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Visit some of the USA’s most spectacular natural wonders on a 12 day motorhome adventure as you travel through the unique landscapes of Arizona and Utah on your way to the lively desert oasis of Las Vegas.
Start your journey in verdant and vibrant city of Mesa where you can enjoy their burgeoning culinary scene before heading through the Sonoran Desert to the red rocks of Sedona and Flagstaff. Next up is the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park – experience this Seventh Wonder of the World for yourself and capture a few photos from the Rim trail.
Cross over into Utah to explore Lake Powell and the beautiful national parks of Bryce Canyon and Zion before hitting the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.
- Explore the Fresh Foodie Trail in Mesa
- Discover Sedona's Red Rock Country
- Capture the views from the Grand Canyon's South Rim
- Visit Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument
Start your Journey
Spend a couple of days exploring Mesa. Located in the Sonoran Desert just a short drive from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Mesa is surrounded by a rich, vibrant and verdant playground for outdoor recreation.
Embark on a culinary expedition as you sample your way through the Fresh Foodie Trail. Explore downtown Mesa's Permanent Sculpture Collection or stop off at one of the city's fantastic museums. Or why not drive out along the Apache Trail through the mysterious Superstition Mountains to Tonto Natural Forest.
Mesa to Cornville (120 miles)
Collect your Cruise America motorhome and set out on your adventure through Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
To make the most of your time be sure to book the Early Bird Departure Special - Cruise America will arrange a transfer from your hotel to the rental centre* and you can pick your motorhome up from 9:00 am so you can make a nice early start.
Mesa is culinary gateway with the region's neighbouring farms providing a continuous bounty of season goods for visitor so this is the perfect time to stock up on some fresh local provisions to tide you over for the next few days.
*transfers available within designated area only
Cornville to Flagstaff (45 miles)
With just a short drive today you will have plenty of time to explore the glorious red rock landscape. Stop in Sedona, recognised as the number one pick by USA Weekend in their Most Beautiful Places in America list.
Visit one of the estate vineyards to sample the work of local winemakers. Stroll along Sedona’s history walk or spend some time in the water at Slide Creek State Park before continuing on to Flagstaff.
Explore the city’s nostalgic Route 66 heritage, learn about the region’s diverse Native cultures at the world renowned Museum of Northern Arizona and uncover secrets the night sky at the Lowell Observatory.
Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon (140 miles)
The highlight to the next part of your adventure will surely be when you stand at the rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. This iconic landmark has been captured countless times on film and photographs but nothing comes close to experiencing this natural wonder for yourself.
We like the Mather Campground for its peace and quiet and natural surroundings.
Set your alarm for an early wake up so you find a spot on the South Rim to watch the play of colours along the canyon walls as the sun rises.
Grand Canyon to Lake Powell (145 miles)
After enjoying sunrise over the Grand Canyon, head east through more of the national park and past the Kaibab National Forest to Cameron, where you will join Highway 89 heading north to the City of Page and fabulous Lake Powell on the Colorado River. The drive is just under three hours so head out early to give you plenty of time to explore Lake Powell. Rent a boat and make for Rainbow Bridge or take a guided tour of picture perfect Antelope Canyon.
Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon (145 miles)
Continue along scenic Highway 89 as you make your way to the spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park and Ruby’s Inn Campground.
Your journey will take you through the Dixie National Forest and will take approximately two and a half hours to reach Bryce Canyon, so set off early to ensure you have time to enjoy this very different National Park with its strange columns and pinnacles of rock.
You’ll also have a chance to explore the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument which begins near Ruby’s Inn and is a very unique region of canyons, arches, plateaus and cliffs.
Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park (100 miles)
Back on Highway 89 today as you travel south heading for Zion National Park.
There is so much to see and do in this spectacular national park, hike along the narrows or take the trail to Angels landing, sit back and watch the shadows change the mood of the Court of the Patriarchs, join a ranger led program or enjoy Zion’s vermillion cliffs and verdant valleys on a mule ride.
Just 14 miles further on, Zion River Resort is ideally located for easy access to what truly is one of the nation’s most beautiful parks so you may want to base yourself here for more than one night.
Zion National Park to Mesquite (180 miles)
You will probably want to spend more time in Zion National Park this morning, therefore we recommend breaking up your journey to Las Vegas with an overnight stay in Mesquite. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant and interesting drive to the city. Enjoy the magical scenery of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve with its one of a kind mix of desert ecosystems. Visit the St. George area with its historical pioneer homes, fascinating ghost towns and prehistoric dinosaur footprints. While Mesquite visit the Fine Arts Center and Gallery and the Virgin Valley Museum or take advantage of the amenities at the Desert Skies Resort such as the heated pool and Jacuzzi or the miniature golf course.
Mesquite to Las Vegas (120 miles)
You can hop on to Interstate 15 to speed your way right into Las Vegas, however we would recommend taking a more leisurely route through the spectacular Lake Mead Recreation Area. Continue on Lake Shore Drive; stop off at Boulder Beach; then to the amazing Hoover Dam to see this amazing man made wonder up close.
Once in Las Vegas you can either head to the fabulous Oasis Resort Campground or you may prefer to return your Motorhome and check in to one of the city’s world-class hotels.
During your stay in this spectacular oasis be sure to explore the fantastic hotels and entertainment along the Las Vegas Strip and take in one of the fantastic shows.
If you haven’t already – drop your motorhome back to the Cruise America Las Vegas Rental Centre before picking up your flight home.
- Campgrounds and RV parks are suggestions only, hook-up will need to be booked locally
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