enter Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Banff before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Banff.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

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Day 26-27: Glacier National Park

Border information: Exit Canada at Chief Mountain, enter USA at Chief Mountain.

Today we will have a full day drive over the US border into the state of Montana and arrive at the eastern side of Glacier National Park, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will free time to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of Glacier National Park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points. 

In Glacier National Park we will camp in a campsite near the spectacular St. Mary's Lake.

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Day 28-29: Yellowstone National Park

Today we have a full day drive south into the state of Wyoming and to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.

In Yellowstone National Park we will camp at a campsite in the Madison area of the park.

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Day 30: Jackson Hole

Today we will drive south through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where we'll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. We will then continue to the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

In Jackson Hole we will camp at a campsite surrounded by mountains and on the banks of a small river.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

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Day 31: Salt Lake City

Today we will drive to Utah's state capital of Salt Lake City, where we will have time for quick free exploration of the city centre and its famous Temple Square. We will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.

In Antelope Island we will camp at a basic campsite with few facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 32-34: Moab

Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wildernesses of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

We will spend the next two days exploring and trekking in Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.

In Moab we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

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Day 35: Monument Valley

Today we will drive to the incredible Monument Valley, the iconic landscape symbolic of the American West. On arrival we will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture.

In Monument Valley we will spend the night in a traditional Navajo ‘Hogan’ (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle).

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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Day 36: Page

Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.

In Page we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 37: Kodachrome Basin State Park

Today we will drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park, where we will have free time on arrival to explore the beautiful landscape.

In Kodachrome Basin State Park we will camp in a scenic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 38: Bryce Canyon National Park

Today we will drive to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park, where we will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion). Following this, we will take a very scenic drive to the stunning Zion National Park.

In Zion National Park we will camp at a well-equipped campsite just outside the park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 39-40: Las Vegas

This morning we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations on Zion National Park. In the afternoon we will drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to fully explore the fascinating city of Las Vegas and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options, including its casinos and shows!

In Las Vegas we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 41-42: The Grand Canyon

Today we will continue south into the state of Arizona and to one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA - the world-famous Grand Canyon. On arrival we will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.

At the Grand Canyon we will camp at a well-equipped campsite in the Grand Canyon Village.

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Day 43: Phoenix

Today we start to drive south through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.

In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in a rustic campsite to the north of the city, where we may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 44: Nogales

Today we will drive south to the border town of Nogales.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 45-46: Guaymas

Border information: Exit USA at Nogales, enter Mexico at Nogales.

Today we will cross the border into Mexico, and over the next two days we will drive south along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Guaymas and Mazatlán en route.

In Guaymas and Mazatlán we will camp in well-equipped campsites.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.

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Day 47-48: Sayulita

Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!

In Sayulita we will camp in the grounds of a beach guesthouse.

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Day 49: Tequila

Today we will drive to the town of Tequila, where we will have time for an optional visit to the town's famous distilleries (either today or on the following morning).

In Tequila we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 50-51: Angahuan

Today we drive to the town of Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purépecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Parícutin volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Parícutin volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it's still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.

In Angahuan we will camp at a campsite near to the volcano.

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Day 52: Mexico City

Today we will have a full day drive to the massive and chaotic Mexican capital of Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

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Day 53: Mexico City

Border information: if leaving in Mexico City, you will most likely exit Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mexico City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore Denali National Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities
    • Head deep into the Alaskan wilderness by motorised canoe for an incredible remote overnight bushcamp
    • Visit the famous Dredge No. 4, a massive mobile gold-mining rig built in 1912
    • Visit the famous Signpost Forest near Watson Lake, and perhaps make your own sign to add to the collection!
    • Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see Alaskan Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but please note that the dates vary every year and sightings can never be guaranteed)
    • View the colossal Salmon Glacier from Hyder, at the southern tip of Alaska
    • Visit the Ksan Indian Historical Village in British Columbia to learn all about the history and culture of the Gitxsan people
    • Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff
    • Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains
    • Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails
    • Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff
    • Explore the spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana
    • Explore the highlights of the famous Yellowstone National Park, including its hiking trails and the iconic geyser of Old Faithful
    • Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake
    • Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns
    • Explore the phenomenal 'Islands in the Sky' region of Canyonlands National Park and walk on some of it's stunning trails
    • Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Arches National Park and see the iconic Delicate Arch at sunset
    • Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley
    • Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona
    • Visit the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Zion National Park
    • Visit the beautiful and scenic Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park
    • Visit some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 80% Camping - 20% Hotels
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