Take a road trip among the western United States’ beautiful national parks and delicious cities in California, Utah and Nevada. The route takes you to classic sights, but also to exciting and unique stops along the way. Discover Las Vegas, Yosemite, Highway 1, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Death Valley. Learn more on themotorcyclers.
The major attractions are many on this trip, which takes you through the states of California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. The tour starts in Las Vegas, and then awaits visits to some of America’s most scenic national parks. These include Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Along the way, there is also time to visit the exciting cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. You will also drive along legendary and scenic trails such as Route 66 and Highway 1. On this drive you will therefore get the best of both worlds, where the life and movement of big cities are in stark contrast to the peace and quiet of nature parks.
Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in Las Vegas
Departure from Sweden to Las Vegas with arrival the same day. Upon arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, pick up your car and drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in Las Vegas.
Day 2: On a journey of discovery in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day, with everything from live shows to exciting casinos. 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. 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.
Day 3: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam and Route 66 (470 km)
The road to the Grand Canyon goes via the impressive Hoover Dam and along the classic Route 66. With its overwhelming size and fantastic colors, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s natural wonders. The huge size and brilliant colors make the place unique. In the area around the South Rim there are several viewpoints that can be reached by both shuttle bus and car. There are also many hiking trails in the area. Bright Angel Lodge has an excellent vantage point where you can also enjoy a beautiful gallery and exciting exhibitions.
Day 4: Grand Canyon to 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 5: 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 6: Page to Bryce Canyon (240 km)
Today the journey goes towards Bryce Canyon National Park and its many colorful cliffs. The sun’s rays create an impressive play of colors that constantly changes the park’s appearance. Also visit Rainbow Point, where you can see over 150 km in clear weather. In the park there are a number of different hiking trails. In addition, you can see the park from horseback.
Day 7: Bryce Canyon to Death Valley (540 km)
From beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park, the journey continues to Death Valley. On the way you can make a stop at Zion National Park. Zion National Park is a paradise for those who love to hike 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 Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing.
Day 8: Death Valley to Yosemite (570 km)
Today, the journey through Death Valley is on its way to Yosemite. Here is a barren landscape that has been shaped by the elements. Discover Badwater, which is 86 meters below sea level and is the lowest point in the United States. See the colored cliffs at Zabriskie Point or enjoy the view of the valley from Dante’s View.
Day 9: On a voyage of discovery in Yosemite
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.
Day 10: Yosemite to San Francisco (315 km)
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 11: On a voyage of discovery in San Francisco
You have the whole day on your own in San Francisco to take in the many sights and attractions that the city has to offer. 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 12: San Francisco to San Simeon via Highway 1 (340 km)
The journey continues towards San Simeon along the beautiful road Highway 1. In the afternoon you can visit the cozy city of Monterey, where many buildings from the colonial era still remain today. The city was founded in 1770 and has over time 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. From Monterey, take Highway 1 to San Simeon via Big Sur and Piedras Blancas, where you can see large sea elephants.
Day 13: San Simeon to Los Angeles (370 km)
The last leg of the trip is via Solvang and Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. 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. Take the opportunity to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Stearns Wharf before continuing to Los Angeles.
Day 14: 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 15: Los Angeles – Los Angeles International Airport
After two weeks 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 16: Arrival in Scandinavia
Arrival to Scandinavia. Arrival time to Scandinavia depends on the airline.
Fourteen nights in a hotel