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Explore the captivating canyonlands and experience spellbinding landscapes on this unforgettable National Parks tour! You’ll start and end in Las Vegas, and overnight along the way inside Grand Canyon National Park; near Monument Valley in Kayenta; near Lake Powell in Page; Bryce Canyon National Park; and St. George, the most important Mormon community in southern Utah. Highlights of this National Parks tour are your visits to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. You’ll stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, giving you the opportunity to see a stunning sunset over the canyon. If you miss sunset, sunrise is also spectacular! In Bryce Canyon National Park, you'll be amazed at the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos." Enjoy the beauty and peace offered at Zion National Park—with its massive canyon walls ascending toward the blue sky. Rushing streams over millions of years have carved these steep canyons and stone towers that will mesmerize you. You’ll have plenty of time here to explore the park, join a park ranger, or take a leisurely hike. But that’s not all…you’ll also visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most photographed places with its pinnacles of rock surrounded by mesas, buttes, shrubs, trees, and windblown sand. Have your camera ready for some spectacular shots during your 4-wheel-drive tour of mystical Monument Valley and its massive formations. At Navajo National Monument, visit the villages that date from 1250 to 1300 AD built by the prehistoric Puebloan Ancestors. You’ll also visit Glen Canyon Dam—the country’s second-highest concrete-arch dam—which holds back Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest man-made lake. Finally, you’ll visit Snow Canyon State Park, a park featuring soaring sandstone cliffs. Offering stunning scenery, this National Parks tour designed for value-minded travelers should not be missed!
Sightseeing:Orientation tour in St. George, Navajo National Monument, and 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; services of a professional Tour Director.
Scenic Highlights:Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon State Park.
NOTE:On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Grand Canyon National Park
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Meals & Itinerary
2 continental breakfasts
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 Las Vegas
Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2 Las Vegas–Williams–Grand Canyon National Park
Cross the desert and the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest, to arrive in the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Accommodations this evening are inside the park.
Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park–Navajo National Monument–Kayenta
If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! For a once-in-a lifetime experience, take our optional flightseeing excursion over the heart of the Grand Canyon for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Later today, NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Visit villages built by prehistoric Ancestral Puebloans that date from 1250 to 1300 AD. See original architectural elements such as roof beams, masonry walls, and rock art. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.
Day 4 Kayenta–Monument Valley–Lake Powell–Page
To experience the American West immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Afterward, visit the Glen Canyon Dam, holding back the waters of the Colorado River in Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest man-made lake. This afternoon, consider an optional Antelope Canyon cruise, which takes you onto the lake and into the tight, winding canyons.
Day 5 Page–Bryce Canyon National Park
Our optional early morning flight provides another unique perspective of Lake Powell. This beautiful sightseeing flight also includes Glen Canyon Dam, Wahweap Marina, Tower Butte, and Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural arch on Earth. Then, travel into Utah along the Grand Staircase to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Bryce is famous for its unique geology; erosion has created bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” Tinted with numerous colors, these rocks create a wondrous landscape. Make sure to have your camera on hand today!
Day 6 Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–St. George
“Zion” is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Once a refuge for Mormon pioneers, ZION NATIONAL PARK’S striking landscapes of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over millions of years will mesmerize you. There is plenty of time to explore the park: take the park shuttle, see the Visitor’s Centre and the museum, take a leisurely hike, bird watch, or join a park ranger to learn more about the animals, geology, plants, and human history. You’ll overnight in St. George.
Day 7 St. George–Snow Canyon State Park–Las Vegas
This morning begins with an orientation tour of St. George, the most important Mormon community in southern Utah. The journey continues to SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, a park featuring a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains of Utah. A stop at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3 pm. The trip ends at your Las Vegas hotel for those guests with extra nights.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Escorting tours for more than 5 years
Years of Experience: 5
“I believe the path to becoming a Tour Director started for me as a young teenager when our family loaded up the car and embarked upon a cross-country road trip from Virginia to California and back. We did our own "vacation" long before the Griswolds came along! Born, raised and educated in Virginia, I have slowly but surely made my way west with each career opportunity and job transfer, rediscovering many of America's most beautiful National Parks, forests and recreation areas that I first fell in love with on that family road trip back in the day. The chance for a career change came in 2010, when I became a Tour Director, and now reside in Denver, Colorado. This area provides great proximity to National Parks such as Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Bryce Canyon. Having become very familiar with this beautiful part of our country, I look forward to sharing it with you on a tour of America's spectacular National Parks and Canyons.”
LAS VEGAS The Linq Hotel & Casino (SF) KAYENTA Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (MF) PAGE Quality Inn Lake Powell (ST) BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn (ST) ST GEORGE Best Western Plus Abbey Inn & Suites (MF)
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).
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Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing
There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Price Range: $$$$
Enjoy a unique dinnerand exclusive evening outside amongst the beautiful red rock canyons.
Price Range: $$
Antelope Canyon Cruise
Glide through the narrow walls of Antelope Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations on this popular cruise on Lake Powell.
Price Range: $$
Exploring this region by air really allows visitors to understand this vast, rugged are of the SouthWest. Choose from several different flightseeing tours.
Price Range: $$$$
Antelope Canyon Slot Tour
Along with a Navajo guide, you'll discover Antelope Slot Canyon, the spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece.
Price Range: $$
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