Canyon Lands of the Southwest – June 3rd – 9th 2018

 

Welcome to the Canyon Lands of the South West, featuring Arizona & Utah… This journey brings you into a colorful world of stunning vistas and the unique topography of three national parks: Zion, Bryce & the Grand Canyon… this is some of the most scenic and inspiring landscapes on earth!!!

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Day 1 – Sunday, June 3rd – Home to Williams AZ
Our first stop today will be a late lunch at the Old Country Buffet, then, we’ll be on our way to the lovely Grand Canyon Railway Hotel & Resort in Williams Arizona! Your evening is free to explore and relax after the day’s journey. The resort has a couple of options for dinner. Grand Canyon Railway Hotel & Resort (L) 

Day 2 – Monday, June 4th – Williams to the Grand Canyon
Breakfast will be at the Resort this morning… First up this morning; The Grand Canyon Railway… Travel through two plateaus, passed Ponderosa pine forests, down to the open and dry high desert, then back up to the Grand Canyon… the overwhelming beauty and immense size will amaze you! Lunch is served in the Thunderbird Room, overlooking the Grand Canyon… Take in the great views while enjoying lunch in our private room. Next, a real treat; the Pink Jeep Tour! Discover this natural wonder’s marvelous geology at exclusive stops including: Desert View Watchtower; Navaho Point; Moran Point; and Grandview Point. Celebrate the Native American culture preserved within the famous landmarks along the rim. Later, we’ll check into the Maswik Lodge, a modern facility, spread over several acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, located just ¼ mile from the canyon’s edge. Your evening is free to explore. The Park offers a free shuttle with stops along the South rim. Additionally, there are several restaurants along the rim for you to choose from. Maswick Lodge (B, L)

Day 3 – Tuesday, June 5th  – Grand Canyon to Springdale UT
Enjoy breakfast will be at the Lodge this morning before we depart for Lake Powell. Lunch is served at the Lake Powell Resort & Marina with magnificent view of the Lake’s sapphire blue water, and the beautiful red rock buttes… it will take your breath away! Next, we’ll board a tour boat to cruise Lake Powell… Relax as we cruise through two famous Lake Powell Canyons; Antelope and Navajo. These are some of the most breathtaking views on the lake. Don’t forget your camera! This afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive to Zion National Park… This is Utah’s first National park, with massive canyon walls ascending toward a brilliant blue sky. View the towering cliffs, and unique sandstone cliffs, ranging in color from cream to pink, as we continue on to Springdale, where we’ll check into our home for the next two nights, the Bumbleberry Inn. Tonight, gather for the “best dern grub in the West” at Porters Smokehouse, next door to the hotel. Bumbleberry Inn (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Wednesday, June 6th  – Zion Park – Local Touring
Breakfast will be at Porters this morning… Today is all yours to taking in the wonders of the Canyon… There is a shuttle that leaves from outside our hotel, with drop-offs and pick-ups at several places in the canyon. Tonight’s dinner is at Arkansas Al’s a local favorite featuring fantastic views! Bumbleberry Inn (B, D)

Day 5 – Thursday, June 7th  – Springdale to Bryce Canyon
After breakfast we’ll depart for Bryce Canyon, the smallest of the 3 canyons, and perhaps the most spectacular. Our first stop will be at the Visitors Center… Take a break and indulge in some wandering time. Lunch will be served at the Bryce Canyon Lodge… Relax and enjoy dining in the style of rustic elegance from the 1930s. After lunch, we’ll welcome our knowledgeable local step-on guide… On this amazing driving tour, we’ll learn about how the erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes. Collectively called “hoodoos,” these colorful and whimsical formations stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, and are a vision to behold. Later, we’ll check into the Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel. You’ll have a little time to freshen up before dinner. Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Friday, June 8th – Bryce Canyon to  Las Vegas
Breakfast will be at the Hotel this morning… Then we’ll depart for Las Vegas. Our lunch today is at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, NV… After lunch you will have some free time to wander the grounds, or try your luck in the Casino! Later, we’ll check into the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, It offers a full-service casino, fine dining and casual restaurants, fabulous pools and more! Your evening is free to enjoy the lights of Las Vegas, take in a show, gamble, or just relax and reminisce about all the wonderful sights. Golden Nugget Casino & Resort (B, L)

Day 7 – Saturday, June 9th  Las Vegas to Home 
We’ll make our way home today with great memories of the 3 beloved National Parks that we visited… all of them are very unique and different. It’s always hard to compare them or even come up with a favorite. (B)

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