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Ultimate Southwest

Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Las Vegas, Yosemite, San Fran, Big Sur, Los Angeles, San Diego & More

This Southwest Road Trip is full of stunning beauty throughout! Tick off National and State Parks as well as incredible cities and towns. Visit Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California on this three week adventure.


Ultimate Southwest 21 nights

Remember, any and all of our pre packaged road trips, can be altered to meet your exact needs and wants. Do you have more or less than 21 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

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Desert Sunsets

Day 1

Arrive in Scottsdale

After touching down in Phoenix, you'll pick up your rental car at the airport and take a short drive to one of the amazing resort hotels found in Scottsdale or neighbouring Carefree to the north.

  • Key location: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ

Hello Grand Canyon!

Day 2

The majesty of Grand Canyon National Park

The world's largest and most well known geological wonder is just staggering. Two billion years in the making, the Colorado River has forged a mile deep, 18 miles wide and 277-mile long gouge into Arizona. On your way to the Grand Canyon, you'll pass by the charming spa town of Sedona and funky Flagstaff too.

  • Key location: Grand Canyon NP
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • 237 Miles

Monument Valley at Dusk

Day 3

Make you way to Monument Valley

Put your spurs and chaps on, and head to cowboy country. As you cross the Utah and Arizona border you’ll witness proud and majestic “Mittens” of Monument Valley made up of every shade of orange and red. Spend the night on Navajo Territory taking in the view.

  • Key location: Monument Valley
  • Monument Valley
  • 180 Miles

Bryce Canyon NP

Day 4

Bryce Canyon NP via Page

Drive west over to Bryce Canyon, famous for its unique geology consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is a small park but packs in slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos". En route you'll pass by the town of Page, home of the incredible Antelope Canyon - this is the most photographed slot canyon in the southwest of America.

  • Key location: Bryce Canyon NP
  • Bryce Canyon NP
  • 279 Miles

Zions wonderful trails

Day 5

Visit heaven on Earth

Emerald pools, lush green trees, rust red canyon walls and crystal clear skies are all crammed into this narrow valley. This combination of colours is a visual delight and the park's trails offer many more. Zion National Park is one The American Road Trip Company’s favourite destinations.

  • Key location: Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • 72 Miles

Autumn Leaves in Zion

Day 6

Explore Zions' natural beauty

More time to wander the trails and take in the geological wonders of Zion National Park. You may want to try and tackle Angel's Landing trail, culminating at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent 360-degree views over the valley below. Alternatively, walk the famous 'Narrows' which are often knee deep in water. Tonight, enjoy a meal in the town of Springdale, with plenty of local options to choose from.

  • Key location: Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park

Welcome to Vegas!

Day 7

Man made wonder - Las Vegas

Head west to Las Vegas today. Once you’ve checked into your Las Vegas hotel, get dressed up and hit the tables, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, take the time to relax at your hotel around the pool.

  • Key location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 162 Miles

Fountains at The Bellagio

Day 8

Stay out on the Strip

Wake up in the luxury of your Las Vegas hotel. With so many first-class cuisine, shopping and entertainment options to choose from, you'll have plenty to keep you busy today. Alternatively if you just want to relax, then why not just spend the day by the pool. We also recommend visiting one of the over the top buffets in the hotels. Just make sure you are hungry when you go, the range and quality of the food is amazing value!

  • Key location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV

Death Valley roads!

Day 9

Leaving Las Vegas for Death Valley

Death Valley has an extreme climate and geology. The roads here are superb, dipping and leaning around curves before straightening out as you dip to 85m below sea level in the salt flats of Badwater. You'll finish your drive on the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It's one of the longer driving days but carries with it three awesome experiences.

  • Key location: Death Valley NP
  • Death Valley NP
  • 233 Miles

Crystal Clear Waters

Day 10

Yosemite awaits

Drive north up the scenic Highway 395, with deserts to the right and alpine mountains to the left. Once you reach the weird and wonderful Mono Lake, you can head west over the Tioga Pass (June-October) and into majestic Yosemite National Park.

  • Key location: Yosemite NP
  • Yosemite NP
  • 182 Miles

Half Dome

Day 11

A full day to explore the beauty of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is over 1,000 square kilometres of nature at its very best. The most visited area of the Park is the Valley Floor where you'll find vast rock faces, abundant wildlife, staggering views and stunning waterfalls. Leave enough time to visit Glacier Point, which we believe offers the best views in all Yosemite.

