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Waterfall, Yosemite National Park
Sunset, Denver
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Ghost town, Cody, Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Salt Lake City, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Lake Powell, Utah
Grand Canyon
Las Vegas at Night
Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America
Death Valley, California, America
Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, USA
Yosemite National Park, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
Alamo Square, San Francisco, California

Rockies to Pacific

19 day Fly Drive – from £1989

With flights from £2789

Discover the heart of the American landscape on this 19 day adventure, starting in Denver and winding through the stunning vistas of Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, and Yosemite, before culminating in San Francisco.

Highlights:
  • Experience the majestic beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Visit Yellowstone, famous for its geysers, hot springs, and wildlife
  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon
  • Marvel at the towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls of Yosemite

Your Itinerary

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Your can personalise your West USA fly drive by adding extra nights or stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Sunset, Denver

Day 1 & 2 – Welcome to Denver

Arrive in Denver and settle in at your hotel for a two-night stay in the ‘Mile…

Arrive in Denver and settle in at your hotel for a two-night stay in the ‘Mile High City’.

During your stay you may like to explore the historic Larimer Square neighbourhood, known for its charming victorian buildings, boutiques, and galleries. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the Denver Art Museum to explore its extensive collection of art from around the world. Don’t miss the impressive Native American art collection and the contemporary art exhibits.

You may choose to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens to unwind in the beautiful gardens and green spaces, or walk along the South Platte River to see views back across downtown Denver.

    The Curtis – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel or similar

Sunset, Denver
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Day 3 – To Casper (via Rocky Mountain National Park)

Begin your day by heading northwest from Denver to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery…

Begin your day by heading northwest from Denver to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery includes towering mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and there are plenty of scenic hiking trails. Don’t miss driving Trail Ridge Road, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

You may like to stop in Estes Park, a charming mountain town at the eastern entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you can visit the historic Stanley Hotel, take a stroll along the Riverwalk, or browse in the shops and galleries downtown.

Continue north to Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. Here you can explore the Cheyenne Depot Museum, which showcases the city’s railroad history, and visit the Wyoming State Capitol building.

Finally, make your way to Casper, located along the North Platte River in central Wyoming. In Casper you can explore the National Historic Trails Interpretive Centre to learn about the Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer Trails that passed through the area.

    Denver > Casper | 345 miles

    Ramkota Hotel & Conference Centre or similar

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Ghost town, Cody, Wyoming

Day 4 – Cody

As you leave Casper, consider making a stop at Independence Rock State Historic Site. This landmark…

As you leave Casper, consider making a stop at Independence Rock State Historic Site. This landmark along the Oregon Trail served as a gathering point for pioneers heading westward.

About halfway between Casper and Shoshoni, you’ll encounter “Hell’s Half Acre”, a unique geological formation featuring rugged terrain and deep canyons. You may consider taking a break to explore this otherworldly landscape and learn about its history as a filming location for movies and TV shows.

At Thermopolis you can visit Hot Springs State Park to soak in the mineral-rich waters of the thermal pools and visit the Wyoming Dinosaur Centre to see dinosaur skeletons found in the area.

Arrive in Cody, known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” and named after the legendary showman Buffalo Bill Cody. You can learn more at the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, a complex of museums dedicated to the art, history, and culture of the American West.

    Casper > Cody | 216 miles

    Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village or similar

Ghost town, Cody, Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Day 5 – The Beartooth Highway

As you head northwest from Cody towards the Montana border, you’ll travel along the Chief Joseph…

As you head northwest from Cody towards the Montana border, you’ll travel along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. This panoramic route offers breathtaking views of the Absaroka Mountains, rugged canyons, and alpine meadows.

Near the town of Cooke City, you’ll have the opportunity to drive the iconic Beartooth Highway. This scenic byway is one of the most spectacular drives in the United States, offering jaw-dropping views of the Beartooth Mountains, alpine lakes, and glaciated valleys. Stop at the Top of the World Store for refreshments and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Next you will be entering the iconic Yellowstone National Park. You may choose to explore some of the park’s geothermal features, such as the Norris Geyser Basin. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, located near the Canyon Village area of the park. Marvel at the canyon’s towering waterfalls, including the Lower Falls and Upper Falls, and hike along the rim for stunning views of the rugged canyon walls and the Yellowstone River below.

