Wed, July 11: Fly to Phoenix, Arizona and depart for Grand Canyon National Park, one of the great seven natural wonders of the world. Stop in Prescott for a Welcome Lunch at The Palace Saloon, the oldest frontier saloon in Arizona. Situated on Whiskey Row, which in the 1900’s was home to numerous saloons primarily due to the gold rush culture, The Palace was much more than a fancy "watering hole." Men came in to check for notices of work available; it served as an election central for several political races and cattle spreads; and mineral claims were bought and sold over the bar. Continue on to the National Geographic Visitor Center where the Grand Canyon IMAX Movie provides an excellent introduction to the park. Check in to Kachina Lodge along the rim of the canyon for two nights. (Meal: Lunch)
Thu, July 12: Today is free to experience the Grand Canyon as you like. Use the free shuttle system and spend the day exploring at your own pace. Participate in one of the many ranger programs offered by the park or consider an optional excursion. (B)
Fri, July 13: After a morning at leisure depart for Sedona, a beautiful town situated on the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. Take a guided trolley tour for an introduction to the beauty, culture and sights and stop at the inspirational Chapel of the Holy Cross with spectacular views. Check in to the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Sedona. Spend the evening discovering more of the town at your leisure. (B)
Sat, July 14: Grab your camera for a Pink Jeep tour of Sedona’s Red Rock Country. On this mild off-road experience with just the right amount of adventure, you’ll have photo opportunities of the stunning panoramas with every turn of the trail. Pass by some of the most inspiring red rock formations including Boynton Canyon, Doe Mesa, Thunder Mountain, Camel’s Caravan and Bear Mountain as your guide explains Sedona’s history, wildlife and geology. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the art galleries and quaint shops, or hike the extensive network of trails around town. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the group. (B,D))
Sun, July 15: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. A 900-year-old legacy of the ancient Sinagua culture, this 20-room high-rise apartment set into a towering limestone cliff tells the story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. Continue on to the Phoenix airport for your flight to Indianapolis. (B)
Kachina Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Located on the canyon rim, this contemporary lodge is located in the center of the historic district and offers magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. The lodge is walking distance to restaurants, gifts shops, Kolb Studio, Verkamp’s Visitor Center, and the Bright Angel Trail Head. Highlights: comfortable but modest guestrooms • in-room Keurig coffeemaker and mini-refrigerator • A/C • flat screen TV.
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble, Sedona, Arizona
Located in the heart of uptown Sedona overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and convenient to shopping and dining, each room of the hotel has a private balcony or patio offering magnificent Red Rock views. Highlights: free wireless Internet • in-room coffeemaker & mini-fridge • indoor/outdoor heated pool • fitness center • sauna & steam room • tennis courts • indoor, air-conditioned racquetball courts • weight room • billiards room.