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Sunshine knows no bounds in Tucson, Arizona! Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, your family will find an enchanting mix of historic “Old West” roots, multicultural heritage, and contemporary culture. You’ll spot spectacular saguaro cactus, an iconic Southwest symbol; cross another National Park off the family bucket list with a visit to Saguaro National Park; explore the “White Dove of the Desert,” and more on this scenic extension.
Arrive in Scottsdale, by way of Phoenix
Arrive in Phoenix today to begin your family adventure through America’s canyonlands! A Vantage representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your luxury resort in Scottsdale. Enjoy the resort’s impeccable 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 families and travelers for a Welcome Reception and dinner briefing at the hotel.
Explore mystic Sedona by trolley
Set out today to explore the fabled desert town of Sedona. Renowned for its spiritual New Age community and striking red rock formations, Sedona buzzes with good vibes. Enjoy a guided trolley tour of the town's south side, including stops at the famous Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in the upscale Gallery District and the Chapel of the Holy Cross, before lunch on your own. This afternoon, continue towards stunning Lake Powell, an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert and the second-largest man-made reservoir in the United States. Along the way, visit the Cameron Trading Post for souvenirs and Native American art browsing. We arrive at the Lake Powell Resort, in Page, where we'll enjoy an included dinner at the hotel — with a side of breathtaking lakeside views.
Marvel at the vistas of Monument Valley
A day of incredible sightseeing in iconic Monument Valley awaits! A stretch of red sand desert on the border of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is known for its soaring sandstone buttes, with some formations towering as high as 1,000 feet off the valley floor! Embark on a 17-mile Jeep tour that covers a full loop of Monument Valley, and includes views from Artist’s Point, the Three Sisters, and more. Enjoy lunch over at Goulding’s Lodge, a famous setting for old Western movies, and spend some time exploring the history at the lodge’s Trading Post Museum. We’ll return to our hotel this evening, where dinner will be at your leisure.
Wander the walls of Antelope Canyon
Today we’ll venture to Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon with orange sandstone walls rising over 120 feet. We’ll explore these incredible formations first on foot, then on a drive with local Navajo experts, who will help us understand the local history and geology behind this unearthly natural wonder. We’ll return to the hotel for lunch before continuing towards the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this afternoon. During our travels, we’ll stop for photos on the Navajo Bridge, which spans Marble Canyon, and visit Jacob Lake to stretch our legs and watch for fluffy Kaibab squirrels and other creatures. We’ll arrive at our lodge this evening, located just above the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, in time for an included dinner.
Discover the majesty of the Grand Canyon's North Rim
After checking out of the hotel, you'll experience one of the world’s seven natural wonders: the Grand Canyon. What’s more, you’ll visit the North Rim, a lesser visited — but no less majestic — area of this iconic behemoth. Our strategic location away from the bulk of tourists offers us more intimate discoveries, and a quieter, calmer experience that’s reminiscent of what this national park must’ve felt like 100 years ago. Join your Adventure Leader for a sunrise tour of the North Rim (weather permitting) before a morning of leisurely walking explorations of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The North Rim is nearly 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, and because it’s situated high above the region where the Grand Canyon takes on its characteristic wide, branched appearance, you’ll get a different view than most visitors.
Journey next to the southern Utah town of Kanab, known by locals as “Little Hollywood” for its past as a popular filming location for movie and TV Westerns. You’ll have time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to our hotel in Bryce this evening. Along the drive, we’ll stop to snap a few photos of Bryce’s Red Canyon, known for its spectacular red sandstone spires. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Take a scenic spin through Bryce Canyon
Get an early start today, as another glorious canyon beckons. This time, we’ll explore Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, known for its distinctive hoodoo rock formations. Bryce Canyon isn’t a true canyon but a collection of naturally occurring amphitheaters sculpted by thousands of years of wind erosion. Enjoy some leisurely sightseeing in this strangely beautiful setting before an included Western-style lunch at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or catch the hotel’s shuttle bus to further your Bryce Canyon explorations.
Zion National Park wildlife viewing, then on to flashy Las Vegas
This morning, you’ll board a motorcoach for a scenic drive to another of Utah’s great canyons: Zion. Arriving in Zion National Park late this morning, we’ll visit the Human History Museum for a little historic background before discovering the park itself. 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 ecosystems and great ecological variety including countless bird species, mammals, reptiles, and plants. After a morning of discovery on a guided private tram tour, enjoy free time and lunch on your own in the Zion Village area.
Later this afternoon, we’ll 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 casinos to choose from, enjoy the rest of the day as you please. Tonight, regroup with fellow passengers at the MGM Excalibur Hotel & Casino for a fabulous Farewell Steak Dinner, the quintessential Vegas meal.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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.