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Best of the South West Road Trip

A 2 week road trip in Utah, Arizona & Nevada taking in a whopping 6 National Parks including the Grand Canyon, as well as the neon city of Las Vegas. With hiking & rafting thrown in as well, this is an action-packed and fun road trip with wow factor.

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Flights are typically an additional $1,100 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Live it up in Las Vegas, the original Sin City
  • Wonder at Mother Nature in Zion & Bryce National Parks
  • Spend the day rafting exhilarating rapids on the Colorado River
  • Discover your inner cowboy in Monument Valley
  • Watch the sun-setting over the Grand Canyon
  • Cruise a section of Route 66; the original road trip route
The South West of the USA plays host to some of the most breath-taking scenery on earth. The state of Utah alone has 5 National parks, show casing some of nature's most impressive geology including red rock hoodoo rock formations, natural sand stone arches and vast canyons carved from river. Arizona, of course, has the National Park to top them all; The Grand Canyon. By absolute contrast, Nevada is the home to desert and, of course, the original sin city; Las Vegas.

This holiday begins and ends in Las Vegas, where you can cruise the strip, visit casinos and take in a show. If time allows, you can also test out your nerves on the New York New York roller coaster or even see the strip from up high from a helicopter. From Vegas, you then head to the National Parks of Zion & Bryce. Zion offers vertigo-inducing hikes, hanging gardens and vast vistas. Bryce is home to the unique hoodoo rock formations which you can witness on foot or on horseback. In the evening, make sure you don't miss one of the traditional rodeos.

You then continue on to the independent and laid-back town of Moab, the original home of adventure sports in Utah. Here we suggest a guided hike deep into Arches National Park and a day out on the Colorado river, hitting the rapids. There is also time to take in a spot of mountain biking or visit Dead Horse State Point, where Thelma and Louise filmed their last goodbye. In the evenings, Moab is home to plenty of independent restaurants and also has a fantastic micro-brewery.

Leaving Utah, you then head to Monument Valley, made famous for the starring roles (alongside John Wayne) in the Spaghetti Westerns. A guided tour awaits you here, which will be conducted by a local member from the Navajo nation.

You then head straight one of the wonders of the world; the Grand Canyon. Here you can admire the views on foot, or take a helicopter ride for a bird's eye view. From the Grand Canyon, you then join the route 66, the original road-tripping route. Cruising the route for a couple of hours, we suggest a diversion to the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West to visit the glass walk way over the Canyon.

Your holiday ends, as it began, in Las Vegas. For your last night, you might want to visit a show or perhaps put the remainder of your holiday budget on number 7.

Day-by-day

Please note, this trip is entirely customisable. We can extend this trip to 3 weeks, or add an extension to Los Angeles if required. Please contact us for details.

Itinerary in Brief


DAY 1: Arrive Las Vegas
DAY 2: Las Vegas
DAY 3: Las Vegas - Zion National Park
DAY 4: Zion National Park
DAY 5: Bryce Canyon National Park
DAY 6: Boulder
DAY 7: Boulder - Moab
DAY 8: Moab - Fiery Furnace Guided Hike
DAY 9: Rafting on the Colorado River
DAY 10: Moab
DAY 11: Moab - Monument Valley
DAY 12: Monument Valley Guided Tour - Grand Canyon
DAY 13: Grand Canyon
DAY 14: Grand Canyon - Las Vegas
DAY 15: Depart

Full Itinerary


DAY 1: ARRIVE LAS VEGAS
After arriving in Las Vegas, you will pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel where we suggest you take it easy and recover from your flight.
Driving Time (where relevant): 15 minutes

DAY 2: LAS VEGAS
Today is a day to yourselves in the original Sin City. Cruise the strip, visit casinos and stay up all night in the city of neon. If you want help booking tickets to see one of the many shows on offer, please get in touch.
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Today you leave Nevada and drive to Springdale, the gateway village for Zion National Park. You may want to head into the park in the afternoon for a hike, there are plenty to choose from, or you could choose a more relaxing float trip down the river, watching the turkey vultures soaring high above you as you meander down-stream.
Driving Time (where relevant): 2 1/2 hours

