DAYS 25 – 43: USA (LOWER 48)

From Banff your overland tour will head south, crossing the US border into the state of Montana and the beautiful Glacier National Park.  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.

You will then head south into the state of Wyoming and 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.

From Yellowstone 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 before continuing on to the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

Your next stop will be 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.

From Salt Lake City 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.

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 drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.  Then the following day you will drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park where you will have free time on arrival to explore the beautiful landscape.

You will have a very scenic drive from Kodachrome to Zion National Park via 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).

After a morning of free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations of Zion National Park, you will then 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!

Las Vegas at night

Continuing south 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 your overland tour will drive south through Arizona 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.

Your last stop in the United States will be the border town of Nogales in Arizona where you will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

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