Road trippers seeking trails less-travelled will struggle to do better than this 2-week loop. Taking you through Gold Rush relics, ice-crusted glaciers and snow-covered mountains, this is a place for explorers and adventurers alike. Starting in Whitehorse, you’ll make your way into Alaska’s inland through wildlife-filled national parks, before heading down to the rugged coastline in Anchorage. Pass over the highest border crossing between two countries, and hit the Klondike Highway as you venture back through fjord-hugging passageways — every stretch of road with dramatic vistas and striking scenery. Hop on board the last part of your trip, a rail journey with unbelievable views from 880 metres up. The perfect finale.
Epic adventures don’t have to push you to your limits. Two of North America’s wildest wildernesses, West Canada and Alaska, can be explored in utter luxury and comfort by cruise and rail. The scenery steals the show as you sail the north Pacific’s Inside Passage for seven nights, experiencing UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park, where creaking glaciers calve shelves of ice into the bay with thunderous plumes of water. Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam tries to live up to its dazzling route with 5-course dining menus, indulgent spa treatments*, and gallery worthy artwork; but Alaska’s ports of call lure you with promises of sights like Juneau’s massive Mendenhall Glacier; Skagway’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park; and Ketchikan’s hill and water-skimming homes. The inland scenery’s just as dramatic. Even near urban Vancouver, a North Shore tour reveals natural beauty at Grouse Mountain and the treetop Capilano Suspension Bridge. And there’s nothing understated about the Rocky Mountaineer’s views — or its luxury. Riding the rails for 2-days on this opulent train, you’ll pass forest-draped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and mighty rivers before arriving in Jasper, where the road takes over with journeys along Icefields Parkway to ride the Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier, and through Yoho and Banff National Parks.