The West

From movie star life-styles to cowboys and Native Americans, cosmopolitan cities to National Parks, Nevada’s Loneliest Road to San Francisco’s Crooked Street, wide open spaces to narrow slot-canyons, the Western States of the USA portray much of the real America. Many of the states are large enough to be a European country, so you will never see the whole of the West in one holiday, but whatever your passion or interests you are sure to find it here.

Below are just a few of our most popular itineraries, however under each of our West sections you will find a selection of holiday ideas for each area, and some that overlap. Choose a traditional fly-drive, RV holiday, rail trip or coach tour – America As You Like it has options whatever your preferred mode of travel.

Suggested Itineraries

Bright Lights, National Parks and Deserts;
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Utah National Parks, Grand Canyon, Scottsdale, Tucson

Price includes flights, car hire, accommodation.


Day 1
Arrive in Los Angeles for a two night stay. Visit Hollywood Boulevard and check out the stars and prints in the pavement of the Walk of Fame, or head for Santa Monica for some celebrity spotting and people watching.

Day 3
Swap the bright lights of Los Angeles for the 24 hour city of Las Vegas, approx. 270 miles. You will see the city rising out of the desert whilst you are still miles away! Spend two nights enjoying the non-stop entertainment, dining and gambling this unique city offers.

Day 5
Leave the neon signs behind and drive to Zion National Park, approx. 165 miles. Stay one night and enjoy the hiking trails and scenic drives in this red-rock park. Known for its dramatic towering cliffs and narrow slot canyons, this is Utah’s most visited National Park.

Day 6
Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, approx. 85 miles and stay one night. Your drive will take you through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, just over a mile long with massive windows in the red rock. Bryce Canyon is hard to describe, but certainly a sight to see, looking like a forest of stone, with tall pinnacles of rock rising up from the base.

Day 7
Head for Moab today and Arches National Park, approx. 270 miles. En-route stop at Capitol Reef National Park. Stay two nights in Moab and enjoy the huge red-rock arches of the National Park or some of the great hiking, rock-climbing, rafting and mountain biking that is available in the area.

Day 9
Drive to Monument Valley on the Utah / Arizona border, approx. 195 miles and spend one night. Whether you stay inside the park or just outside you will be able to see much filmed and photographed rocks from miles around. 

Day 10
Today’s drive will take you to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, approx. 155 miles. Stay two nights and enjoy touring the rim and stopping at the various look out points, or take a sightseeing flight over the rim to get the full perspective of this amazing site.

Day 12
Head south to the Phoenix/ Scottsdale area, approx. 220 miles and spend two nights. Well known for its golf, world-class spas and designer shopping, these two cities sit side by side and boast some fabulous resorts that are especially good value in the summer months.

Day 14
Drive to Tucson, approx. 125 miles and spend your final two nights enjoying the Sonoran Desert. With over 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson is ideal for lovers of the outdoors and boasts great hiking, horse-riding and golf opportunities during the day and fine dining and good nightlife when the sun goes down.

Day 16
Return to Phoenix, approx. 125 miles and drop off your car.

15 Nights
Prices from:
£1592 per person
Native Trails of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive in Albuquerque and spend two nights here discovering unique shops and markets and a fascinating Spanish and Native American culture. Historic Route 66 passed through Albuquerque and today you can still see neon signs glowing on Central Avenue. 

Day 3
Drive to Chinle and discover Canyon de Chelly National Monument (230 miles). This Navajo tribal land is characterised by its sheer cliff walls, and the fertile canyon which has provided rich agricultural land and sheltered spaces for dwellings for thousands of years. Spend one night in Chinle. 

Day 4
Drive through Monument Valley, before spending one night in Mexican Hat (115 miles). On the border of Arizona and Utah, Monument Valley is a landscape of mesas, buttes and canyons in an otherwise flat desert landscape. Navajo guided tours are available for an insight into the history and culture of this much filmed and photoraphed area.

Day 5
Head to Mesa Verde National Park and stay two nights (130 miles). This famous Hisatsinom ruin offers a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. 

Day 7
Drive to Farminton (90 miles) and spend one night in this scenic area, surrounded by natural wonders such as Angel Peak and Shiprock Pinnacle, and historic sites dating back to ancient Puebloan people. There are some great Native American trading posts in this area where you can get some unique souvenirs. 

Day 8
Today you will journey across the northern mountain forest region of New Mexico to Taos and stay for one night (200 miles). Well known for its Pueblo, where the adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years, Taos is also rich in arts and history and has a collection of museums and galleries. There is also a selection of unique shops and restaurants.

Day 9
Head south in New Mexico to historic Santa Fe and stay for two nights (110 miles). Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the United States, and has a long history of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo settlers. Today it is a UNESCO Creative City and has an abundance of art galleries and dealers as well as the Santa Fe Railyard where you will find a farmers market and stalls selling handcrafted jewellery, art work and Native American goods. 

