This beautiful road trip takes you to beautiful cities and some of the most pristine and beautiful national parks in the southwestern United States listed on itypeusa. Discover places like Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, Highway 1 and Las Vegas.
This drive is for you who want to experience the best of the western United States at a leisurely pace. In this travel proposal, we have selected the best accommodation with a focus on location, standard and service. Start in Phoenix and continue into the country where you can immerse yourself in the amazing nature. You get close to the stunning scenery of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Zion, Yosemite and many other national parks, all of which have something unique and beautiful to offer. Rafting, mountain biking, hiking, helicopter rides, wine tasting and many other activities will be available along the way. Then drive to San Francisco, where you can see both Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. After a stay in San Francisco, head south on beautiful Highway 1 to glamorous Los Angeles.
Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in Phoenix
Departure from Sweden to Phoenix with arrival the same day. Upon arrival, pick up your car and go to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in Phoenix.
Day 2: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon via Sedona (370 km)
The journey to the Grand Canyon is via the charming city of Sedona, where you will find cozy cafes and galleries. The nature around Sedona is characterized by red cliffs, Native American ruins and forests that are best experienced from horseback, on a jeep ride or on a hike along one of the over 100 different trails found in Red Rock Country. After your stop in Sedona, drive on to the Grand Canyon National Park, where you will stay in the park itself.
Day 3: Grand Canyon – Page (210 km)
For an unforgettable and unique experience, we recommend that you get up early to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. The sun’s rays fall beautifully over the red rock walls and produce an innumerable number of shades. The experience is completely indescribable. Afterwards, it’s time to leave the Grand Canyon and drive on to the beautiful Lake Powell. For thousands of years, the Colorado River passed through Glen Canyon. The river cut through the sandstone, creating the huge gorge. Glen Canyon Dam was built in 1963 and transformed Glen Canyon into Lake Powell. You can visit the John Wesley Powell Museum to learn more about the lake’s history, both before and after the dam was built.
Day 4: On adventures in Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
You have all day in Page to explore Antelope Canyon and enjoy the beautiful views of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend. You can also visit the impressive Glen Canyon Dam.
Day 5: Page to Moab via Monument Valley (430 km)
In the morning, leave Page and drive towards Moab. Along the way you can stop at Monument Valley. The valley is adorned with mighty free-standing cliffs that are up to 305 meters high. The angle and rays of the sun envelop the rocks and an enchanting play of colors emerges. The unique landscape is recognizable from several western films and is perhaps one of the most photographed places on earth. In the northern and central parts of the Navajo Reserve, you can still see the locals selling their wares along the roadside or in small, scattered shops. Stop at the visitor center located at the entrance to the park, which in addition to detailed directions through Monument Valley also offers information on the culture and traditions of the Navajo people. You can choose to stay overnight in a traditional Navajo hut in Monument Valley.
Day 6: On an adventure in Arches National Park
Today you visit the Arches National Park, where you can see over 2,000 free-standing sandstone cliffs. The number varies from day to day as old rocks crumble and new ones appear. The most well known of these sandstone cliffs is Delicate Arch. You can go on a guided tour of the area. Keep your eyes open for the area’s sheep, desert bighorn sheep, which tend to blend in with the landscape. You can also choose to visit the Aztec Ruins National Monument, which has over 500 rooms. The construction of this huge house was started by the Pueblo people around 100 AD. A short path winds its way through the many rooms and makes the whole experience very intimate. Drive in the afternoon towards Dead Horse Point State Park. This rocky peninsula is surrounded by steep cliffs and is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park.
Day 7: Moab takes Capitol Reef to Boulder (306 km)
Today it’s time to leave Moab and continue to Capitol Reef National Park, which offers interesting sandstone cliffs and the huge ridge Waterpocket Fold. The impressive ridge is over 65 million years old and stretches 161 kilometers from Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River. Stop at Panorama Point. Also visit the park’s visitor center, where many hiking trails start. You are staying in Boulder.
Day 8: Relaxation and hiking at Boulder mountain Guest Ranch
You have the whole day to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch where you have a true American “glamping” experience.
Day 9: Via Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park (247 km)
Today’s drive goes via Kodachrome Basin State Park to Bryce Canyon National Park. You have most of the day to explore the beautiful park, a tip is also to take a small de-tour to Rainbow Point, where with a clear view you can see a full 150 kilometers away. There are also nice walks and for those who want, also rides on horseback. From beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park, continue to Zion National Park where you will be welcomed by giant sandstone monoliths. The many furrows in the rocks have been created by wind and weather for many years. The area is a paradise for those who love to walk because in the park and along the river there are a number of paths and trails. It is also possible to use the free shuttle bus that runs around the park. The bus runs between some of Zion’s biggest attractions, such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing. In the visitor center you can learn more about the history of the park and book a guided tour.
