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This unique tour explores the crown jewels of America's National Park system, whilst enjoying the luxurious comfort of its historic lodges.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Amazing Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Explore Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches & Canyonlands

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Wildlife & Nature
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What's included
  • 8 nights in Historic National Park lodges & 7 hotel nights
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)
Need to know
  • Group size: max. 13
  • Minimum age 18
Your route
Grand American Adventures: NATIONAL PARK LODGES MAP Yosemite NP Lake Tahoe Yellowstone NP Jackson Arches Canyonlands Monument Valley Grand Canyon

Itinerary

Day 1
San Francisco and Yosemite National Park

San Francisco and Yosemite National Park

After departing San Francisco you head east through California's historic gold country and then high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. You begin with an easy trail walk to the Giant Sequoias before your two night stay at the historic Wawona Lodge. Meals are paid locally. Your accommodation, Wawona Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, rests upon verdant meadows and beside rushing streams. The tranquillity of this Victorian-style lodge in Yosemite makes it a favourite of those who prefer a relaxed environment and the gracious charm of a bygone era. All rooms are furnished with period pieces and antiques. There are no telephones or televisions, allowing you to completely escape and relax.

Day 2
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. The Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may bicycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the lush meadows. Hiking in Yosemite is pretty special and anyone who visits the park must hit one of the many trails, which enable you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breath-taking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your minds. In the evening you return to your historic lodge and have the chance to relax with a cocktail on the veranda.

Day 3
Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

From Yosemite you continue your journey to the vibrant forest and deep blue hues of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in USA with a maximum depth of 1645 feet. Formed about 2 million years ago and shaped during the Ice Age, the lake is actually located right on the border of California and Nevada and sits on an altitude of 6225 feet above sea level. It is a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics. You stay in a hotel next to the lake and have the chance to enjoy an optional sunset cruise on a catamaran, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Day 4
Idaho

Idaho

From Lake Tahoe you'll delve deeper into the vast desert for some grand scenery. The Great Basin Desert actually extends right across to California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. You'll cover some great distances today, but also get to see some fascinating and contrasting scenery on your road trip.

Days 5-6
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Next up is Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of the park sits in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s destroyed much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature's power of regeneration. Situated on a site long known as a meeting place for Native Americans, trappers and mountain men, Lake Yellowstone Lodge was completed in 1891 and was restored to its 1920s grandeur in 1990. Stay in the comfortable twin-share cabins situated in the hotel grounds for a real authentic "frontier" feel.

Day 7
Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming

You continue your journey in Wyoming, travelling through Grand Teton National Park where you can opt to take the ferry across Jenny Lake before hiking up to Inspiration Point past waterfalls to a viewpoint that will take your breath away. You overnight in the town of Jackson, a truly friendly and authentic western town experience. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! With a permanent population of around 8,600 people and a far greater transient tourist population, it attracts many of the rich and famous and is a great base for exploring the Grand Teton Mountains. 

Day 8
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Your next destination is the capital of Utah - Salt Lake City. With a city population of 186,000 and a metropolitan population of 1.13 million, it is the largest city in the state. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) followers. Salt Lake City is still the base for the religion although less than half the population in the city today are Mormons. At the centre of town is Temple Square and you have the afternoon free to explore the city's beautifully landscaped grounds, the granite Salt Lake Temple with its six spires and the domed Tabernacle, home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Besides occasional free concerts, there are also nearby shopping centres and tasty local restaurants.

Days 9-10
Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

Today are you are treated with yet more spectacular scenery amid the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park, located just a few miles outside Moab, this fantastic area will be your base for the next two days. These stunning red sandstone arches have been created by millions of years of wind whipping down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Here you have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, some of which are known as Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the latter being the most iconic and more photographed of the arches in the park. Alternatively, why not tackle the terrain high above on a guided "hummer" tour or take a float trip down the Colorado River. In contrast, Canyonlands National Park is a little known place where the mighty Colorado and Green Rivers meet. Popular with mountain bikers and white water rafters, the park features natural bridges, towering cliffs and bottomless canyons.

Day 11
Monument Valley

Monument Valley

In the heart of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless 'westerns' featuring cowboys riding off into the desert. You'll explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour and then it's time to learn the magic and myths of the rich Native American culture. The Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley is a true photographer's paradise. There is also ample time to relax and view the valley's surreal sunset.

Days 12-13
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

You arrive at Grand Canyon National Park for your two night lodge stay on the North rim. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Located on the less travelled North Rim, enjoy time exploring the natural beauty of the Canyon at your own pace before retiring to the lodge to relax and to take in the expansive views of the Canyon below, not to mention the glorious sunset! You'll stay at a historic property, which is the only lodging available on the North Rim of the National Park. Located at Bright Angel Point, the lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while enjoying comfortable authenticity of western log cabins. 

Day 14
Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Make your way back to Utah and onto Zion, your last national park, and one of the most spectacular destinations in the USA park system. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like, sandstone walls. With two nights here, you will have plenty of time to explore. 

Day 15
Zion National Park

Zion National Park

You have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones. Warm up your legs by taking some of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald pools, passing a waterfall along the way to discover Zion's "beach." You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline you will be rewarded with one of the most breath-taking and powerful panoramas you will ever experience. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Horse riding is also available.

Day 16
Valley of Fire State Park & Las Vegas

Valley of Fire State Park & Las Vegas

Visit the Valley of Fire State Park - Nevada's largest state park before leaving nature behind and heading into Las Vegas, Nevada, with all of its neon splendour. Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and is the entertainment capital of North America - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets. End your incredible journey with a farewell party along the famous Las Vegas Strip. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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