Grand American Adventures
Travelling with Grand American Adventures who specialise in Small Group Adventures, this tour visits the best national parks and Native American lands that the Southwest USA has to offer. Visit Zion National Park with its powerful landscapes. Bryce Canyon is next – a natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires. Monument Valley is a recognisable backdrop to countless movies. Finally the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon – a highlight of any trip.
• 7 nights’ standard accommodation in a twin share (solo sleeper option available)
• Tour Leader throughout
• Transportation by private mini-coach
• Navajo guided backroads tour in Monument Valley
• Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre visit
Day 1 – Las Vegas
Arrive into Las Vegas McCarran Airport and transfer independently to the first tour hotel. Meet your Tour Leader at 6pm to learn about the adventure ahead. Overnight in Las Vegas.
Day 2 – Las Vegas to Zion National Park
Leave the glitz of Las Vegas and travel to Zion National Park. The park effortlessly mixes peaceful beauty with powerful landscapes and the tree lined Virgin River supports fragile flora and fauna as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their ‘promised land’ and it offers some of the best hiking in Southwest USA. Overnight near Zion National Park.
Day 3 – Zion National Park
Enjoy a full day to explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from ranging from easy to strenuous ones, but the most famous of these walks and probably the most challenging is the hike to Angels Landing. Once you have conquered this epic trail you will be greeted with the most breathtaking panoramas you will ever lay your eyes on. For a less strenuous walk take one of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald pools, passing a waterfall along the way to discover Zion’s ‘beach’. Cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. In the Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking through the Virgin River in between towering walls, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed. Overnight near Zion National Park.
Day 4 – Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park
Leaving Zion National Park you climb in elevation almost 2438 metres and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. “Mysterious”, “breathtaking” and “out of this world” are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to describe this fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known as ‘hoodoos’. Overnight near Bryce Canyon.
Day 5 – Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley
Today, travel southeast along the border to Utah and Arizona. Make a stop at the immense Glen Canyon Dam en route to the most photographed location in the USA – Monument Valley in the heart of the Navajo Nation. This is sacred land to those who call it home and the red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Overnight near Monument Valley.
Day 6 – Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park
Continue south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Then you traverse the eastern entrance of the mighty Grand Canyon where you’ll catch your first glimpse of it at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres long, up to 29 kilometres wide and over 1.6 kilometres deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres through seven USA states and two Mexican states. Overnight near Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 7 – Grand Canyon National Park
A full day to full enjoy this amazing place. The tour includes a session at the IMAX theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. We also highly recommend an optional scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon’s edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world’s most fantastic natural wonders. Overnight near Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 8 - Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas – end of tour
From the epic Grand Canyon you’ll travel south to Williams and west to Seligman where you stop for an optional lunch at the Snow Cap Diner along a section of the iconic Route 66. Continue on and stop for a view of the Hoover Dam before you’re greeted with the dazzling neon lights of Las Vegas. The tour ends at 5pm.Want to alter anything?
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