Day 10: Zion National Park to Las Vegas (257 km)
Enjoy the sunrise over Zion National Park before heading to Las Vegas. Here you can take a walk along Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as “The Strip”. Each hotel and casino has its own theme and is fantastic to look at.
Day 11: On a journey of discovery in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day, with everything from live shows to exciting casinos. Climb to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Also visit the most famous hotels, such as Ceasars Palace, The Venetian and Paris for luxury shopping. If you are instead looking to bargain, you can go to one of the many outlet stores, which have designer clothes at discounted prices. Also, do not miss the fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel in the evenings. Bellagio offers a unique performance with a dramatic combination of music, water and light. You can also visit the Neon Museum, which is a non-profit organization that collects old neon signs. The Mob Museum is also worth a visit. Here you get a unique insight into the history of gangsters in the United States.
Day 12: Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes via Death Valley (528 km)
Drive from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes. On the way you pass through Death Valley. Here is a barren landscape that has been shaped by the elements. The visitor center is located at Furnace Creek and is a great base from which to explore the park. The day drive is long with beautiful, and you can choose to take an overnight stay in Death Valley to break up the trip.
Day 13: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park (165 km)
You have all day to explore Yosemite National Park and the area around Mammoth Lakes. You can not miss the striking beauty of Yosemite. Here you will see impressive cliffs, such as El Capital Monolith, Glacier Point and Half Dome, as well as large waterfalls that rush down for them. In Yosemite there are also many small rivers and meadows as well as groves with large sequoia trees. In Yosemite Village you can visit the visitor center, from where many hiking trails start. In addition, Mirror Lake and Tunnel View are worth a visit. Today you do not drive that far, and you also have the opportunity to stop at the ghost town of Bodie.
Day 14: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco (19 miles)
Today the trip goes to San Francisco. If you want, you can take the road past the beautiful vineyards of the Napa Valley or visit some of the lesser known vineyards outside of Yosemite.
Day 15-16: On a journey of discovery in San Francisco
You have two full days to see the many sights and attractions of San Francisco. Experience the atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Alcatraz or rent a bike and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge to see the huge redwood trees of the Muir Woods National Monument. In the evening, dine in one of San Francisco’s specialties, each offering its own culture and gastronomy.
Day 17: San Francisco to Monterey via Highway 1 (190 km)
Continue your journey towards Monterey and enjoy the beautiful road along the Pacific coast. Monterey was founded in 1770. Over time, Monterey has become the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere. Many of the old sardine factories have today been converted into charming restaurants and shops. In Monterey Bay, there are also good chances to see whales, which is best experienced on a whale safari in the bay. You can also take the popular and scenic 17-Mile Drive up the coast. Stop at the famous Pebble Beach and see the large mansions along the coast.
Day 18: Monterey to Santa Barbara via Highway 1 (370 km)
Today, the journey continues along the beautiful Pacific coast to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a real gem along the coast, and the pleasant climate has given rise to many attractions. Among other things, you can stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens or hike along a beautiful nature trail in the Los Padres National Forest. The beaches in the area have their own charm. East Beach attracts young people, while Arroyo Burro attracts people who are interested in fishing and whale watching. Enjoy a good dinner at one of the many restaurants at Stearns Wharf, where seafood is always on the menu.
Day 19: Santa Barbara – Los Angeles (150 km)
Enjoy your day in Santa Barbara before heading to Los Angeles, where you will have three nights.
Day 20-21: Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Hollywood
Los Angeles is America’s premier entertainment city. Here are famous stars and also the famous Hollywood sign. The city practically swims in culture and events. Take a walk along the Walk of Fame and see the pink stars on the sidewalk bearing the names of the city’s celebrities. You can also rent a bicycle or roller skates and ride along the promenade from Venice Beach to Santa Monica. Universal Studios is also worth a visit.
Day 22: Los Angeles – Los Angeles International Airport
After 22 days in the western United States, the journey home. The time depends on when your flight departs. You have the opportunity to extend your trip with a stop in e.g. New York, Miami or Hawaii.
Day 23: Arrival in Scandinavia
Arrival in Scandinavia. Arrival time to Scandinavia depends on the airline.