DAYS 63 – 81: USA (ARIZONA, NEVADA, UTAH, WYOMING & MONTANA)
Leaving the coast behind you will cross from Mexico into the United States of America and the state of Arizona. Your first night in the USA will be spent in Nogales at a well-equipped campsite.
From Nogales you will start your overland journey north through the United States, to the area near Phoenix where you will most likely stay in a rustic campsite to the north of the city and you may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.
Continuing north you will head for one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA, the Grand Canyon. On arrival you will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset. On the following day you will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.
From the Grand Canyon you will have a full day’s drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas. You will have a full day here free to fully explore this fascinating city and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options including its casinos and shows!
A short drive will take you into the state of Utah and the stunning Zion National Park where you will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations.
It is a very scenic drive from Zion National Park on to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park. You will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion), before taking another short drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park.
From Kodachrome you will drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell. Your overland journey will then take you to the incredible Monument Valley, where the iconic landscape is symbolic of the American West. On arrival you will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture. In Monument Valley you will spend the night in a traditional Navajo ‘Hogan’ (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle.
From Monument Valley you will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wilderness areas of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks. You will have two full days to explore and trek in the national parks and take part in some optional activities in and around Moab.
From Moab you will drive to Utah’s state capital of Salt Lake City, where you will have time for quick free exploration of the city centre and its famous Temple Square. You will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.
Continuing your overland tour you will drive north into the state of Wyoming and the beautiful town of Jackson Hole where you will camp at a campsite surrounded by mountains on the banks of a small river.
From Jackson Hole you will drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where you’ll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. You will then continue to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser. The following day you will have a full day free to explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.
Your last stop in the lower 48, will be Glacier National Park in Montana. Here you will have a free day to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of this beautiful national park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up to the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points.