Explore the Americas on an overland adventure from Anchorage, Alaska, to Mexico City.

Experience the best of North America and Mexico with this gem of a trip, which takes in the best of both of these vastly different regions. There’s time to keep it cool among the glaciers and mountains up in Alaska and Canada, as well as plenty of opportunities to bask in the heat and history of the southwest US and Mexico. A real joy for lovers of the great outdoors, this Anchorage to Mexico City tour is packed with national parks, forest-engulfed mountain country, baron deserts and even a couple of nights in the wilds of Las Vegas thrown in for good measure. The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are also on the menu, so rest assured the thirst for a great American experience will be well and truly quenched. So climb aboard an old, converted US school bus and set off on one of the world’s greatest road trips.

Start
Anchorage, United States
Finish
Mexico City, Mexico
Countries
Canada,
Mexico,
Norway,
United States
Themes
Overland
Code
SDOA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
635kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience an overnight bush camp deep in the Alaskan wilderness
  • Visit the unbelievable Athabasca Falls in the Rocky Mountains
  • Hang out in the Ksan Indian Village in British Columbia
  • Witness the power of Old Faithful and other geysers at Yellowstone
  • Spend time experiencing the bright lights of Las Vegas
  • Encounter the gaping magnificence of the Grand Canyon
  • Go back to the Wild West in Tombstone
  • Have a guided tour around a Mexican tequila distillery
  • Try your hand at surfing in Sayulit
  • Choose to trek to the stunning Paricutin Volcano
  • Visit Anchorage Museum to learn about Alaska's history
  • Try to spot a grizzly bear in Denali National Park
  • Explore the historical gold mining town of Dawson
  • Hike around the scenic landscape of Jasper National Park
  • Be awed by the natural beauty of the south west's spectacular national parks
  • Say "yee-haw" at the home of the rodeo, Jackson Hole
  • Discover the fascinating traditions of Mormonism in Salt Lake City
  • Place a bet in Las Vegas
  • Visit Tequila, the home of Mexico's signature spirit
  • Dance away the evening in Mexico City

Itinerary

Enjoy free time to explore the delights of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
Marvel at the sights and sounds of Kenai Fjords National Park, and witness the remarkable Portage Glacier.
Go grizzly-bear spotting on a guided tour of Denali National Park. Perhaps go on a scenic flight over Mount McKinley.
Contrast time spent in a traditional lodge with camping in among the wilds of the remote Alaskan wilderness.
Explore the walking trails, tranquil lakes, open grasslands and untamed beauty of Wrangell-St Elias National Park – the largest national park in the USA.
Wander through the small Alaskan town of Tok; a major centre for dogsledding. Don’t pass up the opportunity to view the renowned dog-sleigh exhibition.
Travel amid stunning scenery 300 kms along the ‘Top of the World Highway’ before entering Dawson City, Canada, which was once a hub of activity for gold prospectors.
The capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse is a lovely town to explore and relax in, especially at the hot springs located just near camp.
Drive through the incredible British Columbian countryside before perhaps visiting the Signpost Forest near Watson Lake.
Take a day trip back into Alaska and try to spot Alaskan brown grizzly bears and black bears eating salmon.
Head into the famed Rocky Mountains, stopping for an awesome cultural experience at the Ksan Indian Village in Hazelton.
Arrive in Jasper amid amazing scenery. Choose to wander along some of the area's magnificent hiking trails or take the tramway in Whistler for awe-inspiring views over the mountains.
Located in the heart of the Rockies, Banff has excellent bars and restaurants, excellent hiking and heaps of exciting activities to discover.
Return to the USA, and stop off at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to learn the history of America’s buffaloes en route to Glacier National Park, where amazing glaciers and world-class trekking await.
Make tracks to the famed Yellowstone National Park and its famous geysers while keeping eyes peeled for moose, bison, elk and grizzly or black bears.
Stopover at Grand Teton National Park, with its spectacular mountain scenery and range of exciting outdoor activities to be had. Then it’s off to Jackson Hole, the home of the rodeo!
The most populated city in Utah and the home of Mormon culture, Salt Lake City has some fascinating history and the beautiful Great Salt Lake to discover.
Visit the rocky scenery, countless canyons and meandering rivers of the Arches and Canyonlands national parks, both having perfect for mini-adventures and off-the-beaten-track exploring.
Arrive in the iconic Monument valley – the film set for countless Western movies. Spend the night in a traditional Navajo hogan.
Witness the Navajo National Monument before heading into Arizona to stay beside the impressive Lake Powell.
End a full day of driving by camping in beautiful Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Appreciate the dramatic-looking hoodoos at Bryce Canyon and discover the electrifying Zion National Park. Take to the trails for unsurpassed hiking or perhaps see its beautiful waterways by kayak or tube.
It’s off to Vegas for bright city lights, casino hopping and non-stop entertainment.
The awesomeness of the Grand Canyon can’t be described in words – it just has to be seen to be realised. Discover its magnitude on optional treks, walks or even from the skies.
Continue south through Arizona and set up camp near Phoenix.
Spend a final night in the USA camping at the border town of Nogales.
Say ‘hola’ to Mexico as the trip drives down the Pacific coast.
Hang ten in the surfing town of Sayulita, where beach camping offers the ideal opportunity to soak up Mexico's sun, surf and sand - and perhaps testing out any surfing prowess.
Taste the local tipple at Tequila, which has the smell of blue agave – from which tequila is distilled – hanging thickly in the air. Bottoms up!
As the gateway to the Paricutin Volcano, Angahuan is the perfect place from which to trek around – or up - this epic Mexican volcano.
With the world’s largest metropolitan area and home to some 20 million people – there’s plenty of action in Mexico City to ensure this adventure ends on a high. Whether making the most of the local heritage, indulging in culinary masterpieces, watching life go by in the Alameda Central or jumping into the nightlife say farewell to this Anchorage to Mexico extravaganza in style.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (42 nights), Hogan (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Guided tour around Dawson City
  • Guided tour of Denali National Park
  • Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruise
  • 'Ksan Historical Village
  • Tour of Misty Fjords National Park
  • Visit to Lake Louise

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Notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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