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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, Aerial view
Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America
Zion National Park, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Yellowstone National Park sign, USA
Man at Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Road to Grand Teton National Park & Teton Range, USA
Reflection in Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Kissing Camels and Pikes Peak, Colorado
Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado
Trail around Monument Valley, Utah, America
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Sunrise over the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

National Park Highlights

14 day Fly Drive – from £1325

With flights from £1975

Visit some of America’s greatest National Parks on this incredible two week circular self drive that includes Yellowstone, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.

Highlights:
  • Marvel at the incredible natural colours of Bryce Canyon
  • Witness Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser erupt into life
  • Peer over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Drive by the dramatic towering buttes of Monument Valley
  • Discover the historic rock dwellings at Mese Verde

Your Itinerary

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You can personalise your USA National Parks fly drive by adding extra nights or stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to see and do.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America

Day 1 – Welcome to Las Vegas

Arrive into Las Vegas International Airport and collect your car, before cruising down the Las Vegas…

Arrive into Las Vegas International Airport and collect your car, before cruising down the Las Vegas Strip on the way to your hotel.

Stroll down ‘The Strip’ to visit the famous Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, and make sure you get a good spot outside the Bellagio to watch the majestic dancing fountains.

Optional Experience – Vegas Helicopter Flight
Enjoy the best possible view of the Las Vegas strip.

    Planet Hollywood or similar

Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America
Zion National Park, Utah

Day 2 – Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

Leave the man-made excitement of Vegas behind and drive towards Zion National Park. You will be greeted…

Leave the man-made excitement of Vegas behind and drive towards Zion National Park.

You will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons known as ‘Narrows’ are a hiker’s paradise but there are a variety of trails and paved pathways for explorers of all skill levels. In addition, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions using the complimentary shuttle system.

After leaving Zion, head to Bryce Canyon National Park to view sunset and your next overnight stay.

    Las Vegas > Bryce Canyon | 259 miles

    The Lodge at Bryce Canyon or similar

Zion National Park, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 3 – Salt Lake City

Enjoy the early morning light in the colourful Bryce Canyon National Park. Take this opportunity to…

Enjoy the early morning light in the colourful 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 Canyon 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 you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day.

When you’re done exploring the park, make your way to Highway 15 and head north via Utah Lake to Salt Lake City.

    Bryce Canyon > Salt Lake City | 271 miles

    Hilton Salt Lake City or similar

Salt Lake City, Utah
Yellowstone National Park sign, USA

Day 4 – Yellowstone National Park

Continue northwards to the world’s first ever National Park, the example on which all National Parks…

Continue northwards to the world’s first ever National Park, the example on which all National Parks have been based,Yellowstone National Park.

Located at the convergence of the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau, Yellowstone National Park sits on a dormant volcano, giving the park a diverse mix of flora and fauna, interspersed with geothermal features.

Make your way to West Yellowstone, one of the gateways to the National Park.

    Salt Lake City > Yellowstone National Park | 320 miles

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Yellowstone National Park sign, USA
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, Aerial view

Day 5 – Yellowstone National Park

Spend a full day within Yellowstone National Park. Perhaps start at Old Faithful for its iconic geyser…

Spend a full day within Yellowstone National Park.

Perhaps start at Old Faithful for its iconic geyser eruptions. Witness the Grand Canyon of  Yellowstone’s vibrant hues and waterfalls. Drive the Beartooth Scenic Byway, dubbed ‘the most beautiful road in America’. 

Explore the geothermal wonders at Norris Geyser Basin and the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Maybe conclude with the surreal beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, Aerial view
Man at Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Day 6 – Grand Teton National Park

Begin your day driving through Yellowstone National Park, with the option to stop by Lake Yellowstone,…

Begin your day driving through Yellowstone National Park, with the option to stop by Lake Yellowstone, before departing south towards Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.

Begin exploring Grand Teton National Park at Jenny Lake for short hike around the still waters. Capture stunning photos at Mormon Row and Schwabacher Landing then discover wildlife at Willow Flats and Signal Mountain.

End your day with the sunset casting its warm glow on the Teton Range, before heading to your hotel in neighbouring Jackson Hole.

