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.

Anchorage, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
United States
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
635kg pp per trip


  • Experience an overnight bush camp deep in the Alaskan wilderness Visit the unbelievable Athabasca
  • 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


Welcome to the USA!
The trip begins with a group meeting at 6pm.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
Located in south-central Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a unique urban environment situated in the heart of the wilderness. Established in 1914 as the construction headquarters for the Alaskan Railroad, it's the state's largest and most sophisticated city and home to more than half of its occupants.
As there's no time spent in Anchorage on this trip we recommend you arrive a few days early to see the sights. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist.
Short drive to Seward where we will camp south of town for two nights. On your free day here you will have the opportunity to take a boat trip out into Kenai Fjords National Park.
A small fishing town on Resurrection Bay, Seward is our base from which to visit Kenai Fjords National Park. The town is quaint and lucky to still exist after almost being destroyed by fires and tidal waves during the 1964 earthquake.
Established in 1980, Kenai Fjords National Park covers an area of approximately 4,600 sq km on the Kenai Peninsula. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the icefield. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, including the Harding Ice Field and Bear Glacier. Taking a boat out into the fjords is a great way to see the area.
Driving back past Anchorage we head 480 km north to Denali National Park, where we camp for 3 nights. There is plenty of time for optional activities here as well as a guided tour of the national park. If you are lucky you may even spot a grizzly bear.
Surrounding Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America, Denali offers a vast refuge for a variety of wildlife. Wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep call Denali home, as does the mighty grizzly bear. Two scenic bus tours (included with park admission) take you through the pristine backcountry of the park, with opportunities to view these majestic animals in their natural habitat and enjoy incredible views of the unique landscape of tundra and taiga. A wide range of optional activities are available such as river rafting, dogsled demonstrations and hiking, for all fitness and adventure levels. For a real treat why not try an optional scenic flight to get a good view of Mount McKinley’s towering peak. You could even opt for a glacier landing!
We have a short and very scenic drive along the Denali Highway to our lodge. We will have one night camping by the lodge and another in a wild camp with good wildlife viewing opportunities.
Drive day to Wrangell-St Elias National Park where we camp for two nights. This is the largest national park in the USA and has an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, glacier walks or ice climbing.
Wrangell-St Elias is the largest national park in the USA and is some six times the size of Yellowstone. The scale of everything here is enormous: four major mountain ranges meet here, and the park includes 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the USA including Mt Blackburn and Mt Sanford. There are also huge chains of glaciers within the park. The high country is covered with snow year round, resulting in extensive icefields and glaciers. Sheep and mountain goats patrol the craggy peaks, and the park is also home to caribou, moose, and brown and black bears.
A long but scenic drive brings us to our campsite outside Tok where we will stay for the night.
The small town of Tok was originally a camp for workers constructing the Alcan and Glenn Highways in the 1940s. Today it is best known for its association with dog sledding, breeding, training and mushing. The Tok Race of Champions Sled Dog Race, one of the oldest in Alaska, is held every March.
We travel 300 km today along the 'Top of the World Highway' and amidst incredible scenery to enter Canada's Klondike region. We stop for the night at Dawson City, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. We camp here for two nights and visit the gold mining areas. In your free time you may want to visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino - a real outwest experience!
Taking us back to the times of the Klondike Gold Rush, it is easy to image the old pioneering spirit of Dawson City with its boardwalks and boat cruises on the Yukon River all adding to the experience. Pay a visit to Dredger Number 4 (one of the original mining rigs) and Diamond Tooth Gerties, a traditional cancan beer hall.
A drive of just over 500 km brings us to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. En route we stop by one of the original mining rigs, Dredge No. 4. Tonight we camp outside of Whitehorse.
Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse was once a gold-rush town but now its riches lie in the incredible wilderness at its doorstep.
Short drive from the Yukon into British Columbia where we camp for the night in Watson Lake. This afternoon there will be free time to visit the world famous Signpost Forest or maybe see the show at the Northern Lights Centre.
