Discover three of America's most iconic national parks and enjoy stunning scenery during exhilarating hikes in red rock country. 

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 The breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon from Toroweap Overlook.  Credit: Jon Arnold / DanitaDelimont.com  The legendary hoodoos of Bryce Canyon  The massive sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park  The Narrows Trail, Zion National Park

Bryce, Zion, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Discover three of America's most iconic national parks and enjoy stunning scenery during exhilarating hikes in red rock country. 

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

A well-paced, full treatment of 3 extraordinary parks. The views were spectacular and it was a delight to share them with a great group of interesting travelers. Guides were well-informed, generous with time and explanations and ever at-the-ready to answer questions and offer help. A terrific experience!

- Eugenia, K.

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Overview

Explore three of America’s most iconic national parks in one engaging and enlightening tour. During leisurely hikes accompanied by an expert naturalist, you’ll experience the Grand Canyon, a 277-mile-long gorge exposing nearly 2 billion years of geological history; Bryce, a spectacle of orange-hued pinnacles showcasing the effects of natural erosion; and Zion, the first national park established in Utah.

Highlights Include:

  • Grand Canyon (est. 1919): From the North Rim, overlook the spires and buttes into the canyon below. Hike the relatively flat Transept Trail along the canyon rim and take in the lush flora and breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.
  • Bryce (est. 1928): Enjoy panoramic and up-close views of the colorful “hoodoos,” the legendary rock formations dramatically sculpted by erosion.
  • Zion (est. 1919): Walk among unique sandstone cliffs, ranging in color from cream to pink and rusty red, and hike along the soaring walls of Zion Narrows. Abundant with vegetation, Zion is home to more than 900 species of plants found nowhere else in Utah.
  • Accommodations: Stay at Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon Lodges, both listed on the National Historic Register and located inside the parks, and Desert Pearl Inn, located close to the entrance to Zion. 

*Please note changes to our October 1 itinerary: We will visit Bryce Canyon National Park first. Lodging at Zion National Park will be at Flanigan’s Inn. Our 2017 itinerary will conclude in Bryce, not Zion.

A well-paced, full treatment of 3 extraordinary parks. The views were spectacular and it was a delight to share them with a great group of interesting travelers. Guides were well-informed, generous with time and explanations and ever at-the-ready to answer questions and offer help. A terrific experience!

- Eugenia, K.

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2016 Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in St. George, Utah

Individual arrivals in to St. George by late afternoon. Check into your accommodations at the Best Western Abbey Inn. This evening join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and fellow travelers for a welcome reception. Enjoy opening remarks about your remarkable journey ahead. Afterwards, dinner will be served at the hotel. (D)

Day 2 — North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

Depart St. George for the 3 hour drive to the Grand Canyon, arriving at the North Rim in time for scenic drives and short walks through colorful rock formations and petroglyphs. Late in the day settle in to your historic lodging on the rim then gather in the main lodge to take in the spectacular views. Enjoy dinner this evening in the lodge dining room. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Point Imperial and Cape Royal, Grand Canyon National Park

Today we’ll depart the lodge and drive to Point Imperial. At 8,803 feet the point is the highest of the North Rim overlooks, and the northernmost, presenting a breathtaking panorama of the park. Then continue on to Cape Royal scenic viewpoint, standing at an elevation of 7,865 feet this relatively level ridge harbors one of the Grand Canyon’s great treasures, the natural rock arch called Angel’s Window, which lies just to the east of the trail. Cape Royal itself is the southernmost point of the Walhalla Plateau, and it affords incomparable views in all directions. We’ll also walk along Transept Trail, a rather flat trail which takes us along the canyon rim through groves of mature pine, oak and aspen woodland. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Bryce Canyon National Park

