This is a really flexible holiday – you choose the route and head off into the sunset. Whether you explore forested mountains, red rock deserts, open plains or lively cities, this USA road trip leaves all of your options wide option.
Discover the heartland of America on this great campervan trip where you're completely in the driving seat. Starting in Denver, you’ll spend a couple of nights in the city, taking a walking tour to make sure you don’t miss the highlights. After that, it’s up to you! We can give lots of suggestions – whether you like deserts or mountains, hiking or biking, the central states of the USA have it all.
Head north, and you could watch geysers soar in Yellowstone National Park, meet the presidents in Mount Rushmore and hike through the Colorado Mountains. Venture south, and you could experience the red rock national parks of Utah, the bright lights of Vegas and the Native American culture in New Mexico. Whatever you pick, this trip is a fantastic way to experience the United States.
This American motorhome holiday can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. You'll arrive in Denver on the same day and make your own way into the city to your hotel, where you'll check-in for two nights.
Spend your morning at leisure before joining the Urban Adventures Denver Highlights Tour in the early afternoon. This 3-hour tour will introduce you to the best of Denver, from the Colorado state flags flying above Larimer Square to the iconic Blue Bear. You’ll stop off to check the sea level (it really is one mile high!) before spying some souvenirs at the I Heart Denver store. The tour finishes with lunch at a local bakery, and you can spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring further or testing out some of the recommendations from your guide.
This morning you will pick up your campervan and head off on your trip. This trip is based on an Apollo Tourer, but if you want something bigger or more luxurious, just ask! We'll be able to help.
From Denver, there are few different routes you can take. We would recommend driving in a loop, either north or south.
Northern idea: Driving north from Denver, you’ll immediately hit Boulder, a cool mountain city with pretty streets and a great food scene. Why not stock up with fresh local ingredients before setting off on a long drive through Wyoming, into South Dakota? Arriving in Rapid City, you’ll be well placed to visit the legendary faces of Mount Rushmore and vast landscapes of Badlands National Park. Next, you can drive back into Wyoming to look for aliens at the iconic Devil’s Tower, made famous when it appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Soon you’ll arrive at the Rockies to spend a few days enjoying the geothermal wonderlands of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Salt Lake City sits directly south, so why not stop to explore its enormous Mormon Temple before driving back into Colorado? On the way, you can see the ancient footprints at Dinosaur National Monument. The ski resort of Vail is just as lively when it’s not snowing, so enjoy some rafting or kayaking before arriving back in Denver.
Southern idea: Heading east from Denver, you’ll pass through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. On the way, you can stop in Aspen, a ski resort that turns into a lovely alpine over the summer. While you're here, try hopping between the vineyards around Grand Junction and tasting the local wines. Passing into Utah, Moab is an excellent base for exploring the red rock landscape of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, before driving past the iconic rocks in Monument Valley. From here, you can gaze at the pink waves of Antelope Canyon in Page and the bizarre-looking hoodoos at Bryce Canyon on your way to Las Vegas.
After a couple of hedonistic days enjoying The Strip, drive east to the Grand Canyon before exploring New Mexico, home to bustling Albuquerque, pretty Santa Fe and the ancient pueblos of Taos. Returning to Colorado, you can visit Great Sand Dunes National Park and Colorado Springs before arriving back in Denver.
Whatever route you choose, we're sure that you'll have a brilliant time exploring the USA.
You'll return your campervan in Denver today, and make your way to the airport to catch your flight home.
The Rocky Mountains have long snowy winters and short balmy summers, so travelling between June and September is ideal but will be very busy. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are lovely times to visit, but the weather can be slightly less predictable, and wildlife is a bit harder to spot compared to mid-summer.
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Book by 31 October 2019, for travel between 1 April - 30 June 2020.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post 'Incredible places to see on a Rocky Mountains Colorado road trip' - written by one of our consultants who has been there.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.