Full day's drive south to Stewart where we will camp for two nights. On our full day here we will drive into Alaska and the Hyder area. We will visit Fish Creek where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears eating salmon.
Hyder is home to one of the world's largest ice fields. Seasonally there is a large salmon migration, which brings grizzly bears to the area. At Fish Creek there may be an opportunity to view bears fishing for salmon.
Today we have a full day drive as we make our way towards the Rocky Mountains. We will find somewhere to camp for the night, and en route have the chance to stop off in Hazelton to visit the 'Ksan Indian Village.
We continue our drive in to the Canadian Rockies, arriving into Jasper where we camp for two nights, allowing plenty of time for hiking and optional activities.
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. Its setting deep inside Alberta's Rockies and surrounded by mountains makes this an incredibly beautiful place to visit.
Our third day here is a spare day which might be used anywhere on the itinerary depending on the local conditions on your trip.
Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway and visiting the Athabasca Falls en route to the town of Banff, where there is a plethora of stunning sights and activities to occupy our time. We camp here the first night, then move into a comfortable hostel for the next two nights.
The town of Banff offers quaint shops, bars and cafes, with a lively nightlife. The free Cascade Gardens depict the evolution of life and it's only a short hike up Tunnel Mountain for beautiful views of the town and its surrounds.
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park. Its valleys and mountain chains were formed 75 million years ago and its terrain consists of coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. It is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or riding the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Today we cross back into the USA and, after a drive of 400 km, we reach Glacier National Park. We camp here for 2 nights and there is a chance to go hiking. En route we will stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a Unesco World Heritage site which documents the buffalo hunting culture of the local area.
Glacier National Park features more than 400 glaciers and is one of the world's most active avalanche areas. The park also features old-growth cedar and hemlock areas and fauna such as caribou, mountain goats, and grizzly bears.
We have an all-day drive to Yellowstone National Park. There's a free day here to see the many geysers including the famous Old Faithful.
America's first national park and largest thermal basin, Yellowstone represents one of the earth's thinnest surfaces, which in turn has created a fantastic world of bubbling geysers ('Old Faithful'), sulphuric springs and colourful paintpots (boiling mud). The park is home to moose, bison, elk and grizzly and black bears.
Today's drive of 250 km takes us into Wyoming as we head to Jackson where we will camp. Along the way we will visit Grand Teton National Park to view the spectacular mountain range and do some hiking.
With its awe-inspiring mountain range, lakes and incredible wildlife, Grand Teton National Park is perfect for a hike to a picturesque picnic spot. Hire a ferry on the beautiful Jenny Lake or hike into the stunning Teton Range. Keep a lookout for wildlife in the area including Teton's most famous resident - the moose.
Home to rodeos and real country nightlife, Jackson Hole offers mountain biking, hiking and rafting trips on Snake River.
Leaving Wyoming behind we head into Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City, where we camp the night. While here we will take some time to explore the Mormon culture which began here.
Founded by the Mormons as a religious centre in 1847, Salt Lake City is today the centre of the Mormon State. Today, only about half the city's population are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, however the city remains synonymous with the religion. If you are interested in the Mormon faith you can visit the historic Temple Square area among other city sights. The city itself is beautifully located, surrounded by mountains and the Great Salt Lake.
Continuing south through Utah, today we reach Moab, where we will camp for three nights. While here we will visit two incredible national parks - Canyonlands and Arches National Parks - plus there is plenty of time for your own exploration and optional activities.
Moab’s unique combination of beautiful red rock scenery, two national parks, and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.
Canyonlands National Park preserves a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers and their tributaries. Walk along the rim and gaze over the endless maze of canyons.
Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. It's a red, arid desert punctuated with spectacularly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks and arches. Take a hike out to see famous sights such as Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch.
Today we drive 250 km to the iconic Monument Valley. We will have a guided jeep tour around Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing some of the incredible formations and learning everything there is to know about the Navajo view of the buttes and mesas that will be surrounding us. We then drive to our camp where we spend the night in a traditional Navajo hogan, all sleeping together on the ground in a circle.
