It’s the all-American dream holiday: a cross-country road trip, car top pulled down, wind whipped hair and the perfect road trip playlist on the stereo. Having talked for a number of years about doing a road trip around the South Western US states, our travellers Martha and Nigel finally took the plunge and had the most unforgettable three weeks, seeing some of America’s most iconic sights from the Grand Canyon to Golden Gate Bridge and Monument Valley and driving nearly 4000km embracing every type of scenery imaginable.
Follow them on this amazing tour!
San Francisco, California
A mosaic of colorful, distinctive neighborhoods, a city of trend-setting high fashion and famous postcard views. San Francisco: the home of hills and valleys, of dreamers and trailblazers, of hippies and hipsters. From the gold rush to the Golden Gate, the City by the Bay has always basked in the glow of its colorful and celebrated history and world-renowned landmarks.
Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid setting that changes hourly with the light. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires and domes.
Monument Valley, Arizona
Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation tribal park, straddling the border of northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah of the Colorado Plateau. It preserves the Navajo way of life and some of the most striking and recognizable landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas and spires in the entire Southwest.
Nestled in the towering San Juans, Telluride offers abundant trout fishing and hiking opportunities in summer, plus downhill and cross country skiing in winter. One of the world’s most beautiful ski resorts, this former gold rush town has been popular with skiers since the ’70s. Walk, catch free shuttles or soar to 9500 feet on the Mountain Village gondola.
Page is a small town in northern Arizona located on the southern shores of magnificent Lake Powell, carved out of the rocky terrain. Ideal for exploring many of the American Southwest’s national parks and monuments, and discovering the unique culture of the Navajo Nation. It overlooks the dramatic Glen Canyon Dam and the surrounding canyons, arches and historical Native ruins.
St. George, Utah
Central to some of the most dramatic natural beauty in the American West, from the Mojave Desert to Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountains. A place where the colors will astound you, where the trails are endless and the views are elevated. It offers tremendous scenery and great opportunity for adventures.
Las Vegas, Nevada
One of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, an artificial desert oasis that whimsically caters to all tastes, with outrageous nightclubs, luxuriant spas, superstar chefs’ restaurants, bling-bling boutiques, skyscraping thrill rides, and even educational museums and wildlife preserves. The Strip featuring glam casino resorts is the city’s spine, while old-school downtown still captures a vintage Vegas vibe.
Palm Springs, California
This sun drenched desert oasis vacation destination is returning to its glory days as a Hollywood playground, a central gathering spot for modern architectural design aficionados, musicians and artists drawn by nature’s inspiration. Palm Springs sits at the foot of Mt. San Jacinto and it’s the site of many winter tourists, Hollywood productions and golf tournaments.
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