Western USA Family Experience
Slutdestination: Las Vegas
Never mind the minivans and cheesy tourist attractions our 12-day trip across the western United States puts a whole new spin on ol' America the Beautiful. Your family will breathe free in famous national parks (Zion & Bryce among them), stand in wonder at the Grand Canyon, and bunk at a cowboy camp. With a great mix of culture and activities, this is an ideal trip for families looking to see the USA in a new light.
Hike in the natural splendour of Zion and Bryce national parks, learn horseback-riding at a cowboy ranch, visit Canyonlands National Park for sunset, marvel at the sight of the Grand Canyon.
Air-conditioned private touring van.
Standard hotel (2nts), camping (7nts), basic cabins (2nts, shared facilities).
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Half-day rafting trip down the Colorado River. Sunset dinner at Dead Horse Point State Park. Picnic lunches. Sunrise in Bryce Canyon. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents.
Day 1 Las Vegas
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning head for one of the USA's most famous attractions, the Grand Canyon. After driving through the beautiful scenery, take time to enjoy the view of the Canyon at sunset.
Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park (1D)
Take a hike into the Grand Canyon, or take an optional helicopter flight over the canyon.
Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park/Monument Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
After a free morning, continue across country today and head for Monument Valley. Switch to a 4x4 for an off-road journey that twists and turns its way through the rugged landscape. Later, learn about some Native American arts & crafts out in the wilderness.
Day 5 Monument Valley/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)
Morning drive to Moab. Stop for lunch at camp before a chance to catch the sunset and dinner at Dead Horse Point.
Day 6 Moab (1B, 1L)
Hike in Arches National Park before a free afternoon to explore the park.
Day 7 Moab/Antimony (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take a morning drive to the ranch that is home for the next two nights.
Day 8 Antimony (1B, 1L, 1D)
Learn the ways of the cowboy, learning roping and western dancing. Take a lesson in horseback riding or just relax around the campfire.
Day 9 Antimony/Bryce Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Bryce Canyon to hike the trails and routes through the sandstone hoodoos in the national park. Stay in traditional teepees for the night.
Day 10 Bryce Canyon National Park/Zion National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Zion National Park in the morning. After lunch, hike the trails around the park. Explore Zion National Park further, before a free afternoon to try some of the exciting optional activities offered in the park.
Day 11 Zion National Park/Las Vegas (1B)
After a free morning in Zion National Park, return to Las Vegas, where the rest of the day is free.
Day 12 Las Vegas
Depart at any time.