North America pretty much invented long travel. What else is On The Road but a manual for all things carefree and adventurous? If you want to do North America right (Kerouac style), start at the top and work your way down. We’ll begin in Anchorage, camping out in the Alaskan wilderness, then hit the open road and drive south through BC, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and the bright lights of Vegas, all the way to the taco stands and bustling markets of Mexico City. It’s one of the most outrageous road trips in the world (52 days and a lazy 5,000 miles) but that’s what long trips are all about: living outrageously.
One month in North & Central America
Our longest trips in North & Central America
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone gives you some serious bang for your buck. It’s got half the world’s geysers, the greatest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 (think Grizzlies, bison and wolves) and more photogenic rivers and waterfalls than a wide-angled photo lens could capture in a lifetime. It’s also the world’s first national park (Est. 1872 and proud of it) and there’s no better way to explore than to set up camp, strap on some comfy shoes and hit the trails.
Jasper National Park, Canada
Not to be outdone by its neighbor Banff National Park, Jasper stands alone as one of the world’s most pristine and spectacular examples of what Mother Nature can do when she puts her mind to it. Sky blue glacial lakes, conifer forests filled with wolves, black bears, elk and lynx – you haven’t seen nature at its best until you’ve come here.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The most famous of the Maya sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza does get busy. But it’s a huge site, and there’s lots to explore. The best way to beat the crowds and learn the most is to go with a trained local guide. Get there early to avoid the day’s worst heat, and you can spend most of the day wandering around, discovering the secrets of the Mayan astronomical calendar and admiring the ancient stonework. If you can, try and make it on the vernal and autumnal equinox, when the sun produces the illusion of a giant serpent ascending El Castillo’s staircase.
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