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Explore some of America's most iconic landscapes and the settings for some of the most thrilling stories in the annals of exploration and discovery. On Canyonlands of the American West, you’ll visit such awe-inspiring national treasures as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion national parks, as you follow in the footsteps of the hunters, explorers, and pioneers who opened the great Southwest. You’ll enjoy a carefully curated selection of sightseeing adventures and excursions, balanced by the time and flexibility to customize your own experience with activities like hiking, mountain biking, and birdwatching — or just relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery. Among the highlights are a ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railway from the desert to the rim of the canyon, a spectacular float trip on the Colorado River, and an enchanting visit to a unique wildlife refuge to view bears, wolves, bison, eagles, and other native wildlife of the Southwest. Your excursion through the desert and red rock magnificence of Arizona and Utah is bracketed by a stay at a luxury resort in oasis-like Scottsdale, Arizona and a stay in a different kind of American monument — Las Vegas.
With an easy Saturday-to-Saturday arrival, Canyonlands of the America Southwest is perfect for traveling alone, with your spouse or favorite travel partner, or with the entire family. We've designed this itinerary to make it easy to bring your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and children along. What’s more, solo travelers will find limited free Single Supplements on every departure. This thrilling small group adventure through some of America’s most treasured vistas is the perfect trip to delight all ages.
Arrive in Scottsdale, by way of Phoenix
Arrive in Phoenix today to begin your tour of America’s canyon lands. You’ll be greeted by a Vantage representative, who will assist with the transfer to your luxury resort spa in Scottsdale. Enjoy the resort’s glorious natural setting and generous on-site amenities — or explore Scottsdale on your own — during an afternoon at leisure. This evening, join your Adventure Leader and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and briefing at the hotel, followed by dinner on your own.
Exploring mystic Sedona and thrilling Bearizona Wildlife Park
Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, set out on a scenic drive to the stunning desert town of Sedona. Cultural Discovery: Known as much for the striking red rock formations that surround it as for the vibrant arts and New Age community that thrives within it, Sedona is a true gem of the American Southwest. Enjoy a guided trolley of the town's south side, including a stop at the famous Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in the upscale Gallery District and a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, before seeking out lunch on your own. Multigenerational Feature: Then, gather the kids and grandkids for a thrilling afternoon in Bearizona Wildlife Park — a large, drive-through park in Arizona’s pristine wilderness, where they'll have the chance to come face-to-face with black bears, wolves, elk, deer, sheep, bison, goats and other native wildlife. You’ll stay the night in Williams, Arizona, a small town located on historic Route 66, perhaps the most iconic of American highways. After arriving at our hotel late this afternoon, we'll gather for a Welcome Happy Hour and Dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Delving into the Grand Canyon’s majesty
Today, you’ll experience one of our country’s — and the world’s — greatest natural wonders: the Grand Canyon. After breakfast and checkout, take a short walk to the nearby Grand Canyon Railway station, where a thrilling start to the day's excursion awaits. Multigenerational Feature & Cultural Discovery: Fight off bandits with family and friends during a spirited performance of the local Wild West Shootout show. Unforgettable Moment: Then, board the train and settle in for a ride along a legendary rail route; during the journey, you'll learn about the history of the railroad as you spot historic local station houses. You'll ride in first-class style thanks to oversized, reclining seats and picture windows perfect for admiring the grand landscapes that surround you.
Arriving in Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll transfer to your lodge among the pine woods on the canyon's South Rim. Then, set out for an afternoon of leisurely sightseeing in this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, learning about its layers of geological history as you explore. For a truly unforgettable experience, purchase our optional Grand Canyon Helicopter Sightseeing tour (purchasable on-site only) and enjoy thrilling bird’s-eye view of the canyon landscape. Following an amazing day of discovery, transfer back to your lodge for an included dinner.
