A Taste of the Canyonlands
They give you some of the most ethereal natural light shows, plunging depths and surreal land forms, out doing the bright lights of Vegas, ten to one. Welcome to Canyonlands, where Mother Nature put on her best sculptors apron and worked tirelessly for millenniums to bring you the best scenery. You'll begin this intriguing journey at the magnificent Grand Canyon which, at 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep in some places, is truly the granddaddy of natural wonders. You'll find the rock formations at Zion National Park and the "hoodoos" at Bryce Canyon National Park no less dramatic. Lake Powell may be man-made but it is no less dramatic with its deep blue waters and colourful rocky gorges. Enjoy it all, it's the only landscape like in the world.
- Las Vegas
- Grand Canyon
- Lake Powell
- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon
Welcome to Las Vegas, a city created to provide non-stop entertainment. Enjoy two nights here, wandering The Strip, enjoying shows, taking in the Eiffel Tower or catching an adrenaline rush on the Stratosphere. For a break from the action, tour the world-famous Hoover Dam, or, for a preview of the natural wonders to come, go for a hike or scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Museum lovers will enjoy the Imperial Auto Museum, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and the Liberace Museum, to name just a few. Whatever you choose to do, remember that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!"
Collect your hire car this morning and head for the magnificent Grand Canyon. Take the free shuttle bus from the Canyon Plaza Visitor Center to some of the best viewpoints along the South Rim, or enjoy the 25-mile Desert View scenic self-drive. Visit the Yavapai Observation Station, the Tusayan Museum, and the Kolb Brothers Studio for more fabulous views and a perspective on the cultural heritage and history of the Grand Canyon. Treat yourself to a helicopter ride over the Canyon for thrilling bird's eye views of the Colorado River more than a mile below.
Lake Powell / Glen Canyon
Keep an eye out for spectacular Vermillion Cliffs on the left today as you head for 2 nights at Lake Powell. Viewing the 3,000-foot escarpment, you may be able discern distinct geologic formations contained within the cliffs. Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the country, longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. The lake lies within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, established to protect the Colorado Plateau. It's easiest to explore the area's 96 major canyons by watercraft or tour boat. There are also hiking and biking opportunities in the 1.2 million acres wilderness including Antelope Canyon - a photographer's dream.
Zion National Park
On the way to Zion National Park today, plan to take a detour to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Once you reach Zion, you'll recognize immediately that it is a true desert paradise. The beautiful river-carved Zion Canyon is the park's centerpiece, more than 2,000 feet deep in places. Located along the edge of a region known as the Colorado Plateau, the park comprises one step of the Grand Staircase, a series of rock layers formed from different materials as the land slowly transformed. The bottom layer of Bryce Canyon is the top layer at Zion and the bottom layer at Zion is the top layer at the Grand Canyon.
With 2 nights here, you'll have time to explore the park on the free Zion Park Shuttle which makes stops at major locations throughout the park. The Grotto and Weeping Rock can be reached by a quarter-mile hiking trail off the route or plan one of the longer hikes - maps can be picked up at the visitor centre.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Continue on to Bryce Canyon National Park, just a short drive away. Some of the most bizarre and extraordinary natural architecture anywhere is found here. Slot canyons, windows, fins, and the famous spires called "hoodoos" have been created over millennia by the forces of nature. The colourful and whimsically arranged rocks form a landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable. Take a horse or mule tour deep into the canyon. For a spectacular view of the entire Park, as well as the Kaibab Plateau at the Grand Canyon, drive or take the free shuttle out to Rainbow Point at the southernmost end of the park.
Las Vegas & Home
Make your way back to Las Vegas where you will return your hire car in time for your homeward flight.
- Direct return flights from London (Please ask about other departure airports)
- 8 nights hotel accommodation and room tax
- Fully insured compact car hire
- A detailed travel pack with driving instructions and maps
Daily Departures Year Round (subject to seasonal road closures).
We can also offer this itinerary in a wide range of other accommodation types, including superior hotels, character properties and small inns.