16 May 2018
There’s nothing quite like a road trip across the states – the freedom of the open road, the extraordinary cities and charming towns, and the truly impressive parks. Embark on an adventure that will lead you from the lights of Sin City to the dramatic desert landscapes of Utah.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Begin your road trip under the neon lights of Las Vegas. Explore the Strip, where elaborately themed resorts offer 24-hour casinos, innovative dining options, and variety shows and concerts. If you’d prefer to indulge in some high-end shopping, stroll through The Forum Shops at Caesars or The Shops at Crystals and Via Bellagio. For a truly unique experience, visit the Downtown Container Park - an open-air centre with boutiques, restaurants, bars and live music.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Less than an hour from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park features spectacular attractions of a different sort. As the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, you’ll see magnificent sandstone formations that are 150 million years old, Native-America petroglyphs and abundant wildlife – including bobcats, jackrabbits and coyotes. Take a guided tour through the park to get a close-up look at the fiery red rocks that give the park its name, or hike Mouse Tank Trail - a half-mile round trip with incredible examples of prehistoric petroglyphs.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The next stop on your adventure is Bryce Canyon National Park. Take the park’s 38-mile (61km) scenic drive to discover the best spots to sightsee or hike – and don’t miss a walk to the expansive Bryce Amphitheatre. Sitting below the Rim Trail hiking path, this impressive natural landscape is filled with hoodoos – brightly coloured, tall rock spires. Spend several days at the park to experience both sunrise and sunset, and photograph the spectacular geological formations from overlooks such as Inspiration Point and the aptly named Sunrise Point.
Arches National Park, Utah
The site of more than 2,000 natural arches, Arches National Park is a landscape of contrasting colours, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. Try an easy hike from the Devil’s Garden area to Landscape Arch, North America’s longest arch, or continue on a longer, more strenuous hike to see five more arches on the primitive loop. After more of a challenge? Try a ranger-guided tour of the Fiery Furnace Trail, and explore a two-mile labyrinth of rock fins with no marked trail but be warned - this adventure requires a permit.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Explore the dramatic desert landscape of mesas and canyons of Canyonlands National Park. The park is split into four distinct areas, with the Island in the Sky as the most accessible district. Resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1000 feet above the surrounding terrain, the Island in the Sky mesa offers incredible views and is the ideal starting point for a hike to Mesa Arch or Grand View Point.
Zion Canyon National Park, Utah
Famous for its steep red cliffs, canyons and towering rock formations, Zion National Park is a must-see. Try a hike along the Virgin River to explore its waterfalls and hanging gardens, or walk through water in the narrowest section of Zion Canyon – a favourite for photographers due to its fantastic light and structure.
Lake Mead NRA/Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada
Finish off your road trip with a stop at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the spectacular Hoover Dam. For a truly unique experience, hike along the Historic Railroad Trail which leads through five large tunnels that were part of the railroad route from Boulder City to Hoover Dam until the early 1960s.
Keen to embark on a USA adventure of your own? Contact your local Travel Counsellor to learn more.