American Grandeurs

Explore some of America's most magnificent and iconic National Parks on this exhilarating 15 day self drive tour. You'll see the rich colours of the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, geysers in Americas first National Park, Yellowstone, and wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. On your way, you'll also get to see some lesser known sights including Flaming Gorge Dam and ancient fossils embedded in the rocks at Dinosaur National Monument. Arriving and departing from Denver, why not extend your trip by a few days allowing yourself time to explore the city in the Rocky Mountain region.

Duration
15 days
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Start your journey
Monument Valley

Trip highlights

  • Explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Zion, Bryce and Rocky Mountain National Parks
  • Visit Durango, Taos Pueblo and Santa Fe

Arrive at Denver's International Airport and pick up your rental car. Then proceed to your hotel in downtown Denver and acclimatize in Colorado's capital City.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Denver - Cherry Creek or similar

Today, you have the day to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. After crossing the Continental Divide of the Rockies, continue to the quaint ski resort of Steamboat Springs. This popular winter resort is a fantastic spot to break up your journey after taking in some of the magnificent sights on the way.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs or similar

Depart Steamboat Springs and enter Dinosaur National Monument at the Colorado/Utah border and visit Dinosaur Quarry, which has produced more skeletons,skulls and bones of dinosaurs than any other dig in the world. Marvel at these remarkable fossil deposits, some as old as 140 million years. Continue on to explore the Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon prior to your overnight stay in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Quality Inn or similar

Depart Rock Springs and travel along the Wind River Gorge. Continue north over the high chaparral of Wyoming and arrive in Jackson by early evening. Enjoy exploring the rustic Old West with a walk around the old-fashioned town square of Jackson.

Suggested Accommodation

  • 49'er Inn and Suites

The short drive today gives you the chance to leisurely explore Grand Teton National Park. In Yellowstone, explore the diverse geothermal features of America's first national park. Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs are the most famous sights of the park.Yellowstone's wildlife roam the park freely, so prepare yourself for bison, deer, elk, moose and possibly a bear.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Brandin Iron Inn or similar

Leaving majestic Yellowstone National Park behind, you will cross a small portion of the Gem State of Idaho en route to the Mormon State of Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City. Visit the famed Temple and the Tabernacle, learning all about the history, architecture and people.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites or similar

Cross the Wasatch Mountain Range to reach the natural wonders in southern Utah. Visit Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its crimson coloured hoodoos, to view its fanciful spires and rock formations; maybe stop off at sunset point for some unforgettable sights. The following day you have a full day to fully explore the wonders of Bryce Canyon National Park. Alternatively, it is just a short drive to Zion National Park and some of the worlds most incredible sand stone formations formed millions of years ago by the powerful hand of nature.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bryce View Lodge or similar

After having discovered the natural wonders of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive east via Kanab to Page where the red desert meets deep blue Lake Powell situated on the Colorado River. Lake Powell is the second largest man made reservoir in the USA and tourists visit from all over the country in order to explore the likes of Glen Canyon Dam and Rainbow Bridge.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Page Boy Motel or similar

Leave early to explore the Navajo Indian Reservation, the Trading Post of Cameron, and drive through the Painted Desert to beautiful Monument Valleys red sandstone spires and monoliths before continuing your journey on to Cortez, Colorado. Cortez offers a fantastic central location to all of the local sights.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Turquoise Inn and Suites or similar

Depart Cortez for the ruins of Mesa Verde, established to "preserve the works of man," the first national park of its kind. Continue to the charming old gold-mining town of Durango.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Durango Downtown Inn or similar

Enjoy magnificent scenery this morning while strolling along Durangos Main Street lined with south western boutiques. Depart Durango and pass Pagosa Springs en route to the state of New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment. Your destination for this evening, the artists' colony of Taos.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sagebrush Inn and Suites or similar

This morning, explore the remarkable Taos Indian Pueblo, a virtually unchanged village inhabited for over 800 years by as many as 1,400 Taos Indians.In the afternoon, drive south to Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the United States.Explore Santa Fe's historic center on a short walking tour. Enjoy the unique atmosphere which has made Santa Fe a mecca for artists. Return to Taos for the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sagebrush inn and Suites or similar

Today, head north through New Mexico into the state of Colorado. The mountainous terrain of Colorado will surround you, providing panoramic scenery en route to Denver. Visit historic Larimer Square in downtown Denver before proceeding to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Denver - Cherry Creek or similar

Return your car at your airport before your departure flight from Denver International Airport.

Included

  • International flights
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • Room Only
  • Car hire
  • Holiday prices are in £ per person based on twin occupancy
  • Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, a living laboratory
  • Glimpse ancient fossils embedded in the rocks at Dinosaur National Monument
  • Take a tour of Flaming Gorge Dam and power plant
  • Pause at the impressive overlook high on the rim above Red Canyon
  • See the mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park
  • Explore Yellowstone, America's first National Park
  • Hear a concert by the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir (seasonal)
  • Behold the rich colors of Bryce Canyons famous hoodoos
  • Discover Lake Powells natural stone bridge, Rainbow Bridge
  • Be surrounded by sandstone masterpieces in the Navajo Nations Monument Valley
  • Look into the lives of the people who made Mesa Verde their home for over 700 years
  • Take a stroll back in time walking downtown Durango
  • Experience over 1,000 years of tradition at Taos Pueblo
  • Visit Santa Fe, a UNESCO designated City of Design, Crafts and Folk Art

Not included

  • Car insurance (including any applicable one way drop off fees)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)