Day 11
Head to Albuquerque for your flight home (90 miles).

10 Nights
Prices from:
£1169 per person
Rocky Mountain Experience

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive in Denver.
Denver is known as the Mile High City – visit the State Capitol Building where you will find the marker that shows you exactly one mile above sea level! Denver has a diverse range of attractions, museums, arts and entertainment and shopping. After all that, why not experience the nightlife of LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver), a 26 square block of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Spend one night in Denver.

Day 2
Denver to Cheyenne, approx. 100 miles
The capital of Wyoming was named after the Cheyenne Indian people who inhabited present-day South-Eastern Wyoming. In Cheyenne's early days, city dudes mingled with mule skinners, soldiers, rail-roaders, lawmakers, sheriffs, rustlers, stage drivers and outlaws. The city is situated in the midst of rich, nutritious grasslands which have always been excellent natural forage for cattle. Stay one night here. 

Day 3
Cheyenne to Rapid City, approx 305 miles.
Rapid City is more than just the gateway to the Black Hills and Custer’s Trail. It boasts a vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, boutiques and galleries, a historic district, museums and attractions. Outdoor opportunities also abound with great hiking and mountain biking as well as horse riding. From here you can also visit Mount Rushmore. Stay two nights in Rapid City.

Day 5
Rapid City to Sheridan, approx. 245 miles
Sheridan lies in the valley of the Little and Big Goose Creeks, once the prized hunting grounds of the Plains Indians, where Indian leaders Red Cloud and Crazy Horse took a final stand to keep the white man from their last and best hunting grounds, the valley below the Big Horn Mountains. Sheridan has a historic Main Street and some unique Western shops and restaurants to enjoy. Spend one night here.

Day 6
Sheridan to Bozeman, approx. 270 miles
Bozeman is one of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountain West, with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs drawn hereby world class outdoor recreation, Montana State University and a slice of old fashioned Americana. Art and culture is alive and well in Bozeman. It is home to many museums and excellent galleries, as well as opera, theatre, symphony, ballet and rodeo. Stay one night.

Day 7
Bozeman to Missoula, approx. 205 miles
Known as the "Garden City" for its dense trees and lush green landscape, Missoula is nestled in the heart of the northern Rockies, and offers a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Historic Downtown Missoula features classic early-century buildings and offers unique shops, galleries, fine dining, cultural activities and an exciting nightlife. Enjoy one night here.

Day 8
Missoula to Whitefish, approx. 140 miles
On the edge of Glacier National Park, Whitefish is an excellent base for your next two nights, from which to explore this primitive and unspoilt park, boasting forests, waterfalls, glaciers and sparkling lakes. The town itself is has a main street with covered sidewalks and a great collection of local restaurants, bars and shops.

Day 10
Whitefish to Helena, approx. 235 miles
Helena owes its existence to the discovery of placer gold, quartz gold, silver, and lead and it became the "Queen City of the Rockies" with the boom brought on by the 1864 gold strike. Helena's glorious past can be seen in the spectacular 19th-century mansions, historic Last Chance Gulch businesses and restored pioneer dwellings. Stay one night.

Day 11
Helena to Yellowstone National Park, approx. 225 miles
Today’s journey will take you along the Beartooth Highway. Spend the next two nights in or just outside Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, this is America’s first national park and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, wolves, bison and elk. Preserved within the park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, as well as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There are hiking and biking trails and several interpretive centres to help you get the most out of your visit.

Day 13
Yellowstone to Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, approx. 90 miles
Jackson is a great base to explore the towering granite peaks of this stunning park, with its lakes, forests, hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities. The town itself boasts a collection of Western stores, great local restaurants and outdoor pursuit companies. Stay one night here.

Day 14
Grand Teton National Park to Idaho Falls, approx. 136 miles.
Stay for 1 night in Idaho Falls. Nestled among the Rocky Mountains in the Snake River Plain, beneath the shadow of the Grand Teton, Idaho Falls is a place worth exploring. With western hospitality, a diverse arts community and a backyard filled with recreational opportunities, Idaho Falls is a great place for adventure. 

Day 15
Idaho Falls to Saratoga, approx. 444 miles
Named after a New York State health resort, due to the natural hot springs which appear in the area, the medicinal waters are still a popular draw for visitors today. In addition the area is popular with birdwatchers, fisherman, hunters and shoppers looking for unique Western items. Spend your last night in Saratoga

Day 16
Saratoga to Denver, approx. 245 miles
Drop off your car in time for your flight back to the UK.

15 Nights
Prices from:
£1689 per person
The Best of Oregon & Washington

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive Portland International Airport and stay for two nights in Portland. Enjoy the host of attractions here, as well as the diverse neighbourhoods and great shopping. In the evening enjoy fresh local produce and world-class Oregon wines in one of the city's many restaurants or bars. 

Day 3
Portland to Lincoln City, Oregon, approx. 205 miles. On your journey westward today you may wish to stop off in Astoria, where Lewis and Clark spent a winter during their expedition at Fort Clatsop. Whilst in Astoria visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Fort Stevens - the battlement that protected the Oregon Coast during the Civil War and beyond and Fort Clatsop National Historic Memorial. As you travel South towards Lincoln City there are many highlights along the way including Seaside - Oregon's first beach resort which maintains its small town ambiance and Ecola Beach State Park in Cannon Beach for breathtaking views of the spectacular coast, a photo opportunity which is not to be missed! Overnight in Lincoln City.

Day 4
Lincoln City to Eugene, Oregon, approx. 135 miles. Explore the 'Kite-Flying Capital of the World', Lincoln City with tax-free shopping at Factory Stores, Oregon's largest outlet mall, before continuing south along Oregon's scenic coast to Newport and Florence. In Newport take some time to stroll the bayfront and enjoy the galleries shops and murals including some by the famed artist Wyland. In Florence why not explore the 48 mile stretch of Sand Dunes on a dune buggy ride. Overnight in Eugene.

Day 5
Eugene to Crater Lake, Oregon, approx. 210 miles. Enjoy a morning in Eugene and visit the Fifth Street Public Market with its colourful collection of shops restaurants and galleries. Your journey then takes you to Crater Lake National Park - the deepest lake in the USA and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Overnight in Crater Lake.

Day 6
Crater Lake to Oregon City, Oregon, approx. 260 miles. As you leave the National Park take the Cascade Lakes Highway and enjoy unparalleld views of Mount Bachelor and the Cascade peaks in alpine terrain. Stop off in Bend and visit the Lava Lands Visitors Center which provides an excellent way to glimpse the region's vast volcanic features, including Lava Butte, which rises 500 feet above the visitors center. From Bend travel west towards Oregon City visiting Warm Springs Native Indian Reservation en route. Overnight in Oregon City.

Day 7
Oregon City to Mount St. Helens and Seattle, Washington, approx. 290 miles. Today you will leave Oregon behind as you enter Washington State. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument with its four interpretive centers makes for an interesting stop before heading to Seattle. Overnight in Seattle.

Day 8
Seattle, Washington. Spend the day exploring this vibrant and exciting city, take a stroll around Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest and most famous neighborhood which is now a 15 block National Historic District or go to the top of the Space Needle which at 605 feet provides a 360 degree view of the city. Just outside the city, you can visit the Boeing factory. Overnight in Seattle.

Day 9
Seattle to Port Townsend, Washington, approx. 50 miles. Take a ferry across the Puget Sound to Winsow, heading across the mile-long Hood Canal floating bridge to Port Townsend. A National Historic Landmark, Port Townsend is considered the best example of a Victorian seaport north of San Francisco. There are more than 200 Victorian residences and buildings, old forts, parks and mountains in this charming seaport town. Overnight Port Townsend.

Day 10
Port Townsend to Port Angeles, Washington, approx. 50 miles. As you travel the short distance to Port Angeles why not stop off at Dungeness Recreation Area? Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand promontory in the USA. At around 6 miles long the Spit juts into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to form a saltwater lagoon used by thousands of migratory water fowl. Overnight in Port Angeles.

Day 11
Port Angeles to Quinault, Washington, approx 135 miles. Today's drive will take you along Highway 101 which offers many highlights along the way, such as Lake Crescent, a 12 mile long lake formed by a glacier, here you are likely to see Bald Eagles soaring high above the water, Marymere Falls, Hoh Rain Forest, a temperate rain forest with trees growing to enormous heights. Stay for two nights in Quinault.

Day 13
Quinault to Yakima, Washington, approx 250 miles. Head over the Cascade Mountains, and enjoy the beautiful scenery, to Yakima. Overnight Yakima

Day 14
Yakima to Hood River, Oregon, approx 250 miles. Sample some of the fruits and wines of the fertile Yakima Valley before setting out towards the Columbia River Gorge. At the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center/Wasco County Historical Museum at Crate's Point visitors are taken back 40 million years when massive geologic forces determined the future of the land. Learn about the 10,000 years of Native American life. Overnight in Hood River.

Day 15
Hood River to Portland, Oregon, approx 65 miles. Spend the day in the stunning Columbia River Gorge, take the Mount Hood Rail Road through a major fruit growing area of Oregon with photo opportunities abound as the train sweeps by peach, apple, pear and cherry orchards. To gain an up-close view of how the mighty Columbia River works visit the Bonneville Locks and Dam. This National Historic Landmark offers interpretive guided walks, fish hatchery as well as a viewing area of the working locks. Return to Portland before flying home.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1988 per person