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Having visited the South West region many times before we fully appreciated the rejuvenating qualities of the long dry sunny days and the exceptional southwestern hospitality. By marrying this with visits to some of North America’s most spectacular National Parks we’ve created a holiday experience where you will see lots but return home feeling rejuvenated and wanting more.

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Day 1
Arrival Phoenix

Depart London Heathrow – 14:35
Arrive Phoenix – 17:10
Journey time – 10 hours 35 minutes

We are happy to assist with discounted parking and/or accommodation at Heathrow Airport if required, please ask a member of our team for recommendations and prices.

Phoenix Airport is excellent; being nothing like the size of other U.S. gateways you will appreciate the ease with which you can transit the airport.

On arrival take your complimentary Alamo transfer to the rental depot, a short 8 minute ride away. Your Complete North America package offers a fully inclusive rental vehicle so unless you wish to hire additional equipment you will have nothing else to pay.

The drive to your first hotel is a very straight forward as Phoenix is close to the beautiful desert resort of Scottsdale. You should just be in time for sunset across the spectacular desert scenery, look out for those iconic Cactus and perhaps the odd cowboy?!?!

Overnight – Scottsdale


Day 2
Scottsdale

If you like the idea of venturing out of your resort why not check out the historic old town or the myraid of fabulous shopping opportunities in the area. Visitors can also enjoy a multitude of outdoor adventures and activities including hot air balloon rides, off-road desert tours, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and more. Scottsdale is famous for golf with hundreds of courses to choose from in the area, so this provides yet another leisure option for you as you take the day to adjust to the time difference – or why not just sit back relax and enjoy your surroundings before embarking on your driving tour tomorrow.

Overnight – Scottsdale


Day 3
Scottsdale to Grand Canyon
259 miles

This drive will take you about 4.5 hours. A very straight forward drive, dual carriageway as far as Flagstaff from where we suggest you take the more scenic Highway 180 through the hills and forest that surround Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12633ft – watch out for deer and other wildlife along the route. … Then cameras at the ready as you enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Canyon.

Hot Tip  Be sure to purchase the National Park Pass at the entrance. Priced at $80 this pass is good for entrance to all National Parks in America for 12 months, without it you are likely to spend twice as much during this trip on entry fees.

After watching the sunset we’d suggest a nice meal back at the hotel and an early night, you might still be tiring early due to the jet lag and you have another fun filled day ahead tomorrow.

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park), AZ


Day 4
Grand Canyon to Springdale (Zion National Park)
250 miles

Start today by returning to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village and take Highway 64 East. This road will take you along the rim of the Grand Canyon where you can spend a couple of hours stopping at the pullouts for views across the magnificent Grand Canyon. Eventually you will leave the National Park boundaries and continue along US64 before joining the US89 North. You are now in the lands of the Navajo Indian Nation.

We suggest you take the scenic ALT89 highway towards Marble Canyon and Jacobs Lake and continuing on to the Zion National Park entrance. After entering the park you will enjoy many pullouts for photos as you descend down into the canyon of Zion National Park, this is a truly stunning part of the drive.

Eventually you will leave the park and almost immediately see the Cliffrose Lodge on your left on the edge of the community of Springdale. A well as being a lovely little property, the great advantage of staying here is that you can avoid the acute parking problems within the park and walk to the Visitor Centre from where the complimentary trolley tours along the Canyon depart from. You cannot drive your car along this route so the trolley tours are a must.

After a long drive and mindful that you have a full day tomorrow to explore the park tomorrow we suggest you relax and maybe take a stroll into the very pleasant community of Springdale where you will find some interesting shops and a small selection of excellent places to eat. The Bit & Spur does a tasty Mexican dish!

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park), UT

Hot Tip  The states of Utah and Colorado along with the Indian Reservation Lands observe daylight saving time and so are 7 hours behind the U.K. Arizona does not and so is 8 hours behind the U.K. It’s good tip make a note of this as it can become confusing as you move locations.