    Yellowstone National Park > Jackson | 137 miles

    Snow King Resort Jackson Hole or similar

Man at Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Road to Grand Teton National Park & Teton Range, USA

Day 7 – Rock Springs

In the morning you may choose to ride the Jackson Hole cable car up just over…

In the morning you may choose to ride the Jackson Hole cable car up just over 4000 feet for panoramic views across the Tetons.

Once back down, drive through the Bridger-Teton National Forest and pass by iconic landmarks like the Gros Ventre Slide and the historic town of Pinedale.

As you approach Rock Springs take advantage of roadside pullouts for wildlife and landscape photo opportunities.

    Jackson > Rock Springs | 188 miles

    Holiday Inn Rock Springs or similar

Road to Grand Teton National Park & Teton Range, USA
Reflection in Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Day 8 – Steamboat Springs

Traverse the high desert landscapes of southwestern Wyoming on your way from Rock Springs to Steamboat…

Traverse the high desert landscapes of southwestern Wyoming on your way from Rock Springs to Steamboat Spring in Colorado. Pass through the stunning Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area as you cross into Colorado and relish the picturesque Yampa Valley, surrounded by rolling hills and expansive ranchlands.

Arriving in Steamboat Springs, you may like to indulge in a soak in the rejuvenating waters of the Old Town Hot Springs or take a ride on the Steamboat Gondola, offering panoramic views of the Yampa Valley.

In the evening visit the historic downtown for charming boutiques and diverse dining options.

    Rock Springs > Steamboat Springs | 192 miles

    Homewood Suites By Hilton or similar

Reflection in Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Day 9 – Rocky Mountain National Park

Take a short detour on your way to Colorado Springs to visit the Rocky Mountain National…

Take a short detour on your way to Colorado Springs to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you can take a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest continuous paved roads in the United States. Enjoy breathtaking views of alpine landscapes and mountain peaks and stop at “Many Parks Curve Overlook” for a panoramic view and spot wildlife.

Continue your journey to Colorado Springs. On the edge of some of America’s most beautiful mountains, Colorado Springs feels as if it is set in a valley, however, at just over 6000 feet above sea level, it is actually on a high plateau.

    Steamboat Springs > Colorado Springs | 223 miles

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel or similar

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Kissing Camels and Pikes Peak, Colorado

Day 10 – Colorado Springs

You may like to spend your morning at Garden of the Gods, marveling at the towering…

You may like to spend your morning at Garden of the Gods, marveling at the towering red rock formations. You can explore some of the park’s trails independently or join a guided nature walk for deeper insights.

In the afternoon drive, or take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, to the summit of Pikes Peak. Revel in the panoramic views of the Rockies from 14,115 feet!

In the evening head to Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs for dining options and entertainment.

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Kissing Camels and Pikes Peak, Colorado
Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado

Day 11 – Durango

Leave Colorado Springs for Durango taking time to view the Great Sand Dunes National Park, home…

Leave Colorado Springs for Durango taking time to view the Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to the tallest sand dunes in America, along the way.

In 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

Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado
Trail around Monument Valley, Utah, America

Day 12 – Lake Powell

Pass through the stunning Mesa Verde National Park and dramatic Monument Valley on your way to…

Pass through the stunning Mesa Verde National Park and dramatic Monument Valley on your way to Lake Powell today.

At Mese Verde National Park you can explore the largest and most iconic cliff dwellings in North America. Join a Ranger guided tour to delve into the incredible history and architecture of this ancient site.

Over the years, Monument Valley has been the setting for many Western movies, and you can re-enact them all during a 17-mile scenic drive through the red sandstone buttes and mesas. You can also opt for a tour led by local Navajo guides who can share their cultural stories and insights about the iconic valley.

Finish the day at Lake Powell, best know for its blue waters and intricate red rock formations such as Antelope Canyon and Rainbow Bridge. 

    Durango > Lake Powell | 267 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Trail around Monument Valley, Utah, America
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Day 13 – Grand Canyon

Take time this morning to explore the contrasting blue waters and red cliffs of Lake Powell….

Take time this morning to explore the contrasting blue waters and red cliffs of Lake Powell. You may wish to embark on a boat tour to visit Rainbow Bridge and Antelope Canyon.

Onward next to another of the world’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the most impressive sights in the world and sits on many a bucket list.

