14 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £1999pp
Denver 1 night
Steamboat Springs 1 night
Rock Springs 1 night
Jackson 1 night
Yellowstone National Park 1 night
Salt Lake City 1 night
Bryce Canyon National Park 2 nights
Page/Lake Powell 1 night
Cortez 1 night
Durango 1 night
Denver 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Denver. On arrival collect your car and head to your hotel.
Day 2 Denver/Steamboat Springs: Explore Rocky Mountain National Park before crossing the Continental Divide of the Rockies and making your way to the quaint ski resort of Steamboat Springs (160 miles).
Day 3 Steamboat Springs/Rock Springs: 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, then continue on to the Flaming Gorge, Red Canyon and Rock Springs (280 miles).
Day 4 Rock Springs/Jackson: Travel along the Wind River Gorge and then north over the high chaparral of Wyoming to Jackson. If time allows explore the old-fashioned town square (190 miles).
Day 5 Jackson/Yellowstone National Park: Today’s short drive allows you to leisurely explore Grand Teton National Park. In Yellowstone discover the diverse geothermal features of America’s first national park. Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs are the park’s most famous sights along with the freely roaming wildlife, such as bison, deer, elk, moose and even bear (80 miles).
Day 6 Yellowstone National Park/Salt Lake City: Cross a small portion of Idaho en route to the Mormon state of Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City. Don’t miss the famed Temple and the Tabernacle (350 miles).
Day 7 Salt Lake City/Bryce Canyon National Park: Traverse the Wasatch Mountain Range to reach southern Utah’s natural wonders. Visit Bryce Canyon National Park to view its fanciful spires and rock formations (250 miles).
Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park: A full day to further explore Bryce Canyon National Park. Alternatively, it’s 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.
Day 9 Bryce Canyon NP/Lake Powell/Page: Drive east via Kanab to Page, where the red desert meets deep blue Lake Powell (120 miles).
Day 10 Lake Powell/Page/Cortez: Leave early to explore the Navajo Indian Reservation, the trading post of Cameron, and drive through the Painted Desert to beautiful Monument Valley’s red sandstone spires and monoliths. Continue to Cortez (280 miles).
Day 11 Cortez/Durango: Depart 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 (80 miles).
Day 12 Durango/Taos: Absorb the magnificent scenery while strolling along Durango’s Main Street which is lined with southwestern boutiques. After leaving Durango, continue past Pagosa Springs en route to New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment and onward to the artist’s colony of Taos (200 miles).
Day 13 Taos: Explore the remarkable Taos Indian Pueblo, a virtually unchanged village inhabited for over 800 years by as many as 1,400 Taos Indians. Later, drive south to Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the United States, and enjoy the unique atmosphere which has made Santa Fe a mecca for artists. Return to Taos.
Day 14 Taos/Denver: 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, where on arrival you may wish to visit historic Larimer Square in downtown Denver (310 miles).
Day 15 Denver: Return your car at the airport and your tour concludes.
Departures: Daily between Apr-Oct.
Accommodation: In 3* hotels. Higher grade hotels are available at a supplement.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown includes international flights to and from Denver, compact 4 door car hire with fully inclusive insurance and 14 nights accommodation.
American Grandeurs is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights, one pre-night at Hyatt Place Denver Airport and a C19 motorhome for 14 days.
14 night self-drive motorhome tour from £1749pp