09. Vegas, Route 66 & National Parks


Tour Overview

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • 1197 Miles / 1926 Kilometers 
  • Season: May – mid October

Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road”, originally ran all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles and served as a major path for generations of people who moved west in hopes of finding a better life. This eight-day escape is perfect for those who don’t have the time to ride its entire length. On this tour, you will experience many of the most iconic parts of Route 66 and the unbelievable beauty of the American West. The action starts in Las Vegas, from there you’ll explore the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park before returning to Las Vegas.

Daily Details

Day 1: Arrival in Las Vegas

Welcome to Vegas

Welcome to Vegas. Transfer to your hotel and get some rest tonight – tomorrow some of the most amazing scenery of the American West awaits you.

Day 2: Las Vegas to Needles (161 Miles / 259 Kilometers)

Hoover Dam Bypass

Upon leaving Las Vegas you cross the Colorado River at the legendary Hoover Dam. Built over a period of five years during the Great Depression, the dam is truly a modern engineering marvel and an important symbol of the American West. After the Hoover Dam the road opens up and you will enjoy wide open desert highways as you head south towards Needles, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Needles to Grand Canyon (247 Miles / 398 Kilometers)

The epic grandeur of Grand Canyon

As you enter the famed Route 66, make a stop in Kingman and historic Oatman, a former gold-mining boomtown with its 19th-century buildings and boardwalks, considered to be the heart of the old Route 66. Continuing on the “Mother Road” you will pass old diners and deserted motels that will remind you of the glory days of this American landmark. After approaching Williams it’s time to head north towards the majestic Grand Canyon. You should arrive early enough to soak in the awe-inspiring views and enjoy the sunset with a well-earned cold drink in our hands.

Day 4: Grand Canyon to Monument Valley (197 Miles / 317 Kilometers)

Monument Valley

You’ll start the day by riding along the Grand Canyon’s south rim, allowing you to take in more views of the dramatic landscape. As you approach Monument Valley, you’ll realize why this scenery has come to symbolize the American West. It has been featured in countless Western movies, beginning with John Ford’s 1939 masterpiece “Stagecoach”, which was also John Wayne’s breakthrough role. You will end the day with drinks and steaks prepared over an open fire.

Day 5: Monument Valley to Capitol Reef (185 Miles / 298 Kilometers)

On our way to Capitol Reef

Make a stop at Goosenecks State Park to experience spectacular views of the San Juan River as it carves its way through the desert 1000 feet below. After crossing the Colorado River you will approach Capitol Reef National Park. Native Americans once called this colorful landscape of buttes, rocks and canyons the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow”. The park’s centerpiece is Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long monocline (a buckle in the Earth’s crust) that blocked the old explorers’ westward migration like a reef blocks a ship’s passage.

Day 6: Capitol Reef to Zion National Park (205 Miles / 330 Kilometers)

Bryce Canyon

After spending a relaxing night in the town of Torrey, you will hit the road towards Zion National Park. Along the way you should stop for lunch and admire the beauty of yet another natural wonder, Bryce Canyon. Don’t let the name deceive you, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon but a collection of spectacular natural amphitheaters. Canyon or not, the landscape with its vast fields of pink, orange and red spires will be sure to leave you speechless.

Day 7: Zion National Park to Las Vegas (202 Miles / 325 Kilometers)

Zion National Park

This morning you’ll experience Zion National Park with its unique geography and beautiful rock formations. You are in for a very exciting set of hairpin switchbacks with phenomenal views back into the canyon and up to the pastel-colored sandstone of the surrounding peaks. On your way back to Vegas you should explore the Valley of Fire. The name of this spectacular state park comes from its red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes. These naturally occurring phenomenon that are the centerpiece of the park’s attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. After returning the bike in Vegas, it’s your chance to go out and enjoy an unforgettable night in Sin City.

Day 8: Departure from Las Vegas

Old Vegas is alive

Say your goodbyes and head to the airport or show off your tan in some of Vegas’ clubs for a few more nights.



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