Day 5
Zion National Park

The Pioneer Lodge Restaurant in the heart of Springdale does a hearty breakfast, the ideal preparation before you head for the Visitors Center at the park entrance. Leave you car at your lodge and walk into the park, the trolley tours operate constantly all day and there are too many stops to count as the trolley buses amble along the Canyon. You can hop on and off at all these points where you will find a selection of short walks and longer hikes. The Visitor Center has details so you can select something that suits you. The Museum stop is a must.

After a leisurely day in beautiful Zion National Park return to the Lodge to relax and maybe take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool before grabbing a bite to east in Springdale – tomorrow you head for Bryce!

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park), UT


Day 6
Springdale (Zion National Park) to Bryce Canyon National Park
88 miles

Take the same route out of the park today; it’s amazing how driving the same route in a different direction gives you a whole new perspective. You have a leisurely 2 hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park today and we suggest you set out early so as to get to Bryce and spend at least a good afternoon there.

It’s because of the relatively short drive to Bryce that we are only recommending 1 night here. If you arrive by lunchtime today you will be able to drive to all of the look out points in the park in the afternoon giving you a reasonable overview of the park, you can then check-in at Best Western Bryce Grand Hotel at the end of the day. For those wishing to take advantage of the superb hiking opportunities at Bryce we would suggest an additional night.

The visitor Center in Bryce at the entrance is well worth visiting to see a free video presentation and to check on current weather conditions. Due to the high elevation of the park snowfall is common right up until the middle of May. Bryce is a stunningly beautiful site, very different to anything else you will see, perhaps the highlight being the view from Bryce Point – the pictures give you an idea of what to expect but in no way capture the impressive experience of actually being there.

Sunrise and sunset are particularly good opportunities to take some fabulous pictures. The sunlight brings out quirt amazing colours in the red rock. The times are posted daily at the visitor centre and I would recommend you go to Bryce Point.

An added bonus during the summer months is a Rodeo located 1 mile outside the park. This runs nightly Monday – Saturday from Memorial Day (End of May) until mid-September. This is a great western experience, it’s starts at 7pm and we would recommend you go along.

Overnight – Bryce Canyon City, UT


Day 7
Bryce Canyon National Park to Torrey (Capitol Reef National Park)
85 miles

Highway 12 from Bryce to Torrey is a designated Scenic Byway and it does not disappoint. A little more challenging than you will have had in past days with more steep hills to climb, lots of tight turns and switch backs. You climb up to about 10000 feet at one point, remember to watch out for the wildlife it’s not uncommon for deer to step out into the road in front of you.

If you made an early start as we suggest from Bryce it will probably be a little too early to check-in so we suggest you continue along highway 24 for approx 11 miles to Capitol Reef National Park visitor centre.

Capitol Reef is impressive, large canyon like mountains in dramatic colours. There is a one-way scenic drive from the visitor centre with unpaved roads leading off this that take you deep into canyons and gorges. In accordance with your car rental insurance you should not really take these routes but it would be a shame to miss out and the tracks are really quite smooth. Upgrading to a 4×4 SUV would certainly be an advantage in this situation. The experience of driving between the sheer rock faces and enjoying the short hikes at the end of ‘Grand Wash’ and ‘Capitol Gorge’ were very rewarding.

Other attraction at Capitol Reef include early Mormon settlement buildings including a preserved school house and Petroglyphs (Rock drawings by Fremont Indians circa AD700).

Overnight – Torrey, UT

Hot Tip

We’ve found that visiting a restaurant for breakfast each morning for 2 weeks can become a bit much. Consider buying a cheap toaster (You can get them for about $20) and try toasted bagels with some cream cheese and a coffee in your room, it’s quick and ideal where you want to make an early start. America loves it’s bagels so there are lots of different varieties.


Day 8
Torrey (Capitol Reef National Park) to Moab 250 miles

There are 2 possible routes you could take to Moab but you should definitely take our suggested route following highway 24 east and then highway 95 south through White Canyon. Another designated scenic route, this really is a lovely drive where if you have it you can engage the cruise control for large parts of the drive and the beautiful scenery that surrounds.

We love the town of Moab, surrounded by beautiful red rock hills it has a slightly carefree feel, probably much to do with the activity based focus of the town as Moab is considered the mountain biking capital of the world due to the large number of exceptional slick rock trails in the region. You can also enjoy river rafting and jeep trips from here also.