Continue on to West Yellowstone, located just outside the park’s western entrance. In the evening you can explore the town’s charming shops, restaurants, and museums

    Cody > West Yellowstone | 166 miles

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Day 6 – Yellowstone National Park

Today you can enjoy a full day within Yellowstone National Park. Witness the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser…

Today you can enjoy a full day within Yellowstone National Park.

Witness the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser erupting approximately every 90 minutes, shooting boiling water and steam into the air.

Marvel at the vibrant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the United States and one of Yellowstone’s most iconic features. The spring’s rainbow-like hues are created by heat-loving bacteria that thrive in the hot, mineral-rich water.

Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Mammoth Hot Springs, a complex of terraces formed by mineral deposits from hot springs. Take a boardwalk tour of the terraces to see colourful formations, steaming pools, and cascading mineral-laden waterfalls.

Yellowstone is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bison, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, and moose. Keep an eye out for these iconic species as you explore the park, especially in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, which are known for their abundant wildlife sightings.

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Day 7 – 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.

Start 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.

    West Yellowstone > Jackson Hole | 117 miles

    Snow King Resort Jackson Hole or similar

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 8 – Salt Lake City

As you leave Jackson Hole, you’ll travel through Snake River Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by…

As you leave Jackson Hole, you’ll travel through Snake River Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by the Snake River. Stop at overlooks along the way to admire the rugged cliffs, rushing river, and abundant wildlife, including bald eagles and bighorn sheep.

Just north of the Utah border, you’ll encounter Bear Lake, a natural freshwater lake known for its stunning turquoise waters.

Drive through Logan Canyon, a picturesque canyon in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. There are scenic views of rugged cliffs, dense forests, and the winding Logan River. You can choose to stop at viewpoints such as Guinavah-Malibu Campground and Tony Grove Lake for photo opportunities and short walks.

Before reaching Salt Lake City, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. On arrival in Salt Lake City, the capital city of Utah, you explore Temple Square to see the Salt Lake Temple and other landmarks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explore museums such as the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum of Utah.

    Jackson Hole > Salt Lake City | 285 miles

    Hotel RL Salt Lake City or similar

Salt Lake City, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 9 – Bryce Canyon National Park

As you head south from Salt Lake City, you’ll travel through Provo Canyon, a scenic gorge…

As you head south from Salt Lake City, you’ll travel through Provo Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by the Provo River. Enjoy views of towering cliffs, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls as you drive along Highway 189. Consider stopping at Bridal Veil Falls, a popular waterfall accessible via a short hike.

As you continue south towards Bryce Canyon, you’ll have the opportunity to drive along Scenic Byway 12, one of the most scenic drives in the United States. This designated All-American Road traverses diverse landscapes, including red rock canyons, alpine forests, and high desert plateaux.

Before reaching Bryce Canyon National Park, make a stop at Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest. Here you can discover  the area’s colourful hoodoos and rock formations by hiking the Pink Ledges Trail.

On arrival at Bryce Canyon National Park, you can explore its otherworldly landscapes of hoodoos, spires, and natural amphitheaters. Take a scenic drive along the park’s rim roads,  and descend into the canyon on trails such as the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail.

    Salt Lake City > Bryce Canyon | 268 miles

    Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Lake Powell, Utah

Day 10 – Lake Powell

Today you can drive through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast and rugged wilderness area…

Today you can drive through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast and rugged wilderness area known for its colourful canyons, sandstone formations, and archaeological sites. Stop at overlooks along Highway 89 for panoramic views of the monument’s dramatic landscapes, and consider taking a scenic detour to explore areas such as the Paria River Valley and Calf Creek Falls.

As you approach Page, you’ll encounter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a vast and scenic area that surrounds Lake Powell and the Colorado River. You can stop at overlooks such as Horseshoe Bend and Wahweap Overlook for stunning views of the canyon and river below. Consider taking a boat tour to explore the crystal-clear waters of Lake Powell and visit attractions such as Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

    Bryce Canyon > Page | 151 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Utah
Grand Canyon

Day 11 – Grand Canyon

Begin your journey by visiting Glen Canyon Dam, which creates Lake Powell, one of the largest…

Begin your journey by visiting Glen Canyon Dam, which creates Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Take a guided tour of the dam to learn about its construction and operation, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding canyon and lake from the visitor centre.

