America’s Majestic National Parks, Canyonlands & Monuments - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Scottsdale • Sedona • Williams • Grand Canyon • Lake Powell • Kanab • Bryce Canyon • Zion • Las Vegas • Jackson Hole • Yellowstone National Park • Cody • Gillette • Rapid City
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Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers before you as you traverse stunning canyonlands, monuments, and U.S. National Parks for the ultimate American experience. We’ve combined the awe-inspiring canyons and parks of Canyonlands of the Southwest with the monuments and in-depth Yellowstone tour of Wild West Adventure: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, & U.S. Monuments for one unforgettable North American adventure. Among the highlights are a ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railway from the desert to the rim of the canyon, spectacular float trips on the Colorado and Snake rivers, and the unique opportunity to view bears, wolves, eagles, and other native wildlife of the Southwest up close. Along the way, 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 horseback riding — or just relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery. 

With an easy Saturday-to-Saturday itinerary, America's Majestic National Parks, Canyonlands & Monuments is perfect for traveling alone, with your spouse or favorite travel partner, or with the entire family. We've designed this grand adventure 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. Combine authentic regional cuisine and an action-packed itinerary with the perfect balance of grand scenery and authentic Americana, and travelers of all ages are sure to get swept up in the courageous spirit of the American West.

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Scottsdale, by way of Phoenix

Arrive in Scottsdale 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 hotel. Enjoy the hotel’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.

DAY 2:

A scenic tour of mystic Sedona, then drive through 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, featuring 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3:

Exploring the Grand Canyon — by foot, or helicopter

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 and enjoy thrilling bird’s-eye views of the canyon landscape. Following an amazing day of discovery, transfer back to your lodge for an included dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

  • Approximate Cost: $219 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour
  • Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • When: Morning tour
There’s no better way to truly grasp the scope and utter splendor of our national treasure than to soar over the canyon on a narrated helicopter tour. You’ll marvel at the sight of the tiny green thread of the Colorado River surrounded by layer after multi-colored layer of geologic time. Your aerial viewpoint enables you to view the details and complexity of the Grand Canyon and its tributaries and side canyons in a way that is simply not possible from any other vantage point. Rather than replacing your sightseeing from views from the rim, this very special optional tour is the perfect complement to it, deepening your wonder and appreciation for this crown jewel of our National Parks system. Vantage works only with the top helicopter-tour companies that show the highest marks for safety, equipment, experience, and overall customer satisfaction.

Please Note: This tour is purchasable on-site only.

DAY 4:

Cruising through 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. 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. Unforgettable Moment: 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, followed by an evening at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Take a relaxing float trip down the Colorado River, then tour cinematic Kanab

Waking up today, you have another exciting experience in store! Active Feature & Unforgettable Moment: After breakfast, join your fellow adventurers 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 you awestruck. 

Upon returning to your lodge at Lake Powell, have lunch on your own at one of its dining venues. 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.

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DAY 6:

Delve into Bryce Canyon’s riches with a side of Western 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 park's strange shapes are actually sculpted by thousands of years of wind erosion. Enjoy a guided tour and 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 “Cowboy Karaoke” with family and friends.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Magnificent Zion National Park, and a trip to legendary 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.

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DAY 8:

Fly to Jackson Hole for some lively Western entertainment

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Jackson Hole. After an afternoon at leisure, join your spouse, friends, and family for a lively Western dinner show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 9:

A leisurely drift down the Snake River, and Old West storytelling

Today finds us on the banks of the grandiose Snake River amidst rolling plains and rugged mountains. Multigenerational Feature & Unforgettable Moment: We’ll embark on a remarkable river float trip from Wilson Bridge to South Park, the perfect way to truly appreciating the region's stunning natural resources with your loved ones. As you float, watch for pelicans, bald eagles, beavers, moose, or other wildlife native to this area. We’ll return to the hotel later this afternoon, where you’ll have free time to relax and further explore Jackson Hole's unique spread of restaurants, shops, and museums. Multigenerational Feature & Cultural Discovery: This evening, kids and grandkids will delight in a fascinating talk given by Ken Thomasma, Old West expert and author, regarding Sacajawea and her journey with Lewis & Clark.

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DAY 10:

Surveying Yellowstone’s majesty, and a stop at Old Faithful

This morning’s drive from the valley of Jackson Hole to the high plateau of Yellowstone is filled with magnificent views of the soaring Teton Range. We’ll begin our explorations of Yellowstone National Park from the south gate. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a wilderness of craggy peaks, alpine lakes, stunning canyons, and a huge variety of wildlife. Our main sightseeing stop in the park is a grand one: Old Faithful. With its roaring plume of steam and boiling water, this natural highlight never fails to inspire awe. Later, we’ll head to the town of West Yellowstone for an evening of leisure. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 11:

Grizzlies, wolves, and Mammoth Hot Springs — Oh my!

Today is a day of astounding discoveries. Unforgettable Moment: Following breakfast, we'll head over to a wildlife discovery center, where kids will get a kick out of coming face-to-face with some of the area’s most regal residents: grizzly bears and grey wolves. Cultural Discovery: This afternoon, we make our way through Yellowstone, stopping to savor serene park views during a picnic lunch. Our next destination is Mammoth Hot Springs, where we’ll stop and explore the complexity of these beautiful terraces before getting back on the road. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

Following in Buffalo Bill’s footsteps in Cody

We’ll travel through the remarkable landscapes of Yellowstone Canyon this morning as we exit the park from the east gate, completing our scenic circle of Yellowstone. Our next destination is Cody, a charming Western town named after William Fredrick Cody (better known to the American West as Buffalo Bill). Here, you’ll have time to explore the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, an impressive collection of five museums, before enjoying a chuckwagon-style dinner at our hotel. Multigenerational Feature & Cultural Discovery: Tonight, channel your inner cowboy as you watch bull riding, barrel racing, and other activities at Cody’s nightly action-packed rodeo, the perfect adventure to share with your spouse, friends, and family!

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

Cowboy customs at historic Ucross Ranch

Gorgeous views of Shell Creek Canyon and the Shell Falls decorate our windows this morning as our deluxe motorcoach heads toward Buffalo. Active Feature: The afternoon will be spent at the historical Ucross Ranch, where you can customize your time at this sprawling estate with a myriad of available activities, including hiking and horseback riding. After an included lunch on the beautiful grounds, we’ll continue to Gillette; upon arrival, your evening is at leisure. 

Please note: Horseback riding at this location is available for an additional fee.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 14:

Touring the epic sights of Devils Tower, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore

Today is a monumental day for sightseeing. We’ll begin the day with a visit to Devils Tower, declared the first U.S. national monument by Franklin D. Roosevelt, before stopping for lunch in the historic town of Deadwood. Known as the wildest town in the West, this town is the final resting place of several notable legends, including Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Later, we’ll tour the Crazy Horse memorial before arriving in Keystone late this afternoon. Our Farewell Dinner tonight honors the delicious Wild West tradition of prime rib and mashed potatoes. Multigenerational Feature: After dinner, witness the lighting of spectacular Mount Rushmore, a must-see for American history lovers. Solo travelers and family groups alike will get a rush from observing this famous monument in person.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 15:

Fly home from Rapid City, South Dakota

Enjoy an included breakfast at the inn this morning before transferring to the Rapid City airport for your flight home.

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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.

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