Contrary to their common perception, adventures need not require you to travel to far-flung places and take weeks off work. No, some of the best adventures are those that are that bit closer to home. Those that don’t require a passport and those that can be conquered just over the course of a couple of days. Now, our travel experts are on hand to show you just how to make the most of these whirlwind adventures, in true Black Tomato style. For us, nowhere screams ‘adventure’ quite like the American Southwest. Crammed full of otherworldly landscapes, plunging canyons and star-filled skies – it’s an adventurer’s playground. Spend a week scrambling over the red rock terrain, squeezing through ravines and paddling to secluded bays as you discover Utah’s hypnotic beauty.
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Flying into Las Vegas, you’ll be met by your private driver who will then take you out of Nevada and into Utah and the towering red and white cliffs of Zion National Park. Home to off the beaten track adventures (just how we like them) and spectacular views of Zion’s red rocks, you’ll spend your first two nights in true adventuring style – under canvas. But Under Canvas camp is far from your ordinary camping experience. Featuring king-sized beds, stargazer tents and fine dining, it’s glamping all the way here.
Whilst hiking through Zion alongside an expert guide is an unbeatable way to take in the breathtaking scenery at a more sedate pace, this is a place built for canyoneering. So get to know the canyon walls and the overlooks, the rivers and the waterfalls first, then buckle up your harness as you rappel your way through these stunning panoramas. From the Three Patriarchs to the iconic Narrows, it seems that another natural wonder awaits you around every corner on this two-day jaunt through the otherworldly landscapes of Zion. There’s simply no better place to kick start your adventure.
Where Action Meets Relaxation
From Zion, you’ll then head east to the Grand Circle and the remote Amangiri. A luxurious hideaway tucked within light-dappled canyons, Amangiri perfectly balances adrenaline-fuelled adventure with peaceful serenity. At the heart of the Grand Circle, your next three days are guaranteed to be action-packed. We’ll send you hiking amongst the otherworldly hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, kayaking over the deep-blue waters of Lake Powell and squeezing through the tight spaces of photographer’s favourite, Antelope Canyon.
No adventure through the American Southwest would be complete, however, without a visit to the iconic Grand Canyon. Alongside an expert guide, discover the layers of red rock which act as a storybook of American adventuring history. For a whole new perspective though? Take to the skies on a morning hot air balloon flight, taking in aerial views of Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain and the Vermillion Cliffs. It’s only when you’re this high up that you can get a real sense of the sheer scale and wonder of this beguiling region of the Southwest.
So there you have it – the ultimate American Southwest adventure rolled up into just a couple of days. We’ve taken you into all the tightest nooks and crannies (and out the other side again), but in a place such as this, you can’t help but feel you’re only ever scratching the surface. Just one reason to keep coming back, if you ask us.
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For something altogether more adventurous, switch red rock for white water as you embark on a rafting expedition down the Colorado River. Eschew convention and spend your days rafting rapids and your nights glamping beneath the stars on the riverbanks. We’ll guide you safely downriver, tailoring your route to anything between an adrenaline-charged splash through Class IV water or a milder float suitable for beginners. At the end of it all, we can even have a bush plane on hand to escort you off to your next destination. Where that is, is entirely up to you. Though might we suggest a luxury houseboat charter on Lake Powell as a fitting reward to your exertions? Everything we do is bespoke to you, so whatever it is, get in touch and our Southwest travel experts will craft the getaway you’re craving.