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Self-Drive American Grandeurs

14 Nights Tour from £1,479 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This self-drive itinerary will take you through the wonders of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, including many of the world renowned national parks in America’s West. The circular route will begin and end in the wonderful mile-high city of Denver, travel through the national parks of Rocky Mountain, Teton and the spectacular Yellowstone, then south through Salt Lake City and then the national parks of Bryce Canyon, Zion and Lake Powell. Next is the National Park of Mesa Verde in Colorado before you cross the border to New Mexico to visit charming and historic Santa Fe.

Highlights

  • Visit the Dinosaur National Monument where you will find the Dinosaur Quarry - more dinosaur bones have been found here than anywhere else in the world
  • Explore the stunning National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton with wildlife roaming freely and sights such as the Old Faithful geyser
  • Admire the hoodoo's of Bryce Canyon National Park - a spectacular array of rock formations
  • Visit the remarkable Taos Indian Pueblo - an adobe village unchanged for 1,000 years, the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Sit and a National Historic Landmark
  • Enjoy a taste of the Old West in towns such as Jackson with it's saloon bars and quaint shops

Itinerary Overview

14 night self-drive tour begins and ends Denver:  2 nights Denver; 1 night Steamboat Springs; 1 night Rock Springs; 1 night Jackson; 1 night Yellowstone; 1 night Salt Lake City; 2 nights Bryce Canyon; 1 night Lake Powell; 1 night Cortez; 1 night Durango; 2 nights Taos

Details

Day 1

Fly to Denver

Arrive at Denver’s International Airport. Pick up your rental car and proceed to the hotel in downtown Denver.


Hotel: Holiday Inn Denver - Cherry Creek

Day 2

Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Steamboat Springs (160 miles)

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.


Hotel: Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs

Day 3

Steamboat Springs – Dinosaur National Monument – Flaming Gorge – Rock Springs (280 miles)

Today you will visit the amazing 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. Overnight in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Hotel: Quality Inn Rock Springs

Day 4

Rock Springs – Jackson (190 miles)

This morning 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.

Hotel: 49'er Inn & Suites

Day 5

Jackson – Grand Teton – Yellowstone National Park (80 miles)

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.

Hotel: Brandin Iron Motel

Day 6

Yellowstone – Salt Lake City (350 miles)

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.

Hotel: Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites

Day 7

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park (250 miles)

Cross the Wasatch Mountain Range to reach the natural wonders in southern Utah. Visit Bryce Canyon National Park to view its fanciful spires and rock formations.

Hotel: Bryce View Lodge

Day 8

Bryce Canyon National Park

A full day to further explore Bryce Canyon National Park. Alternatively, it is just a short drive to Zion National Park and some of the world’s most incredible sandstone formations formed millions of years ago by the powerful hand of nature.

Hotel: Bryce View Lodge

Day 9

Bryce Canyon National Park – Lake Powell (120 miles)

After having discovered the natural wonders of Zion National Park, drive east via Kanab to Page where the red desert meets deep blue Lake Powell.

Hotel: Page Boy Motel

Day 10

Lake Powell – Monument Valley – Cortez (280 miles)

Leave early to explore this magnificent landscape. Travel to the Navajo Indian Reservation, pass the Trading Post of Cameron, and drive through the Painted Desert to beautiful Monument Valley’s red sandstone spires and monoliths. Continue to Cortez for your overnight stay.
 

Hotet: Best Western Turquoise Inn & Suites

Day 11

Cortez – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango (80 miles)

Today you will drive into the Mesa Verde National Park, known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and the huge Cliff Palace. Drive the Mesa Top Loop Road, which winds past archaeological sites and panoramic canyon view. Then continue to the charming old gold-mining town of Durango.

Hotel: Durango Downtown Inn

Day 12

Durango – Taos (200 miles)

Enjoy the magnificent scenery this morning while strolling along Main Street, Durango, which is lined with southwestern boutiques. Depart Durango and pass Pagosa Springs en route to the state of New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment. Your destination for for the next two nights is the artists’ colony of Taos.

Hotel: Sagebrush Inn & Suites

Day 13

Taos – Santa Fe – Taos (140 miles)
In the morning, explore the remarkable Taos Indian Pueblo, a virtually unchanged village inhabited for 1,00o years by Taos Native Americans, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historica Monument. In the afternoon, drive south to Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the United States. Explore Santa Fe’s historic centre on a short walking tour. Enjoy the unique atmosphere which has made Santa Fe a mecca for artists. Then return to Taos for the night.

Hotel: Sagebrush Inn & Suites

Day 14

Taos – Denver (310 miles)

On your way to Denver, drive north through the Land of Enchantment of New Mexico into the state of Colorado. The mountainous terrain of Colorado will surround you, providing panoramic scenery en route to Denver. Enjoy your final evening in the vibrant Mile High City of Denver, perhaps stroll historic Larimer Square before dinner in downtown Denver

Hotel: Holiday Inn Denver - Cherry Creek

Day 15

Denver Departure

 

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Car rental including fully inclusive insurance
  • Hotel accommodation as specified, or of a similar standard
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Car parking fees
  • Entrance fees

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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