Tue, Oct 16: Fly to Phoenix, Arizona 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 to Sedona, a beautiful town situated on the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. Check in to the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight with the group. (Meal: Dinner)
Wed, Oct 17: Grab your camera for a Pink Jeep tour of Sedona’s Red Rock Country. Choose between a relaxing, on and off-road experience where you will see beautiful red rock panoramas and learn about the local plant life, wildlife, geology, and history or take in the amazing landscape while traveling along a rugged and bumpy old wagon trail road gaining over 1,500 feet in elevation. Spend time exploring the art galleries and quaint shops before departing for Grand Canyon National Park, one of the great seven natural wonders of the world. Visit the National Geographic Visitor Center where the Grand Canyon IMAX Movie provides an excellent introduction to the park. Check in to Kachina Lodge near the rim of the canyon for two nights. (B)
Thu, Oct 18: Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the Grand Canyon. 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, Oct 19: Say goodbye to the magnificent vistas of the Grand Canyon. Join a Navajo guide to see Antelope Canyon, a Navajo Tribal Park, and witness the awe-inspiring sculpted petrified sand dune formed by water and wind. Your Antelope Canyon experience continues with a boat tour through the narrow, colorful and sculpted geology of the lower end of Lake Powell. See the high-walled formations with stunning red and burnt orange rocks and get a unique perspective of Glen Canyon Dam, the second largest concrete arch dam in the United States. Located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the United States and is 186 miles long with 1,960 miles of shoreline. Check in to the Lake Powell Resort for two nights. (B,L)
Sat, Oct 20: Travel to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a sacred Navajo land featuring colorful sandstone spires that rise hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Enjoy an inspiring tour narrated by one of the Navajo tribe members dedicated to sharing the culture, history, geology and archeology of the area. (B,L)
Sun, Oct 21: Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, which, despite its name, is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion. This erosion exposed delicate and colorful pinnacles called hoodoos that rise up to 200 feet high. Enjoy lunch on your own in the park at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Mid-afternoon, head for Zion National Park in southeastern Utah. Check in to the cabins at Zion Lodge, located in the heart of the park, for two nights. Enjoy a group dinner at the lodge. (B,D)
Mon, Oct 22: Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Zion National Park and its towering sandstone cliffs of different colors and narrow canyons. With a change of elevation of 5,000 feet, the park has many microclimates and habitats and is home to over 78 species of mammals and almost 300 species of birds. Watch for endangered California condors as you travel through the park. Use the park shuttle system and take time on your own for hiking and exploring as you wish. (B)
Tue, Oct 23: Transfer to the Las Vegas, Nevada airport for your flight home. (B)
Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, Sedona, Arizona
Peaceful beauty and red rock views are especially gorgeous from the hotel’s Promenade Terraces. Highlights: contemporary guestrooms • in-room coffee/tea maker and mini-refrigerator • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • outdoor heated pool • whirlpool • fitness center.
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 within 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.
Lake Powell Resort, Page, Arizona
Offering comfortable accommodations, the resort overlooks spectacular lake panoramas and the surrounding cliffs. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms • in-room coffeemaker and mini-refrigerator • A/C • two restaurants • lounge • room service • Java City coffee shop • beachfront • fitness center • two outdoor pools • marina • watersports available (fees apply).
Zion Lodge & Cabins, Zion National Park, Utah
The only lodging facility in the park, Zion Lodge & Cabins are the ideal location for exploring at your own pace. Cabins are a short walk along paved paths to the main lodge. Highlights: comfortable cabins with gas log fireplace and porch • in-room coffeemaker and mini-refrigerator • A/C • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access (service can be sparse) • restaurant.