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Aerial view, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Aerial view of Las Vegas at night, Nevada, America
Lake Powell, Arizona
Lake Powell, Arizona
Monument Valley, Utah
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Ancient Pueblo Cliff Dwelling, Colorado
Durango Cathedral, Colorado
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab
Capitol Reef National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Las Vegas at Night
The Linq Hotel Las Vegas

Grand Canyon & Utah’s Mighty Five

13 day Fly Drive – from £1615

With flights from £2215

Experience the best of the American Southwest on a 13 day journey that takes you from the neon lights of Las Vegas to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Arches and Bryce Canyon, with stops at the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde.

Highlights:
  • Explore the dazzling streets of Las Vegas, a city that never sleeps
  • Witness the awe-inspiring expanse of the Grand Canyon
  • Relax by the serene waters of Lake Powell
  • Step back in time at Mesa Verde, exploring ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings
  • Marvel at the unique rock formations in Bryce Canyon under starlit skies

Your Itinerary

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You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Aerial view of Las Vegas at night, Nevada, America

Day 1 – Welcome to Las Vegas

Collect your car from the airport and head towards the bright lights of the famous Las…

Collect your car from the airport and head towards the bright lights of the famous Las Vegas strip. Las Vegas has something to offer everyone, from the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos; the action never stops from morning to night. Take a stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard to enjoy the spectacle offered by each hotel and casino.

    Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

Aerial view of Las Vegas at night, Nevada, America
Aerial view, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Day 2 – Grand Canyon

The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the…

The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the natural wonders of the world. Drive to the South Rim where you will find an assortment of viewing areas that can be reached by car. For the adventurous, hiking trails and guided mule rides will take you down to the Colorado River. Rafting trips along the river are also a spectacular way to enjoy the canyon.

    Los Angeles > Grand Canyon | 277 miles

    Yavapai Lodge or similar

Aerial view, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 3 – Lake Powell

For an unforgettable and awe-inspiring sight, catch the sunrise this morning at the Grand Canyon; wi

For an unforgettable and awe-inspiring sight, catch the sunrise this morning at the Grand Canyon; witness the spectacle of colours as the sunlight bathes the red cliff walls in hues only nature can produce. Depart the Grand Canyon and head toward the beautiful Lake Powell.

    Grand Canyon > Lake Powell | 145 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona
Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 4 – Lake Powell

Spend the day here at Lake Powell. You may wish to visit the magnificent Rainbow Bridge,…

Spend the day here at Lake Powell. You may wish to visit the magnificent Rainbow Bridge, it’s the largest natural bridge in the world and can be reached by boat, on foot, on horseback, also guided boat tours depart daily. Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and Visitor Centre – Peer over the edge of the dam at the river far below.

Optional Experience – Antelope Canyon Cruise
Antelope Canyon Cruise is a 1.5 hour tour leaving from Wahweap Bay, following the original path of the mighty Colorado River and into this famed canyon located on the Navajo Nation. This high-walled Navajo Sandstone side-arm of Lake Powell is famous not only for its colouration but also for the slot canyons found at its head to the east.

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona
Monument Valley, Utah

Day 5 – Cortez / Mesa Verde

Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards Monument Valley, the setting for more Western movies…

Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards Monument Valley, the setting for more Western movies than any other; here unique sandstone formations punctuate the desert landscape. A 17 mile scenic loop, off USA Highway 163, takes you past the most iconic buttes and mesa in the Navajo Tribal Park, with panoramic vistas galore. Continue from Monument Valley to the equally wonderous Mesa Verde.

    Lake Powell > Cortez/ Mesa Verde | 247 miles

    Far View Lodge Mesa Verde or similar

Monument Valley, Utah
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Ancient Pueblo Cliff Dwelling, Colorado

Day 6 – Mesa Verde & Durango

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over…

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over 4000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people. To enter the cliff dwellings you must join a range led tour, typically available mid-May to late October. Advance booking with National Park Service is recommended.

The drive from Mesa Verde to Durango, a welcome town with tree-lined streets and mountainous backdrop.

    Mesa Verde > Durango | 50 miles

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Ancient Pueblo Cliff Dwelling, Colorado
Durango Cathedral, Colorado

Day 7 – Durango

Today is yours to enjoy Durango. Take a ride back in time behind a historic steam-powered…

Today is yours to enjoy Durango. Take a ride back in time behind a historic steam-powered locomotive, enjoy the sights and sounds of yesteryear on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or take a trip deep into old gold and silver mines. You might also enjoy horseback riding at one of the local ranches. 

