Adventures in the Great Parks of the West

17-Day Family Summer Holiday National Parks Itinerary - Western USA

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Duration17 days / 16 nights

ItinerarySalt Lake City - Yellowstone - Teton - Vernal - Moab - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas - Zion - Bryce Canyon - Salt Lake City

Suitable for families

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If you and your family are looking to travel during the school summer holidays and would like to explore the arid landscapes and unusual rock formations of Western America, this itinerary covers a lot of ground in just over two weeks. Starting and ending in Salt Lake City, you’ll drive through deserts, national parks and bustling cities.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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A Pinch of Salt Lake City

Take a pit-stop in Salt Lake City, capital of Utah and boasting by a backdrop of rugged mountains. After you land, you’ll pick up your rental car and head to your hotel in the centre of the city. Your time here is free for you to explore as you wish – head out to the Great Salt Lake or stay local with a visit to one of the city’s many attractions. Thanksgiving Point is a good spot for families with a museum, farm and butterfly biosphere.

the city with the mountains in the background

Wild Frontiers of Yellowstone

Over the next couple of days, you’ll explore the USA’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Marvel at the geysers spurting their boiling water meters into the sky, and spot bears, moose and elk who call this stunning landscape home. You’ll stay in a comfy lodge close to many of the highlights, and your time in the park is free for you to explore at your own pace. With more than 60% of the world’s geysers here, and with Old Faithful putting on a reliable show every 90 minutes or so, you’ll be sure to catch this natural phenomenon in action.

a shooting geyser

Into the Rockies

Teton National Park is located right in the heart of the American Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the panoramic views of snow-capped mountains whilst floating down Snake River during a scenic boat tour. It’s an inflatable raft but the river is calm and you’re likely to spot beavers, ospreys, and cliff swallows whilst meandering downstream. After 3 hours you’ll be back on dry land and you and your family can spend the rest of the day as you wish. Here you’ll be surrounded by wildlife, nature and the great outdoors so plenty to explore.

mountains reflecting in a lake

Land of the Dinosaurs

Smack bang in the middle of nowhere, this won’t be the most scenic part of your US family road trip, but if your kids (or you) are dinosaur fans then they’ll thank you for making a stop in Vernal – gateway to the nearby Dinosaur National Monument. Home to over 1500 dino-discoveries, this is one of the few places in the world where you can actually reach out and touch dinosaur bones which have been frozen in time for millions of years. You’ll spend the night in a classic American motel with a pool, and you’ll have plenty of time to go and play archaeologists for the day.

a dino monument

Paddle down the Colorado River

Based in Moab, the adventure capital of Utah, you’re at the gateway to the appropriately named Arches National Park, famed for its weird and wonderful rock formations. Here, you’ll try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. You’ll drift past the dusty red rocks on the vast Colorado River, stopping for a drink and snack on the way. It’s an exciting and unique way for you all to experience this alien landscape.

children paddleboard on a river

Saddle up in Monument Valley

Visit one of the most photographed places in the country as it should be visited, on horse. This 2-3 hour guided adventure takes you past awe-inspiring rock formations through the Wild West. Guided by your local Navajo Indian guide, you’ll learn more about the traditional way of life and culture too, as you head deep into the valley. It’s a special trip, perfect for active teens, and an ideal break from your road trip as you truly get back to nature in such an iconic place.

a group on a horseback tour

Journey through the Grand Canyon

Up to 18 miles wide, 277 river miles long and over a mile deep – the Grand Canyon is one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Spend a whole day exploring the South Rim, easily accessed and great for families, with easy trails to hike and mesmeric views of the vast gorge. If you fancy taking to the sky, helicopter rides are also available – giving you a bird’s eye view of this truly magical place.

a boy lays down in front of the canyon view

Viva Las Vegas

Viva, Las Vegas! Take a rest from the long car drives and national park adventures to spend a few days enjoying the crazy, wacky world of America’s entertainment capital. From endlessly entertaining theme parks to flashing lights, Elvis doubles and pyramid-shaped hotels, Vegas offers a great opportunity to break for some carefree family fun before disappearing in to the desert. You’ll stay in a family-friendly hotel on the famous Strip itself.

the lights of vegas at night

Red Rocks of Zion

A few hours on from Vegas, you’ll reach Springdale – the gateway town to the wondrous Zion National Park.  The setting for your stay couldn’t be any more picturesque, with your lodge accommodation, complete with outdoor pool, surrounded by soaring red rock formations. With a relaxed atmosphere and car-free roads, the park lends itself very nicely to visiting families and bicycles will be at your disposal during your stay so you can explore with ease on two wheels.

a kid stands on a red rock trail

Pinnacles of Bryce Canyon

Bewildering and otherworldly. The geological wonder that is Bryce Canyon simply needs to be seen to be believed. You’ll discover vast natural amphitheatres filled with mystical “hoodoos” of brown, yellow and red rock and there are many spectacular viewpoints from which you can enjoy in the vast views. There is some great hiking to be had, kid’s programs and night-time astronomy talks regularly held.

girls look out on the red rock view

Final night in Salt Lake City

You’ll spend one final night in Salt Lake City, there are some great dining options in the city so head out for a tasty meal to round off your family adventure.

Great Salt Lake and mountains, USA

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