Sun, Oct 22: 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 into the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight with the group. (Meal: Dinner)
Mon, Oct 23: 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 red rock panoramas with every turn of the trail. Pass by some of the most inspiring red rock formations as your guide explains Sedona’s history, wildlife and geology. Spend time exploring the art galleries and quaint shops, or hiking the extensive network of trails around town before departing for Grand Canyon National Park, one of the great seven natural wonders of the world. Check into Thunderbird Lodge near the rim of the canyon for two nights. (B)
Tue, Oct 24: 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)
Wed, Oct 25: Say goodbye to the magnificent vistas of the Grand Canyon and travel to Tuba City to explore the Navajo Interactive Museum which approximates the journey Navajos take through life, and the Navajo Code Talkers Museum, which has actual gear and tools used in battle, victory stories, transcripts and detailed photos. A major advantage of the code talker system used to transmit information in World War II was its speed. The method of using Morse code often took hours where as the Navajos handled a message in minutes. Continue to Lake Powell 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. Take a tour of Glen Canyon Dam and learn how it changed the landscape and our history. Rising 710 feet above bedrock the dam was constructed to harness the power of the Colorado River and took 17 years to fill to capacity. Visit Antelope Canyon, a Navajo Tribal park, and witness the awe-inspiring sculpted petrified sand dune formed by water and wind. Check into the Lake Powell Resort for two nights. (B,L)
Thu, Oct 26: 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)
Fri, Oct 27: 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 are 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 into the Zion Lodge
, located in the heart of the park, for two nights. Enjoy a group dinner at the lodge tonight. (B,D) 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)
Sat, Oct 28: Full day at leisure for discovering Zion National Park
Sun, Oct 29: Transfer to the Las Vegas Airport for your return 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 makers and mini-refrigerators • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • outdoor heated pool • whirlpool • fitness center.
Thunderbird 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 guestrooms • in-room Keurig coffeemakers and mini-refrigerators • flat screen TV. Note: no A/C.
Lake Powell Resort, Page, Arizona
Offering comfortable accommodations, the resort overlooks spectacular lake panoramas and the surrounding cliffs. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms • in-room coffeemakers and mini-fridge • A/C • two restaurants • lounge • room service • Java City coffee shop • beachfront • fitness center • two outdoor pools • marina • watersports available (fees apply).
Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Utah
The only lodging facility in the park, Zion Lodge is the ideal location for exploring at your own pace. Highlights: comfortable, spacious guestrooms with porches or balconies • in-room coffeemakers • A/C • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant.