Top 10 stages for a perfect road trip in the American West

The American West is big and let’s face it, impossible to see everything on vacation. Unless you can stay there for more than a month. So to make the most of your time in California, Utah, Arizona or Nevada, here is a road trip in the form of a best-of. Yes, places are missing but the best is there. A journey that can be completed in 15 days if you don’t hang around but that can be enjoyed more in 3 weeks. Especially if you only want to use the car …

1. Los Angeles and Joshua Tree

We land directly in Los Angeles, where we can spend a few days visiting key places like Venice Beach and its canals, Santa Monica Boulevard and its pier, the Strip and its legendary bars, Hollywood and its legendary movie studios or even Beverly Hills. and its celebrity homes. It is also in LA that we rent a car to go to Joshua Tree. A good way to start the desert. Joshua Tree where the landscapes are as sublime as one can imagine. The perfect aperitif before taking in the sights …

2. Grand Canyon National Park

We usually arrive at the Grand Canyon after having walked Route 66 for a while, and visited cities such as Kingman and Flagstaff. It all depends on the time you have… That said, there are plenty of places to admire the Grand Canyon. In fact, it all depends a bit if you have the budget and how you want to understand the Canyon. When you have a few extra pesos, for example, you might as well opt for the helicopter tour. Otherwise we discover the surroundings by car before going to the edge of the sublime abyss, at the level of the Grand Canyon Village. Finally, athletes may prefer other wilder corners, to ride a horse or explore the canyon below, from the Colorado River. Either way, whether you’re sweating or “just” watching, it’s absolutely incredible. Ready for the next step? We go straight to …

3. Monument Valley

The distances between the various sites in the American West can be scary but driving in this part of the United States is not only very cool but also allows you to see some beautiful landscapes. There is something magical about seeing Monument Valley unfurling little by little. Here, no network. Just you, the road and the desert. When the monumental rocks, seen in a multitude of films and series, start to “grow” everywhere, it’s magic … A bit like what awaits us after …

4. Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell

The small town of Page is a good base for seeing both Lake Powell and especially Antelope Canyon, a breathtaking canyon in which you walk to admire the astonishing colors produced by the sun and the rock. A unique site! Several Najajos organizations offer tours. Our advice: do not go to Page, where most of the tourists are concentrated, but go directly to Antelope Canyon on the outskirts of town. The business that has established its quarters there is much less in demand. The guides are super nice, it’s cheaper and you wait less. A visit to Antelope Canyon lasts a good two hours. Afterwards, direction …

5. Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

You can visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park the same day, going down to Las Vegas but if you have a little time, we of course recommend that you space out as much as possible to really enjoy it. Especially if you plan to hike a bit in these superb places, which are as different as they are complementary. Beware of the climate as well because while we may think that the (relative) proximity to Vegas is synonymous with hot temperatures, this is not always the case. You could very well face negative temperatures in Bryce Canyon and sweat like a pig a few hours later in…

6. Las Vegas

Arriving in Las Vegas by road after having surveyed the national parks of the great West is truly astonishing. Las Vegas is the city of excess in all its forms. Where anything goes. Pretty cool thing: you can easily find very good prices for accommodation in one of the legendary hotels like the Bellagio, the Venetian or the Hard Rock Hotel. A way to taste the exhilaration of Vegas before returning to nature in…

7. Sequoia National Forest and Yosemite National Park

The Sequoia National Forest has to be earned. Thus, you will have to climb by car to the top of a mountain where General Sherman and all the other gigantic sequoias that inhabit this magnificent forest await you. A walk is of course essential to capture all the majesty of the place before heading off to Yosemite. Yosemite Park, which is more accessible in summer than in winter given the sometimes difficult weather conditions. Hiking the trails should blow your mind, be sure. Again, it is recommended to reserve several days to do the tour before returning to the road direction …

8. San Francisco

The city of Golden Gate has a lot to offer in any season. The steep streets, the many remarkable sites, Chinatown and the Italian quarter, the sea lions at Pier 39… Impossible to be bored. We touch the American dream… The starting point of a journey along the Pacific coast that passes through…

9. Monterey

A small coastal town, Monterey serves as an essential stopover. Monterey, but also Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. Wild places, where it is good to stroll to fill the memory card of your camera to the brim. Welcome to the …

10. Highway 1

This road, one of the most spectacular in the world, therefore runs along the ocean and serves breathtakingly beautiful sites. Allowing enough time to be able to stop regularly is essential otherwise it is frustrating. We therefore descend quietly to LA, passing through San Simeon, Santa Barbara or Malibu, before finding ourselves again in the City of Angels …

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