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National Parks Explorer – Suggested Self Drive

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National Parks Explorer

Arizona and Utah are home to some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the world. These states' magnificent red rock formations, exotic desert life and dramatic canyons make them truly magical destinations.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas arrival
Arrive in Las Vegas, pick up your rental car, and proceed to your hotel in the glittering "Entertainment Capital of the World". Las Vegas has something for everyone: shopping, dining, world-class entertainment, casinos and spas.

Day 2: Las Vegas - Zion
Leave the man-made wonder of Las Vegas and travel through the desert to the Colorado Plateau and the natural wonders of the National Parks. Travel through St. George and the charming town of Springdale before arriving at Zion National Park. You have a full afternoon to explore this magnificent park with its amazing canyons. There are trails to explore for every ability level.

Day 3: Zion - Bryce Canyon
Travel to central Utah and visit the majestic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Nature's artistry has created rocks in various shades of red, formed by erosion into pinnacles and spires, even more stunning against the blue skies of the area. You may want to explore the canyon by walking or by horseback. In the summer months you may even be able to enjoy the local rodeo!

Day 4: Bryce Canyon - Lake Powell/Page
In the morning, make sure to view the dazzling display of color and light of the sunrise at Bryce Point. The sun rising above the canyon ignites the red rock spires turning them into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Continue south through Utah, passing through the charming western town of Kanab where many cowboy films have been made. Later, arrive in Page and visit the Glen Canyon Dam and magnificent Lake Powell with its crystal blue waters. In the afternoon or evening you may want to take a cruise on Lake Powell.

Day 5: Lake Powell/Page - Grand Canyon
This morning, you may want to take the time to take a guided tour of the slot canyons of Antelope Canyon before heading to the Grand Canyon. These canyons are known for their varying color of sandstone and are a photographer's dream. It is a short drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world. Spend your time walking along the rim of the canyon, participating in a ranger led talk or maybe take a helicopter flight above the canyon.

Day 6: Grand Canyon
A full day at the Grand Canyon to explore at your own pace. The visitors center is the perfect place to start the day where experienced Park Rangers can suggest hikes, view points and activities.

Day 7: Grand Canyon - Sedona
Leave the Grand Canyon and travel via Oak Creek canyon and Flagstaff to the town of Sedona.

Day 8: Sedona - Route 66 - Lake Havasu
Leave Sedona and head west, traveling over some of the original Route 66 if you wish. A great stop is in the town of Seligman. Evidence of the old road can be seen all along Seligman's main street where motels, cafes and numerous Route 66 gift shops beg to be explored. Continue to another piece of history, Lake Havasu, home to London Bridge.

Day 9: Lake Havasu - Las Vegas
Return to Las Vegas for one final night of fun and excitement before you return home the next day.

Day 10: Las Vegas departure
Return your rental car in time for your return flight.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.

Highlights worth seeing along the way
Las Vegas -
Partake in primetime entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip.
Zion - Gaze at Zion's massive standstone cliffs of cream, pink and red.
Bryce Canyon - Behold the rich colors of Bryce Canyons famous spires, called 'hoodoos'.
Lake Powell - Discover Lake Powells natural stone bridge, Rainbow Bridge.
Grand Canyon - View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon.
Oak Creek Canyon - Travel through spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, a mesmerizing experience.
Sedona - Feast on Sedona's vivid crimson colors, hidden canyons and sacred sites.
Historic Route 66 - Take a nostalgic ride along sections of Historic Route 66.
Hover Dam - Pay a visit to Hoover Dam, the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S.

Our favourite places to stay:
• Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
• Quality Inn Zion Park Area, Zion
• Bryce View Lodge, Bryce Canyon
• Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell, Lake Powell
• Travelodge Page, Lake Powell
• Canyon Plaza Resort, Grand Canyon
• The Andante Inn of Sedona, Sedona
• Quality Inn & Suites, Lake Havasu City
• Hampton Inn Tropicana Las Vegas

Choosing your Rental Car
Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We recommend a minimum of a medium sized SUV for two adults. This will give you space and freedom when you're travelling, and room for those extra purchases that you may make along the way. Book your car with House of Travel before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice. 

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