The reason we have brought you to Moab for 2 nights is so that you can visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Depending on your arrival time you could visit one of them this afternoon all leave both until tomorrow. Both warrant 4 hours really as there is some nice short walks at both.

Overnight – Moab, UT


Day 9
Moab

As we previously said we have given you a full day to enjoy Moab and in particular the excellent National Parks of Arches and Canyonlands we would suggest 4 hours in each. If you are looking for a short pleasant walk I would recommend the trail to Landscape Arch which is about 2 miles roundtrip. There are a number of longer well-marked trails in both parks if you would prefer.

At the end of the busy day choose from the many places to eat along the main street or if you want a tip, visit the Moab Brewery, where they have a great restaurant and you have the chance to enjoy some of the locals beers brewed on-site. Another good place to eat is ‘Zax’ located on the main street, just a very short walk from your hotel, it’s nice to sit on the outside patio here to eat and do a little people watching on Main Street. Both offer a wide variety of American style food.

Moab enjoys excellent weather for the most part all the way through the summer months, already reaching the mid 70’s in April continuing up to 100 in July and only dropping to the mid 70’s again in October. There is very little rainfall during the summer. These temperatures are an average.

If you managed to squeeze one of the National Parks in yesterday or would rather try a little adventure today there are numerous outfitters, and tour companies dotted along the main street where you can book on to organized cycle tours, jeeps tours and of course river rafting trips. If you would prefer Complete North America can arrange rafting trips for you in advance of your arrival in Moab.

Overnight – Moab, UT


Day 10
Moab to Mesa Verde National Park
130 miles

A pretty straight forward drive, nothing much to see on en-route so suggest you dead head straight for Mesa Verde National Park. Once again our plan works on the presumption that you will start out early for this 2 hour drive and get yourself to Mesa Verde ideally by 12 noon. The climb up into Mesa Verde from the entrance is steep with lots of switchbacks and will take you about 45 minutes to reach the visitor centre at the top.

Mesa Verde National Park is home to the ancestral pueblo cliff dwellings, which date back to the late 1200’s. These people built elaborate small villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. A visit to Mesa Verde is quite unique and you should allow at least an afternoon here to visit the remains and enjoy the scenery.

On arrival do go to the visitor centre and book yourself on one of the ranger-guided tours which operate every hour, you can then plan the rest of your afternoon in Mesa Verde around this as everything is driveable with ample parking at all pull outs of points of interest. The tours are only a few dollars and they will take you right into the cliff dwelling remains. Both are a little adventurous and required some ladder climbing to reach them but nothing too scary. Balcony House is a little more strenuous than the tour of Cliff Palace but both are exceptionally rewarding and interesting experiences.

Overnight – Mesa Verde National Park, CO 

Hot Tip There is an exceptional restaurant we can pesonally recommend at Far View Lodge in Mesa Vedge National Park – a total surprise and quite unlike National Park accommodation! The restaurant has stunning views of the canyons and valleys so even if you have to wait awhile ask for a table near the window. If you do have to wait go upstairs for a drink in the small bar where there is a patio balcony.


Day 11
Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley
235 miles

If you wanted to go straight to Monument Valley then it is in fact only 150 miles and if you want to do a horse back ride or jeep tour around the valley then this is what you should do. We recommend that before heading for your night in Monument Valley you head south west for a stop at For Corners (The only place in America where 4 states meet) and then continue south to the town of Chinle and the impressive Canyon De Chelly National Monument.

At Chinle you are deep in the heart of the Navajo Nation so it’s an education to see how the community is living. Chinle is not particularly impressive which is why we recommend doing a driving along either the north or south rim of Canyon De Chelly before continuing on to Monument Valley. If you are happy to do either one or the other and stop at most of the pull outs for viewing then you should allow 2-3 hours. If you wanted to take one of the available jeep rides down into the Canyon you should allow longer and consider an overnight stop here. The Canyon is very interesting with small ancestral Indian ruins and ‘Hogans’ – small traditional huts that the Navajo farmers still live in to this day.

The drive from Chinle to Monument Valley will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes as you approa
ch Monument Valley is really quite spectacular.

