Natural Splendour

Itinerary summary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Las Vegas
  • Day 2 : Las Vegas
  • Day 3 : Las Vegas / Kingman (173 km / 01h54)
  • Day 4 : Kingman / Grand Canyon (275 km / 02h41)
  • Day 5 : Grand Canyon
  • Day 6 : Grand Canyon / Lake Powell (233 km / 02h36)
  • Day 7 : Lake Powell / Monument Valley (214 km / 02h13)
  • Day 8 : Monument Valley / Arches National Park (238 km / 02h30)
  • Day 9 : Arches National Park
  • Day 10 : Excursion to Canyonlands
  • Day 11 : Arches National Park / Flaming Gorge (427 km / 04h45)
  • Day 12 : Flaming Gorge / Grand Teton (453 km / 05h08)
  • Day 13 : Grand Teton
  • Day 14 : Grand Teton / Yellowstone (121 km / 01h53)
  • Day 15 : Yellowstone
  • Day 16 : Yellowstone
  • Day 17 : Yellowstone / Salt Lake City (613 km / 07h16)
  • Day 18 : Salt Lake City / Bryce Canyon (494 km / 04h40)
  • Day 19 : Bryce Canyon / Zion (133 km / 01h42)
  • Day 20 : Zion
  • Day 21 : Zion / Las Vegas (265 km / 02h38)

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Detailed itinerary

 

Day 1 :  Arrival in Las Vegas

Welcome to that most eccentric of Western US destinations, Las Vegas.

Begin your stay by visiting the top of the Stratosphere for a panoramic view of the city.

And be sure to enjoy the impressive Bellagio fountain show, an iconic Las vegas attraction.

Accommodation
Economic: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites
Standard:
Superior: Bellagio Hotel   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Optional activity(ies)
  • Love | Cirque du Soleil  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • KÀ | Cirque du Soleil
  • The Strip by limousine

Day 2 :  Las Vegas  

Consider yourself warned: nothing is too big, nothing is too beautiful. After all, you are in Las Vegas, where anything goes... or almost anything.

Today you will explore The Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard lined with a multitude of flamboyant casinos and resort hotels. The most impressive of these are the Wynn, Treasure Island and The Venetian.

Accommodation
Economic: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites
Standard:
Superior: Bellagio Hotel   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Optional activity(ies)
  • Day trip to Death Valley
  • Day trip to Valley of Fire
  • Helicopter flight over the Strip

Day 3 :  Las Vegas / Kingman  (173 km / 01h54)

Spend the morning enjoying Las Vegas and its many attractions. You can pick up your motorhome between 1 and 4 p.m.

Today's destination is Kingman, the heart of historic Route 66.

Along the way you will experience the legendary Route 66 with its general stores, diners, motels, old gas stations and vintage advertisements.

Accommodation
Economic: Kingman KOA

Day 4 :  Kingman / Grand Canyon  (275 km / 02h41)

Today you head for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the most impressive section of this natural wonder.

Begin your discovery of the Grand Canyon at Mather Point, which offers the most spectacular views of the park. Despite the crowds of visitors, an awed silence reigns before the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

Accommodation
Economic: Grand Canyon Mather Campground
Family:
Optional activity(ies)
  • IMAX Grand Canyon
  • Jeep Tour at sunset

Day 5 :  Grand Canyon  

You won't want to miss Hermit Road while in Grand Canyon National Park.

Along this scenic route, which is accessible on foot or by shuttle bus, be sure to visit Mohave Point. This designated viewpoint offers panoramic views towards the west; you will have the impression that you are floating above the Grand Canyon.

Desert View Drive at sunset is another must-see experience of extraordinary beauty.  Highlights include Lipan Point, with its spectacular and colourful vistas.

