14 Days From €2195 (Per Person)
Fly Drive Holidays
Mother Nature put on her best sculptor's apron to create the magnificent American Southwest and in particular Utah. Thousands of years of wind and water carved the red rocks into every possible shape, balancing arches, jutting buttes, hoodoos, towers and canyons. Catch the natural beauty of no less than five National Parks.
Don't forget as Platinum Travel offer a fully flexible tailor made service these itineraries can be mixed and matched and put together for your personal preferences.
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− Keep an eye on your petrol tank: journeys between towns can be long and not all towns have a petrol station so make sure you top up when you can.
− Take lots of water: temperatures can get very high and if you are out hiking for the day then there aren’t usually shops in the parks so having a stock of water is essential.
− Always stop at the visitor centre: each National Park and most State Parks will have a visitor centre, these are great to find out current weather information and any trail updates and they can provide you with the best routes to fit your time frame.
− When visiting more than three or more National Parks in one trip it is more cost effective to purchase the annual America The Beautiful pass which includes entry to the majority of National Parks across the U.S.
Arrive into Las Vegas in the afternoon and collect your rental car. Settle in and try and head out into the bright lights of the city to battle the jetlag.
Overnight in Las Vegas
Head northeast into Utah and the town of Springdale, bordering Zion National Park, check into your hotel before taking the tram along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. To get a taste of the incredible scenery enjoy one of the shorter hikes such as Weeping Rock, a 10-minute walk which ends inside the cliff and overlooks the enormous canyon.
Overnight in Springdale
Today spend a full day in Zion National Park. Explore to the extreme; walking up to the plateaus or down along the river-bed. The Angels Landing route is a strenuous six-mile hike high on the canyon walls. It’s not for the faint-hearted but the views are spectacular! For another vantage point try Upper Emerald Pools trail, a moderate hike above the waterfalls and the Virgin River below. Alternatively drop in at one of the adventure outfitters in Springdale to hire the equipment you need to hike The Narrows, a slot canyon along the bed of the Virgin River, with cliff walls up to 2,000-ft deep and running for 16 miles. Go as far as you like before heading back.
Overnight in Springdale
On the journey to Bryce Canyon National Park take the beautiful Zion Mt Carmel Scenic Byway, part of the Heritage Highway, and drive through the colourful sandstone tunnels of Red Rock Canyon as the road turns onto the All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12. Once inside the national park explore one of the world’s largest collections of hoodoos. Spot the ancient Bristlecone Pine as the trail descends into the canyon on The Queens Garden trail, then take the Navajo Loop back to Sunset Point. Horse rides are also available on certain trails.
Overnight in Bryce Canyon City
Don’t miss the amazing sunrise over the canyon; the changing of colours and golden hues will be a memory that lasts a lifetime! After breakfast hit the road to enjoy some of Utah’s most spectacular scenery on Scenic Byway 12. A slight detour via Kodachrome Basin State Park (more than 60 upright chimneys called sand pipes, ranging from six to 170-ft) and Powell Overlook (at an elevation of 10,188-ft above) can be made before stopping for lunch in the town of Escalante. For the afternoon visit Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (one of Utah’s most accessible displays of petrified wood) or join an escorted hike to the Grand Staircase of Escalante.
Overnight in Escalante
Scenic Byway 12 continued. Today is all about the leisurely drive and admiring the scenery along Scenic Byway 12. Suggested stops include: Calf Creek Recreation Area (Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a moderately strenuous hike to a stunning 126-ft waterfall); the Burr Trail (a Scenic Backway winding through a deep slickrock canyon and rolling desert forest – allow 2 hours); Anasazi State Park Museum (with some easy trails to the old settlement ruins) and Homestead Overlook (dramatic panoramic views from 9,400ft) before reaching the town of Torrey, your base to explore Capitol Reef National Park.
Overnight in Torrey
Capitol Reef National Park is the most expansive park in Utah. Due to the sheer size of Capitol Reef, it can take a little more time to explore, but the variety of natural bridges and narrow canyons will leave you mesmerised. Drive along the 25-mile Capitol Reef Scenic Drive, it is a great way to soak in the natural beauty. For a moderate hike take the spectacularly scenic trail to Hickman Bridge.
Stop at Fremont Petroglyphs viewing area and use binoculars to view the ancient petroglyphs left by inhabitants of the park around 2,000 years ago. Gooseneck Overlook is a short trek to a dizzying viewpoint over Sulphur Creek and the San Juan River where canyons wind back to back.
Overnight in Torrey
DAY 8-10: Capitol Reef National Park – Goblin Valley State Park – Moab (approx. 160 miles)
Goblin Valley State Park is a maze of miniature hoodoos. The Three Sisters trail is relatively easy, heading around the red-rock walls into the open. Or try canyoneering with a guide in the Goblins Lair, a fun and challenging route where you drop 90-ft into the huge cave.
Arches National Park is a wonderland of over 2,000 natural stone arches. Have fun spotting smaller hidden arches and admire the scenery which is a photographers’ dream. Delicate Arch is a must see; it frames a backdrop of mesas, canyons and distant mountains. Get up-close and personal by taking the three mile roundtrip hike to it from Wolfe Ranch with some off-trail hiking. Or walk to Double Arch and the North/South Arches in around 40 minutes at The Windows section. Alternatively stay with your vehicle, using the 18 mile main road and stop at the various viewpoints to take in the incredible scenery. Still feeling energetic? Then take a 4x4 sunset tour from Moab, known as the adventure capital of Utah.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands, Utah’s largest National Park has three sections: Island in the Sky (an easy walk is to Mesa Arch, a natural frame to the canyon below); Needles District (strenuous hikes with over 60 miles of interconnecting trails) and The Maze. Numerous viewpoints highlight stops for photograph opportunities. Just north of the park is Dead Horse Point State Park with panoramic views over the Colorado River.
Overnight in Moab.
Head South on Highway 191. Detour West on Highway 95 to visit Natural Bridges National Monument, or head East on Highway 262 to Hovenweep National Monument. Bluff is a popular town to stop for a break or lunch, before heading via Goosenecks State Park on the way to Monument Valley. Once you reach Monument Valley, explore the 17-mile scenic drive on a guided jeep tour, or get up close and personal with this natural wonder by hiking or horse riding through the valley. Half day and full day tours are also on offer, narrated by Navajo guides, with the dramatically beautiful sunrise or sunset emphasizing the rich colours of the desert.
Overnight in Monument Valley
Straddle the border with a drive through Arizona’s Navajo Tribal Lands on the way to the Northern part of Lake Powell. Hike the red rocks for picture perfect scenery, swim the water’s edge of the man-made beaches or take a boat trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the tallest natural bridge in the world. Drive on to the quintessentially American West town of Kanab for lunch, followed by a stroll down Main Street to soak up the movie heritage and spot the autographed film star posters. Drive 30 minutes west to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where you can leave footprints in the sand and memories in your heart.Overnight in Kanab
Finish your road trip with a memorable day exploring the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, before returning to Las Vegas to drop off your hire vehicle ready for an evening flight home or enjoy the bright lights of Las Vegas to extend your stay.
(Overnight in Las Vegas)
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