- Leave for a family road trip in the Far West, where legendary cities, movie scenery and large parks are a dream come true.
- Along the way, experience the immensity of L.A. & Las Vegas and the majesty of Monument Valley
- Vegas observation wheel, Zion Park by bike, Helicopter ride over the Canyonlands: included
- Access to our Concierge and our usual additional services to make this a stress-free family holiday
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ROAD MOVIE IN THE WEST
YOUR FAMILY TRIPThe climate is ideal in summer. It may be hot, but swimming pool and air conditioning make a big difference. The contrasts are intense, and both city enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts will be suitably satisfied. When you travel at your own pace, in your own 4x4, even the road is entertainment. At each stop, sleep in a comfortable accommodation that has been designed for visitors of all ages, and is always close to the national parks or downtown. In your itinerary - In Vegas, leave ground level to see the city's lights from its tallest wheel, the largest in the world. Then drive through Utah and Arizona's most beautiful national parks, with red rock formations and deserts as far as the eye can see. Take a bike ride through Zion Park then, in Moab, fly over Canyonlands National Park by helicopter for spectacular views of the multicoloured rocks and giant arches. As you travel, you can add experiences to your itinerary: Exploring the San Andreas Fault or the latest superstar residency in Vegas, or visiting Zion Park with a private guide. For any last-minute requests, advice and assistance from our expert clued-up local Concierge is just a phone call away.
ON THE ROAD, THE CHILDREN WILL LOVE...Passing Easy Rider-style bikers on their Harley-Davidsons – stopping at gas stations alongside convertible Corvettes – meeting Navajos and Dakota Sioux – visiting ghost towns in the Far West – sleeping in an old-fashioned motel with a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox – enjoying a hot dog in a diner – listening to country music on an endless road, winding through valleys and canyons – opening the window to breathe in the dry desert air...
Fly to Los Angeles
Pick up a rental car and stay a couple of nights in a modern hotel in the heart of Westwood, a quiet area home to the University of California Los Angeles campus. The decor, designed by renowned designer Cheryl Rowley, is refreshingly contemporary and incorporates natural materials. Parents and children alike will enjoy the warm atmosphere, comfortable rooms and pool.
The Hollywood Hills sit alongside the expansive beaches of the Pacific Ocean coast. Discover this sprawling city through its iconic sites: Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, the stars of the Walk of Fame, the countless life-size movie sets downtown, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive...
Things to see and do – Visit the Getty Centre on Brentwood Hill, a huge museum accessed via cable car – sunbathe on the beach before hitting the ocean for a surf or climb up to the Griffith Observatory for a 360 ° view of the city.
Palm Springs – Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the capital of excess, illuminates the Nevada desert by day and night. From gigantic malls to the famous casino-lined Strip, from one minute to the next you might find yourself in Venice or Paris. Stay the night in one of the world's top resorts – so big it's almost a city within the city. The building, comprised of two towers with emerald facades, is at the crossroads of the Strip and Tropicana. There is something for everyone here: swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, spa, theatres...
Included in the itinerary – Tickets for the Ferris wheel. At 550ft, the world's largest wheel dominates the city and offers the best view of the Strip from its glass pods.
Optional – Tickets for one of the superstar residency shows.
Vegas – Springdale (Zion National Park)
Travel to Zion National Park and its green valleys in a 15 mile-wide canyon. Admire numerous species of birds and enjoy the refreshing microclimate around the Virgin River. Spend two nights in Springdale in a nice little motel between the road and the river, overlooking the red and gold cliffs. The motel has been in the same family for three generations.
In the itinerary - Cycling through Zion Park. Bike along a seven-mile cycle route called the Pa'rus Trail to reach the canyon itself. It is also possible to take the shuttle to the top of the canyon and bike back to the starting point.
Optional – Visit Zion Park with a private guide.
Springdale –Torrey (Capitol Reef National Park)
The Scenic Byway 12 (more formally - Highway 12) is one of the best in the country, taking you back to Torrey with spectacular views. Enjoy a stop at Bryce Canyon National Park along the way. As far as the eye can see, hundreds of orange 'fairy chimneys', also known as hoodos, rise up towards the sky. Drive back to your hotel at the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. This comfortable and family friendly property allows you to experience an original overnight experience, this time in a trailer.
Torrey – Moab (ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS)
Road to Moab. Along the Fremont River, you'll take Highway 24, which winds through Goblin Valley - filled with rock formations that look like little gnomes – a futuristic landscape loved by science-fiction filmmakers.
Spend two nights in a small, authentic motel on the outskirts of the city. A barbecue is available for a dinner under the stars.
Moab – Monument Valley
Road to Monument Valley, a sanctuary managed by the Navajos and the most iconic park in the West. Picture the scene, filmed by the legendary John Ford – it's the 22nd minute in the epic western 'Stagecoach', and on cue a stagecoach pulled by six horses is galloping across a desert valley, raising clouds of dust that blind the cavalrymen escorting them. Meanwhile, behind the monoliths, Geronimo and his men prepare an attack. It's a moment of cinematic mastery, and one that helped elevate Monument Valley to icon status. Stay overnight in a huge log building at the entrance to Bluff, a tiny village about an hour's drive from Monument Valley. The rooms reflect the Western style, with rustic wood interiors and Indian patterned bedspreads. To relax after a long day of exploring, head to the pool.
Monument Valley – Tusayan (Grand Canyon)
This route winds through the 'painted desert' of red, orange, pink and grey rocks on the way to the Grand Canyon. This exceptional geological phenomenon is arguably the best known location in the West, and certainly one of the most impressive geological phenomena. The 277-mile long and 18-mile wide fault is best approached on foot – a glass walkway allows visitors to walk in complete safety to the edge of the precipice to fully appreciate the scale of the place. Spend a night in Tusayan, in a typical motel of the region, which features neat decoration and is perfectly equipped with a restaurant service, swimming pools and bowling alley among others.
Tusayan – Scottsdale
On the road to Scottsdale, pine forests gradually give way to the cacti and desert areas characteristic of Arizona (the temperatures also rise sharply). Stay overnight in a retro-inspired resort, where natural tones, wood and stone create a harmonious interior. Outside, the palm-shaded garden and swimming pool offer welcome respite from the heat.
Why will children love it – On summer evenings, it's still hot and some hotels show movies for kids to watch from the pool. Expect a pool movie night they won't forget.
Scottsdale – Return International Flight
Return the rental car. International overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT BY PRIVATE JEEP
This geological faultline is located on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, where the Pacific and North American tectonic plates meet. Divided into several segments, the San Andreas Fault is roughly 300 miles long and nearly 90 miles wide. and there are 200 small scale earthquakes in the area every year. This tour will give you an insight into this major fault, one of the most studied geological phenomena in the world.
TICKETS FOR THE 'ONE' SHOW
The show combines dance, visual and acrobatic performances for total immersion in the musical world of pop. This is an opportunity for a magical and moving experience, during which some 60 artists revive their greatest hits through hip-hop and urban dance inspired choreography.
THE NATIONAL ZION PARK WITH A PRIVATE GUIDE
If you wish, we can arrange a day's visit to Zion Park with a private guide. They will introduce you to this extraordinary landscape, tailoring the tour to your interests. This service also includes equipment hire if necessary (canyoning, cycling, hiking...).
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