16 days

National Park Lodges

National Park Lodges

Grand Canyon

Lake Tahoe

Monument Valley

Yellowstone National Park

Yosemite National Park

Zion National Park

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  • Why we love it

    • This is an incredible journey that really covers the great American outdoors, from ancient sequoias to hidden lakes and desert canyons
    • Yosemite, Yellowstone, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon are all world famous and iconic names that showcase the natural splendours of western USA
    • Together with Grand Teton National Park and Zion National Park, they represent the crown jewels of America’s national park system
    • Visits to Lake Tahoe, another iconic American playground, and the Mormon-founded Salt Lake City complete our unforgettable journey

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - San Francisco - Yosemite National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30 am at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
    • After departing San Francisco you'll head east through California’s historic gold country and then high up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
    • On arrival at Yosemite National Park you will begin with an easy trail walk to see the giant sequoias
    • Your two-night stay is at the historic Wawona Lodge, a National Historic Landmark that set on a verdant meadow and near some rushing streams. The tranquillity of this Victorian-style lodge in Yosemite makes it a favourite of those who prefer a relaxed environment and the gracious charm of a bygone era. All rooms are furnished with period pieces and antiques. There are no telephones or televisions, allowing you to completely escape and relax.
    • Enjoy an included welcome dinner on your first night at the lodge.
    Wawona or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Yosemite National Park

    • Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world.
    • You will visit the amazing giant sequoia trees.
    • In Yosemite Valley you can hire a bicycle for a ride, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows.
    • Hiking options include one of the many trails that enable you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever be etched in your minds.
    • In the evening you will return to the historic lodge and have the chance to relax with a cocktail on the veranda.
    Wawona or similar

    Day 3 - Lake Tahoe

    • From Yosemite you will continue the journey to the vibrant forest and deep blue of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in USA with a maximum depth of 501 metres (1645 feet). Formed about two million years ago and shaped during the Ice Age, the lake is actually located right on the border of California and Nevada and sits on an altitude of 1897 metres (6225 feet) above sea level. It is a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics.
    • You will stay in a hotel next to the lake and have the chance to enjoy an optional sunset cruise on a catamaran, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
    Montbleu Resort or similar

    Day 4 - Idaho desert - Twin Falls

    • From Lake Tahoe you'll delve deeper into the vast desert for some grand scenery. The Great Basin Desert actually extends right across to California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah.
    • You will cover some great distances today as you travel through Owyhee Desert, where you'll see some fascinating and contrasting scenery on your road trip, before spending the night in the town of Twin Falls, Idaho.
    Shilo Inn Twin Falls or similar

    Day 5-6 - Yellowstone National Park

    • Your next destination, Yellowstone National Park, is the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana.
    • Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature’s power of regeneration.
    • In the evenings you will return to your accommodation at either the historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins or the Yellowstone Inn.
    • Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins is a lodge that was completed in 1891 and restored to its 1920s grandeur in 1990. The majestic hotel sits on the shores of Lake Yellowstone and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The casually elegant restaurant features a delightfully extravagant menu. You will usually stay in the comfortable twin-share cabins situated in the hotel grounds for a real authentic ‘frontier’ feel.
    • Yellowstone Inn offers seasonal lodging located in the heart of Yellowstone, country close to the west entrance of the park. The inn is family-owned and each of their 10 units are unique with a character and charm of their own featuring knotty pine interiors with unique cabin furniture, cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves, small refrigerators and air conditioning.
    Lake Yellowstone Lodge or Yellowstone Inn or similar

    Day 7 - Jackson

    • Continuing your journey in Wyoming, you will travel past Grand Teton National Park and visit Jackson to enjoy a truly friendly and authentic western town experience.
    • Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! With a permanent population of around 8,600 people and a far greater transient tourist population, it attracts many of the rich and famous and is a great base for exploring the Teton Mountains.
    • Surrounded by beautiful scenery it is a popular place for hikers and mountain bike riders. It is also in close proximity to many ski resorts. The most famous is Jackson Hole, which has a lot of steep ski runs and one of the world’s most famous vertical drops, at 1262 metres (4139 feet)!
    Trapper Inn Lexington or similar

    Day 8 - Salt Lake City

    • Your next destination is the capital of Utah - Salt Lake City. With a city population of 186,000 and a metropolitan population of 1.13 million, it is the largest city in the state. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) followers, it is still the base for the religion although less than half the population in the city today are Mormons. Surrounded by high mountains, Salt Lake City was the host city of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
    • At the centre of town is Temple Square and you will have the afternoon free to explore the city's beautifully landscaped grounds, the granite Salt Lake Temple with its six spires and the domed Tabernacle, home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Besides occasional free concerts, there are also nearby shopping centres and tasty local restaurants. You will have an opportunity to make the most of the city stopover before heading back to the wilderness.
    Shilo Inn Salt Lake or similar

    Day 9-10 - Moab - Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park

    • You will continue on to the town of Moab. Named after a biblical place on the east side of the River Jordan in what is now the country Jordan, this Moab offers a great base for exploring Arches National Park and the less-visited Canyonlands National Park.
    • There are many optional activities to partake in such as rafting on the Colorado River, joining a Hummer tour into the backcountry or mountain biking through the vast network of trails that make Moab famous.
    • You will also enjoy time to admire what seems impossible - more spectacular scenery amid the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. These stunning red sandstone arches have been created by a million years of wind whipping down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Here you will have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, which are known by descriptive names such as Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch.
    BW Greenwell or similar

    Day 11 - Monument Valley

    • In the heart of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’ featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset.
    • You will explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided 4WD tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. The Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley are a true photographer’s paradise.
    Kayenta Mon Vall Inn or similar

    Day 12 - Grand Canyon National Park

    • View a surreal sunrise at Monument Valley.
    • Drive towards Grand Canyon for a two-night stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge. Located on the less-visited North Rim, you will enjoy time exploring the natural beauty of the canyon at your own pace before retiring to the lodge to relax and take in the expansive views below, not to mention the glorious sunrise the next day.
    • Your lodge is a historic property and the only lodging available inside the national park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. You'll stay in the comfortable and authentic western log cabins. In the evening the Rough Rider Saloon and Lodge Dining Room offers a wide range of beverages, appetizers and hearty 'home-cooked' meals.
    GC North Rim Lodge or similar

    Day 13 - Grand Canyon National Park

    • You will have a full day to enjoy the incredible splendour of Grand Canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.
    • In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot.
    • There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy walks to moderate ones.
    GC North Rim Lodge or similar

    Day 14 - Zion National Park

    • Make your way back to Utah and your destination - Zion National Park. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their ‘promised land’.
    • Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge.
    • With two nights spent here you will have plenty of time to explore.
    Zion Lodge or similar

    Day 15 - Zion National Park

    • You'll have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to chose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones. Warm up your legs with a short hike from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools. You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring Riverside.
    • The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows.
    Zion Lodge or similar

    Day 16 - Las Vegas

    • You'll leave nature behind and head into Las Vegas, Nevada, and all of its neon splendour today. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of North America – home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets.
    • Your tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at your hotel - the Alexis Park Resort Hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Las Vegas tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park
    • Navajo backroads tour
    • Transport in a customised vehicle
    • Welcome Dinner on your first night

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Meals (unless noted)
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPNL
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: San Francisco, California, United States
End City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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