Essential America's National Parks

San Francisco, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park & Yellowstone

From £6400 per person in low season
From £6700 per person in high season

based on 12 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Car rental

  • Selected experiences

  • Full day guided hiking Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion

  • Full day private wildlife guiding in Yellowstone

  • Half day private wildlife guiding in Grand Teton

  • 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

  • Private guided tour of Monument Valley

  • Guided tour of Antelope Canyon, Owl and Rattlesnake

  • Internal flights

Price based on a party of 4 travelling together.

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At a Glance

  • Visit five iconic National Parks, across five American states

  • Expert private guiding and excursions in each location

  • Characterful, good quality accommodation throughout

  • Fantastic safari-style wildlife guiding in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

  • Take a thrilling helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

  • Can be tailored with additional or alternative activities and guiding to your preferences

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The National Parks of America are best visited between May and June and September to mid-October for temperate good weather, and fewer crowds. The peak times to visit are July and August, where the parks receive the most amount of visitors and rates are at a premium.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your holiday

Itinerary

America's national parks are its crowning glory; vast expanses of forest, cascading waterfalls and awe-inspiring desert rock formations await. Visit five national parks and monuments seeped in history, for hiking, wildlife and adventure at every turn. This itinerary includes exceptional guiding throughout.

  1. Days 1-2: San Francisco

    Start your adventure with a night in the city of San Francisco, with one night at the historical Cavallo Point, located within the Golden Gate National Park. A simple drive from the airport, you’ll enjoy iconic views of the bridge and the bright lights of the city beyond. Famed for its excellent restaurant the Murray Circle, it is a great place to start your National Parks itinerary.

    Accommodation: Cavallo Point Lodge (1 night)

  2. Days 2-4: Yosemite National Park

    The next morning, drive east to California’s Yosemite National Park. A land full of lush valleys, towering sequoias and tumbling waterfalls, Yosemite offers you the perfect introduction to the national parks of America. As one of the oldest, it is also one of the most iconic, and for good reason too. Each spring when the snow melts, Yosemite's falls come alive with rushing water and resident wildlife emerge from their hibernation. Crowds can be plentiful, but with a private guide to accompany you on a full day hike, you'll be able to escape the busiest spots and get the best views of the most iconic.

    Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (2 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Grand Canyon

    After two nights, drive to Fresno airport for your flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, you’ll collect another vehicle, and drive roughly three hours to the Grand Canyon, a majestic national park straddling the south western states of both Nevada and Arizona. Spend a day with an expert guide to explore the canyon and all of its glory and admire the glorious Colorado River. We’ve also included a 45-minute helicopter flight, as no visit is complete without appreciating this wonder of the world from the air.

    Accommodation: The Grand Hotel (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-7: Monument Valley

    From the Grand Canyon, pass soaring red rock formations and vast expanse of desert before arriving in Monument Navajo Tribal Park. You'll be transported back to the cowboy era as you spend a night in The View Hotel, overlooking the iconic valley. With a private Navajo guide, you can learn about the history and current culture of the Navajo people and enjoy a three-hour guided exploration of the indigenous lands including petroglyphs and if of interest, visiting famous scenes from Hollywood movies.

    Accommodation: The View Monument Valley (1 night)

  5. Days 7-9: Lake Powell

    From here, it is a scenic drive to Lake Powell, a beautiful fresh water lake in the heart of the Utah desert. We’ve included a visit to Antelope Canyon (as well as two other lesser known canyons), an iconic slot canyon with a walkable pathway sandwiched between two towering desert walls. This natural wonder is a photography dream as the canyon walls climb 120ft high and feature red-hued swirling sandstone patterns. Whilst here, you may also want us to arrange a private or shared boat excursion on the lake from one of the marinas.

    Accommodation: Lake Powell Resort (2 nights)

  6. Days 9-10: Springdale, Utah

    From Lake Powell, you'll make a simple drive to Zion National Park, where the flowing Virgin River meets spectacular red rock canyons. Zion is blessed with a lush valley floor from the Virgin river, making it one of the most beautiful desert national parks. Explore on foot and hike the famous trails of Zion, we’ve included a private guide to take you off to explore the ‘narrows’ of the river canyons or be challenged to a vertical climb. You might also want to try canyoneering instead, or a private jeep safari, which we can easily arrange.

    Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn (1 night)

  7. Days 10-13: Yellowstone & Grand Teton

    From Zion National Park, you will fly to Jackson Hole via Salt Lake City, for a true finale to this holiday in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park’s. During your stay, take in the local rodeo so typical of American culture, explore Jackson Hole’s famed wildlife galleries and museums and allow us to book you into some exemplary restaurants. During your stay, we have includes a sunrise or sunset safari in Grand Teton National Park, a fantastic place for viewing heards of bison, black bears, moose, wolves and antelope. We’ve also selected a full day private guided exploration of Yellowstone, here it is the geology that is the star of the show, from bubbling pools to extraordinary geysers like Old Faithful. Of course, keep your eyes peeled for wandering grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and elk along the way, as your guide tells tales of America's most loved national parks.

    After three nights here, say goodbye to the American wilderness and make your way to Jackson Hole airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Antelope Canyon Tour

    Just 15 minutes from Page lies the mesmerizing Antelope Canyon. One of just a handful of "slot" canyons, its colours and contours have been photographed for years. This 90 minute shared tour takes you into the canyon to experience it for yourself.

  • Guided Hiking in Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite's Granite Cliffs and Giant Sequoias make for incredible hiking country. With easy to moderate options, experience this World Heritage Center with an expert private guide by your side to show you what you may not see with your own eyes.

  • Jackson Hole Rodeo

    Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago. Not to be missed, the spectacle run's through the summer months on a Saturday and Wednesday evening for 8pm - we can arrange tickets in advance.

  • Mountain Biking Jackson Hole

    In the summer, Teton Village becomes a mecca for bikers. The hotels ski outfitter turns into an adventure center with a team that can help kit you out with bikes, guides and plenty of advice on the mountain trails and gondolas.

  • Sunrise or Sunset Grand Teton Wildlife Safari

    We can arrange an expert naturalist guide to help you make the most of your Grand Teton Wildlife Safari. Sunrise and sunset are the best times of day to spot wildlife - from bison, elk, antelope, moose, black and grizzly bears, and even the elusive wolf.

  • Yellowstone National Park Safari - Lower Loop

    At least one full day should be spent at the world's first national park. While wildlife is abundant, it's the landscapes that steal the show - crystalline lakes, thundering falls, azure springs and steaming geysers, including Old Faithful will amaze.

Location

San Francisco, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park & Yellowstone

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