  • Key location: Yosemite NP
  • Yosemite NP

Picturesque Napa Valley

Day 12

Leave the mountains and enter the Valleys

You don't have to like wine to enjoy this beautiful area. These two neighbouring valleys offer stunning scenery made up of perfectly manicured vineyards stretching across rolling hills which can be enjoyed by car or even by an early morning hot air balloon ride. This is a foodies’ heaven too, with places like Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and French Laundry, and if you happen to like wine then visit one of the hundreds of vineyard tours available in either Sonoma or Napa Valley.

  • Key location: Napa Valley, CA
  • Napa Valley, CA
  • 190 Miles

'The Painted Ladies'

Day 13

Across the Golden Gate

Spanning the headlands of San Fran and Marin County, one of the worlds most beautiful bridges is a delightful experience whether you walk, bike or drive across. You can also gain stunning views of the bridge and the city beyond by driving up Conzelman Road on the north side of the bridge. Once you hit town, you’ll be able to explore the cities iconic places.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 60 Miles


Day 14

The City by the Bay

Once the fog lifts, one of America’s favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the streets and get into the vibe that only this city can offer. Full of Victorian charm, famous movie locations and wealthy tech companies, this city has it all and is rightly considered one of America’s favourite cities.

  • Key location: San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

Whales in the Bay

Day 15

Magnificent Monterey Bay

Monterey was once California’s capital of the whaling and sardine industry, however, today it's best known for the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium that presides on Cannery Row. The focus now is on marine education and preservation. Want to experience the bay area first hand? Take a whale watching trip during spring or autumn. In the early evening, cruise along the famous “17-Mile Drive” on your way to Carmel-by-the-Sea. You’ll pass millionaire mansions, Pebble Beach Golf Club and a beautiful rugged coastline along the way.

  • Key location: Monterey, CA
  • Carmel, CA
  • 124 Miles

Carmel Beach

Day 16


Carmel-by-the-Sea has two world-class beaches backed by a gorgeous small town made up of beautiful homes, restaurants and quaint streets. To the north is the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and to the south is Big Sur starting with the wild and wonderful Point Lobos which can be enjoyed through the many short walks.

  • Key location: Carmel, CA
  • Carmel, CA

Big Sur, Bixby bridge

Day 17

Journey along The Big Sur

Big Sur is arguably the best driving experience in all America. Enjoy the winding roads, State Parks and stunning vistas. Along the way, Hearst Castle perches on “The Enchanted Hill” and overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Hearst Castle is truly the product of one man's ambition, wealth and imagination, if you're keen to visit here then an overnight in Cambria is key as there's a lot to see. Onwards to Santa Barbara, built in a charming Mediterranean style - thus making it one of the Central coast's highlights.

  • Key location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 231 Miles

Santa Monica Pier

Day 18

Cruise down to Los Angeles

Today you’ll continue driving south down the Pacific Coast Highway passing Malibu’s beaches and coastal homes until you reach Santa Monica in Los Angeles. Santa Monica with its “Baywatch” beaches and old-fashioned Pier is a highlight. Hire a bike and cruise the boardwalk down to Venice Beach or shop your heart out on 3rd Street Promenade.

  • Key location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 94 Miles

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Day 19

Iconic Hollywood sights

Hollywood is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved on to other parts of town it's still fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the handprints of your favourite movie stars. Just a short drive northeast of here lies the Griffith Observatory, perched high on a hill overlooking the urban sprawl of LA, this recently renovated landmark is well worth a visit.

  • Key location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 0 Miles

Balboa Park

Day 20

Sun drenched San Diego

A short drive down to San Diego along the final stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south you can stop by the exclusive towns of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in Orange County. Also be sure to check out Torrey Pine State Reserve just north of San Diego. This glorious spot is right on the road, enjoy beaches, coastal trails and spectacular views. Other highlights in San Diego include Balboa Park, Gaslamp District and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

  • Key location: San Diego, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • 128 Miles

Sunsets on the beach

Day 21

Explore San Diego

After three weeks exploring, maybe it's time to just relax by the hotel pool or chill on Coronado Beach? If you're looking to do more, your personalised Road Trip Pack has more on the local attractions such as Cabrillo National Monument, USS Midway Museum and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Tomorrow you'll return your car at the airport before flying back to the UK.

  • Key location: San Diego, CA
  • San Diego, CA

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