Wonders Of The American West With Insight Vacations
Bookended by the glamour of Las Vegas, this comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and captivating landscapes made famous by classic Western movies. Overnight at rustic lodges inside the National Parks, set among dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture.
• Las Vegas: 1 night
• Grand Canyon: 1 night
• Lake Powell: 2 nights
• Mesa Verde National Park: 1 night
• Moab: 2 nights
• Bryce Canyon: 2 nights
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LAS VEGAS
Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. On arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, your transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine.
Hotel: ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 THE WONDERS OF THE GRAND CANYON
In the morning, depart for the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the historic Grand Canyon Lodge. At night, watch the colors change by the minute as the sun sets over the canyon. Take in the views while dining at your lodge this evening.
Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 3 GRAND CANYON AND LAKE POWELL
Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon as you depart for the majesty of Lake Powell. Stop at Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check in to your room and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms)
DAY 4 A LEISURELY DAY AT LAKE POWELL
Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip (waiver required) down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River, or take a leisurely optional cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its steep, sandstone walls. Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms)
DAY 5 MONUMENT VALLEY AND THE NAVAJO NATION
In the morning, head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and board all-terrain vehicles with a Navajo guide for a tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop for many Western films. Visit some of the legendary sites where these movies were made. Enjoy a Navajo cookout Highlight Lunch amid the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape before making your way to Mesa Verde National Park, where the day draws to a close. Your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas reaching into three states.
Hotel: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
DAY 6 MESA VERDE AND MOAB
Enjoy an in-depth visit to fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. View the ancient pueblo dwellings known as Cliff Palace. Settle in at your ranch-style lodge, superbly located under the lofty red rock cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River. Enjoy a cowboy-style barbecue with all the fixings during a Highlight Dinner at your lodge.
Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 7 DELVE INTO CANYONLANDS AND ARCHES NATIONAL PARKS
In the morning, visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Stop and take a short hike to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint to view the iconic arch. Then it's on to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, your afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8 CAPITOL REEF AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Magnificent scenery awaits at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long (160 km) warp in the earth's crust. Journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
DAY 9 WHIMSICAL BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Start the day travelling through Bryce Canyon National Park, the great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical, eroded rock formations that characterize this National Park are some of Utah's most unusual shapes. Learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Celebration Dinner set overlooking the park's orange and red rock formations.
Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 10 ZION NATIONAL PARK, BACK TO LAS VEGAS
Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon, glowing in early morning light, before heading to Zion National Park - one of the most scenic canyons in the United States. Here, join a guided tour by a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, to view the park's best sites. Your journey ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport, arriving at 16:00.
Good to know
Monument Valley: With a Navajo guide, board an all-terrain vehicle for a private tour through the mythical formation of the Navajo Tribal Park.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Mesa Verde: See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace.
Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch.
Scenic Drives: Travel the Trail of the Ancients, through the Ute Reservation. Take the All-American Road Scenic Byway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Drive along Zion National Park Scenic Byway. Virgin River Gorge.
Monument Valley: Enjoy an authentic cookout and Highlight Lunch amid the majestic buttes and mesas of the surrounding landscape.
Moab: Chow down a traditional cowboy barbeque in a scenic alfresco setting at Red Cliffs Lodge.
Bryce Canyon National Park: Get together with your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner within the park’s beautiful surroundings.
Tours depart in May, Jun, Jul, Sep and Oct; speak to a Personal Travel Expert for further information.
Included in price
• An expert Insight Tour Director will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'
• Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort
• A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
• Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
• Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
• All taxes and porterage charges at hotels.Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
• Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
• Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour
• 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 5 Dinners with wine.