After breakfast depart the Grand Canyon and travel north along the Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway passing vermillion, white and pink cliffs of Grand Staircase and the orchards of Long Valley. Enjoy a short hike along the Bryce Canyon rim from Fairyland Canyon to Sunset Point which offers a great introduction to Bryce Canyon National Park. Fairyland Point and the Fairyland Loop Trail offer some the most impressive scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park. They are located in the northern part of the park and provide superb views of Boat Mesa, Fairyland Canyon, the Sinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall and other interesting rock structures. Check in to Bryce Canyon Lodge then gather for dinner this evening. Bryce Canyon is one of the last grand sanctuaries of natural darkness, this evening, weather permitting; we’ll take a look in to the night sky. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Zion National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive along Bryce Canyon rim to Rainbow Point. We’ll continue through Red Canyon with its brilliantly colored formations. Arrive in Springdale, Utah at the entrance to Zion National Park. Visit the Park Visitor Center for an overview of the area. This afternoon enjoy a short hike in to Zion’s epic scenery. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Zion National Park

Spend a full day exploring Zion. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past. We’ll include (based on interest and fitness levels of the group) stops at the Emerald Pools, a hike in “the Narrows”, or scale the steeper trail to Angel’s Point. This evening join fellow travelers for your farewell dinner at the Spotted Dog Café. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Zion National Park to St. George / Depart

After an early breakfast depart the hotel for St. George and afternoon flights home. (B)

2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in St. George, Utah

Individual arrivals in to St. George by late afternoon. Check into your accommodations at the Best Western Abbey Inn. This evening join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and fellow travelers for a welcome reception. Enjoy opening remarks about your remarkable journey ahead. Afterwards, dinner will be served at the hotel. (D)

Day 2 — North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

Depart St. George for the 3-hour drive to the Grand Canyon, arriving at the North Rim in time for scenic drives and short walks through colorful rock formations and petroglyphs. Late in the day settle in to your historic lodging on the rim then gather in the main lodge to take in the spectacular views. Enjoy dinner this evening in the lodge dining room. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Grand Canyon National Park

Today depart the lodge and drive to Point Imperial. At 8,803 feet the point is the highest of the North Rim overlooks, and the northernmost, presenting a breathtaking panorama of the park. Then continue on to Cape Royal scenic viewpoint, standing at an elevation of 7,865 feet this relatively level ridge harbors one of the Grand Canyon’s great treasures, the natural rock arch called Angel’s Window, which lies just to the east of the trail. Cape Royal itself is the southernmost point of the Walhalla Plateau, and it affords incomparable views in all directions. Walk along Transept Trail, a rather flat trail which takes us along the canyon rim through groves of mature pine, oak and aspen woodland. *Lodging: Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim Frontier or Western Cabins  (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Grand Canyon North Rim to Zion National Park

Enjoy a drive along the Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway, passing the vermillion, white and pink cliffs of Grand Staircase and the orchards of Long Valley. Arrive in Springdale, Utah at the entrance to Zion National Park. Visit the Park Visitor Center for an overview of the area. This afternoon enjoy a short hike in to Zion’s epic scenery. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Zion National Park

Spend a full day exploring Zion. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past. We’ll include (based on interest and fitness levels of the group) stops at the Emerald Pools, a hike in “the Narrows”, or scale the steeper trail to Angel’s Point. This evening join fellow travelers for your farewell dinner at the Spotted Dog Café. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park

A scenic drive out of Zion this morning takes you back to Mt. Carmel Junction before continuing north through Red Canyon and its brilliantly colored rock formations before arriving mid-morning at Bryce Canyon National Park. Enjoy a short hike along the Bryce Canyon rim from Fairyland Canyon to Sunset Point which offers a great introduction to Bryce Canyon National Park. Fairyland Point and the Fairyland Loop Trail offer some the most impressive scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park. They are located in the northern part of the park and provide superb views of Boat Mesa, Fairyland Canyon, the Sinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall and other interesting rock structures. Check in to Bryce Canyon Lodge then gather for dinner this evening. Bryce Canyon is one of the last grand sanctuaries of natural darkness, this evening, weather permitting; take a look into the night sky. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bryce National Park, Cedar Breaks and Zion to St. George / Depart