As you continue south on Highway 89, you’ll cross the Colorado River at Navajo Bridge. You can stop at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Centre to learn about the bridge’s history and the cultural significance of the area to the Navajo Nation. You can also enjoy views of the river and nearby Marble Canyon from the bridge’s pedestrian walkway.

You will drive through Kaibab National Forest as you approach the Grand Canyon. You will pass through dense pine forests, rolling meadows, and high desert plateaux along the way.

At the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, take in breathtaking views of the canyon from overlooks such as Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Desert View.

Hike along the rim or visit the park’s visitor centres to join a ranger-led program to learn more about the canyon’s geology, ecology, and history.

    Page > Grand Canyon | 133 miles

    Yavapai Lodge Grand Canyon or similar

Grand Canyon
Las Vegas at Night

Day 12 – Discover Las Vegas

Drive from the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon to the bright lights of Las Vegas…

Drive from the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon to the bright lights of Las Vegas for a real change in scenery!

Las Vegas is a different type of playground. From the fantastic live shows to the excitement of the huge casinos, spend the day exploring the city that never sleeps.

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

    Grand Canyon > Las Vegas | 279 miles

    Planet Hollywood Resort or similar

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

Day 13 – Las Vegas

Stroll down ‘The Strip’ to visit the famous Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian,…

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.

You can choose to take in a Las Vegas Show or try your hand at Blackjack in one of the sprawling casinos.

    Planet Hollywood Resort or similar

Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, America
Death Valley, California, America

Day 14 – Death Valley

Drive on towards the border with California. Here you will encounter the dramatic scenery of…

Drive on towards the border with California. Here you will encounter the dramatic scenery of Death Valley National Park, America’s lowest, hottest and driest National Park.

Despite its morbid name and reputation, Death Valley National Park is home to more than three million acres of dramatic landscapes including tall peaks and salt flats below sea-level. Seek out the panoramic views at Zabriskie Point, the volcanic colours of Artists Palette and salt crust at Badwater Basin.

    Las Vegas > Death Valley | 124 miles

    The Ranch at Death Valley or similar

Death Valley, California, America
Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, USA

Day 15 – Mammoth Lakes

Before leaving Death Valley, consider visiting the Furnace Creek Visitor Centre to learn about the park’s…

Before leaving Death Valley, consider visiting the Furnace Creek Visitor Centre to learn about the park’s geology, history, and natural wonders.

As you approach the Eastern Sierra, consider taking a detour to visit Alabama Hills, a stunning landscape of granite rock formations and arches. Explore the area on foot or by car to discover natural arches such as Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch, and enjoy panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.

Mammoth Lakes is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Sierra Nevada range, with stunning vistas of peaks such as Mammoth Mountain, Crystal Crag, and the Minarets. Mammoth Lakes is also home to several natural hot springs, where you can relax and unwind in mineral-rich thermal waters.

    Death Valley > Mammoth Lakes | 219 miles

    Cielo Hotel Bishop-Mammoth, an Ascend Hotel Collection or similar

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, USA
Yosemite National Park, California

Day 16 – Yosemite National Park

Today you can drive over the Tioga-Pass to reach Yosemite National Park. Take your time…

Today you can drive over the Tioga-Pass to reach Yosemite National Park. Take your time and enjoy the meandering drive into the park, the views get better with every turn.

There are photo opportunities aplenty as you drive through Yosemite. Capture the iconic Sequoia trees, granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, and the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View.

    Mammoth Lakes > Yosemite National Park | 105 miles

    Yosemite View Lodge or similar

Yosemite National Park, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Day 17 – The Pacific Coast

Take in the morning sunshine in Yosemite National Park before making your way back to civilization…

Take in the morning sunshine in Yosemite National Park before making your way back to civilization and the city of San Francsico.

Home of the majestic Wine Country and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is well-known for its historic cable cars and bustling Union Square. Enjoy your first evening along the colourful waterfront.

We recommend dropping off your car at the depot this afternoon to save some money, as parking charges in the city can be quite costly.

