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Anchorage to Banff

This adventurous overlanding journey is very special and one that will be loved by all outdoor enthusiasts - our fantastic North American trip between Anchorage and Banff through Alaska and western Canada! This journey is packed full of some of the most spectacular National Parks in the world, including Denali, Jasper and Banff to name a few - in which you'll see mighty forests, pristine lakes, colossal glaciers, beautiful alpine mountains and rivers, and hopefully even some grizzly bears. Travelling in our unique converted American school bus, you'll be embarking on one of the planet's great road trips, winding your way through the wilds of Alaska and the forest-covered slopes of Canada's mountain country. You will learn about the Klondike gold rush of Dawson, visit some of the old mining areas scattered throughout the area, and learn about the life and culture of the Ksan Native Americans on an overnight stay. You'll experience camping out in the vast Alaskan wilderness, get plenty of opportunities to trek through the breathtaking landscapes, and have the chance to enjoy some exhilirating outdoor activities such as ice-climbing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park! This trip ends in the glittering Canadian city of Banff, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and just a hop away from Calgary. Join us on this unforgettable overlanding experience - this could definitely be the best trip of your life!

North America
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Canoeing, Community Project, Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Equestrian, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 158287
  • Starts: Anchorage, United States
  • Finishes: Banff,
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

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.

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
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 85% Camping - 15% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
  • Adventure Activities
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  • Community Project
  • Hiking & Trekking
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  • Horse Riding
  • Nature & Wildlife
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  • R & R


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Ronan C Posted on: 

Both crew were excellent and helped make the trip enjoyable, and were very sociable and hard working.

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John W Posted on: 

The leaders were very helpful and pleasant. I was very happy with their leadership.

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Molly L Posted on: 

Lou was a perfect introduction to my experience with Dragoman crew. She knew how to handle all the different passengers on Betsy, especially particularly difficult passengers that didn’t make a tour leader’s life very easy. She’d always maintain a professional manner. All the while, she was more of a friend than a tour leader, and seemed to have fun along with the passengers, which was preferred rather than a “No, I’m working” attitude.

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Deborah P Posted on: 

Both Lou and Seb worked very hard throughout this leg and the following on what was an extremely fast paced journey with a very diverse set of passengers. I would have no hesitation in going on further trips with either of them as leader or driver.

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