Get ready to be seduced by the beauty of the Canyonlands on this multi-day trip through some of the most iconic national parks in the United States.
Day 1: Las Vegas
Motorcoach transportation provided from Bellingham, Anacortes, Seattle, Yakima, Ellensburg, & Yakima to Seattle- Tacoma International Airport, were you’ll meet your groups tour host. Fly Alaska Airlines to Las Vegas. Meet our local tour director on site at Harrah’s* Casino Resort Hotel there to greet us and assist in check-in. Explore the rest of the day on your own.
*or similar, LasVegas, NV
Day 2: Route 66 -Grand Canyon
Morning departure, travel past Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, rest stop in Kingman for a tour of the Route 66 Museum, highlighting the glory days of cross-country automobile travel. Then continue our drive on what was once Roue 66 as we head through northern Arizona with a stop for lunch along the way. Afternoon, “One of the Wonders of the World,” Grand Canyon National Park. This 1.2 million acre national park hosts a variety of wildlife and scenic wonders. Learn the geology and history of the canyon while taking in its breathe taking beauty at all the best views points along South Rim including Grand Canyon Village. The Colorado River is the main contributor in the creation of the vast canyon and can still be viewed carving its way through the rock roughly a mile below. Enjoy a welcome dinner as we get to know each other better.
BW Premier Squire Inn, Tusayan, AZ
Day 3: Navajo Nation -Monument Valley
Traverse though the Grand Canyons and continue sightseeing South Rim to Desert View for a final look before existing the park. Enter Navajo Nation and continue to Tuba City and tour for Explore Navajo Interactive Museum where you will learn Navajo history, culture and art. The Navajo Code Talkers is also a highlight of the Museum. Lunch on your own, then we will travel across the heart of Navajo Nation on your way to world-famous Monument Valley and historic Goulding’s Lodge. After check-in, meet your Navajo guide and board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for a scenic tour of Monument Valley, locations for scores of famous westerns films, television programs and commercials. As we travel through the valley and visit famous locations such as John Ford Point, Artist Point and Totem Pole, we will also learn more Navajo traditions and way of life. Then experience an evening of Navajo culture, food and entertainment.
Goulding’s Lodge, Monument Valley, UT
Day 4: Arches National Park
North from Monument Valley to Balding the Anasazi Indians will come alive as we learn their history and discover artifacts at Edge of the Cedars Museum & Ruins. Next, stop in Moab, “Adventure Capitol of Utah,” spend free time shopping and lunch on your own. Then your off to Arches National Park for sightseeing. The 18,000 square-foot visitor center will introduce you to the unique geological forces creating the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 names arches within it’s 73,000 acre boundary. Visit all the parks highlights including Park Avenue, Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch. In the late afternoon, join the group for a unique experience as you take a jet boat ride on the mighty Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons.
Fairfield Inn, Moab, UT
Day 5: Dead Horse Point -Capitol Reef National Park
Morning departure to Dead Horse Point State Park for a spectacular scene in the southwest! Take in the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching south and the mighty Colorado River 2,00 feet below. Next, arrive Capitol Reef National Park for a wonderful picnic lunch under towering cottonwood trees ans sightseeing of the ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history. The park was created to protect a 100 mile wrinkle in the earth’s crust called The Waterpocket Fold. Then, Scenic Highway 12, the crown jewel of scenic byways system and designated an “All America Road.” Drive up and over Boulder Mountains reaching altitudes over 9,000 feet with incredible views of Capitol Reef, the Circle Cliffs & Henry Mountains. Stop in the town of Boulder for touring Anasazi State Park with its ancient Indian ruins. Then travel through Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument, with vast expanses of rose& cream colored sandstone. There are dramatic cliffs, high mesas, streams, & deep canyons in a multi-hued color across 1.9 million acre monument. This evening arrive in Bryce Canyon and check into your hotel located just outside the park.
BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon, UT
Day 6: Bryce Canyon -Zion
Enter Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce that translates into, “red rock standing like man in a bowel-shaped canyon.” Then take a short drive to see Utah’s oldest and most famous national park, Zion National Park. Paiutes believe mischievous spirits lived among the 2,000-foot high towers and would not enter the canyon alone or remain there after dark. There will be time for lunch on your own and to explore Zion Canyon, a brilliant green canyon set against the backdrop or sheer red cliffs, with occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rocks. This evening arrive in St George for hotel check-in and farewell dinner.
BW Abbey Inn, St George, UT
Day 7: Journey Home
Morning travel across Nevada to Las Vegas Airport, time for lunch on your own fly out Alaska Airlines non-stop to Seattle-Tacoma Airport with scheduled transportation by motorcoach to your return location. As you travel home, remember all the wonderful memories and friends you have met along the way!
Airporter transportation from Bellingham, Burlington, Stanwood, Marysville, Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, North Bend, Seattle
1 checked bag per person for airline
Airport Taxes & Fees
6 nights accommodations
transportation by motorcoach
professional local guides
6 breakfast, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
entrance into all attractions, National Parks, and Monuments as mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for included meals
luggage handling/ portage
customary gratuities for the professional local guides, outfitters, Canyonland driver, and tour director