American Outback - 15 day Self Drive with flights


Las Vegas | Zion | Bryce Canyon | Moab | Grand Junction | Vail | Colorado Springs | Denver

This captivating self-drive adventure will take you through the American outback, starting in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. Journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Zion National Park, where red rock canyons and towering sandstone peaks await. Explore the otherworldly hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the rugged beauty of Capitol Reef. In Moab, discover thrilling biking trails and the iconic Colorado River.

Continue through Grand Junction, Vail, and Colorado Springs, each offering unique outdoor experiences, from mountain biking in Vail to hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Finally, conclude your journey in Denver, where the historic downtown, cultural landmarks, and a bustling food scene provide a fitting end to your unforgettable road trip.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 15 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 14 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 15 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Las Vegas, Nevada

    Hotel: The LINQ Hotel & Casino 4*

    Arrive at Las Vegas International Airport and proceed independently to your hotel.

    Explore beyond the lights of Las Vegas by taking a short journey to Red Rock Canyon, just a few miles west of Sin City in Nevada's Mojave Desert. Immerse yourself in the geologic wonders of Red Rock Canyon, featuring towering sandstone peaks against the backdrop of a red-hued sky, seasonal waterfalls, and impressive boulders. With a selection of over 20 diverse trails, you can choose to experience the area by hiking through deep canyons or biking along the one-way Scenic Drive. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Centre, where you can explore both indoor and outdoor exhibits, observe desert tortoise habitats, and receive valuable hike recommendations.

  • Day 3

    Zion National Park, Utah - 186 Miles

    Hotel: Zion Mountain Ranch 3*

    As you leave the vibrant city of Las Vegas behind, set your course towards southwest Utah, where Zion National Park awaits—a land once tread upon by ancient native people and pioneers. Within the park's majestic surroundings, capture the essence of some of the most picturesque canyon country in the United States. Immerse yourself in the history of the land, discovering the footsteps of those who came before you, and gain insights into the park's diverse wildlife, featuring over 1,000 species of plants.

    The following day, delve into Zion National Park on foot, selecting from a range of enticing hiking trails. Zion's efficient shuttle system facilitates easy access to your chosen trailheads. Among the options are Chamberlain’s Ranch, the primary starting point for the Zion Narrows Top-Down hike, Birch Hollow, a favoured route for canyoneering enthusiasts, and East Rim, frequently utilized by hikers aiming for Observation Point, Weeping Rock, and Deertrap Mountain.

    As you continue your exploration, take a cultural detour to the Zion Human History Museum. Here you can immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of American Indian Culture and pioneer settlement.

  • Day 5

    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - 60 Miles

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon 3*

    Following your excursion to Zion, venture into another of Utah's distinctive wonders at Bryce Canyon National Park. Renowned for its captivating rock formations known as hoodoos, the park boasts four main viewpoints and a series of natural amphitheatres or bowls. Among the top hikes to embark upon are the Navajo Loop, a trail highly favoured by visitors for its popularity, the Fairland Loop, offering picturesque views of hoodoo architectures, and Sunset Point, where you can engage in birdwatching and savour panoramic vistas over the Silent City.

    For those craving a more adventurous thrill, consider renting an ATV to explore the Red Canyon and the adjacent National Forest. This adds an extra layer of excitement to your journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the region from a different perspective.

  • Day 6

    Moab, Utah - 246 Miles

    Hotel: Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton 4*

    Embark on the next leg of your journey along Utah's picturesque Byway 12, nestled between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef in south-central Utah. Follow the meandering road through unforgettable landscapes that span the remnants of ancient seabeds to one of the world's highest alpine forests, and from striking pink and russet stone turrets to expansive sagebrush flats.

    Continue on your scenic drive to Moab, a destination that draws visitors from around the globe eager to marvel at the red rock landscape of Arches National Park and enjoy the refreshing waters of the Colorado River. Over the next couple of days, immerse yourself in the welcoming small-town charm of Moab, where the weather is perfect for a variety of events, festivals, and outdoor activities. Moab boasts a diverse range of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. Explore the Morning Glory Bridge Trail, leading you to a 243-foot-long natural bridge. As the night descends, consider participating in a nighttime ranger program, which may include the option of stargazing, adding a celestial touch to your experience.

