Sightseeing:Orientation tour in St. George; 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley.
Scenic Highlights:Grand Canyon National Park, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.
Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; services of a professional Tour Director.
Day 1Las Vegas
Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2Las Vegas–Grand Canyon National Park
Cross the desert and the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams, located 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 the Grand Canyon. There is plenty of free time to wander along the canyon rim. You will overnight in Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 3Grand Canyon National Park–Monument Valley
If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! There is time for an optional helicopter flightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon—definitely the thrill of a lifetime. Later, take a scenic drive across the Kaibab Plateau and through the amazing Painted Desert. Continue into MONUMENT VALLEY, where the weathering action of wind and water has carved the famous sandstone spires and towers that rise hundreds of feet above the valley floor. You’ll stay overnight at historic Goulding’s Lodge with its panoramic views of the valley. Take a dip in the pool and admire the western sky, or explore the Goulding’s Museum and Trading Post, part of the set built for John Wayne’s film, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Monument Valley has been featured in scores of movies, from John Ford’s Stagecoach to Forest Gump. Take a walk back in time with this wonderful collection of movie memorabilia and Indian artifacts.
Day 4Monument Valley–Lake Powell–Page
This morning, your 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour is a memorable way to experience Monument Valley. Then, head to Page and visit 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 5Page–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 6Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park
“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 Center 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 stay overnight close to Zion National Park’s borders.
Day 7Zion National Park–Las Vegas
This morning begins with an orientation tour of St. George, the most important Mormon community in southern Utah. We continue to Las Vegas with a mid-afternoon arrival.
Day 8Las Vegas
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
This Cosmos travel package does not include meals. Most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, so you can start the day the way you like best. At most lunch stops, your Tour Director will have information on local restaurants. Dinnertime is your chance to sample local cuisine. Sometimes your Tour Director will offer an optional dinner outing.