Where availability permits we look to book you into Gouldings Lodge where every room enjoys a superb view of Monument Valley… This is a very good reason to book early with us. If we are unable to obtain a rooms at Gouldings Lodge, or indeed The View Hotel**, we will use one of a variety of motels in the nearby community of Kayenta (About 15 minutes away). Gouldings lodge was one of the first trading posts in the west set up by Harry Goulding to trade with the Indians. It is also famous for featuring in many famous western movie classics featuring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Parts of the movie Back To The Future were also filmed here. There is a museum on site, which is well worth a visit.

** For a supplementary cost, subject to availability, ask us about staying at The View Hotel – built and staffed mostly by Navajo, opened in December 2008 – each room enjoys the iconic view of the “mittens”.

Overnight – Monument Valley, UT


Day 12
Monument Valley to Sedona
265 miles

At 265 miles we’ve built in the option here to go up to Lake Powell before heading south to Sedona. If you were to go directly to Sedona and miss out Lake Powell then the journey would be 180 miles. If you set out early from Monument Valley you can get up to Lake Powell for lunch at the Lake Powell Resort overlooking the lake, however if you wanted to do one of the boat trips then we would need to look at timings for this. After lunch at Lake Powell continue south to Oak Creek Canyon and the beautiful red rock town of Sedona, your final destination.

As you leave Interstate 17 on U.S. highway 89A you will start to descend quite rapidly into Oak Creek Canyon, this part of the drive is particularly scenic.

Overnight – Sedona, AZ


Day 13 & 14
Sedona

We want you to return to the U.K. not just raving about the wonderful things you have seen but feeling rejuvenated and not needing another holiday to get over this one. So kick back enjoy the lazy pace of life in beautiful Sedona, soak up some sun and take it easy.

So what can Sedona offer you? You will find world-class works of art created by the best local artisans located throughout the resort. Restaurants, nightlife, art galleries and shopping are just a five-minute walk away. For the adventurous at heart, unique activities ranging from Jeep tours and hot air balloon rides to spectacular hikes – all in what USA Today calls “the most beautiful place in America.” Or just relax and enjoy the rejuvenating energy of Sedona’s red earth and red rocks with a pampering massage, facial or a dip in the refreshing pool.

Despite this land’s myriad geological features, many tourists relate Sedona’s exceptional charm to the fact that visitors conveniently can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on trails and dirt roads that crisscross this area, and then enjoy the comfort of a prestigious resort at night. Indeed, this is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: luxurious resorts, unique shops, impressive art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in an unusually rugged canyon surrounded by an expansive national forest.

Overnight – Sedona, AZ


Day 15
Sedona to Phoenix Airport
115 miles

Today is a very easy 2.5-hour drive back along Interstate 17 and the airport is well signposted. With an evening departure you have no need to rush, take your time at the resort, enjoy breakfast before heading out.

Follow the signposting to car rental returns where you will clearly find the Alamo depot. Follow the signposts to the car return aisle then wait with your vehicle for the Alamo agent to check the car over and issue you with your receipt before boarding the transfer back to the terminal. Be sure to advise the driver which airline you are with before boarding the bus as different buses go to different terminals.

Depart Phoenix – 1925
Arrive London Heathrow – 1310 (Next Day)
Journey Time – 9hr 50mins

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Moab, UT Best Western Canyonlands Inn Standard room
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Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

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  • Horseback riding
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You will marvel at the contrast between the stunning mountain scenery found in the Colorado towns of Estes Park and Aspen to the red rock canyons of Moab or Bryce and Zion National Parks and of course the majestic Grand Canyon.

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We have included multiple 2 night stops along the way so that you will have time to really experience & enjoy many of the “must do’s & must see’s” that this amazing area has to offer.

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It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

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The motivation behind the creation of this itinerary was a desire to have something that combined arguably the most impressive scenery in North America with some ‘Chill Out’ time, a combination we often sought with our own personal holidays.

Day 1
Arrival Phoenix

Depart London Heathrow – 14:35
Arrive Phoenix – 17:10
Journey time – 10 hours 35 minutes

We are happy to assist with discounted parking and/or accommodation at Heathrow Airport if required, please ask a member of our team for recommendations and prices.

