ITINERARY

WESTERN US NATIONAL PARKS ITINERARY

Day 1 - Oct 15 (Sun). Las Vegas - St. George

Meet your tour leader this morning in the hotel lobby and depart for St. George for your overnight stay and Welcome Dinner.  (Dinner)

 

Day 2 - Oct 16 (Mon) St. George - Zion - Bryce CanyonHoodoos

First stop today ZION NATIONAL PARK!  "Zion" is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary.  Once a refuge for Mormon pioneers, ZION NATIONAL PARK'S striking landscapes of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over millions of years will mesmerize you.  There is plenty of time to explore the park:  take the park shuttle, see the Visitor's Center and the museum, take a leisurely hike, bird watch, or join a park ranger to learn more about the animals, geology, plants, and  human history.  Continue to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.  Bryce is famous for its unique geology; erosion has created bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins and spires called "hoodoos".  Tinted with numerous colors, these rocks create a wondrous landscape.  Make sure to have your camera on hand today.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3 - Oct 17 (Tues) - Bryce Canyon - Page

Head south today to Page on the shores of Lake Powell.  On your ANTELOPE CANYON CRUISE glide through the narrow walls of the Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations.  Visit the GLEN CANYON DAM, holding the waters of the Colorado River in Lake Powell.  (Breakfast)

 

az-rainbowbridge 096Day 4 - Oct 18 (Wed) - Page - Excursion to Monument Valley - Grand Canyon National Park area

Our optional early morning flights provide another unique perspective of Lake Powell.  This beautiful sightseeing flight also includes Glen Canyon Dam, Wahweap Marina, Tower Butte, and Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural arch on Earth.  Depart for MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK, where the weathering action of wind and water has carved the famous sandstone spires and towers that rise hundreds of feet above the valley floor.  Enjoy a 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR of Monument Valley with a knowledgeable Navajo guide who shares their culture and how it is influenced by the area.  Explore the area's oddly shaped red sandstone monoliths, buttes, and mesas - the setting for some of John Ford's most memorable films.  Continue to the Grand Canyon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

 

Note:  Accommodations within Grand Canyon National Park are limited in availability and cannot be guaranteed.  Confirmations for national park lodging are generally not confirmed until January prior to the season.  In the event accommodations cannot be secured inside the park, alternate location is Williams, AZ

 

 

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Day 5 - Oct 19 (Thur). - Grand Canyon National Park area

Today, set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved.  There's time to admire the spectacular scenery with photo stops along the way.  This afternoon, you are free to explore at your own pace.  Perhaps venture down part of Bright Angel Trail or take a nature walk with a ranger to learn about the region's native flora and fauna.  This evening, be sure to watch the spectacular sunset.  (Breakfast)

Day 6 - Oct 20 (Fri) - Grand Canyon Park - Grand Canyon Railroad - Williams - Sedona
If you missed the sunset, sunrise is just as impressive!  After breakfast, you may want to enjoy optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon - definitely the thrill of a lifetime.  In the afternoon, take an unforgettable journey into the canyon on the GRAND CANYON RAILROAD.  From your 1950s era passenger car, while strolling musicians roam playing tunes of yesteryear, marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon.  Upon arrival at the Williams depot, board your motorcoach and continue to Sedona, a thriving center for new age arts set in Canyon Country.  (Breakfast)

 

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Day 7 - Oct 21 (Sat) - Sedona - Phoenix
Start the day with a visit to SEDONA ARTS CENTER.  Next visit a locally owned vineyard and winery in the lush greenbelt of Oak Creek in Arizona's Verde Valley and enjoy a WINE TASTING and lunch.  In the afternoon continue to Phoenix.  (Breakfast, lunch)





 

Day 7 - Oct 21 (Sat) - Phoenix

The sightseeing tour includes downtown Phoenix including Bank HeardOne Ballpark, home of the Diamondbacks, the America West Arena and the Arizona State Capitol.  Visit the HEARD MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE, one of the premier Native American museums in the United States.  Continue to Old Town Scottsdale for some free time for lunch and shopping.  We'll also drive through exclusive Paradise Valley with its many exclusive celebrities homes. Tonight join your friends for a COWBOY STEAK DINNER with all the fixin's and country-western music at Arizona's Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse, where legend goes that the original site, atop a butte in the foothills of South Mountain, was a hideout for cattle rustlers. (Dinner)

 

Day 8 - Oct 22 (Sun) - Departure from Phoenix

A group transfer is provided to the Phoenix airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)


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