National Parks Sampler

8 Days

Starting in/Ending in: Las Vegas, Nevada

Total driving distance approximately 998 miles

Overview

Glittering Las Vegas, the “City that Never Sleeps” is the gateway to the Natural Wonders of the Southwest. First stop: visit the majestic Grand Canyon! Then continue through the Painted Desert, a landscape as colorful as an artist’s palette, into picturesque Monument Valley with its red and orange monolithic sandstone mesas, the steel-blue waters of Lake Powell, the phantom-like rock spires in all shades of red of Bryce Canyon National Park, and the sheer cliffs of majestic Zion National Park, before returning to the city of lights – Las Vegas.

Trip Highlights

  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park

Itinerary

Arrive in Las Vegas and take in the sights and sounds of the "City that Never Sleeps".

Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Resort Fee of approx. $42 per night to be paid directly by client.

Crossing famous Hoover Dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 93, you'll enter Arizona and are on your way to the Grand Canyon National Park. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Grand Canyon Plaza Resort, Tusayan/Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Traveling along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon which offers more spectacular views you'll enter the Navajo Indian Reservation. Driving through the Painted Desert you'll reach Monument Valley, contained entirely within the Navajo reservation, occupying both Utah and Arizona. This is one of the most remarkable, beautiful and famous landscapes in the world, early recognized by Hollywood as a stunning background for western films.

Overnight: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn, Kayenta, Arizona

On the way to beautiful Lake Powell we recommend a stop at the Navajo National Monument, which preserves three of the most-intact cliff dwellings of the Anasazi (Hisatsinom). The sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell are magnificently framed by towering rock formations and soaring red cliffs which surround the area for as far as the eye can see.

Overnight: Clarion Inn, Page, Arizona (Complimentary Continental Breakfast)

On the way to yet another highlight of your trip you'll travel through Kanab, also known as "Little Hollywood," because so many western movies were filmed here - and it's easy to see why! Southern Utah is "cowboy country". Take a short detour to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where a stunning, coral-colored dune field is surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, blue skies and juniper/pinyon forests. The afternoon will find you approaching Bryce Canyon National Park created by a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsagunt Plateau in southern Utah. Erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes.

Overnight: Bryce View Lodge, Bryce City, Utah (Complimentary Continental Breakfast)

Entering Zion National Park via the Zion-Mt. Carmel Junction Highway you'll experience how outstanding works of man and nature compete for attention along this route. The road, completed in 1930, was considered an "almost impossible project," an engineering marvel of its time. Built across rough, up-and-down terrain, it connects lower Zion Canyon with the high plateaus to the east. As you travel from one side of the long tunnel to the other, the landscape changes dramatically. On one side of the tunnel is slickrock country. Here, rocks colored in white and pastels of orange and red have been eroded into hundreds of fantastic shapes, etched through time with odd patterns of cracks and grooves. The mountain of sandstone known as Checkerboard Mesa stands as the most prominent example of this naturally sculptured rock art. On one side lies Zion Canyon with its massive cliff walls. Today, the canyon continues to spark a sense of wonder and disbelief in those who come and stand beneath its 2,000- to 3,000-foot-high walls.

Overnight: Red Lion Hotel, St. George, Utah

Traveling through the beautiful Virgin River Gorge the highway takes you back into the Nevada Desert - and back into civilization!

Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Resort Fee of approx. $42 per night to be paid directly by client.

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Tour Ends

Trip Includes

  • 7 hotel nights at published hotels (or similar), local hotel taxes and resort fees (except where mentioned), travel tips, maps, and brochures. Complimentary Breakfast subject to change at the hotel’s discretion.

Trip Excludes

  • Rental car, gas, parking fees, porterage, flights, airport transfers, meals, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, park & attractions entrance fees, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, ferry charges, travel insurance.

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