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive through through Cedar Breaks National Monument and its half-mile deep natural geologic amphitheater before one final scenic route through the quieter, less-visited, Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Arrive in St. George for afternoon flights home. (B)

October 1-7, 2016 Itinerary

Explore three of America’s most iconic national parks in one engaging and enlightening tour. During leisurely hikes accompanied by an expert naturalist, you’ll experience the Grand Canyon, a 277-mile-long gorge exposing nearly 2 billion years of geological history; Bryce, a spectacle of orange-hued pinnacles showcasing the effects of natural erosion; and Zion, the first national park established in Utah.

Highlights Include:

  • Grand Canyon (est. 1919): From the North Rim, overlook the spires and buttes into the canyon below. Hike the relatively flat Transept Trail along the canyon rim and take in the lush flora and breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.
  • Bryce (est. 1928): Enjoy panoramic and up-close views of the colorful “hoodoos,” the legendary rock formations dramatically sculpted by erosion.
  • Zion (est. 1919): Walk among unique sandstone cliffs, ranging in color from cream to pink and rusty red, and hike along the soaring walls of Zion Narrows. Abundant with vegetation, Zion is home to more than 900 species of plants found nowhere else in Utah.
  • Accommodations: Stay at Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon Lodges, both listed on the National Historic Register and located inside the parks, and Desert Pearl Inn, located close to the entrance to Zion. 

*Please note changes to our October 1 itinerary: We will visit Bryce Canyon National Park first. Lodging at Zion National Park will be at Flanigan’s Inn.

Day 1 — Arrive in St. George, Utah

Individual arrivals in to St. George by late afternoon. Check into your accommodations at the Best Western Abbey Inn. This evening join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and fellow travelers for a welcome reception. Enjoy opening remarks about your remarkable journey ahead. Afterwards, dinner will be served at the hotel. (D)

Day 2 — St. George, Utah to Bryce Canyon

Make the 2.5-hour drive (without stops) from St. George to Bryce Canyon National Park. Along the way the group will drive along a scenic route through the quieter, less-visited Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.  The drive then continues on through Cedar Breaks National Monument and its half-mile deep natural geologic amphitheater.  

Arrive at Bryce Canyon in time for a short hike along the Bryce Canyon rim from Fairyland Canyon to Sunset Point offers a great introduction to Bryce Canyon National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon North Rim

A morning hike and scenic drive along the rim to Rainbow Point at the farthest reaches of Bryce Canyon kicks off the day before departing the Bryce area for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Today’s beautiful drive takes the group south along the Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway passing the vermillion, white and pink cliffs of Grand Staircase and the orchards of Long Valley. Arrive at the North Rim in time for short walks through colorful rock formations to petroglyphs. Later, settle into your historic lodging on the rim and enjoy dinner with spectacular views. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Grand Canyon National Park

Drive to Point Imperial and Cape Royal to enjoy scenic viewpoints great for short walks and photo opportunities. Today, the group will partake in a natural history orientation walk along Transept Trail following the forested canyon rim. Wrap up the day by enjoying the spectacular Grand Canyon sunset before having dinner tonight at the legendary El Tovar dining room perched on the rim. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Grand Canyon to Zion National Park

A morning sunset viewing and one last hike along the rim is the perfect goodbye to the North Rim before the group continues onto Zion National Park.

Arrive in Springdale at the entrance to Zion National Park and visit the Park Visitor Center at the mouth of Zion Canyon for an overview of the park’s history. Later, a short afternoon hike introduces the group to Zion’s epic scenery. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Zion National Park

Today’s full day exploring Zion can include the Emerald Pools, hiking the Narrows, or scaling Angel’s Point depending on the fitness level of the group. Return to you lodge and settle back into Springdale at the end of the day to celebrate the week’s accomplishment with an excellent meal at the Spotted Dog Café. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Zion National Park to St. George / Depart

After an early breakfast depart the hotel for St. George and afternoon flights home. (B)