Stroll along the South Rim Trail and head to Mather Point for breathtaking panoramic views and glimpses of the Colorado River, 1 mile down. You can also take the scenic drive along Hermit Road stopping at Hopi Point and Mohave Point for the stunning views.

Optional Experience – Grand Canyon Skywalk
Take in views of the Grand Canyon from a U-shaped glass walkway that extends out more than 70 feet from the canyon’s west rim.

    Lake Powell > Grand Canyon | 145 miles

    Yavapai Lodge or similar

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Sunrise over the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Day 14 – Farewell from Las Vegas

Enjoy the early morning light over the Grand Canyon, before completing your National Park Highlights loop…

Enjoy the early morning light over the Grand Canyon, before completing your National Park Highlights loop and returning to Las Vegas.

At Las Vegas International Airport, return your car and check-in for your evening flight home.

    Grand Canyon > Las Vegas | 279 miles
Sunrise over the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Your Itinerary

You can personalise your USA National Parks fly drive by adding extra nights or stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to see and do.

Day 1

|

Welcome to Las Vegas

Arrive into Las Vegas International Airport and collect your car, before cruising down the Las Vegas Strip on the way to your hotel.

Stroll down ‘The Strip’ to visit the famous Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, and make sure you get a good spot outside the Bellagio to watch the majestic dancing fountains.

Optional Experience – Vegas Helicopter Flight
Enjoy the best possible view of the Las Vegas strip.

    Planet Hollywood or similar

Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America

Day 2

|

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

Leave the man-made excitement of Vegas behind and drive towards Zion National Park.

You will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. Zion’s famous slot canyons known as ‘Narrows’ are a hiker’s paradise but there are a variety of trails and paved pathways for explorers of all skill levels. In addition, you can visit Zion’s other major attractions using the complimentary shuttle system.

After leaving Zion, head to Bryce Canyon National Park to view sunset and your next overnight stay.

    Las Vegas > Bryce Canyon | 259 miles

    The Lodge at Bryce Canyon or similar

Zion National Park, Utah

Day 3

|

Salt Lake City

Enjoy the early morning light in the colourful 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 Canyon 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 you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day.

When you’re done exploring the park, make your way to Highway 15 and head north via Utah Lake to Salt Lake City.

    Bryce Canyon > Salt Lake City | 271 miles

    Hilton Salt Lake City or similar

Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 4

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Yellowstone National Park

Continue northwards to the world’s first ever National Park, the example on which all National Parks have been based,Yellowstone National Park.

Located at the convergence of the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau, Yellowstone National Park sits on a dormant volcano, giving the park a diverse mix of flora and fauna, interspersed with geothermal features.

Make your way to West Yellowstone, one of the gateways to the National Park.

    Salt Lake City > Yellowstone National Park | 320 miles

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Yellowstone National Park sign, USA

Day 5

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Yellowstone National Park

Spend a full day within Yellowstone National Park.

Perhaps start at Old Faithful for its iconic geyser eruptions. Witness the Grand Canyon of  Yellowstone’s vibrant hues and waterfalls. Drive the Beartooth Scenic Byway, dubbed ‘the most beautiful road in America’. 

Explore the geothermal wonders at Norris Geyser Basin and the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Maybe conclude with the surreal beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, Aerial view

Day 6

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Grand Teton National Park

Begin your day driving through Yellowstone National Park, with the option to stop by Lake Yellowstone, before departing south towards Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.

Begin exploring Grand Teton National Park at Jenny Lake for short hike around the still waters. Capture stunning photos at Mormon Row and Schwabacher Landing then discover wildlife at Willow Flats and Signal Mountain.

End your day with the sunset casting its warm glow on the Teton Range, before heading to your hotel in neighbouring Jackson Hole.

    Yellowstone National Park > Jackson | 137 miles

    Snow King Resort Jackson Hole or similar

Man at Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Day 7

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Rock Springs

In the morning you may choose to ride the Jackson Hole cable car up just over 4000 feet for panoramic views across the Tetons.

Once back down, drive through the Bridger-Teton National Forest and pass by iconic landmarks like the Gros Ventre Slide and the historic town of Pinedale.

As you approach Rock Springs take advantage of roadside pullouts for wildlife and landscape photo opportunities.

