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Desert Road Trips

When we think of road trips, it is vast, open spaces, empty roads and dramatic scenery that spring to mind and nothing sates a sense for adventure quite like discovering the desert on four wheels. Carefully crafted to take you through some of the world’s most unique and unspoilt desert landscapes, this selection of itineraries makes for an adventure that leaves anything else in the dust.

Las Vegas to Santa Fe, North America

The inspiration for countless filmmakers, authors and artists, the landscapes of America’s Southwest simply need to be seen to be believed. A landscape of gravity defying monoliths, wind carved tunnels and bridges, vertiginous canyons and 360-degree panoramas that stretch as far as the eye can see. The journey is the biggest part of this adventure and the wonder of the scenery around you easily offsets the hours spent of the road. As of course, do the stopping points themselves, from one of the most talked about hotels in the world, Amangiri, to the exclusive Dunton Hot Springs, luxury awaits you at every port of call.

Cape Town to Fish River Canyon, South Africa & Namibia

Namibia is the ultimate road trip destination in Africa and pairing the natural wonder of this spectacular country with the cosmopolitanism of Cape Town, fresh-as-it-gets seafood in Paternoster and the fascinating Cederberg Mountains makes for a southern Africa adventure to remember. When you’re not behind the wheel, hike, swim, kayak and cycle your way through canyons, along crevasses and into craters as you get up close with the epic scenery and wildlife of Africa.

Salta to Cafayate, Argentina

Northern Argentina’s diverse and spectacular scenery is just waiting to be explored. Unequivocally off the beaten track, this largely untouched landscape is home to otherworldly red rock formations, stark desert landscapes as well as boutique vineyards and a fascinating culture. The only thing better than travelling on four wheels? Travelling on horseback of course, and with a short stay at an authentic estancia included in this itinerary, you can swap the steering wheel for the saddle if only for a day.

Las Vegas to Lake Powell, North America

For unadulterated adventure in the heart of America’s Southwest, look no further. This fantastic itinerary skirts some of the country's most iconic scenery, taking you through the heart of red rock country. Take a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon, explore the lunar like landscapes of Utah on foot, discover snow covered peaks or simply unwind in one of the world’s most incredible hotels on this holiday of a lifetime in the USA.

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