DAY 4: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Today is spent exploring Zion, we suggest going for one of the many self-guided hikes on offer. The visitor centre has plenty of information about the various walks on offer. Cars are not permitted on most of the roads within the park, so you will need to catch a shuttle bus which will drop you off at the various trailheads. Popular choices include the Angels Landing Hike (not recommended for those who hate heights) Emerald Pools or the Narrows hike, which is up a river. (You can hire water-proof shoes for this or wear sturdy water-proof sandals) In the height of summer, these are popular walks and it will be hot, so we recommend an early start and taking plenty of water and food with you.
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 5: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
The scenic drive today takes you through Zion, passing through some stunning landscapes; there will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops along the way. Once you arrive, we suggest you go and explore the best of what Bryce Canyon has to offer. The stunning colours and unique ‘hoodoo’ rock formations are truly impressive. As ever with the popular national parks, an early start is highly recommended to beat the crowds. Most people explore by car and then go on one of the many hikes on offer. With a higher altitude than Zion and consequently slightly lower temperatures, this is a more comfortable place to hike. You may want to take a picnic and find a solitary spot from where you can take in the magnificent views. If you want something different, there are horse rides available, which take you to the canyon floor, away from the crowds.In the evening, you might want to go to watch a rodeo at the entrance to the park.
Driving Time (where relevant): 1 1/2 hours

DAY 6: BOULDER
Today you drive to Boulder to stay in a small lodge in the mountains. You will pass through Escalante, where you can stop for a day of slot canyoning. The lodge over-looks a nature reserve and has some lovely communal areas, so is the perfect place to sit back with a good book and enjoy the scenery. Volleyball, Frisbee and board games are on offer, or for the more sedentary, there is a hot tub. Each room has a TV & DVD player, with DVDs on loan from Reception. There are also some lovely local walks, including a hike to a waterfall . There are maps available at the lodge office.
Driving Time (where relevant): 1 1/2 hours

DAY 7: DRIVE TO MOAB
Today you will drive along one of the area’s most scenic roads to reach the highway that will connect you to Moab. Driving through the mountains and then Capitol Reef National Park, the views are amazing. You might choose to stop off in Capitol Reef Park for a hike, or just detour to one of the many viewpoints along the way. There are some interesting petroglyphs to see which makes for a useful stop to stretch your legs. If you are not stopping off to hike, there is a great burger stop (try the chocolate milkshakes) in Hanksville. The drive from here to Moab becomes less interesting, but is fairly swift thanks to the highway that you will be joining. Once you reach Moab, you can have a swim at your hotel and then go for a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town.
Driving Time (where relevant): 3 1/2 hours

DAY 8: MOAB - FIERY FURNACE GUIDED HIKE
This morning you will get up early to go and meet your guide, who will take you for a guided hike in the fiery furnace in the spectacular Arches National Park. This hike is only available as a guided option and takes you away from the crowds of tourist to hidden arches and a unique landscape. Your experienced guide will explain the geology to you and walk you through this fascinating rocky labyrinth.
The rest of the afternoon, you may want to explore the park in more detail before going for your pre-rafting trip briefing. On the way back, you might want to stop off at the Moab Brewery for dinner, where there is a fantastic array of craft beers to try.
Driving Time (where relevant)): 15 minutes