Accommodation
Economic: Grand Canyon Mather Campground
Family:
Optional activity(ies)
  • Helicopter flight over Grand Canyon  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Guided Hike

Day 6 :  Grand Canyon / Lake Powell  (233 km / 02h36)

Accommodation
Economic: Wahweap Campground
Optional activity(ies)
  • Antelope Canyon Excursion  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Boat tour on Lake Powell
  • Tower Butte helicopter flight

Day 7 :  Lake Powell / Monument Valley  (214 km / 02h13)

The adventure continues towards Monument Valley, home of some of the most iconic landscapes of the Far West and Hollywood westerns.

Be sure to take the "Monument Valley scenic drive" and discover the beauty of this legendary region. However, the unpaved road is not recommended for motorhomes. You would be better off hiring a local Navajo guide who will take you on a tour in his jeep.

John Ford Point is the best viewpoint in the park, and the most accessible. There is no reason to miss it!

Accommodation
Economic: Goulding's Lodge Campground   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Optional activity(ies)
  • Horseback Riding with a Navajo guide  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Monument Valley Jeep Tour
  • Guided hike with a Navajo

Day 8 :  Monument Valley / Arches National Park  (238 km / 02h30)

Today you head for the town of Moab, the perfect base from which to explore several great American parks including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

You will quickly discover what makes this area the ultimate open-air playground for anyone who loves mountain biking, hiking and the great outdoors!

Accommodation
Economic: Canyonlands Campground
Optional activity(ies)
  • Rafting (half a day)
Optional stay(s)
  • Exploring Mesa Verde

Day 9 :  Arches National Park  

As its name indicates, Arches National Park is known for its vast number of natural sandstone arches.

Don't miss Fiery Furnace, a labyrinth of narrow passageways and abrupt dead-ends among a series of sandstone features.

Wait to visit Delicate Arch in the evening, when the sandstone takes on a magnificent red hue in the sunset light. Delicate Arch is the park's most beautiful arch and one of Utah's most famous icons.

Accommodation
Economic: Canyonlands Campground

Day 10 :  Excursion to Canyonlands

Today we suggest that you visit Canyonlands National Park, a 30-minute drive from Moab.

Don't miss Shafer Trail, formerly used by cowboys to herd cattle into the canyon. This is where the final scene of "Thelma and Louise" was filmed, in which the two protagonists drive their car off the edge of a cliff into a canyon.

Inside the park, families will enjoy the short hike to Mesa Arch which leads to the edge of the plateau and a MAG-NI-FI-CENT view of the park.

Keep going to the end of the road, where you will find Grand View Point Overlook, offering expansive and breathtaking views of this larger-than-life park.

Accommodation
Economic: Canyonlands Campground
Optional activity(ies)
  • Jeep safari and Rafting Canyonlands

Day 11 :  Arches National Park / Flaming Gorge  (427 km / 04h45)

Today's destination is Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.

Take Route 191 through Ashley National Forest and take the time to make a stop at Flaming Gorge Dam, an impressive concrete thin-arch dam 153 m high and 392 m long.

Your campground is on the other side of the Green River, in a dense pinyon pine and juniper forest.

Accommodation
Economic: Mustang Ridge Campground
Family: Flaming Gorge/Manila KOA

Day 12 :  Flaming Gorge / Grand Teton  (453 km / 05h08)

Next you head for Grand Teton National Park, named by 19th-century French trappers.

Soaring to a height of 4000 m, the Teton Range is the most spectacular mountain chain in North America.

Grand Teton National Park has some of the most ancient rocks found in any US National Park, with the oldest dating from more than two billion years ago.

Accommodation
Economic: Colter Bay RV Park   Coup de Coeur Authentik

Day 13 :  Grand Teton  

It is time to discover the highlights of this remarkable park!

We highly recommend taking the Teton Village Aerial Tram, which will whisk you up into the sky. In just 12 minutes the tram glides an amazing 1200 metres up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, to an altitude of more than 3000 metres.

The staggering 360-degree view at the summit will take your breath away! 

Many hikers choose to take the steep, 16 km long Granite Canyon Trail back down the mountain.

