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Go on a colourful journey through the United States

Discover Southwest USA

Experience an unforgettable journey and discover the amazing colour palette of the American Southwest. Travel from Red Rock country through green nature parks and pine forests to the blue ocean. An area filled with unique wildlife, geological formations, diverse and wondrous landscapes, and plenty of outdoor adventures.

Where should you visit in Southwest USA?

Aerial view of Lake Powell
Lake Powell stretches through the states of Utah and Arizona
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Learn about the Navajo people in Monument Valley

Welcome to the Southwest

Go on an unforgettable journey and uncover the jewels of the Southwest. Discover red rock landscapes, go whale watching along the Californian Coast and spot unique wildlife in the national parks. Spend the night in your American-style cabin in the middle of nature, follow spectacular routes through the ever-changing landscape. This part of the United States is sure to leave an impression.

The options are so diverse that it may be difficult to make choices for your trip. We are happy to help you on your way. Contact one of our travel specialists who will put together a unique itinerary that fits your needs exactly.

Come up close to wildlife in Monterey Bay
Or visit the busy cities

California

In California you could holiday for a lifetime! With its sunny surf beaches, famous cities full of culture and entertainment, bucket list worthy national parks, there is plenty to do for everyone. Go rafting on one of the many rivers of Yosemite National Park in springtime, or visit Wine Country for a delicious wine tasting tour. In winter, enjoy skiing or whale watching on a cruise off the North Coast.

Not feeling very outdoorsy? Visit San Francisco's bustling Union Square, the dynamic downtown of Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip, or San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. Make sure to leave some time for Anaheim's Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood, not to mention the allure of real Hollywood! California really does have it all.

Drive one of the most scenic routes in the world, the Big Sur
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Or venture inland along windy roads

Utah

The Western state Utah is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the USA. Home to "the Mighty 5", Utah features some of the most astonishing landscapes in the world. Quench your appetite for outdoor wonder as you watch the shades of red rock change as the sun goes down in Zion National Park. Get a sense of expansiveness in Capitol Reef's endless rugged landscape. Hike through the Needles district in Canyonlands and capture the West's most photographed landform: Mesa Arch.

Nature's wonderland

Step into another world when walking among the red rock hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, or marvel at the wonderland that is Arches National Park. Best of all is that you don't even have to leave your car to experience the heart of Red Rock Country. Some of the world's most scenic drives can be found here.

For the outdoor enthusiasts there is an abundance of activities to choose from. Be sure to visit Moab and St. George for some serious hiking, mountain biking, or racing through the desert in a buggy.

Feel small like an ant in the magnificent landscape that is Capitol Reef
Walk among the hoodoos in Bryce National Park

Arizona

Whether you're a nature lover, a foodie, a parent, a spiritual seeker or all of the above, Arizona has amazing and unforgettable experiences waiting to be crossed off your bucket list. From breathtaking hikes and mountain bike rides to water skiing and white-water rafting.

Experience life on a grander scale

Take a road trip through the exhilarating countryside. Experience the majestic beauty of Grand Canyon National Park and the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy fine wine and culinary delights at one of Arizona's renowned wineries. End the day by indulging in a luxurious spa treatment at an elegant resort.

Across the state, you'll find ruins of villages, ancient structures, and missions founded by indigenous tribes, and later European settlers. Of course, who can forget Arizona's Wild West history? Arizona is also the former habitat of more than 22 Native American tribes. So if you are interested in the culture of the Indians, this is the place to go.

Have the flight of a lifetime in a helicopter over Grand Canyon
View over Sedona cityscape
Or simply enjoy the view from your accommodation in Sedona
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Nevada

The desert-like plains of Nevada call for a road trip. Drive along breathtaking mountain ranges on US Highway 50 - also known as the loneliest road in America - and visit Great Basin National Park or the ruins of Fort Churchill. Need to cool off? At Lake Lahontan, Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake you can go rafting, water skiing and kayaking, or just float around.

Take the US Highway 95 South towards Vegas and stay overnight in Tonopah, known for the thousands of stars that adorn the night sky here. Then get to know daring Las Vegas with a stroll down The Strip, past historic casinos, huge hotels and dancing fountains.

Other attractions include Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, as well as prominent gold and silver mines. Finally, you will learn all about the old Wild West here! Nevada is a state with a rich history and diverse culture. Whether you are visiting for the gambling, the natural beauty, or the history, Nevada is sure to have something for you.

From the hustle and bustle in Las Vegas
To peace and serenity at Lake Tahoe

Best travel time

The Southwest is the perfect region for a road trip. Drive through the national parks, stop for an American or Mexican delicacy along the way and enjoy the friendly locals.

Every season has its charm, but the most pleasant time for a trip through the Southwest is in the spring and autumn, due to the wonderful weather conditions and fewer crowds.

Of course, the best travel time also depends on your wishes. Do you want to hike in Yosemite National Park? Surf the waves in Santa Barbara? Drive through Death Valley? Stand under giant sequoias? Indulge in wine tasting? Contact your travel specialist who will be happy to help you plan your ideal trip.

Go canyoning in Zion National Park
Or simply relax at a Californian beach

Where to stay?

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our extensive collection of hand-selected accommodations in Southwest USA and beyond. Your travel specialist will match you with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

Rustic and unique cabin stay within Yosemite National Park.
Be surrounded by nature minutes from Yosemite National Park
Experience authentic Californian hospitality

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  • Carefully recommended activities based on your interests
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Let's design your holiday together

We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your pace, your interests, and anything you desire. Combined with first-hand, local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied. We take care of every detail, so you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with yourself and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

One step closer to your dream trip

More is possible than you may think

You probably already have ideas for your holiday to the United States and Canada. Nature tours through the Rocky Mountains, spotting orcas near the San Juan Islands, or exploring the streets of San Francisco on the iconic cable car?

For the best local tips and advice, visit one of our online presentations. Meet our travel specialists and have all of your questions answered.