Deal of the week: West Coast Parks

7 June 2016

Flight Centre's marketing manager, Michelle Smith, sat down with Dubai Eye's The Ticket to send their listeners to the city of love, Paris, and reveal this weeks Deal of the Week! 

The National Parks of California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado are some of the most stunning in the world, and while most travellers will think of Santa Monica Boulevard and Universal Studios when they think of a West Coast holiday, for the more adventurous seeking a 'truer' side of America, this tour is for you. 

Flying into LAX, you'll spend an overnight in the city of Angels before hitting the Interstate 10 en route to Phoenix Arizona. Driving through the Mojave Desert, home to Death Valley, and also a host of films from Indiana Jones to Kill Bill, you'll be rendered speechless by the vast and dramatic landscapes. Pack a water bottle as the Mojave Desert is the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America. 

Montezuma's Castle, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and the Grand Canyon

Charge your camera for day three as you see Montezuma's Castle in Camp Verde; built by the Sinagua people approximately 1100 AED, the main structure comprises of five storeis and twenty rooms and was built over three centuries! Not one to be outshone, Oak Creek Canyon is next on our list of grand monuments, the river gorge lies between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona and although sometimes referred to as the smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon, Oak Creen Canyon's grandeuse beauty is not to be skipped. Finishing off the day with sunset at the Grand Canyon! 

Monument Valley versus Canyonlands

En route to Moab, we stop at the iconic Monument Valley, named by the native tribes as "valley of the rocks", to take in the spectacual rock formations. For a truly unique experience, opt for a hot air balloon ride to take in the aerial views. We'll stop by Canyonlands - most travellers might know it from the movie 127 hours based off a true story of hiker Aron Ralston's ordeal in the national park! 

Did you know? It has been known to snow in Monument Valley! 

Arches National Park 

Take in the symphony of colours and shapes of Arches National Park before reaching Rock Springs in the afternoon. Rock City, Wyoming, has a popular of just over 23,000 but is a melting pot of over 56 nationalities! The cole mining industry saw an influx of immigrants which the city is proud of to this day, celebrating its cultural diversity each year on International Day. 

Grand Teton National Park

Hitting the road early, we arrive in Grand Teton National Park to take in the vast wildlife on offer from antelope, mules, deer, chipmunks and colourful blue jays. 

Yellowstone 

Yellowstone is the world's first national park, renowned globally for its geysers, mud volcanoes, bald eagles and herds of bison! Explore the stunning natural beauty of Yellowstone which has been described as "transcendental".  

Bryce Canyon 

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its spire-shaped rock formations - the epicentre is the Bryce Ampitheater, an impressive hoodoo-filled valley. 

Zion National Park

As we approach our final day of the tour we check out Zion National Park in Nevada - another impressive natural landscape.