See some of the most iconic sights in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Your scenic drives take you through varied landscapes of deserts, canyons, forests and mountains, giving you a taste of the Wild West. Along the way, you can explore several national parks, admiring the bizarre geological formations of Monument Valley and the giant cacti in Saguaro. You’ll also discover the region’s cultural heritage through visits to historic Spanish towns such as Santa Fe and ancient Native American cliff villages. End your trip in the one-of-a-kind city of Las Vegas, where casinos, live shows and plush hotels await.
Visit four national parks, including the more remote North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Marvel at the distinct rock formations in Monument Valley and the ancient Pueblo dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.
View giant cacti in Saguaro National Park.
Hike the scenic trails in Zion National Park.
Experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.
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- Santa Fe
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
- Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
- Zion National Park
- Las Vegas
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Day 1 Santa Fe
International outbound flight , Santa Fe
Day 2 Santa Fe
Day 3 Mesa Verde National Park
Today your five hour drive takes you through the heart of New Mexico and into southern Colorado and the magnificent scenery of Mesa Verde National Park. Along the way you pass hills covered in Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Engleman spruce and juniper trees. Leaving the town of Tierra Amarilla, you enter the San Juan National Forest area, with its lush tree-covered mountains and 'yellow bark' Ponderosa pine. Pagosa Springs makes a good place to stop for refreshments before you continue along the forest edge to the town of Durango. Arriving at the national park, settle into your hotel for the evening.
Day 4 Mesa Verde National Park
Day 5 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Depart Mesa Verde today and travel through the Ute Mountain Indian Reserve, which is also home to cliff dwellings, including the 80-room Lion House and the Eagle's Nest Cliff, perched in a cavernous natural alcove. You then cross the border into Navajo (Native American) territory and the otherworldly landscape of Monument Valley. The journey takes around four hours (not including stops).
Day 6 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Spend your day exploring the fascinating scenery and Navajo culture in Monument Valley, perhaps visiting more cliff dwellings including the exceptionally preserved Betatakin site, a 135-room dwelling carved halfway up a steep cliff face. We recommend taking a sunset tour of the park to avoid the midday heat and to marvel at the beauty of the valley as the light fades.
Day 7 Page
Depart Monument Valley at your leisure and make your way to the calm waters of Lake Powell around two hours away. Close to the town of Page, the lake's sandy beach is a great place to relax. Alternatively, fuel an adrenaline rush with one of the many water sports on offer on the lake, including scuba diving, snorkelling and water skiing.
Day 8 Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
Page , Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
Today you depart Page and drive for three hours through the arid desert lands of northern Arizona before passing Marble Canyon and entering the Kaibab National Forest. Continue onwards through the forest to the remote North Rim of the Grand Canyon. With far fewer visitors than the South Rim, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the canyon.
Day 9 Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
Spend a day at the Grand Canyon. There are some spectacular views from the North Rim, as well as many scenic walking trails where you can spot deer and watch eagles soar overhead. Visit Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at over 2,500 m (8,800 ft) and Cape Royal, both of which can be reached via a winding scenic drive. For more information, the North Rim Visitor Center is a great place to get advice on ranger-led activities. We also recommend heading to the edge of the canyon to watch the sunset.
Day 10 Zion National Park
Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim , Zion National Park
Drive for two and a half hours from the Grand Canyon's North Rim to the red rock formations of Zion National Park, passing through the stark landscape of the Kaibab Plateau before entering the state of Utah. The afternoon is free to take a walking tour through the park's magnificent mountain scenery.
Day 11 Zion National Park
Day 12 Las Vegas
The final big drive of your trip takes you the three hours from the peaceful beauty of Zion to the glittering lights of Las Vegas. As you approach the city, its distinctive skyline rises up out of the Nevada Desert like a mirage. Once checked in, you can enjoy your hotel's facilities, try your luck in the casinos or take a wander down the vibrant Strip.
Day 13 Las Vegas
Spend a full day in Las Vegas. You could have a day of relaxation by the pool, indulge in some shopping or visit one of the city's many attractions, from the Titanic Museum in the Luxor Hotel to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Hotel. In the evening, take in a world-class show or visit the city's bars and restaurants.
Day 14 International return flight
Las Vegas , International return flight
Day 15 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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