Red Rocks & Painted Canyons
June 29 – July 6, 2013
Share the wonders of nature's handiwork with your family on this enchanting Utah, Nevada and Arizona vacation. See the sun rise over the Grand Canyon with a stay at an inside-the-park lodge right on the rim, and walk along the South Rim with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute... discover classic Western towns like red-rock Sedona, Arizona and Kanab, Utah ("Little Hollywood")... float along the Colorado River on a raft... flightsee over Rainbow Bridge... explore the Lake Powell area on an off-road slot canyon adventure or on a boat cruise... view Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos and ride a horse or mule along its scenic trails with a cowboy... and take a hike at Zion National Park!
Day 1 - A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Welcome reception and dinner tonight. Lodging - Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Day 2 - Stunning red-rock formations like Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock form an awesome backdrop for your visit to Sedona – just like they've provided the backdrop for many Western movies; enjoy some free time in this beautiful, historic town with its own unique energy, loved by artists, New Agers and Old West fans alike. Continue on to an overnight stay at incredible Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll experience one of nature's masterpieces with your family after the crowds depart – and be sure to watch the sun set over the canyon! More than one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is connected with Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon by a series of cliffs known as the Grand Staircase. Your family will spend the night at an inside-the-park lodge right on the canyon's South Rim, and enjoy dinner at a choice of restaurants tonight.
Lodging - Kachina Lodge
Day 3 - Join an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute for this morning's informative, guided two-hour walk along the South Rim of the canyon, followed by some time to enjoy as you please. Keep an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife as you explore the cactus-studded landscape. Later, on a guided driving tour of the canyon's East Rim as you depart Grand Canyon National Park, stop at several points including Desert View Lookout, each offering a different view of the canyon, en route to your next destination... unique, man-made Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Have fun at tonight's private pizza party at your lakefront resort.
Lodging - Lake Powell Resort
Day 4 - Fly over Rainbow Bridge and explore more of Lake Powell. Get a bird's-eye view of the amazing Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell itself on a flightseeing expedition. Lodging - Lake Powell Resort
Day 5 - Glen Canyon rafting, a touch of the Old West in Kanab & on to Bryce Canyon. Enjoy real Old-West-style entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, this afternoon, another town you may recognize as the setting for many "cowboy" movies and TV shows. Continue on to an overnight inside Bryce Canyon National Park, where you're treated to spectacular views of natural bridges, limestone cliffs and astounding stone spires, known as hoodoos, in shades of pink, red and orange.
Lodging - The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Day 6 - Ride the trails of Bryce Canyon's wonderland, then off to Zion. Weather permitting, you'll saddle up and share the adventure of a trail ride, on either a horse or a mule, escorted by a cowboy guide who will point out hidden sights within Bryce Canyon. After lunch, it's off to Zion National Park.
Lodging - Zion Lodge
Day 7 - Spend the morning exploring Zion National Park's remarkable features – deep canyons, lush valleys, sandstone cliffs, mountain peaks, emerald pools and pink-colored gorges – as you please. This afternoon, journey across a corner of the Mojave Desert from Utah to Nevada, arriving in legendary Las Vegas; take in the neon wonders of this "city that never sleeps" before joining us for a farewell dinner as your Nevada.
Lodging - Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Day 8 - Journey home from Las Vegas
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