DAY 9: WHITE WATER RAFTING ON THE COLORADO RIVER
You will meet with your guide and leave your car before being to the launch site on the Colorado River. The boats will then be loaded up and you will head off down-stream. Once on the river, you will have a safety briefing and the guides will take time to teach you how to enjoy the big rapids safely. Then the fun really begins. Here are the incredible rapids you have been waiting for: Little Hummer, Funnel Falls, Last Chance Rapid, and of course, the infamous Skull Rapid. Lunch is a fresh buffet on the riverbank.
There will be chance to swim and enjoy the river as you float out of Westwater Canyon. The ride back to Moab will be filled with stories of the hole in 'Sock-It-To-Me' and the beautiful sunset the night before. The van returns you to Moab around 6-6:30 PM
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 10: MOAB
Today is a day at leisure in Moab. You may want to relax around the pool in your hotel, or take the time to explore downtown Moab. Later on, you could drive to Canyonlands National Park for some amazing views and gorgeous walking trails. If you want more excitement, then we can arrange a mountain biking trip for you, or you see the views from up high on the massive zip line.
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 11: MONUMENT VALLEY
Today you drive south of Moab to Monument Valley, made famous by the famous Western Cowboy Movies. The drive takes about 4 hours, but we suggest a diversion along the way to Newspaper Rock where you can see some amazing petroglyphs.
Driving Time (where relevant): 3 hours

DAY 12: MONUMENT VALLEY - GUIDED TOUR - GRAND CANYON
This morning you will have a half day off-road tour of Monument Valley, following in the footsteps of John Wayne. Your Native American guide will take you on a drive showing you the iconic scenery seen in classic Westerns and more modern offerings. The scenery is stunning and the experience is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the Native American culture. After your tour, you will drive to one of the seven natural wonders of the world: The Grand Canyon. Entering the National Park via the East Gate, you will drive west along Desert View Drive, with plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the magnificent views as you go.
Driving Time (where relevant): 4 hours

DAY 13: GRAND CANYON
Today is yours to explore the Grand Canyon. If you want to see it in style, then we can arrange a helicopter tour for you. For those who prefer keeping their feet on the ground, there are several walking trails that you can follow, or you might decide to hire bicycles. There are many ranger led activities on offer, from talks to more interactive programmes. If you fancy venturing below the rim, we can arrange a guided hike for you, although be warned that temperatures in the summer months do not make for comfortable hiking weather.
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 14: ROUTE 66 - LAS VEGAS
Today you will return to Las Vegas. We suggest you make a day of it and drive along a section of the ultimate road tripping route; the Route 66. If you haven't had your fill of the Grand Canyon yet, you might want to stop off at Grand Canyon West along the way to go on the glass Skywalk, to witness the Grand Canyon literally below your feet!
Driving Time (where relevant): 4 - 5 hours

DAY 15: DEPART
Today is your departure day. You will need to drop your car off at the airport before catching your flight home.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: n/a
Driving Time (where relevant): 15 minutes

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

9/10

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Price rating 4

- Excellent family choice
- Walking distance from the strip
- Sophisticated, smart and safe
- Roof terrace & pool

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8/10

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Price rating 5

- Luxury Hotel
- Excellent Location
- The Ultimate Las Vegas Treat

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8/10

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Price rating 3

- Gorgeous views
- Tasteful decor
- Balcony / Patio for every room
- Pool
- Family friendly

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 4

- Beautiful garden setting
- River beach access
- Spacious family suites
- Good sized pool

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 4

- Convenient location
- Swimming pool & hot tub
- Breakfast included

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 4

- Tranquil lodge
- Stunning views
- Uncommercial
- Hot Tub

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 4

- Excellent, central location
- Pool & hot tub
- Spacious, quality rooms

Our rating

9/10

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Price rating 5

- Riverside location
- Generous family suites
- Pool

Gouldings Lodge

Monument Valley

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Swimming pool
- Great views
- Family friendly

Kachina Lodge

Grand Canyon

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0/10

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Details

Getting there

This holiday begins and ends in Las Vegas which is serviced by direct flights from the UK with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. In the winter months, expect to pay from £670 return for direct, economy flights. This rises to around £850 in the spring and autumn, whilst summer prices peak at over £1,100. It is often cheaper to fly mid-week, rather than at the weekend. Please get in touch for a quote.

When is best?

This holiday is available all year round. The rafting trip is only available April - October. If you are travelling without children, we suggest visiting in spring or autumn and avoiding the summer heat and crowds.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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