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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 Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158193
Starts: Mexico City, Mexico Finishes: Anchorage, United States
You will visit
  • Mexico City
  • Angahuan
  • Tequila
  • Sayulita
  • Mazatlan
  • Guaymas
  • Nogales
  • Phoenix
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Page
  • Monument Valley
  • Moab
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Jackson Hole
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • 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: Mexico City

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

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am 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 Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mexico City 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 Mexico City.

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

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Day 2: Angahuan

Today we will leave the capital behind and have a full day drive to Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purepecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Paricutín volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 3: Angahuan

Today we will have a free day to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Paricutín 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.

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Day 4: 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 5-6: Sayulita

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

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 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 7-8: Mazatlan

Over the next two days we will drive north along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Mazatlan and Guaymas en route.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.

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Day 9: Nogales

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

Today we will cross the border into the US state of Arizona.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (heavily dependent on the time taken to cross the border).

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Day 10: Phoenix

Today we start to drive north 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 11-12: The Grand Canyon

Today we will continue north 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 - 5-6 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 13-14: Las Vegas

Today we will have a full day drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 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 15: Zion National Park

Today we will have a short drive into the state of Utah to the stunning Zion National Park, where we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations.

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 16: Bryce Canyon National Park

Today we will head on a very scenic drive out of Zion National Park and on to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park. 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), before taking another short drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (in total).

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Day 17: 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 - 7-8 hours.

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Day 18: 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 - 5-6 hours.

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Day 19-21: 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 - 8-9 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 22: 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 - 6-7 hours.

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Day 23: Jackson Hole

Today we will drive north into the state of Wyoming and 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 - 5-6 hours.

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Day 24-25: Yellowstone National Park

Today we will drive north 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 famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 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 26-27: Glacier National Park

Today we will continue north into the state of Montana, reaching the our campsite on the eastern side of Glacier National Park after a full day drive.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

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: Banff

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

Today we will have a full day drive over the Canadian border to the town of Banff, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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Day 29: 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 30: 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 31: 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 32: 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 33: Jasper

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

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Day 34: 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 35: 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 36: 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 37: Watson Lake

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

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Day 38: 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 39-40: 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 41: 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 42-43: 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 44-45: 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 46-48: 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 49-50: 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 51: Anchorage

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

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Day 52: 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 some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river
    • 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
    • Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley
    • 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
    • Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns
    • 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 spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85% Camping - 15% Hotels
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