    Yosemite National Park > San Francisco | 196 milesSan Francisco | 196 miles

    Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

Day 18 – Explore San Francisco

Today, you are free to discover the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Perhaps take…

Today, you are free to discover the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Perhaps take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square, or visit the famous Alcatraz Island.

This evening, dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to the very Italian flavoured North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.

Optional Experience – San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
See San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus! This is a fully narrated sightseeing tour. Enjoy the city lights and skyline on the Night Loop.

Optional Experience – Alcatraz Island Tour
Welcome to Alcatraz; once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. Delve into the island’s remarkable history on this essential tour.

    Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
Alamo Square, San Francisco, California

Day 19 – Farewell from San Francisco

Your journey from the Rockies to the Pacific comes to an end today. You can choose to…

Your journey from the Rockies to the Pacific comes to an end today.

You can choose to stay a little longer in San Francisco to soak up more of the city, or transfer independently, at your leisure to San Francisco International Airport, in time to check-in for your return flight.

Alamo Square, San Francisco, California

Your Itinerary

Your can personalise your West USA fly drive by adding extra nights or stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1 & 2

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Welcome to Denver

Arrive in Denver and settle in at your hotel for a two-night stay in the ‘Mile High City’.

During your stay you may like to explore the historic Larimer Square neighbourhood, known for its charming victorian buildings, boutiques, and galleries. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the Denver Art Museum to explore its extensive collection of art from around the world. Don’t miss the impressive Native American art collection and the contemporary art exhibits.

You may choose to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens to unwind in the beautiful gardens and green spaces, or walk along the South Platte River to see views back across downtown Denver.

    The Curtis – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel or similar

Sunset, Denver

Day 3

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To Casper (via Rocky Mountain National Park)

Begin your day by heading northwest from Denver to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery includes towering mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and there are plenty of scenic hiking trails. Don’t miss driving Trail Ridge Road, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

You may like to stop in Estes Park, a charming mountain town at the eastern entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you can visit the historic Stanley Hotel, take a stroll along the Riverwalk, or browse in the shops and galleries downtown.

Continue north to Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. Here you can explore the Cheyenne Depot Museum, which showcases the city’s railroad history, and visit the Wyoming State Capitol building.

Finally, make your way to Casper, located along the North Platte River in central Wyoming. In Casper you can explore the National Historic Trails Interpretive Centre to learn about the Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer Trails that passed through the area.

    Denver > Casper | 345 miles

    Ramkota Hotel & Conference Centre or similar

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Day 4

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Cody

As you leave Casper, consider making a stop at Independence Rock State Historic Site. This landmark along the Oregon Trail served as a gathering point for pioneers heading westward.

About halfway between Casper and Shoshoni, you’ll encounter “Hell’s Half Acre”, a unique geological formation featuring rugged terrain and deep canyons. You may consider taking a break to explore this otherworldly landscape and learn about its history as a filming location for movies and TV shows.

At Thermopolis you can visit Hot Springs State Park to soak in the mineral-rich waters of the thermal pools and visit the Wyoming Dinosaur Centre to see dinosaur skeletons found in the area.

Arrive in Cody, known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” and named after the legendary showman Buffalo Bill Cody. You can learn more at the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, a complex of museums dedicated to the art, history, and culture of the American West.

    Casper > Cody | 216 miles

    Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village or similar

Ghost town, Cody, Wyoming

Day 5

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The Beartooth Highway

As you head northwest from Cody towards the Montana border, you’ll travel along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. This panoramic route offers breathtaking views of the Absaroka Mountains, rugged canyons, and alpine meadows.

Near the town of Cooke City, you’ll have the opportunity to drive the iconic Beartooth Highway. This scenic byway is one of the most spectacular drives in the United States, offering jaw-dropping views of the Beartooth Mountains, alpine lakes, and glaciated valleys. Stop at the Top of the World Store for refreshments and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Next you will be entering the iconic Yellowstone National Park. You may choose to explore some of the park’s geothermal features, such as the Norris Geyser Basin. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, located near the Canyon Village area of the park. Marvel at the canyon’s towering waterfalls, including the Lower Falls and Upper Falls, and hike along the rim for stunning views of the rugged canyon walls and the Yellowstone River below.

Continue on to West Yellowstone, located just outside the park’s western entrance. In the evening you can explore the town’s charming shops, restaurants, and museums

    Cody > West Yellowstone | 166 miles

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Day 6

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Yellowstone National Park

Today you can enjoy a full day within Yellowstone National Park.