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Durango Cathedral, Colorado
Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Day 8 – Moab

Cross the state line into Utah and head towards Canyonlands National Park. Known for its spectacular

Cross the state line into Utah and head towards Canyonlands National Park. Known for its spectacular rock formations and vivid colours, here you can view thousands of feet down to the Colorado and Green Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock arches, spires and cliffs.

    Durango > Moab | 228 miles

    Red Cliff Lodge Moab or similar

Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab

Day 9 – Arches National Park

Spend a day at Arches National Park, a place of extreme natural beauty where over 2,000…

Spend a day at Arches National Park, a place of extreme natural beauty where over 2,000 natural sandstone arches stand, the number varies from day to day, as old arches crumble and new ones form but the most famous of all, Delicate Arch remains and is best viewed off the roadway and on a trail. At the Visitor Centre, rangers offer guided walks and nature talks. Leaving Arches National Park, take a drive to Dead Horse Point State Park, this peninsula of stone surrounded by steep cliffs is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular State Park.

Optional Experience – Morning River Trip
Enjoy a fun-filled day on the Colorado River. You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery as well as the Colorado River. Please bring a hat for the sun, suntan lotion and clothes in which you will be comfortably wet. Tennis shoes, Teva sandals or aqua socks are suggested.

    Red Cliff Lodge Moab or similar

Arches National Park, Moab
Capitol Reef National Park

Day 10 – Bryce Canyon National Park

Leave Moab behind to explore more amazing natural scenery. Drive through Capitol Reef National Park and…

Leave Moab behind to explore more amazing natural scenery. Drive through Capitol Reef National Park and stop at Panorama Point, it offers excellent photo opportunities and stunning views. As you continue, drive through Kodachrome Basin State Park, this park consists of a spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys, ever-changing from grey and white to shades of red with the day’s mood. Continue on to Bryce Canyon.

    Arches National Park > Bryce Canyon | 289 miles

    Best Western PlusRuby’s Inn or similar

Capitol Reef National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 11 – Bryce Canyon National Park

Enjoy a day in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close…

Enjoy a day in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close with the scenic wonders that make this area one of America’s Masterpiece locations. Amphitheatres of colourful eroded rock set Bryce apart from anywhere else. Light reflecting on the hoodoos at different times of day change the colourful scene of the park. Consider a drive to Rainbow Point where, from some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. 

    Best Western PlusRuby’s Inn or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Las Vegas at Night

Day 12 – Las Vegas

Driving into Zion you will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush…

Driving into Zion you will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons are a hiker’s paradise but there is also a complimentary shuttle system that runs throughout the park, by utilising this, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing. Head back to Las Vegas for one last night in the city that never sleeps.

    Bryce Canyon > Las Vegas | 258 miles

    Platinum Hotel or similar

Las Vegas at Night
The Linq Hotel Las Vegas

Day 13 – Farewell from Las Vegas

Choose to stay here longer, or depart at your leisure to return your car at the…

Choose to stay here longer, or depart at your leisure to return your car at the airport and board your flight home or onward to your next destination.

    Las Vegas > Airport | 13 miles
The Linq Hotel Las Vegas

Your Itinerary

You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1

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Welcome to Las Vegas

Collect your car from the airport and head towards the bright lights of the famous Las Vegas strip. Las Vegas has something to offer everyone, from the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos; the action never stops from morning to night. Take a stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard to enjoy the spectacle offered by each hotel and casino.

    Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

Aerial view of Las Vegas at night, Nevada, America

Day 2

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Grand Canyon

The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the natural wonders of the world. Drive to the South Rim where you will find an assortment of viewing areas that can be reached by car. For the adventurous, hiking trails and guided mule rides will take you down to the Colorado River. Rafting trips along the river are also a spectacular way to enjoy the canyon.

    Los Angeles > Grand Canyon | 277 miles

    Yavapai Lodge or similar

Aerial view, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Day 3

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Lake Powell

For an unforgettable and awe-inspiring sight, catch the sunrise this morning at the Grand Canyon; witness the spectacle of colours as the sunlight bathes the red cliff walls in hues only nature can produce. Depart the Grand Canyon and head toward the beautiful Lake Powell.

    Grand Canyon > Lake Powell | 145 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 4

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Lake Powell

Spend the day here at Lake Powell. You may wish to visit the magnificent Rainbow Bridge, it’s the largest natural bridge in the world and can be reached by boat, on foot, on horseback, also guided boat tours depart daily. Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and Visitor Centre – Peer over the edge of the dam at the river far below.

