Starting and finishing in Las Vegas, you’ll drive a route around Nevada, Arizona and Utah visiting some of the most amazing canyons and National Parks in the west. Day after day you will be able to enjoy wonderful views and sunsets in this epic road trip.
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Arrive in Las Vegas
You’ll arrive at McCarran International, which is right on the Las Vegas Strip. Collect your rental car and then head to your hotel to relax and let your hair down. You’ll return to Las Vegas towards the end of your trip for a few days to explore and relax, but for now take a look around and have a bite to eat.
Days 2 & 3:
Grand Canyon (2 nights)
For the next two days you’ll be staying near the Grand Canyon South Rim. This is the widest, deepest and most spectacular part of this national park. You’ll pass the famous Hoover Dam which is worth stopping for a quick photo. We recommend seeing sunset at the Grand Canyon tonight or sunrise early in the morning (or both!)
When you’re ready to leave the Grand Canyon, head east along the South Rim; there are some stunning vista points along the route and make sure you stop at the Desert View Watch Tower. Then head north towards Page. Antelope Canyon is a must; It's actually two seperate slot canyons and can be accessed through guided tours only.
A day at Lake Powell
Although Lake Powell, on the Arizona and Utah border is a man-made reservoir, it does not detract from the beauty of this attraction. Of course the best way to enjoy it to the full is to either hire a boat or take a boat tour. You can even take a dinner cruise as you enjoy this outstanding location. This is your second night in Page, AZ.
Hop across the border into Utah and take the scenic drive towards the fabulous Mounment Valley. Whilst you’re in the national park, you can take a bus tour around the enomous buttes, which have various names depending on their shapes.
Canyonlands National Park
Head out of Monument Valley on the US163 and after a few miles, you’ll spot a busy layby. If you stop and look back towards Monument Valley, you’ll notice the famous view from many western films and Forrest Gump. A few miles further up the road is Mexican Hat which is an amazing rock formation which looks like a sombrero!
Arches National Park
You stay in Moab again tonight to give you another full day to enjoy Canyonlands, the largest National Park in Utah; famous for its rock formations such as the Mesa Arch and ideal for hiking regardless of your experience. Arches National Park, adjacent to the Colorado River is home of over 2000 natural sandstone arches.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Despite its name, this National Park is a collection of huge, natural amphitheatres and distinctive colourful pinnacles known as Hoodoos. As with most of these stunning National Parks, if you can stretch your visit to include sunrise or sunset you are in for a real treat as the sun changes the colours on the rocks.
Zion National Park
Make the relatively short drive to Zion National Park today. Once again, there are steep red cliffs but this time you’ll find a nature reserve within it. There’s hiking trails here with the reward of rivers, emerald pools, waterfalls and a hanging garden to find.
Days 11 & 12:
Las Vegas (2 nights)
Now it’s time to head back to Las Vegas for a couple of days relaxing. There’s so much to see than just the casinos. Head into downtown Las Vegas and you’ll find Fremont Street with famous hotels such as the Golden Nugget, street performers and attractions such as the Neon Museum and the Mob Museum, built inside the old courthouse.
Days 13 & 14:
Las Vegas & Fly Home
It’s your final morning so enjoy relaxing by the pool or take a final wander about. Or, if you want to go further afield, Red Rock Canyon is only half an hour drive away. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
For this holiday, we recommend purchasing an “America The Beautiful” annual pass, which covers entrance fees to many of the US National Parks. This can be purchased at The Grand Canyon visitor center. Please note that the pass is not accepted at sites on tribal land such as Monument Valley or Four Corners where entrance fee must be paid in cash.
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For this holiday, we recommend purchasing an “America The Beautiful” annual pass, which covers entrance fees to many of the US National Parks and Recreational Lands. This can be purchased at The Grand Canyon visitor center. Please note that the pass is not accepted at sites on tribal land such as Monument Valley or Four Corners where entrance fee must be paid in cash. More info.
Just an hour south of your route, Sedona is a small city surrounded by red rock buttes, steep canyons and pine forests with Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in the immediate vicinity. An overnight stop either here or in Flagstaff would give more time to explore the area.
Just a couple of hours west of Las Vegas lies Death Valley, National Park - one of the hottest places on earth. We recommend spending a full day here, perhaps with an overnight stay at the wonderful The Oasis Resort
Just off your route and along the original Route 66 is the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. It’s easy to spend several hours gazing at the wonderful views as you drive around stopping at vista points for photo opportunities or hikes.
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