Witness the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser erupting approximately every 90 minutes, shooting boiling water and steam into the air.

Marvel at the vibrant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the United States and one of Yellowstone’s most iconic features. The spring’s rainbow-like hues are created by heat-loving bacteria that thrive in the hot, mineral-rich water.

Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Mammoth Hot Springs, a complex of terraces formed by mineral deposits from hot springs. Take a boardwalk tour of the terraces to see colourful formations, steaming pools, and cascading mineral-laden waterfalls.

Yellowstone is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bison, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, and moose. Keep an eye out for these iconic species as you explore the park, especially in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, which are known for their abundant wildlife sightings.

    Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Day 7

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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.

Start 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.

    West Yellowstone > Jackson Hole | 117 miles

    Snow King Resort Jackson Hole or similar

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Day 8

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Salt Lake City

As you leave Jackson Hole, you’ll travel through Snake River Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by the Snake River. Stop at overlooks along the way to admire the rugged cliffs, rushing river, and abundant wildlife, including bald eagles and bighorn sheep.

Just north of the Utah border, you’ll encounter Bear Lake, a natural freshwater lake known for its stunning turquoise waters.

Drive through Logan Canyon, a picturesque canyon in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. There are scenic views of rugged cliffs, dense forests, and the winding Logan River. You can choose to stop at viewpoints such as Guinavah-Malibu Campground and Tony Grove Lake for photo opportunities and short walks.

Before reaching Salt Lake City, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. On arrival in Salt Lake City, the capital city of Utah, you explore Temple Square to see the Salt Lake Temple and other landmarks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explore museums such as the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum of Utah.

    Jackson Hole > Salt Lake City | 285 miles

    Hotel RL Salt Lake City or similar

Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 9

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Bryce Canyon National Park

As you head south from Salt Lake City, you’ll travel through Provo Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by the Provo River. Enjoy views of towering cliffs, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls as you drive along Highway 189. Consider stopping at Bridal Veil Falls, a popular waterfall accessible via a short hike.

As you continue south towards Bryce Canyon, you’ll have the opportunity to drive along Scenic Byway 12, one of the most scenic drives in the United States. This designated All-American Road traverses diverse landscapes, including red rock canyons, alpine forests, and high desert plateaux.

Before reaching Bryce Canyon National Park, make a stop at Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest. Here you can discover  the area’s colourful hoodoos and rock formations by hiking the Pink Ledges Trail.

On arrival at Bryce Canyon National Park, you can explore its otherworldly landscapes of hoodoos, spires, and natural amphitheaters. Take a scenic drive along the park’s rim roads,  and descend into the canyon on trails such as the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail.

    Salt Lake City > Bryce Canyon | 268 miles

    Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn or similar

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 10

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Lake Powell

Today you can drive through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast and rugged wilderness area known for its colourful canyons, sandstone formations, and archaeological sites. Stop at overlooks along Highway 89 for panoramic views of the monument’s dramatic landscapes, and consider taking a scenic detour to explore areas such as the Paria River Valley and Calf Creek Falls.

As you approach Page, you’ll encounter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a vast and scenic area that surrounds Lake Powell and the Colorado River. You can stop at overlooks such as Horseshoe Bend and Wahweap Overlook for stunning views of the canyon and river below. Consider taking a boat tour to explore the crystal-clear waters of Lake Powell and visit attractions such as Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

    Bryce Canyon > Page | 151 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Utah

Day 11

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Grand Canyon

Begin your journey by visiting Glen Canyon Dam, which creates Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Take a guided tour of the dam to learn about its construction and operation, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding canyon and lake from the visitor centre.

As you continue south on Highway 89, you’ll cross the Colorado River at Navajo Bridge. You can stop at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Centre to learn about the bridge’s history and the cultural significance of the area to the Navajo Nation. You can also enjoy views of the river and nearby Marble Canyon from the bridge’s pedestrian walkway.

You will drive through Kaibab National Forest as you approach the Grand Canyon. You will pass through dense pine forests, rolling meadows, and high desert plateaux along the way.

At the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, take in breathtaking views of the canyon from overlooks such as Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Desert View.

