The National Parks Loop:
Arizona, Nevada, Utah & California

The National Parks Loop:
Arizona, Nevada, Utah & California

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Location: Nevada - Arizona - Utah - California*
Tour: Leisure
From: Las Vegas
To: Las Vegas (or San Francisco)
By: Private Car
Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Antelope, Arches, Bryce, Zion ++ Yosemite, Mammoth, San Francisco as Extension!
HOTEL + RENTAL CAR
Tour Duration
9-Day
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What exactly is the National Parks Loop?

One of the most unique areas in the US. Especially if you love the idea of visiting National Parks that protect formations dating back billions of years. From the Grand Canyons, one of the 7th wonders of the world, to the Arches of Utah and the blue waters of the Colorado River, you will be mesmerized by the scenery enveloping right before your eyes. Simply driving through canyons and valleys will entertain you. This is also the region rich in Native-American Heritage and you will be able to learn more about certain tribes' cultures and history.

This itinerary is planned so you visit the region in 9 days. As an option, we also provide an extension for those that are interested in visiting the Parks of California and San Francisco.

When to plan your South-West Vacation?

If you don't want to encounter any possibility of road closures due to winter-storms and snow, we recommend the months from May to October, especially late Spring and early Fall. Try to avoid the middle of Summer, especially August, a "tough" month due to the extreme heat. Although it is true, the weather tends to be a bit drier in the South-West with less humidity, still, once you reach 120F, believe me, you don't really care if it's humid or not!

DETAILED ITINERARY

STARTING FROM LAS VEGAS *

* NEW: Add The California Extension to reach San Francisco

Day 1: Las Vegas

Arrival at Las Vegas International, pick-up your rental car and check-in in Hotel.

Free time at your disposal to enjoy the nightlife of Fabulous Las Vegas.

Night: Las Vegas Hotel Luxor**** or similar




Day 2: Las Vegas

Enjoy a day exploring Las Vegas. You can do a tour or visit the old Las Vegas with the Fremont Experience or spend some time at the casino.

Vegas has plenty of attractions for the whole family!

Night: Las Vegas Hotel Luxor****




Day 3: Las Vegas > Grand Canyon

Leave the "lights" of the city behind you and drive East towards the Grand Canyon National Park.

Consider that you will need at least 4 hours to reach the National Park (275 miles.)

Free time to visit the park.

Night: Grand Canyon Yavapai Lodge*** or similar




Day 4: Grand Canyon > Horseshoe Bend > Lake Powell > Antelope Canyon

Another day exploring the great red rocks and other sand formations that characterized the states of Arizona and Utah.

You will stop by the Horseshoe Bend, visit Lake Powell, where you can stop for a boat excursion, and continue towards the Antelope Canyon.

Altogether you have approx. 126 miles to drive (2h20) but there are so many things to visit along the way, so we recommend starting early on.

Especially if you love the scenery and are into photography, remember that the best times to really experience these natural formations is during dawn and sunset, the golden and blue hours.

Night: Page Best Western at Lake Powell***




Day 5: Page > Mesa Verde National Park > Cortez

If you are up for an early rise, you may want to experience Sunrise in one of the canyons.
Continue to drive east towards Cortez and Mesa Verde National Park where you will be able to discover over 5,000 archeological sites which include 600 cliff dwellings dating back to over 3000 years ago!

On the way to Cortez, you will drive through the iconic Monument Valley and admire the incredible scenery. If you want, you can take a Navajo-led tour to learn more about the native tribe and their culture.

From Page to Cortez driving through Monument Valley, it will take you at least 4h15 to cover 245 miles.

Night: Cortez Baymont Inn & Suites** or similar




Day 6: Cortez > Arches National Park > Moab

Depending on what you were able to accomplish the day before, you might want to visit the Mesa Verde National Park this morning before leaving for Moab.

The drive between Cortez and Moab (Utah) is relatively "short", between 115 to 145 miles (depending on which road you take) to be done in 2 to 3 hours by car.

In the afternoon, you can visit the Arches National Park with its 2,000+ natural sandstone arches.

Night: Moab Comfort Suites Moab*** or similar




Day 7: Moab > Coral Reef > Bryce Canyon

In the morning, you will leave Moab to reach first the Coral Reef National Park (150 miles / 2h20) and then start driving south on the iconic UT-12 W to Bryce Canyon for over 125 miles of scenic roads.

Spend your afternoon enjoying Bryce Canyon.

Night: Bryce Best Western Plus Rubys Inn*** or similar




Day 8: Bryce Canyon > Zion > Vegas

Today, you will head toward Zion National Park located approx. 75 miles from Bryce. It shouldn't take you more than 1h30 to get there.

Explore the park that is so dear to the Mormon community.

Head back to Las Vegas for an evening arrival. You will have 170 miles more to go to reach Vegas (2h40)

Arrive in Vegas in the evening.

Night: Las Vegas Hotel Luxor**** or similar




Day 9: Vegas > End of service

Free morning - drive to the airport, drop off your rental car.

End of Service.

+ THE CALIFORNIA PARKS EXTENSION

If you are already over there, you might want to spend a few extra days to explore a couple of parks located in California; definitely worth your time!




Day 9: Las Vegas > Death Valley (via Shoshone)

After one more night of fun in Las Vegas, start heading towards the incredible Death Valley. You will drive it south-to-north stopping at the most iconic look-out points including Badwater Basin and Zabriskie point.

Night: Death Valley Ranch at Death Valley*** or similar




Day 10: Death Valley > Mammoth Lakes

Continue drive north towards Mammoth Lake, you will have about160 miles to go (2h45)

Check-in in Hotel and free time to explore the region.

Night: Mammoth Lakes Lake Mammoth Mountain Inn*** or similar




Day 11: Mammoth Lakes > Yosemite National Park

Drive the iconic CA-120 from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite (this is the road that in winter is closed) admiring the incredible panorama around you.

Free afternoon to explore Yosemite National Park.

Night: Yosemite Southgate hotel and suites*** or similar




Day 12: Yosemite > San Francisco

Enjoy the morning exploring some more areas of Yosemite National Park before heading back to San Francisco.

Consider it's about 3h20 by car (167 miles)

Once you arrive in San Francisco and check-in in your Hotel, we recommend dropping off your rental car since you don't need it to visit San Francisco.

Night: San Francisco Cova Hotel*** or similar




Day 13 & 14: San Francisco

2 full days to explore San Francisco and that it offers. From Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic neighborhoods of Chinatown and Ashbury Parks. You can even venture to Muir Woods to admire the giant sequoias and the lovely town of Sausalito.

Night: San Francisco Cova Hotel*** or similar




Day 15: San Francisco > End of Service

Free morning, airport transfer and end of service.

HOW MUCH & WHAT'S INCLUDED

The National Parks Loop:
Price in Double Room
Starting at $ 1115.00 per person
Price in Triple Room
Starting at $ 755.00 per person
Price in Quadruple Room
Starting at $ 625.00 per person

The National Parks Loop + The California Parks extension:
Price in Double Room
Starting at $ 1950.00 per person
Price in Triple Room
Starting at $ 1375.00 per person
Price in Quadruple Room
Starting at $ 1115.00 per person

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR & DRIVER/GUIDE + HOTEL & ACTIVITIES 
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HOTEL ROOM: Single Rooms also available. Ask for the price!

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International Flights

International flights are not included in the price of this package, but we can provide all the information and advice on the best and most convenient flights. We are here to help you in the search for international flights or if you need further help.