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National Parks Tour Of The West - Utah, California, Nevada and Arizona
Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion & Bryce and Canyonlands! Discover some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on earth on this fly-drive holiday through the beautiful National Parks of the America West.
Days 1 - 2 : Los Angeles
Welcome to Tinsel Town, Los Angeles! Check into your hotel and then check out the restaurants and bars along the lively Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica or take a stroll along Venice Beach and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. On your first full day in California perhaps head for Universal Studios or Hollywood. If you're feeling energetic, consider hiring a bike and riding to swanky Malibu, or bohemian Venice Beach.
Days 3 - 4 : Palm Springs, California
Distance: 172 miles
You'll adore Palm Springs, a chic urban desert oasis. During your time here check out the Aerial Tramway for incredible views over the city, enjoy a round of golf, relax by the pool or jump on a ATV for a desert adventure along the San Andreas Fault!
Day 5 - 6 : Needles,California
Distance: 190 miles
Pirate Cove Marina and Resort is your next home for two nights. Rise early and travel via Joshua Tree National Park , the Amboy Crater and nostalgic Old Route 66 before descending into the valleys of Eastern California and intersecting the path of the mighty Colorado River. The following day is yours to do as you please....perhaps you'd like to hire a boat and sail along the Colorado River? Hire jet skis and try your hand at water skiing? In the evening you'll relax by the mighty Colorado River and enjoy a beer in front of a blazing bonfire on the beach.
Best time to visit late May to early September. Please discuss alternative stays with Bon Voyage out of these dates.
Day 7 - 8 : Grand Canyon, Arizona
Today you'll head off for the Granddaddy of all National Parks, The Grand Canyon. This wonder of the world is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 5000 feet deep. The Canyon is a mosaic of five of the seven life zones found in all of North America and three of the four desert types found on the continent. In its walls is a record of three of the four eras of geological time, along with a rich variety of fossils. Impressive, eh! On route travel along Route 66 and visit the historic and quirky towns of Oatman, Seligman and Kingman. This evening you'll experience a magical moment as you watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon. On the second day at the Grand Canyon you may wish to go on a gentle hike or take a helicopter ride over the North Rim?
Day 9 : Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona
Distance: 224 miles
Today is the stuff dreams are made of! The drive along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon to deep into the heart of Monument Valley is truly awe inspiring.
Arrive by early afternoon and enjoy a tour of these lands with your own Navajo guide. Monument Valley is a magical place which you’ll fully appreciate in the evening when you sit cross-legged around a bonfire, under the starry sky, and listen to the Navajo People play their native music in rhythmic chorus of drums, flutes and haunting voices. Bon Voyage will be delighted to pre-book your Monument Valley tours in advance for you.
Days 10 - 11 : Moab & Canyonlands, Utah
Distance: 150 miles
Just when you thought the scenery couldn’t get any better, it does. As you travel into the heart of Utah you'll discover dramatic rock formations and spectacular scenery. Here you’ll encounter some of the best of Utah’s National Parks when you travel from Monument Valley to Moab, your base for Canyonlands, Arches and Dead Horse State Park. The scenery here will blow your mind…trust us. If you want to add another day to your fly-drive holiday, this is the place to do it.
Day 12 : Bryce National Park, Utah
Distance: 265 miles
At the risk of sounding repetitive; get ready for another incredible day. Today will discover Arches National Park, Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, and the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. This evening you'll watch the sunset at 'Inspiration Point' in the heart of Bryce Canyon. Home will seem a million miles away.....
Day 13 : Zion National Park, Utah
Distance: 137 miles
Today, it's time to head to Southern Utah, by now you’ll be awake early each morning gagging to go, as even more amazing scenery awaits you. You’ll hug the shores of Lake Panguitch before climbing over Blue Springs Mountain and Cedar Breaks National Park before your cruise into Zion National Park. Driving through Zion is like riding through the bottom of the Grand Canyon. You'll arrive at your overnight stop with plenty of time for you to explore this incredible park packed full of hidden pools and awe-inspiring vistas.
Day 14 - 15 : Las Vegas, Nevada
Distance: 196 miles
Today, we suggest you avoid the main highway back to Las Vegas and take a detour via Valley of The Fire State Park. Think of the moon and colour it red, that’s what this state park resembles. Tonight in Las Vegas, take in a show or head for the famous dancing fountain display at the Bellagio Hotel. On your last day in Las Vegas consider a visit to the Mob Museum or the quirky Boneyard at the Neon Museum. If you wish to drive out of Las Vegas there is plenty in the area to keep you occuppied like Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Mount Charleston or Red Rock Canyon.
Day 16 : Las Vegas, Nevada
Depart Las Vegas for your early afternoon flight home.
Want to extend this holiday? Perhaps longer in Las Vegas or more time in Los Angeles to start? Maybe, time on the beach in Hawaii? Call the team of experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal holiday.