Phoenix Airport is excellent; being nothing like the size of other U.S. gateways you will appreciate the ease with which you can transit the airport.

On arrival take your complimentary Alamo transfer to the rental depot, a short 8 minute ride away. Your Complete North America package offers a fully inclusive rental vehicle so unless you wish to hire additional equipment you will have nothing else to pay.

The drive to your first hotel is a very straight forward as Phoenix is close to the beautiful desert resort of Scottsdale. You should just be in time for sunset across the spectacular desert scenery, look out for those iconic Cactus and perhaps the odd cowboy?!?!

Overnight – Scottsdale


Day 2
Scottsdale

If you like the idea of venturing out of your resort why not check out the historic old town or the myraid of fabulous shopping opportunities in the area. Visitors can also enjoy a multitude of outdoor adventures and activities including hot air balloon rides, off-road desert tours, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and more. Scottsdale is famous for golf with hundreds of courses to choose from in the area, so this provides yet another leisure option for you as you take the day to adjust to the time difference – or why not just sit back relax and enjoy your surroundings before embarking on your driving tour tomorrow.

Overnight – Scottsdale


Day 3
Scottsdale to Grand Canyon
259 miles

This drive will take you about 4.5 hours. A very straight forward drive, dual carriageway as far as Flagstaff from where we suggest you take the more scenic Highway 180 through the hills and forest that surround Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12633ft – watch out for deer and other wildlife along the route. … Then cameras at the ready as you enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Canyon.

Hot Tip  Be sure to purchase the National Park Pass at the entrance. Priced at $80 this pass is good for entrance to all National Parks in America for 12 months, without it you are likely to spend twice as much during this trip on entry fees.

After watching the sunset we’d suggest a nice meal back at the hotel and an early night, you might still be tiring early due to the jet lag and you have another fun filled day ahead tomorrow.

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park), AZ


Day 4
Grand Canyon to Springdale (Zion National Park)
250 miles

Start today by returning to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village and take Highway 64 East. This road will take you along the rim of the Grand Canyon where you can spend a couple of hours stopping at the pullouts for views across the magnificent Grand Canyon. Eventually you will leave the National Park boundaries and continue along US64 before joining the US89 North. You are now in the lands of the Navajo Indian Nation.

We suggest you take the scenic ALT89 highway towards Marble Canyon and Jacobs Lake and continuing on to the Zion National Park entrance. After entering the park you will enjoy many pullouts for photos as you descend down into the canyon of Zion National Park, this is a truly stunning part of the drive.

Eventually you will leave the park and almost immediately see the Cliffrose Lodge on your left on the edge of the community of Springdale. A well as being a lovely little property, the great advantage of staying here is that you can avoid the acute parking problems within the park and walk to the Visitor Centre from where the complimentary trolley tours along the Canyon depart from. You cannot drive your car along this route so the trolley tours are a must.

After a long drive and mindful that you have a full day tomorrow to explore the park tomorrow we suggest you relax and maybe take a stroll into the very pleasant community of Springdale where you will find some interesting shops and a small selection of excellent places to eat. The Bit & Spur does a tasty Mexican dish!

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park), UT

Hot Tip  The states of Utah and Colorado along with the Indian Reservation Lands observe daylight saving time and so are 7 hours behind the U.K. Arizona does not and so is 8 hours behind the U.K. It’s good tip make a note of this as it can become confusing as you move locations.


Day 5
Zion National Park

The Pioneer Lodge Restaurant in the heart of Springdale does a hearty breakfast, the ideal preparation before you head for the Visitors Center at the park entrance. Leave you car at your lodge and walk into the park, the trolley tours operate constantly all day and there are too many stops to count as the trolley buses amble along the Canyon. You can hop on and off at all these points where you will find a selection of short walks and longer hikes. The Visitor Center has details so you can select something that suits you. The Museum stop is a must.

After a leisurely day in beautiful Zion National Park return to the Lodge to relax and maybe take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool before grabbing a bite to east in Springdale – tomorrow you head for Bryce!

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park), UT


Day 6
Springdale (Zion National Park) to Bryce Canyon National Park
88 miles

Take the same route out of the park today; it’s amazing how driving the same route in a different direction gives you a whole new perspective. You have a leisurely 2 hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park today and we suggest you set out early so as to get to Bryce and spend at least a good afternoon there.