Accommodation
Economic: Colter Bay RV Park   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Optional activity(ies)
  • Wildlife observation  Coup de Coeur Authentik
  • Scenic Floating Trip

Day 14 :  Grand Teton / Yellowstone  (121 km / 01h53)

This morning, you drive north through Grand Teton National Park to reach another iconic natural beauty, Yellowstone National Park.

While this park is well known for its colourful hot springs, powerful geysers and impressive canyon, it is also a major wildlife sanctuary.

The geyser is a symbol of Yellowstone, home to the majority of the world's geysers. During your visit, you can count on the regular eruptions of Old Faithful. Be sure to visit Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin, where you will have the chance to see a wide variety of thermal features. You can also take a short hike out to "Fairy Falls": the trail offers a spectacular view of the colourful Grand Prismatic Spring!


Accommodation
Economic: Madison Campground
Family: Yellowstone KOA

Day 15 :  Yellowstone  

Try to get up early enough to take in the sunrise over Yellowstone Lake: a truly magical moment!

Abundant wildlife can be seen freely roaming the landscape here in Yellowstone National Park, a delight for visitors of all ages. You will want to keep your camera close at hand!

Spend some time exploring Canyon Village. Upper Falls and Lower Falls are simply magnificent. Be sure to hike to Artist Point for stunning views and photo opportunities!

You then follow the scenic "Grand Loop Road", from which you will be able to see many of the beautiful geysers and hot springs that have made Yellowstone National Park famous.

Accommodation
Economic: Madison Campground
Family: Yellowstone KOA
Optional activity(ies)
  • Geysers Guided Tour

Day 16 :  Yellowstone  

This morning, you head south to the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park.

Today you will explore the Mammoth Hot Springs area, one of the park's most unique attractions. This fascinating site will amaze you with its calcium carbonate formations, which are often described as natural sculpture. Don't miss Canary Springs, Liberty Cap and the travertine terraces! You will also have the chance to bathe in the natural hot springs!

Accommodation
Economic: Madison Campground
Family: Yellowstone KOA

Day 17 :  Yellowstone / Salt Lake City  (613 km / 07h16)

Today you continue on your way to Salt Lake City, the center of Mormon history and cultural influence.

Don't miss a visit to Temple Square, the centrepiece of the city, with its buildings and attractions steeped in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: a must-see for anyone interested in learning more about this major modern religion.

Accommodation
Economic: Bridger Bay Campground   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Family: Salt Lake City KOA

Day 18 :  Salt Lake City / Bryce Canyon  (494 km / 04h40)

And the adventure continues with a visit to Bryce Canyon, one of the most spectacular national parks in the American Southwest.

Bryce Canyon National Park is a forest of tall, thin spires of sandstone ("hoodoos") scattered across a giant natural amphitheater.

Accommodation
Economic: Ruby's Inn Campground
Family: Bryce Valley KOA

Day 19 :  Bryce Canyon / Zion  (133 km / 01h42)

Accommodation
Economic: Zion National Park Watchman Campground   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Family: Zion Canyon Campground

Day 20 :  Zion  

Continue on your way to Zion National Park.

The area was named by the early Mormon settlers, for whom Zion meant "paradise", a name inspired by the unearthly beauty of the surroundings.

Take the Zion - Mount Carmel Highway, preferably from east to west for the best views of the canyon.

You will want to stop at Canyon Overlook to admire the singular beauty of this remarkable park.

Accommodation
Economic: Zion National Park Watchman Campground   Coup de Coeur Authentik
Family: Zion Canyon Campground

Day 21 :  Zion / Las Vegas  (265 km / 02h38)

One last morning to enjoy your American vacation.

You return your motorhome before 11 a.m. and then head for the Las Vegas airport, where you board your return flight.

It's time to leave the land of Uncle Sam, full of memories that will last a lifetime!!!

Optional stay(s)
  • Stay in New York