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Banff to Anchorage

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: Hiking, Canoeing, Equestrian, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Community Project , Historical Sites, Trekking, Boating Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158288
Starts: Banff, Canada Finishes: Anchorage, United States
You will visit
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • En route in British Columbia
  • Hazelton
  • Stewart
  • Hyder
  • Watson Lake
  • Whitehorse
  • Dawson
  • Tok
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • Denali Highway
  • Denali National Park
  • Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Anchorage

Itinerary

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Day 1: Banff

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

Today there will be a welcome meeting at 10:00 hrs. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Banff. We stay the night in a comfortable hostel in shared dorm accommodation. Banff is located 1.5 hr drive from Calgary Airport.

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.

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Day 2: Banff

In Banff there is a plethora of stunning sights and wonderful activities to occupy our time. We camp here for 2 nights and explore the surrounding area. 

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Day 3: Banff

This is a spare day that could be used in Banff or a different location depending on the local conditions at the time of your trip.

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Day 4: Jasper

A scenic drive through the rugged landscape of the Candian Rockies along the Icefields Parkway, travelling through Banff NP and Jasper NP. Visit to the Athabasca Falls en route. Camping 3 kms outside of Jasper.

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Day 5: Jasper

Free day for activities like mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and fishing.

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Day 6: En route in British Columbia

Today we leave the Canadian Rockies behind and head northwest on a full day's drive. We will will find somewhere to camp for the night.

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Day 7: Hazelton

Today we will drive to Stewart  where we camp here for 2 nights. En route we stop off in Hazelton to visit the Ksan Indian Village. Stewart is situated by the border with Alaska and is called "The Gateway to the Klondike". Its first permanent settlement dates back to the late 1800s when prospectors first came searching for gold. 

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Day 8: Stewart

Today we drive into Alaska and the Hyder area. We visit Fish Creek bear viewing platform where iAlaskan brown grizzlies and black bears come to fish and eat salmon. We also view the Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in the world.

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Day 9: Watson Lake

Today we drive north to Watson Lake where we camp for the night. 

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Day 10: Watson Lake

Free time in Watson Lake this morning - perhaps visit the world famous signpost forest. Afternoon drive to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory, where we camp outside of town.

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Day 11-12: Dawson

We drive into the Klondike to Dawson City, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. En route we visit Dredge No 4 which is one of the original mining rigs and the largest woodel-hulled bucket dredge in North America. We will camp across the Yukon river from Dawson City for 2 nights, and in your free time you may want to visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, a real outwest experience!

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Day 13: Tok

Border information: Exit Canada and enter the USA at Little Gold/Poker Creek

A 301km journey along the 'Top of the World highway' on an incredibly scenic drive brings us to Tok where we will camp just ouside town. En route we cross into Alaska via the most northen international border corssing in North America.

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Day 14-15: Wrangell-St Elias National Park

A drive day takes us to Wrangell-St Elias National Park where we camp for 2 nights. This is the largest national park in the USA and has an abundance of optional activities to partake in such as hiking, historic mine tours, glacier walks or ice climbing.

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Day 16-17: Denali Highway

Today we drive along the very scenic and rugged Denali Highway to a lodge situated near the base of the Maclaren Glacier. We will have one night camping by the lodge before going on a remote bushcamp to experience the Alaskan wilderness for the second night.

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Day 18-20: Denali National Park

A short and very scenic drive along the Denali Highway brings us to Denali National Park, the home of Mount McKinley, where we camp for 3 nights. You have a full day included shuttle bus tour to the Toklat River area and then a free day for optional activities such as hiking and cycling.

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Day 21-22: Seward

A full day's drive takes us to our campsite south of Seward where will camp for 2 nights. During your free day there will be the opportunity to take a boat trip out into Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Day 23: Anchorage

A short drive brings us to Anchorage where we stay in private rooms in a hostel.

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Day 24: Anchorage

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Anchorage. 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
    • Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains
    • Visit the Ksan Indian Village in British Columbia to visit the museum and view original totem poles and Indian history
    • Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see both Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but the dates vary every year and no sightings can be guaranteed)
    • Visit one of the original mining rigs, Dredge No 4
    • Experience an overnight bushcamp in the Alaskan wilderness
    • Take a shuttle bus around Denali National Park to the Toklat River where you have excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 90% Camping - 10% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
  • Adventure Activities
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Community Project
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • History & Culture
  • Horse Riding
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey
  • 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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Molly L Posted on: 

Lou was a perfect introduction to my experience .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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