It’s because of the relatively short drive to Bryce that we are only recommending 1 night here. If you arrive by lunchtime today you will be able to drive to all of the look out points in the park in the afternoon giving you a reasonable overview of the park, you can then check-in at Best Western Bryce Grand Hotel at the end of the day. For those wishing to take advantage of the superb hiking opportunities at Bryce we would suggest an additional night.

The visitor Center in Bryce at the entrance is well worth visiting to see a free video presentation and to check on current weather conditions. Due to the high elevation of the park snowfall is common right up until the middle of May. Bryce is a stunningly beautiful site, very different to anything else you will see, perhaps the highlight being the view from Bryce Point – the pictures give you an idea of what to expect but in no way capture the impressive experience of actually being there.

Sunrise and sunset are particularly good opportunities to take some fabulous pictures. The sunlight brings out quirt amazing colours in the red rock. The times are posted daily at the visitor centre and I would recommend you go to Bryce Point.

An added bonus during the summer months is a Rodeo located 1 mile outside the park. This runs nightly Monday – Saturday from Memorial Day (End of May) until mid-September. This is a great western experience, it’s starts at 7pm and we would recommend you go along.

Overnight – Bryce Canyon City, UT


Day 7
Bryce Canyon National Park to Torrey (Capitol Reef National Park)
85 miles

Highway 12 from Bryce to Torrey is a designated Scenic Byway and it does not disappoint. A little more challenging than you will have had in past days with more steep hills to climb, lots of tight turns and switch backs. You climb up to about 10000 feet at one point, remember to watch out for the wildlife it’s not uncommon for deer to step out into the road in front of you.

If you made an early start as we suggest from Bryce it will probably be a little too early to check-in so we suggest you continue along highway 24 for approx 11 miles to Capitol Reef National Park visitor centre.

Capitol Reef is impressive, large canyon like mountains in dramatic colours. There is a one-way scenic drive from the visitor centre with unpaved roads leading off this that take you deep into canyons and gorges. In accordance with your car rental insurance you should not really take these routes but it would be a shame to miss out and the tracks are really quite smooth. Upgrading to a 4×4 SUV would certainly be an advantage in this situation. The experience of driving between the sheer rock faces and enjoying the short hikes at the end of ‘Grand Wash’ and ‘Capitol Gorge’ were very rewarding.

Other attraction at Capitol Reef include early Mormon settlement buildings including a preserved school house and Petroglyphs (Rock drawings by Fremont Indians circa AD700).

Overnight – Torrey, UT

Hot Tip

We’ve found that visiting a restaurant for breakfast each morning for 2 weeks can become a bit much. Consider buying a cheap toaster (You can get them for about $20) and try toasted bagels with some cream cheese and a coffee in your room, it’s quick and ideal where you want to make an early start. America loves it’s bagels so there are lots of different varieties.


Day 8
Torrey (Capitol Reef National Park) to Moab 250 miles

There are 2 possible routes you could take to Moab but you should definitely take our suggested route following highway 24 east and then highway 95 south through White Canyon. Another designated scenic route, this really is a lovely drive where if you have it you can engage the cruise control for large parts of the drive and the beautiful scenery that surrounds.

We love the town of Moab, surrounded by beautiful red rock hills it has a slightly carefree feel, probably much to do with the activity based focus of the town as Moab is considered the mountain biking capital of the world due to the large number of exceptional slick rock trails in the region. You can also enjoy river rafting and jeep trips from here also.

The reason we have brought you to Moab for 2 nights is so that you can visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Depending on your arrival time you could visit one of them this afternoon all leave both until tomorrow. Both warrant 4 hours really as there is some nice short walks at both.

Overnight – Moab, UT


Day 9
Moab

As we previously said we have given you a full day to enjoy Moab and in particular the excellent National Parks of Arches and Canyonlands we would suggest 4 hours in each. If you are looking for a short pleasant walk I would recommend the trail to Landscape Arch which is about 2 miles roundtrip. There are a number of longer well-marked trails in both parks if you would prefer.