    Moab beckons cyclists of all levels with a diverse range of trails suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced riders, making it an ideal destination for a full day on the road. For those who prefer exploring by foot, Moab's surrounding area is teeming with amazing day-hike options, allowing you to intimately experience why Moab stands out as one of Utah's most unique destinations. Highlight trails include the Amphitheatre Loop, Corona Arch Trail, Fish Tower Trail, and Hidden Valley Trail, each offering a distinct and memorable perspective of this remarkable landscape.

  • Day 9

    Grand Junction, Colorado - 112 Miles

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction 4*

    After exploring some of Utah's premier destinations, you arrive in Grand Junction, situated in Colorado's Western Slope region. This city offers a plethora of activities to keep you engaged and entertained. Embark on an exploration of the trail-lined Colorado National Monument, featuring striking red sandstone monoliths and canyons. For a historical perspective and exciting insights into archaeological finds, consider following the Dinosaur Hill Interpretive Trail in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

  • Day 10

    Vail/Breckenridge, Colorado - 145 Miles

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Vail 4*

    Today, you arrive in Vail, an alpine village nestled within the White River National Forest and situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Vail is renowned for its winter sports, hiking opportunities, cultural festivals, and is particularly cherished by avid skiers.

    Immerse yourself further in the beauty of Vail Mountain by expanding your hiking horizons and tackling some of the area's epic trails. Seize the opportunity to revel in the vibrant wildflowers, capture breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges, and catch glimpses of the local wildlife. For an elevated experience, consider taking the optional Eagle Bahn Gondola, then follow the wooded Fireweed trail to Mid-Vail. Challenge yourself on the Berrypicker trail, and savour spectacular views along the Grand Escape trail.

    For an extra dose of adventure, explore Epic Discovery, where optional activities include zip lines, a mountain coaster, and more. This promises to add an exciting dimension to your Vail experience, ensuring your time in this alpine paradise is both invigorating and memorable.

  • Day 12

    Colorado Springs, Colorado - 170 Miles

    Hotel: The Broadmoor 5*

    Continue your journey with a visit to Breckenridge, a charming mining town and a favoured destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From there, drive onward to Hoosier Pass, marking the continental divide, and proceed to cross Wilkerson Pass, offering panoramic views of flatlands against a stunning mountain backdrop. As you reach the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, make your way to the nearby North Cheyenne Cañon Park on the southwest side of town.

    As your adventure draws to a close, make the most of your final full day in Colorado Springs. Begin by immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Garden of the Gods, where you can partake in free guided nature walks or embark on a self-guided hiking program available at the Visitor and Nature Centre. Following this, venture to the Broadmoor Seven Falls, where you can hike to Inspiration Point, a spot named in honour of the American poet, writer, and activist Helen Hunt. Conclude your day by dining at one of Colorado Springs' diverse restaurants, offering a range of experiences from high-end culinary delights to a rustic, outdoor farm-to-table supper. This ensures your last day in Colorado Springs is filled with memorable experiences and a taste of the local culture.

  • Day 14

    Denver, Colorado - 75 Miles

    Hotel: Hotel Teatro 4*

    Bid farewell to the mountainous landscapes as you embark on a leisurely drive to Denver, with the option to include a visit to the U.S. Airforce Academy, which is conveniently situated along the route. Once in Denver, delve into the historic downtown, dating back to the Old West era. Visit the mansion of the renowned Titanic survivor, Molly Brown, or opt to join a foodie tour to indulge in the flavours of this urban American metropolis, known for its abundance of 200 local breweries.

  • Day 15

    Depart Denver, Colorado

    As your adventure comes to a close, make your way to Denver International Airport on your own for your departure flight.

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Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include flights from the UK, pre-booked accommodation, car hire with unlimited mileage. Note: Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard. Prices based on travel in low season (November & December 2024). For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please contact us for details.

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