Hike along the rim or visit the park’s visitor centres to join a ranger-led program to learn more about the canyon’s geology, ecology, and history.

    Page > Grand Canyon | 133 miles

    Yavapai Lodge Grand Canyon or similar

Grand Canyon

Day 12

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Discover Las Vegas

Drive from the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon to the bright lights of Las Vegas for a real change in scenery!

Las Vegas is a different type of playground. From the fantastic live shows to the excitement of the huge casinos, spend the day exploring the city that never sleeps.

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

    Grand Canyon > Las Vegas | 279 miles

    Planet Hollywood Resort or similar

Las Vegas at Night

Day 13

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Las Vegas

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.

You can choose to take in a Las Vegas Show or try your hand at Blackjack in one of the sprawling casinos.

    Planet Hollywood Resort or similar

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

Day 14

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Death Valley

Drive on towards the border with California. Here you will encounter the dramatic scenery of Death Valley National Park, America’s lowest, hottest and driest National Park.

Despite its morbid name and reputation, Death Valley National Park is home to more than three million acres of dramatic landscapes including tall peaks and salt flats below sea-level. Seek out the panoramic views at Zabriskie Point, the volcanic colours of Artists Palette and salt crust at Badwater Basin.

    Las Vegas > Death Valley | 124 miles

    The Ranch at Death Valley or similar

Death Valley, California, America

Day 15

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Mammoth Lakes

Before leaving Death Valley, consider visiting the Furnace Creek Visitor Centre to learn about the park’s geology, history, and natural wonders.

As you approach the Eastern Sierra, consider taking a detour to visit Alabama Hills, a stunning landscape of granite rock formations and arches. Explore the area on foot or by car to discover natural arches such as Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch, and enjoy panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.

Mammoth Lakes is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Sierra Nevada range, with stunning vistas of peaks such as Mammoth Mountain, Crystal Crag, and the Minarets. Mammoth Lakes is also home to several natural hot springs, where you can relax and unwind in mineral-rich thermal waters.

    Death Valley > Mammoth Lakes | 219 miles

    Cielo Hotel Bishop-Mammoth, an Ascend Hotel Collection or similar

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, USA

Day 16

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Yosemite National Park

Today you can drive over the Tioga-Pass to reach Yosemite National Park. Take your time and enjoy the meandering drive into the park, the views get better with every turn.

There are photo opportunities aplenty as you drive through Yosemite. Capture the iconic Sequoia trees, granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, and the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View.

    Mammoth Lakes > Yosemite National Park | 105 miles

    Yosemite View Lodge or similar

Yosemite National Park, California

Day 17

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The Pacific Coast

Take in the morning sunshine in Yosemite National Park before making your way back to civilization and the city of San Francsico.

Home of the majestic Wine Country and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is well-known for its historic cable cars and bustling Union Square. Enjoy your first evening along the colourful waterfront.

We recommend dropping off your car at the depot this afternoon to save some money, as parking charges in the city can be quite costly.

    Yosemite National Park > San Francisco | 196 milesSan Francisco | 196 miles

    Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Day 18

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Explore San Francisco

Today, you are free to discover the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Perhaps take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square, or visit the famous Alcatraz Island.

This evening, dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to the very Italian flavoured North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.

Optional Experience – San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
See San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus! This is a fully narrated sightseeing tour. Enjoy the city lights and skyline on the Night Loop.

Optional Experience – Alcatraz Island Tour
Welcome to Alcatraz; once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. Delve into the island’s remarkable history on this essential tour.

    Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

Day 19

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Farewell from San Francisco

Your journey from the Rockies to the Pacific comes to an end today.

You can choose to stay a little longer in San Francisco to soak up more of the city, or transfer independently, at your leisure to San Francisco International Airport, in time to check-in for your return flight.

Alamo Square, San Francisco, California

This Self Drive Includes

18 nights hotel and lodge accommodation
19 days car rental with unlimited mileage

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Rockies to Pacific fly drive and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Denver, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Yosemite or any location on your route
  • Upgrade your car to an SUV, 4×4 or electric vehicle
  • Speak to your travel consultant about adding in further experiences during your holiday

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.

Rockies to Pacific

19 day Fly Drive – from £1989

With flights from £2789

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.

Map

Rockies to Pacific Map