DENVER | STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | ROCK SPRINGS |JACKSON | YELLOWSTONE | SALT LAKE CITY | BRYCE CANYON | LAKE POWELL/PAGE | MONUMENT VALLEY | CORTEZ | DURANGO | TAOS
Hit the wide-open roads of America and explore the iconic national parks such as Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon, see the turquoise waters of Lake Powell, visit the oldest capital city in the United States Santa Fe and much more.
- Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, a living laboratory
- Pause at the impressive overlook high on the rim above Red Canyon
- Explore Yellowstone, America’s first National Park
- Behold the rich colors of Bryce Canyon’s famous “hoodoos”
- Discover Lake Powell’s natural stone bridge, Rainbow Bridge
Day 1 : Denver
Arrive at Denver’s International Airport and pick up your rental car. Then proceed to your hotel in downtown Denver.
Day 2 : Denver – Steamboat Springs (160 miles)
Today, you have the day to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. After crossing the Continental Divide of the Rockies, continue to the quaint ski resort of Steamboat Springs.
Day 3 : Steamboat Springs – Rock Springs (280 miles)
Depart Steamboat Springs and enter Dinosaur National Monument at the Colorado/ Utah border and visit Dinosaur Quarry. Marvel at these remarkable fossil deposits, some as old as 140 million years. Continue on to explore the Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon.
Day 4 : Rock Springs – Jackson (190 miles)
Depart Rock Springs and travel along the Wind River Gorge. Continue north over the high chaparral of Wyoming and arrive in Jackson by early evening. Enjoy exploring the rustic Old West with a walk around the old-fashioned town square of Jackson.
Day 5 : Jackson – Yellowstone (80 miles)
The short drive today gives you the chance to leisurely explore Grand Teton National Park. In Yellowstone, explore the diverse geothermal features of America’s first national park. Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs are the most famous sights of the park.
Day 6 : Yellowstone – Salt Lake City (350 miles)
You will cross a small portion of the Gem State of Idaho en route to the Mormon State of Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City. Visit the famed Temple and the Tabernacle.
Day 7 : Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon (250 miles)
Cross the Wasatch Mountain Range to reach the natural wonders in southern Utah. Visit Bryce Canyon to view its fanciful spires and rock formations.
Day 8 : Bryce Canyon
A full day to further explore Bryce Canyon National Park. Alternatively, it is just a short drive to Zion National Park and some of the world’s most incredible sandstone formations formed millions of years ago.
Day 9 : Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell/Page
After having discovered the natural wonders of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive east via Kanab to Page where the red desert meets deep blue Lake Powell.
Day 10 : Lake Powell/Page – Monument Valley – Cortez (280 miles)
Leave early to explore the Navajo Indian Reservation, the Trading Post of Cameron, and drive to beautiful Monument Valley’s red sandstone spires and monoliths. Continue to Cortez.
Day 11 : Cortez – Mesa Verde – Durango (80 miles)
Visit the ruins of Mesa Verde, established to “preserve the works of man,” the first national park of its kind. Continue to the old gold-mining town of Durango.
Day 12 : Durango – Taos (200 miles)
Depart Durango and pass Pagosa Springs en route to New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment. Your destination for this evening, the artists’ colony of Taos.
Day 13 : Taos – Santa Fe – Taos (140 miles)
This morning, explore the remarkable Taos Indian Pueblo, a virtually unchanged village inhabited for over 800 years by as many as 1,400 Taos Indians. In the afternoon, drive south to Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the United States. Return to Taos for the night.
Day 14 : Taos – Denver (310 miles)
Today, head north through New Mexico into Colorado. The mountainous terrain of Colorado will surround you en route to Denver. Visit historic Larimer Square in downtown Denver before proceeding to your hotel.
Day 15 : Denver Departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.