Cruising picturesque Lake Powell
This morning, depart the Grand Canyon by motorcoach for Lake Powell, the great reservoir created by the damming of the Glen Canyon. Unforgettable Moment: Because the transfer to Lake Powell is especially picturesque, you’ll have several opportunities to stop for photographs along the route. Arrive at the Lake Powell Resort, in Page, just in time to enjoy an included lunch — along with lovely lakeside views. This afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to view some of the Lake Powell area’s uniquely magnificent scenery during a cruise through the lake’s wondrous Antelope Canyon arm. Touring the narrow canyon in an open boat, enjoy an up-close look at the stunningly sculpted walls and colorful geological formations for which the lower end of Lake Powell is well known. Be sure to bring your camera! This evening, recall your adventures in and around Lake Powell over dinner at the lodge.
Float down the Colorado River, then explore the “Little Hollywood” of Kanab
Waking up today, you have another exciting experience in store! Multigenerational Feature & Unforgettable Moment: After breakfast, set out for a leisurely float trip along the Colorado River. You won’t see any white-water rapids as you’re transported downstream aboard a safe, comfortable raft, but you will enjoy an unrivaled perspective on this scenic waterway, so it's the perfect sightseeing adventure to share with your spouse, kids, and grandkids. From prehistoric petroglyphs and richly hued canyon walls reaching as high 1,000 feet, to majestic wildlife along the riverbanks, the surroundings will leave the entire family awestruck.
Upon returning to your lodge at Lake Powell, you'll have time to enjoy lunch on your own. Active Feature: Then, explore the property at your own pace — or take advantage of some of the many activities available on-site, from lounging by the pool to hiking nearby trails. Leave mid-afternoon for the southern Utah town of Kanab, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Known by locals as “Little Hollywood” for its past as a popular filming location for movie and TV Westerns, Kanab is a charming town from a bygone era. Here, you’ll stay at its legendary Parry Lodge — whose neon sign, classic western décor, and long list of illustrious former guests will add a touch of romance and nostalgia to your visit. This evening, seek out dinner on your own and enjoy time at leisure.
Take a scenic spin through Bryce Canyon before a night of Western-style fun
Get an early start today, as another glorious canyon awaits you! Following breakfast at the lodge, take a scenic ride to Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Known for its distinctive hoodoo rock formations — also known as tent rocks or fairy chimneys — Bryce Canyon isn't a true canyon but a collection of naturally occurring amphitheaters along a plateau. And rather than being water-carved, the parks strange shapes are actually sculpted by thousands of years of wind erosion. Enjoy some leisurely sightseeing in this strangely beautiful setting before sitting down for an included lunch at the Bryce Lodge. Return to Kanab later this afternoon to savor some down time before a festive evening of Western-style Americana.
Multigenerational Feature & Cultural Discovery: Tonight, put on your Western gear and cross the street to Kanab’s Iron Horse Restaurant in the iconic Big Wigwam — where you’ll enjoy happy hour, a hearty Farewell Dinner, and some fun-filled “Cowboy Karaoke” with friends and family.
Wildlife viewing in Zion National Park, then it’s on to glittery Las Vegas
This morning after breakfast, board your deluxe motorcoach for the short but scenic trip to another of Utah’s great canyons: Zion. Arriving in Zion National Park mid-morning, you’ll explore its crown jewel during a guided tour and independent exploration. Up to a half-mile deep and a million years in the making, Zion Canyon is the brilliant result of the Virgin River’s path through red Navajo sandstone. And thanks to its uniquely diverse geography, the canyon is home to multiple life zones and great ecological variety — including countless bird species, mammals, reptiles, and plant life. After a morning of discovery on a guided tour, enjoy free time and lunch on your own in the Zion Village area. This afternoon, arrive in the legendary city of Las Vegas — a different kind of American landmark and the final destination of your southwestern adventure. With a wealth of entertainment options, sights, dining establishments, and of course casinos, to choose from, enjoy the balance of the day as you please.
Fly home — or stay in Vegas for your post-trip extension
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, this morning. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home — or stay on in Las Vegas on our post-trip extension.
Please Note: All sightseeing is subject to change due to road conditions, repairs, and weather conditions. Seasonality may affect the frequency and availability of ranger activities within the National Parks.
Please Note: In the National Parks, and in some of the more remote areas, you will stay in lodges that are basic but comfortable. Although not rated by the Hotel & Travel Index, they have been personally inspected by Vantage staff. On some departures, your hotel accommodations may be substituted with similar accommodations.
*All park and hotel accommodations are non-smoking.