    Jackson > Rock Springs | 188 miles

    Holiday Inn Rock Springs or similar

Road to Grand Teton National Park & Teton Range, USA

Day 8

|

Steamboat Springs

Traverse the high desert landscapes of southwestern Wyoming on your way from Rock Springs to Steamboat Spring in Colorado. Pass through the stunning Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area as you cross into Colorado and relish the picturesque Yampa Valley, surrounded by rolling hills and expansive ranchlands.

Arriving in Steamboat Springs, you may like to indulge in a soak in the rejuvenating waters of the Old Town Hot Springs or take a ride on the Steamboat Gondola, offering panoramic views of the Yampa Valley.

In the evening visit the historic downtown for charming boutiques and diverse dining options.

    Rock Springs > Steamboat Springs | 192 miles

    Homewood Suites By Hilton or similar

Reflection in Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Day 9

|

Rocky Mountain National Park

Take a short detour on your way to Colorado Springs to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you can take a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest continuous paved roads in the United States. Enjoy breathtaking views of alpine landscapes and mountain peaks and stop at “Many Parks Curve Overlook” for a panoramic view and spot wildlife.

Continue your journey to Colorado Springs. On the edge of some of America’s most beautiful mountains, Colorado Springs feels as if it is set in a valley, however, at just over 6000 feet above sea level, it is actually on a high plateau.

    Steamboat Springs > Colorado Springs | 223 miles

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel or similar

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Day 10

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Colorado Springs

You may like to spend your morning at Garden of the Gods, marveling at the towering red rock formations. You can explore some of the park’s trails independently or join a guided nature walk for deeper insights.

In the afternoon drive, or take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, to the summit of Pikes Peak. Revel in the panoramic views of the Rockies from 14,115 feet!

In the evening head to Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs for dining options and entertainment.

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Kissing Camels and Pikes Peak, Colorado

Day 11

|

Durango

Leave Colorado Springs for Durango taking time to view the Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to the tallest sand dunes in America, along the way.

In 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

Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado

Day 12

|

Lake Powell

Pass through the stunning Mesa Verde National Park and dramatic Monument Valley on your way to Lake Powell today.

At Mese Verde National Park you can explore the largest and most iconic cliff dwellings in North America. Join a Ranger guided tour to delve into the incredible history and architecture of this ancient site.

Over the years, Monument Valley has been the setting for many Western movies, and you can re-enact them all during a 17-mile scenic drive through the red sandstone buttes and mesas. You can also opt for a tour led by local Navajo guides who can share their cultural stories and insights about the iconic valley.

Finish the day at Lake Powell, best know for its blue waters and intricate red rock formations such as Antelope Canyon and Rainbow Bridge. 

    Durango > Lake Powell | 267 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Trail around Monument Valley, Utah, America

Day 13

|

Grand Canyon

Take time this morning to explore the contrasting blue waters and red cliffs of Lake Powell. You may wish to embark on a boat tour to visit Rainbow Bridge and Antelope Canyon.

Onward next to another of the world’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The overwhelming size and brilliant colours of the Grand Canyon easily make it one of the most impressive sights in the world and sits on many a bucket list.

Stroll along the South Rim Trail and head to Mather Point for breathtaking panoramic views and glimpses of the Colorado River, 1 mile down. You can also take the scenic drive along Hermit Road stopping at Hopi Point and Mohave Point for the stunning views.

Optional Experience – Grand Canyon Skywalk
Take in views of the Grand Canyon from a U-shaped glass walkway that extends out more than 70 feet from the canyon’s west rim.

    Lake Powell > Grand Canyon | 145 miles

    Yavapai Lodge or similar

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Day 14

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Farewell from Las Vegas

Enjoy the early morning light over the Grand Canyon, before completing your National Park Highlights loop and returning to Las Vegas.

At Las Vegas International Airport, return your car and check-in for your evening flight home.

    Grand Canyon > Las Vegas | 279 miles
Sunrise over the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

This Self Drive Includes

13 nights hotel accommodation
14 days car hire, with unlimited mileage

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 in Las Vegas or at the Grand Canyon
  • Upgrading to an SUV, 4×4 or electric vehicle
  • Flying in and out of Denver instead of Las Vegas

Next Step

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.

National Park Highlights

14 day Fly Drive – from £1325

With flights from £1975

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. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

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