At the end of the busy day choose from the many places to eat along the main street or if you want a tip, visit the Moab Brewery, where they have a great restaurant and you have the chance to enjoy some of the locals beers brewed on-site. Another good place to eat is ‘Zax’ located on the main street, just a very short walk from your hotel, it’s nice to sit on the outside patio here to eat and do a little people watching on Main Street. Both offer a wide variety of American style food.

Moab enjoys excellent weather for the most part all the way through the summer months, already reaching the mid 70’s in April continuing up to 100 in July and only dropping to the mid 70’s again in October. There is very little rainfall during the summer. These temperatures are an average.

If you managed to squeeze one of the National Parks in yesterday or would rather try a little adventure today there are numerous outfitters, and tour companies dotted along the main street where you can book on to organized cycle tours, jeeps tours and of course river rafting trips. If you would prefer Complete North America can arrange rafting trips for you in advance of your arrival in Moab.

Overnight – Moab, UT


Day 10
Moab to Mesa Verde National Park
130 miles

A pretty straight forward drive, nothing much to see on en-route so suggest you dead head straight for Mesa Verde National Park. Once again our plan works on the presumption that you will start out early for this 2 hour drive and get yourself to Mesa Verde ideally by 12 noon. The climb up into Mesa Verde from the entrance is steep with lots of switchbacks and will take you about 45 minutes to reach the visitor centre at the top.

Mesa Verde National Park is home to the ancestral pueblo cliff dwellings, which date back to the late 1200’s. These people built elaborate small villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. A visit to Mesa Verde is quite unique and you should allow at least an afternoon here to visit the remains and enjoy the scenery.

On arrival do go to the visitor centre and book yourself on one of the ranger-guided tours which operate every hour, you can then plan the rest of your afternoon in Mesa Verde around this as everything is driveable with ample parking at all pull outs of points of interest. The tours are only a few dollars and they will take you right into the cliff dwelling remains. Both are a little adventurous and required some ladder climbing to reach them but nothing too scary. Balcony House is a little more strenuous than the tour of Cliff Palace but both are exceptionally rewarding and interesting experiences.

Overnight – Mesa Verde National Park, CO 

Hot Tip There is an exceptional restaurant we can pesonally recommend at Far View Lodge in Mesa Vedge National Park – a total surprise and quite unlike National Park accommodation! The restaurant has stunning views of the canyons and valleys so even if you have to wait awhile ask for a table near the window. If you do have to wait go upstairs for a drink in the small bar where there is a patio balcony.


Day 11
Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley
235 miles

If you wanted to go straight to Monument Valley then it is in fact only 150 miles and if you want to do a horse back ride or jeep tour around the valley then this is what you should do. We recommend that before heading for your night in Monument Valley you head south west for a stop at For Corners (The only place in America where 4 states meet) and then continue south to the town of Chinle and the impressive Canyon De Chelly National Monument.

At Chinle you are deep in the heart of the Navajo Nation so it’s an education to see how the community is living. Chinle is not particularly impressive which is why we recommend doing a driving along either the north or south rim of Canyon De Chelly before continuing on to Monument Valley. If you are happy to do either one or the other and stop at most of the pull outs for viewing then you should allow 2-3 hours. If you wanted to take one of the available jeep rides down into the Canyon you should allow longer and consider an overnight stop here. The Canyon is very interesting with small ancestral Indian ruins and ‘Hogans’ – small traditional huts that the Navajo farmers still live in to this day.

The drive from Chinle to Monument Valley will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes as you approa
ch Monument Valley is really quite spectacular.

Where availability permits we look to book you into Gouldings Lodge where every room enjoys a superb view of Monument Valley… This is a very good reason to book early with us. If we are unable to obtain a rooms at Gouldings Lodge, or indeed The View Hotel**, we will use one of a variety of motels in the nearby community of Kayenta (About 15 minutes away). Gouldings lodge was one of the first trading posts in the west set up by Harry Goulding to trade with the Indians. It is also famous for featuring in many famous western movie classics featuring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Parts of the movie Back To The Future were also filmed here. There is a museum on site, which is well worth a visit.

** For a supplementary cost, subject to availability, ask us about staying at The View Hotel – built and staffed mostly by Navajo, opened in December 2008 – each room enjoys the iconic view of the “mittens”.