Optional Experience – Antelope Canyon Cruise
Antelope Canyon Cruise is a 1.5 hour tour leaving from Wahweap Bay, following the original path of the mighty Colorado River and into this famed canyon located on the Navajo Nation. This high-walled Navajo Sandstone side-arm of Lake Powell is famous not only for its colouration but also for the slot canyons found at its head to the east.

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 5

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Cortez / Mesa Verde

Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards Monument Valley, the setting for more Western movies than any other; here unique sandstone formations punctuate the desert landscape. A 17 mile scenic loop, off USA Highway 163, takes you past the most iconic buttes and mesa in the Navajo Tribal Park, with panoramic vistas galore. Continue from Monument Valley to the equally wonderous Mesa Verde.

    Lake Powell > Cortez/ Mesa Verde | 247 miles

    Far View Lodge Mesa Verde or similar

Monument Valley, Utah

Day 6

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Mesa Verde & Durango

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over 4000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people. To enter the cliff dwellings you must join a range led tour, typically available mid-May to late October. Advance booking with National Park Service is recommended.

The drive from Mesa Verde to Durango, a welcome town with tree-lined streets and mountainous backdrop.

    Mesa Verde > Durango | 50 miles

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Ancient Pueblo Cliff Dwelling, Colorado

Day 7

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Durango

Today is yours to enjoy Durango. Take a ride back in time behind a historic steam-powered locomotive, enjoy the sights and sounds of yesteryear on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or take a trip deep into old gold and silver mines. You might also enjoy horseback riding at one of the local ranches. 

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Durango Cathedral, Colorado

Day 8

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Moab

Cross the state line into Utah and head towards Canyonlands National Park. Known for its spectacular rock formations and vivid colours, here you can view thousands of feet down to the Colorado and Green Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock arches, spires and cliffs.

    Durango > Moab | 228 miles

    Red Cliff Lodge Moab or similar

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Day 9

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Arches National Park

Spend a day at Arches National Park, a place of extreme natural beauty where over 2,000 natural sandstone arches stand, the number varies from day to day, as old arches crumble and new ones form but the most famous of all, Delicate Arch remains and is best viewed off the roadway and on a trail. At the Visitor Centre, rangers offer guided walks and nature talks. Leaving Arches National Park, take a drive to Dead Horse Point State Park, this peninsula of stone surrounded by steep cliffs is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular State Park.

Optional Experience – Morning River Trip
Enjoy a fun-filled day on the Colorado River. You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery as well as the Colorado River. Please bring a hat for the sun, suntan lotion and clothes in which you will be comfortably wet. Tennis shoes, Teva sandals or aqua socks are suggested.

    Red Cliff Lodge Moab or similar

Arches National Park, Moab

Day 10

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Leave Moab behind to explore more amazing natural scenery. Drive through Capitol Reef National Park and stop at Panorama Point, it offers excellent photo opportunities and stunning views. As you continue, drive through Kodachrome Basin State Park, this park consists of a spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys, ever-changing from grey and white to shades of red with the day’s mood. Continue on to Bryce Canyon.

    Arches National Park > Bryce Canyon | 289 miles

    Best Western PlusRuby’s Inn or similar

Capitol Reef National Park

Day 11

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Enjoy a day in wonderful Bryce Canyon National Park; take this opportunity to get up close with the scenic wonders that make this area one of America’s Masterpiece locations. Amphitheatres of colourful eroded rock set Bryce apart from anywhere else. Light reflecting on the hoodoos at different times of day change the colourful scene of the park. Consider a drive to Rainbow Point where, from some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. 

    Best Western PlusRuby’s Inn or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 12

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Las Vegas

Driving into Zion you will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons are a hiker’s paradise but there is also a complimentary shuttle system that runs throughout the park, by utilising this, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing. Head back to Las Vegas for one last night in the city that never sleeps.

    Bryce Canyon > Las Vegas | 258 miles

    Platinum Hotel or similar

Las Vegas at Night

Day 13

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Farewell from Las Vegas

Choose to stay here longer, or depart at your leisure to return your car at the airport and board your flight home or onward to your next destination.

    Las Vegas > Airport | 13 miles
The Linq Hotel Las Vegas

Your Self Drive Includes

12 nights’ accommodation
12 nights’ car hire, with pre-paid miles

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights at the Grand Canyon or any location en route
  • A pre-booked Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Next Steps

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Grand Canyon & Utah’s Mighty Five

13 day Fly Drive – from £1615

With flights from £2215

Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

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