The backdrop for countless westerns, Monument Valley is part of the biggest Indian reservation in the US and home to more than 200,000 Indians of the Navajo Tribe. Monument Valley is so-named for the giant sandstone formations scattered across the desert. The angle of the sun means that the landscape is constantly changing colour and it's near impossible to take a bad photo.
Today we head 200 km into Arizona to Lake Powell where we camp by the lake. En route we will visit the Navajo National Monument.
Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA. Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for water sports or just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves.
Today is a full day drive to our beautiful camping spot in Kodachrome Basin State Park.
A 250 km drive today brings us to Bryce Canyon where we will have time for some hiking before driving on to Zion National Park. We camp the night just outside of the park.
A natural amphitheatre formed by centuries of erosion, Bryce Canyon National Park is filled with hoodoos - dramatic rock spires that glow red, orange and white in the glaring sun.
Zion National Park has stunning desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations that coexist with waterfalls and hanging gardens. Have a good look around, stretch your legs and perhaps even wade through the surprisingly chilly Virgin River.
Free time to enjoy Zion National Park this morning before an afternoon drive to the bright lights of Las Vegas. We have a break from camping for the next two nights and the chance to enjoy a bed - assuming of course that you can drag yourself out of the various all night entertainment options! The time here is free to explore.
Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world, but there's plenty to do along the Strip for gamblers and non-gamblers alike - there's the casinos and shows, of course, plus shops, amusement rides, dance clubs and great value 'all you can eat' buffets.
We hit the road again today and head over to one of the USA's icons; the Grand Canyon. We camp by the canyon for two nights and there is free time for optional treks and helicopter flights.
This national landmark is 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and over a mile deep, making it one of the largest canyon systems in the world. Stroll the meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down to Plateau Point, opt for a scenic flight or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one the world's natural wonders.
From the Grand Canyon we head south through Arizona and towards the Mexican border. Tonight we camp in the Phoenix area.
Head further south towards the Mexican border near the town of Nogales.
Today we farewell the USA and cross the border into Mexico on an all-day drive to the Pacific coast. We will most likely camp near Guaymas and Mazatlan
Today is a long drive day as we head further south into Mexico and to the Riviera Nayarit town of Sayulita. We spend two nights here camping near the beach.
Sayulita is a coastal town situated on the Riviera Nayurit which stretches from San Blas in the north to Nuevo Vallarta in the south. It is a laidback town with miles of sandy beaches, and is a wonderful spot to relax or get involved in the many watersports on offer. Sayulita is a surfing hotspot and there is the option to try your hand at the sport.
Today we drive 270 km to the town of Tequila where we stay the night in a hotel and have the option of a guided tour of the Cuerba Tequila Distillery.
You can almost smell the scent of tequila in the air as soon as we reach the town of Tequila and pass through fields of blue agave, the plant from which tequila is distilled. Due to the popularity of the drink, the town and surrounding area have been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. It would be only right to try a shot or two!
Today's drive takes us further south to the small town of Angahuan where we will camp for two nights. This quaint town is the gateway to the Paricutin volcano and there will be optional climbs around the volcano on offer.
The small village of Angahuan is situated around the Paricutin Volcano, which erupted in 1943 and continued to erupt until 1954 when it stopped as suddenly as it had started. During that time the volcano engulfed two entire villages and all that remains are the eerie church spires protruding from the lava.
We head into the capital of Mexico today, one of the world's busiest and most populated cities. We stay for the night in a centrally located hotel with plenty of time for optional activities or to enjoy Mexico City's vibrant nightlife.
Modern meets ancient in Mexico City, the world's fastest growing urban centre. Although crowded and smoggy, the former Aztec capital offers a great variety of impressive museums, galleries and architecture.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
You may like to extend your time here and allow yourself a day or two more to take in some of the many palaces, churches and temples, or to sit and watch life go by in the Alameda Central. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist.
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Overland vehicle
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 activities
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruise
  • Guided tour of Denali National Park
  • Guided tour around Dawson City
  • Tour of Misty Fjords National Park
  • 'Ksan Historical Village
  • Visit to Lake Louise
  • Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park


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