DAYS 42 – 58: USA (MONTANA, IDAHO, WYOMING, UTAH, ARIZONA & NEVADA)
Crossing the border from Canada back into the United States, you will drive through Big Sky Country in Montana and join the trail of Lewis & Clark and camp under the stars in one of the beautiful State Parks.
From there your North American overland tour will head for Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and still one of its most magnificent! There is no park in the world that can compare with the scenic, geologic, and animal diversity. You will have three nights here to explore Snake River, Grand Teton National Park and “Old Faithful” of Yellowstone, as well as Mammoth Hot Springs and the Firehole River where you can potentially take a bath in the hot river! There are plenty of opportunities for hikes, for example alongside the “Grand Canyon” of Yellowstone and Norris Geyser Basin, and your exact itinerary in and around Yellowstone will depend on the group and weather conditions.
A short drive from Yellowstone takes you to the town of Jackson. This eclectic mountain town has plenty of Gold Rush architecture and a frontier feel. It is also host to a number of world-class artists, local shops and bars, why not feel like a cowboy while sitting in a saddle barstool!
Your next stop will be Salt Lake City where you will have a night in a hotel and time to explore the city: delve into the historic Temple Square and enjoy a bit of city life before venturing into nature again.
From Salt Lake City you will visit the Great Salt Lake that gives the city its name, and camp for a night at Antelope Island before reaching Arches National Park. Arches National Park is one of the 5 national parks in Utah and gets its name from the 2,000+ naturally formed arches which can be found in the park. Along with the amazing hikes to Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden & Balancing Rock, there is an excellent selection of optional activities and you will have three nights here to really explore this beautiful area which is also home to some of the best mountain biking in the world.
From the Arches National Park you will head for Monument Valley. You may well recognise some of the scenery as the iconic mittens, spires and mesas have been the focus of many movies and commercials. The area lies within the Navajo Nation, a semi-autonomous nation which was created to give the Navajo people their own land after the the “Long Walk” wrongful imprisonment of the Navajo people. Here you have the opportunity to appreciate the Navajo culture and traditional homes (hogans) as well as enjoy walks and a scenic drive through this spectacular area.
Next stop on your North American overland tour is the Paria Canyon Ranch where you can get to feel like a cowboy of the olden days! With scenic trail rides and a cowboy dinner, this is a great way to experience a unique part of American culture.
Leaving the ranch you will head for Zion National Park in Utah which forms part of the Grand Staircase (Grand Canyon, Zion NP & Bryce Canyon NP). Here you will camp in the valley next to the Virgin River, enjoy the quaint town of Springdale and climb up to Angel’s Landing to watch the sunrise.
Your next stop is one of the highlights of this North American overland tour, the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and a maximum depth of over a mile (6,000 ft / 1,800 m), this is an impressive sight! While exploring this natural wonder, you can see the California Condor, petroglyphs, rocks up to 2 billions years old, and stunning geologic formations. Along with hiking either along the rim or down to Plateau Point, you will get admission to the IMAX Grand Canyon, “The Hidden Secrets” movie to show you another perspective of the canyon. If your budget stretches to it, a helicopter flight over the canyon gives you a unique view of this incredible sight.
On your final drive of this incredible overland tour, you will travel over the Hoover Dam which takes you across the Colorado River. You will then reach your final stop, “Sin City”, Las Vegas. After arriving at the hotel you will head off for a VIP night out including dinner, limo service, light show, old Las Vegas and much more! What better way to celebrate the end of your epic North American overland road trip! The next day you will have a free morning to explore the city, which has much more to offer than just casinos. Take in a show, eat at one of the amazing restaurants, go sky diving, take a ride on a roller coaster… with a little imagination you could knock off a few “bucket list” items! It is well worth staying for a couple of extra days to explore the local area as well.