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American Grandeurs

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
Taos 2 nights
Denver 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Denver, collect your car and drive to your hotel.

Day 2 Denver/Steamboat Springs: Explore Rocky Mountain National Park before 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. Later, explore Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon (280 miles).

Day 4 Rock Springs/Jackson: Travel along the Wind River Gorge and then continue north to Jackson. If time allows enjoy exploring the rustic Old West with a walk around 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 with its many geothermal features. Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs are the park's most famous sights along with the freely roaming wildlife, including 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 Utah's 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 the natural wonders in southern Utah. 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 National Park/Page: Discover the natural wonders of Zion National Park, unless you opted to do this yesterday, and then drive east via Kanab to Page, where the red desert meets deep blue Lake Powell (120 miles).

Day 10 Page/Cortez: Leave early to explore this magnificent landscape. Travel to the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing 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: Visit the ruins of Mesa Verde which are valid proof of the highly sophisticated civilisation of the Anasazi Indians. Continue to the charming old gold mining town of Durango (80 miles).

Day 12 Durango/Taos: Enjoy the magnificent scenery this morning while strolling along Main Street in Durango which is lined with southwestern boutiques. Pass Pagosa Springs en route to the state of 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. In the afternoon 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: Enjoy panoramic scenery and mountainous terrain as you drive back to Denver (310 miles).

Day 15 Denver: Return your car at the airport and your tour concludes

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

Accommodation: In 3 hotels. Upgraded hotels are available at a supplement.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Denver, compact 4 door car (fully inclusive) and 14 nights accommodation.

14 nights self drive tour from from £1569pp

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