The Desert/Intermountain West Tour

Las Vegas to Boise via National Parks

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Created by vrstokes - July 9th 2016

Growing up and still living on the West Coast, I have always been surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural places on earth. This is my dream road trip of visiting National Parks I have yet to experience across the desert basin and intermountain west regions. A fantastic voyage of colors, textures, and visuals in 5 states. This road trip is sure to produce amazing imagery, captured in the mind's eye as well as in your camera. As a celebration the rugged natural beauty of the west, one is awed and humbled by it. This trip is in celebration of National Parks, which belong to everyone in the US as our shared national backyard. As John Burroughs once said, "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

As most epic trips do, this one begins in the famous Las Vegas, NV.

Photo of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV, US

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Skip the glitz & glamour of the strip - and witness the glamour of the great outdoors!

Photo of Holiday Inn Express Hotel Las Vegas-Nellis
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4035 North Nellis Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, US

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Las Vegas-Nellis

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The lucky residents of St. George are at the intersection of many great National Parks in all directions.

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2450 N. Town Center Drive, Washington, UT, US

Holiday Inn Express - St. George Utah

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Photo of Zion National Park
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State Rte. 9, Springdale, UT, US

Zion National Park

Utah + National Parks = heaven on earth.

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Bryce Canyon, UT, US

Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoo? You do!!

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161 North 100 East, Tropic, UT, US

Bryce Canyon Log Cabins

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Get into the western frontier spirit!

US Hwy 67, Grand Canyon Village, AZ, US

Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim

The granddaddy of National Parks, this one can be seen from space! You can check out the view from solid ground here at the lesser visited North Rim.

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691 Scenic View Road, Lake Powell, UT, US

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The Lake Powell area is nature photographer's dream. Water carved solid rock never disappoints, and color combinations seem effortless.

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100 Lake Shore Drive, Page, AZ, US

Lake Powell Resort

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R&R has never looked so good!

Photo of Natural Bridges National Monument
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Hc 60 Box 1, Blanding, UT, US

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural formations sparking natural curiosity in all.

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533 North Main Street, Monticello, UT, US

Inn at the Canyons

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A Canyonlands location, with a nod to Thomas Jefferson brings the west & east US together here.

Photo of Arches National Park
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N Highway 191, Moab, UT, US

Arches National Park

Have you seen the viral video of the guys swinging from the Big Arch? Not recommended, but your adrenaline will be pumping just to witness these views.

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13784 US-191, Moab, UT, US

Moab Under Canvas

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Glamping is fun! Great alternative to full-on camping, and easy decision for all kinds of road trips.

Photo of Capitol Reef National Park
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16 Scenic Dr, Torrey, UT, US

Capitol Reef National Park

The last UT National Park in the trip, and ending with a burst of such amazing natural colors it's like being in a real-life painting.

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2600 East Highway 24, Torrey, UT, US

Capitol Reef Resort

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When the non-professional photos look like this, how can you not stop here?

The biggest city in the state with surrounding mountain views - truly the best of both worlds.

200 North 2100 West, Salt Lake City, UT, US

Holiday Inn

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475 N Cache St, Jackson, WY, US

Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa

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The open space and natural surroundings feel like the wild west has come to life. Is "rustic-luxury" a thing? If so, this is it!