Bright Lights & Canyons of the USA Overview

Gear up for some incredible travel through the USA's great west. Travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas via Joshua Tree National Park and Monument Valley.

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      USD $1,827
      CAD $1,885
      AUD $1,849
      EUR €1,273
      GBP £1,066
      NZD $2,061
      ZAR R18,513
      CHF FR1,539
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier Bright Lights & Canyons of the USA.

Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Come face to face with the USA's wild frontiers

Head out across the wide, rugged western expanses of the US of A for an enthralling sampling of all-American culture and landscapes. Whir along Route 66, gape in awe at the world's grandest canyon and embark on nature hikes through Zion National Park. Revel the night away in Las Vegas, camp out in Monument Valley and wander among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. For a travel experience that leaves no stones unturned in mining one of the world's richest travel destinations, this two-week adventure is just the ticket.

  • Take a stroll through the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Boulevard
  • Wander through the cactus-strewn landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Watch condors scour the skies of the Grand Canyon
  • Believe the hype in Las Vegas
  • Follow the nature trails winding through Zion National Park
  • Behold the imposing sandstone structures of Monument Valley

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Finish:

    Las Vegas, United States
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (10 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Arches National Park, Bryce National Park, Dead Horse Point, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Monument Valley National Tribal Park, Zion National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    715kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $1,827
    CAD $1,885
    AUD $1,849
    EUR €1,273
    GBP £1,066
    NZD $2,061
    ZAR R18,513
    CHF FR1,539
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $130
    CAD $134
    AUD $132
    EUR €90
    GBP £76
    NZD $147
    ZAR R1,322
    CHF FR109
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Bright Lights & Canyons of the USA Summary

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Day 1 Los Angeles

Arrive in Los Angeles, the 'City of Angels'. Perhaps touch down a few days earlier to get a feel for this sun-blessed city, soaking up the sights of Santa Monica or following the star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood all the way to Beverly Hills.

Day 2 San Diego

Take a leisurely drive South, to a city that's made a living off staying outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Perhaps say hi to some of the locals at the famous San Diego zoo, explore the historic old town or grab a board and head for the beach.

Day 3 Joshua Tree National Park

Leave the coast behind and head for the Mojave Desert. Search for the famous Joshua Tree that lends its name to the renowned national park (and a U2 album). Marvel at the peculiar geology and Wild West feel of this alien landscape and be amazed by the giant boulder piles that litter the horizon.

Days 4-5 Grand Canyon National Park

This is it. The big ticket, the show stopper - the mighty Grand Canyon. Travel to the rim of the canyon and peer down to the valley floor, perhaps embarking on a hike among the canyon walls. With eagles soaring overhead and the giant chasm extending infinitely toward the horizon, this is an American experience not to be missed.

Day 6 Las Vegas

Discover Nevada's one and only 'Sin City' – Las Vegas. Perhaps arrive early and soak up the sights and sounds of this fantasy land of brightly lit casinos, booty-shaking nightspots and all-you-can-eat buffets.

Day 7 Zion National Park

Blaze a trail through the gorges and canyons of Zion National Park, a spectacular collection of sandstone cliffs and rocky ridges that conceal hanging gardens and tranquil pools. With plenty of free time to seek out Zion's hidden treasures, strap on some hiking boots and get ready to explore.

Day 8 Bryce Canyon National Park

Head deeper into central Utah and make a beeline for the spindly rock spires of Bryce Canyon National Park. Branch out on foot and follow the many hiking trails through this unique setting and watch as the park's stunning, sculpted rock formations – known as hoodoos – are gradually turned into a kaleidoscope of colours by the setting sun.

Days 9-10 Moab

Journey through the craggy Moab mountains and Canyonlands National Park - the desert setting of the recent movie 127 Hours.

Day 11 Monument Valley

Be welcomed to one of the largest Native American reservations in the United States by the sandstone Goliath's of Monument Valley, and see why so many movie directors have chosen this lunar landscape as a stand-in for alien worlds. Spend some time learning about Navajo culture, watch as the sun paints the landscape with shades of gold and sleep under the vast desert sky.

Day 12 Lake Powell

With a dramatic backdrop of blood-red rock, Lake Powell's canyons and waterways are perfect for discovering idyllic hidden coves.

Days 13-14 Las Vegas

Make the final leg of the Utah Circuit by heading back to Las Vegas. Enjoy an optional limo-ride to celebrate the end of the journey with new friends, or head out to explore the many delights of this bizarre desert city.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,827
      CAD $1,885
      AUD $1,849
      EUR €1,273
      GBP £1,066
      NZD $2,061
      ZAR R18,513
      CHF FR1,539
      *
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