Overnight – Monument Valley, UT


Day 12
Monument Valley to Sedona
265 miles

At 265 miles we’ve built in the option here to go up to Lake Powell before heading south to Sedona. If you were to go directly to Sedona and miss out Lake Powell then the journey would be 180 miles. If you set out early from Monument Valley you can get up to Lake Powell for lunch at the Lake Powell Resort overlooking the lake, however if you wanted to do one of the boat trips then we would need to look at timings for this. After lunch at Lake Powell continue south to Oak Creek Canyon and the beautiful red rock town of Sedona, your final destination.

As you leave Interstate 17 on U.S. highway 89A you will start to descend quite rapidly into Oak Creek Canyon, this part of the drive is particularly scenic.

Overnight – Sedona, AZ


Day 13 & 14
Sedona

We want you to return to the U.K. not just raving about the wonderful things you have seen but feeling rejuvenated and not needing another holiday to get over this one. So kick back enjoy the lazy pace of life in beautiful Sedona, soak up some sun and take it easy.

So what can Sedona offer you? You will find world-class works of art created by the best local artisans located throughout the resort. Restaurants, nightlife, art galleries and shopping are just a five-minute walk away. For the adventurous at heart, unique activities ranging from Jeep tours and hot air balloon rides to spectacular hikes – all in what USA Today calls “the most beautiful place in America.” Or just relax and enjoy the rejuvenating energy of Sedona’s red earth and red rocks with a pampering massage, facial or a dip in the refreshing pool.

Despite this land’s myriad geological features, many tourists relate Sedona’s exceptional charm to the fact that visitors conveniently can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on trails and dirt roads that crisscross this area, and then enjoy the comfort of a prestigious resort at night. Indeed, this is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: luxurious resorts, unique shops, impressive art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in an unusually rugged canyon surrounded by an expansive national forest.

Overnight – Sedona, AZ


Day 15
Sedona to Phoenix Airport
115 miles

Today is a very easy 2.5-hour drive back along Interstate 17 and the airport is well signposted. With an evening departure you have no need to rush, take your time at the resort, enjoy breakfast before heading out.

Follow the signposting to car rental returns where you will clearly find the Alamo depot. Follow the signposts to the car return aisle then wait with your vehicle for the Alamo agent to check the car over and issue you with your receipt before boarding the transfer back to the terminal. Be sure to advise the driver which airline you are with before boarding the bus as different buses go to different terminals.

Depart Phoenix – 1925
Arrive London Heathrow – 1310 (Next Day)
Journey Time – 9hr 50mins

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  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation – 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Compact car rental based on Alamo ‘Gold Rate’ – 14 day rental.
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This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

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Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

These might include:

  • City tours
  • Helicopter flights
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
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There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.

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We prepare every travel pack individually. We want this to be the perfect travelling companion for your adventure and to offer you all the information you need. Your personally prepared ring-bound travel itinerary booklet is detailed and is designed to serve as a wonderful reminder of your experiences for years to come when you return.

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Ultimate Utah

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You will marvel at the contrast between the stunning mountain scenery found in the Colorado towns of Estes Park and Aspen to the red rock canyons of Moab or Bryce and Zion National Parks and of course the majestic Grand Canyon.

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In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the VWP or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

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You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

For applications and full information on the scheme please only visit – Official Canadian Government eTA Website

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By way of observation, we thought the itinerary was excellent, covering a lot of ground and different aspects of the area’s geology but in a relatively unhurried way, leaving plenty of time to relax over a meal or by the pool. We also found the printed (and PDF) Travel Information booklet very useful.

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Thank you so much for the holiday to Utah and Arizona you arranged for us, I can honestly say it was our best holiday yet. Because this year was so good we already planning the next, hoping to fly to Salt Lake City and travelling back to Moab and maybe spend a week at Red Cliffs.

The Severn Party (Utah & Arizona) -

The rodeo in Cheyenne was great – we would recommend that to other travellers. Bryce Canyon was the most spectacular in our opinion – better even than the Grand Canyon. All in all, you had planned a great itinerary and we would not hesitate to recommend your services to others.

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