Utah, Nevada & California

Highlights

Experience the spectacle that is Las Vegas, Wander among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, Learn about Navajo culture and customs in Monument Valley, Navigate the myriad waterways of incredible Lake Powell, Head across the stunning salt flats of Death Valley, Search for bears in Yosemite National Park

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Venture into the USA's wild western heartlands on this remarkable two-week adventure from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Experience the brazen brashness of the world's most famous gambling city, then take in the dramatic desert landscapes of the Canyonlands and Arches national parks. Marvel at the surreal rock formations of Monument Valley, take a refreshing dip in the winding waterways of Lake Powell and brave a walk across the scorching plains of Death Valley. A corner of the world replete with astounding natural wonders, this jam-packed journey will leave an indelible impression of the United States' sheer beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1 Las Vegas
Discover Nevada's one and only 'Sin City'. Perhaps arrive early and soak up the sights and sounds of this fantasy land of brightly-lit casinos, booty-shaking nightspots and all-you-can-eat buffets.
Day 2 Zion National Park
Blaze a trail through the gorges and canyons of Zion National Park, a spectacular collection of sandstone cliffs and rocky ridges that conceal hanging gardens and tranquil pools. With plenty of free time to seek out Zion's hidden treasures, strap on some hiking boots and get ready to explore.
Day 3 Bryce Canyon National Park
Head deeper into central Utah and make a beeline for the spindly rock spires of Bryce Canyon National Park. Watch as these stunning, sculpted rock formations - known as the hoodoos - are gradually turned a kaleidoscope of colours by the setting sun. Branch out on foot and follow the many hiking trails through this unique setting.
Days 4-5 Moab
Set out for a hike through the spectacular canyons and sandstone rock formations of Arches National Park.
Day 6 Monument Valley
Be welcomed to one of the largest Native American reservations in the United States by the sandstone goliath's of Monument Valley, and see why so many movie directors have chosen this lunar landscape as a stand-in for alien worlds. Spend some time learning about Navajo culture, watch as the sun paints the landscape with shades of gold and sleep under the vast desert sky.
Day 7 Lake Powell
With a dramatic backdrop of blood-red rock, search Lake Powell's canyons and waterways for idyllic hidden coves.
Days 8-9 Las Vegas
Head back to Las Vegas. Enjoy an optional limo ride or head out to explore the many delights of this bizarre desert city.
Day 10 Death Valley
Brave the scolding desert heat of Death Valley and, after sweating it out a little, come to terms with one of the United States' most unique ecosystems. If the conditions are favourable, take a small walk onto the sand to see how life manages to survive among the inhospitable terrain.
Days 11-12 Yosemite National Park
Home to giant granite domes, gushing waterfalls and stunning forests, Yosemite is arguably the United States' foremost national park. Make use of some free time here tackling some of the hiking trails, whirring around on bikes or just blissing out in the tranquil surrounds of Mirror Lake.
Days 13-14 San Francisco
Be enamoured by the beautiful Bay Area, including it's crown jewel – ever-popular San Francisco. Why not head out to China Town for a memorable final group meal before this grand American adventure comes to an end.