National Parks Circle
Las Vegas – Bryce Canyon – Capitol Reef – Moab – Monument Valley – Lake Powell –Grand Canyon – Las Vegas
This fly drive itinerary covers some of the most iconic wonders of the American West. The circular route from Las Vegas takes you first into Utah to marvel at the wide open spaces, surreal landscapes and red rock scenery of its national parks. Continue into Arizona via the classic western scenery of Monument Valley to enjoy water sports on Lake Powell and a helicopter trip to the floor of the Grand Canyon. The diverse geology and natural wonders of the region make it a paradise for hikers and photographers, best experienced on an unforgettable American road trip.
- Take in a show and wander the casinos of Las Vegas
- Explore the canyons, monoliths and hoodoos of Bryce & Zion National Parks
- Expansive sweeping vistas at Capitol Reef National Park
- Hiking and rafting opportunities at Canyonlands National Park
- Classic western scenery and Navajo culture at Monument Valley
- Boating and other water sports on Lake Powell
- The incomparable Grand Canyon
Classic road trip taking in the spectacular national parks of the American West
Fly to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, where your journey begins. It’s a city where you can do just about anything at just about any time and is home to a range of iconic hotels and famous casinos. Explore ‘The Strip’ on your first evening, as you wander Las Vegas Boulevard taking in the unique atmosphere.
Overnight: Las Vegas
Collect your car and head across the state line into Utah towards Bryce Canyon National Park. The journey will take you through the desert terrain, beautiful forests and waterfalls of Zion National Park - named by the early Mormon settlers who thought of it as their ‘promised land’. Stop off to visit the 600 metre deep Zion Canyon and the spectacular Crawford Arch.
Then continue on to Bryce Canyon, your base for the next 2 nights. Not really a canyon at all, Bryce actually consists of a series of natural amphitheatres eroded out of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. This erosion has resulted in the creation of thousands of rock formations, known as hoodoos. These otherworldly pinnacles and spires are dramatically coloured in hues of yellow, red and flaming orange, and views at dawn or sunset from Bryce Point are unforgettable. The surreal landscape can be enjoyed on scenic drive or better still on one of the many walking trails.
Overnight: Bryce Canyon National Park
Today it’s a short drive to Capitol Reef National Park, an evocative combination of spectacular cliffs, hidden arches, massive domes, and deep canyons which is generally much less visited than Bryce or Zion. The park is defined by the 160 kilometre long Waterpocket Fold, a massive buckling of the earth’s surface, and is characterised by expansive vistas and endless skies. Drive the Capitol Reef Scenic Byway, take in the excellent views from Panorama Point, and hike to scenic Hickman Bridge,
Overnight: Capitol Reef National Park
Another short drive today takes you to the stunning red rock scenery of the adventure town of Moab. It’s the perfect base from which to explore Arches National Park, home to an otherworldly collection of over 2,000 natural arches and spectacular hiking trails. Also nearby is Canyonlands National Park, Utah’s largest park which is split into four districts. The Island in the Sky district is characterized by sweeping views from outlooks to the Colorado River over 600 metres below. The Needles district contains excellent hiking, the Maze district is remote, rugged and remarkable and the Green and Colorado Rivers offer single-day and multi-day rafting and paddling adventures.
Drive on to the Utah-Arizona border to the instantly recognisable landscape of Monument Valley, the setting for countless classic westerns and an icon of the American West. Aside from its striking sandstone buttes and red rock spires, the park also offers a taste of Navajo culture. Take a jeep tour with one of the locals to visit a traditional Navajo village or go horse-riding into the epic sunset.
Overnight: Monument Valley
Drive on to Arizona and the town of Page for a stay on the shores of nearby Lake Powell, which is actually a man-made reservoir created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built across the Colorado River. There are plenty of water based activities on offer including lake cruises, fishing, kayaking and other watersports. At 300 kilometres long the lake has plenty of sandy beaches, as well as opportunites to explore the canyons and sand dunes of the area. During your stay be sure to take a visit out to Rainbow Bridge – one of the world’s largest natural stone bridges.
Overnight: Lake Powell
Today you will head south towards one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. This colourful steep-sided gorge is carved through by the Colorado River and stretches 445 kilometres across the high plateaus plunging to depths of over 1,830 metres. From day hikes and rafting trips to mule or helicopter rides to the bottom of the canyon, there are many ways to explore.
Overnight: Grand Canyon
Drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas, for a final night to enjoy the excellent dining and world class entertainment perhaps taking in one of the many shows on offer.
Overnight: Las Vegas
Return to the airport for your return flight home.
From £2,170 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.