Explore national parks of the American Southwest from the immense Grand Canyon and the sandstone spires of Bryce to the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. 

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 The Narrows Trail, Zion National Park  The canyon and confluence at dusk from Cape Solitude. Credit: Bill Hatcher  The massive sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park

Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon

Featuring Tucson and Sedona

12 days from $3,995

Explore national parks of the American Southwest from the immense Grand Canyon and the sandstone spires of Bryce to the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Explore three iconic national parks, plus important southwest museums, all in one engaging tour! 

Highlights Include

  • Tucson and Sedona: Learn about the natural history and arts of the Southwest at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art in Phoenix, and Sedona’s stunning red sandstone formations. 
  • Grand Canyon: View this inspiring landscape, learn about its geology, then take a float trip on the Colorado River. 
  • Bryce: During hikes, enjoy panoramic and up-close views of colorful red “hoodoo” rock formations. 
  • Zion: Experience some the park’s deserts, forests, rivers, canyons, and red-rock bluffs during leisurely hikes.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart for Tucson, Arizona

Depart today for Tucson, Arizona. As arrival times may vary, you may have the day at leisure to explore Arizona’s second largest city. This afternoon, check in to your hotel, where you enjoy a welcome briefing and dinner together. (D)

Day 2 — Tucson

Your exploration of this city with 350 days of sunshine a year begins at the one-of-a-kind Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, considered one of the best museums in the country. More than simply a museum, the 98-acre tribute to the natural world comprises a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, and art gallery. You have time to explore this unique conservatory, walking along its two miles of outdoor paths through desert habitats and viewing some of the 230 animal species and 1,200 plant varieties on display. Then travel south to see the finest surviving example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the U.S.: Mission San Xavier del Bac. Founded in 1692 and named for St. Francis Xavier, the brilliant white stucco mission you see today was built in the late 1700s and is the oldest European structure in Arizona. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon; the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 3 — Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona

Leave Tucson today, bound for the red-rock town of Sedona. En route, stop in Phoenix to visit the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. Founded in 1929 to house a personal art collection, the museum has grown to include exhibits, performance spaces, and more than 40,000 items that tell the story of the native peoples of the Southwest. There is time to explore the museum and enjoy lunch here on your own. Then continue on to Sedona, stopping along the way at scenic overlooks to take in the beautiful desert landscape. Arrive late this afternoon at your hotel, where tonight you enjoy dinner together. (B,D)

Day 4 — Sedona

Today encounter Sedona, one of the most striking regions in the American Southwest. Famed for its range of towering red sandstone formations, Sedona ranks as a popular destination for artists, filmmakers, photographers, hikers, and mountain bikers. Explore this dazzling landscape in style, as you take a Pink Jeep tour for an exciting off-road excursion. Winding through trails and over dirt roads, enjoy stunning panoramic views. Also visit the Honanki Heritage Site, a 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwelling. Your tour ends in downtown Sedona, where you have time for lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure before dining together tonight. (B,D)

Day 5 — Sedona, Grand Canyon, Page

It’s a day to remember, as you visit what is arguably one of the country’s most famous natural landmarks: the Grand Canyon. Often considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, this World Heritage site stretches nearly 300 miles through the Arizona desert. See truly awe-inspiring vistas: banded layers of rock rise to plateaus and bluffs thousands of feet overhead, while the mighty Colorado River rushes below. You have time to appreciate the magnitude and beauty of the six-million-year-old canyon, as well as to learn about its history and geological significance. Lunch is on your own here, amid the simply beautiful scenery. After this bucket-list attraction, travel on to Page, Arizona, gateway to the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. (B)

Day 6 — Page, Colorado River, Lake Powell

Take your touring to the water today, as you embark on a thrilling motorized rafting excursion on the smooth waters of the Colorado River. Controlled by a series of dams and reservoirs, the Colorado provides hydroelectric power, irrigation, and municipal water supply to nearly 40 million people in the western U.S. Your adventure begins at the base of one of these structures: the 710-foot high Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back man-made Lake Powell. As you drift downstream between soaring sandstone cliffs on either side, you’re on the lookout for ancient Native American petroglyphs lining the walls of the canyon, as well as local wildlife. After this exhilarating excursion, return to Page for lunch then embark on a guided tour of the Glen Canyon Dam. Tonight enjoy another highlight: a show of Navajo hoop dancing as you dine on traditional Navajo tacos, a regional specialty. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Antelope Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park

Photographers will want to keep their cameras handy today, as you visit two of the most striking canyons in the American Southwest. This morning travel onto Navajo land to discover Upper Antelope Canyon, known to local tribes as “the place where water runs through rocks.” Your tour through this stunning passageway reveals red-orange walls of “flowing” rock rising to heights of nearly 120 feet – the narrow canyon’s hard edges smoothed away by thousands of years of water and sand erosion. Then leave Arizona and travel into southern Utah, reaching Bryce Canyon National Park this afternoon. Here take a leisurely walk around the rim for your first glimpse of the park’s otherworldly rock formations bathed in the light of the setting sun. (B,D)

Day 8 — Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park

This morning head out for another visit to Bryce Canyon. Despite its name, Bryce isn’t truly a canyon at all, but a series of natural cliffs and amphitheaters carved into the region’s plateaus. On your choice of a hike into the canyon itself or a walk along the rim, you’ll see Bryce’s stunning array of hoodoos, natural stone pillars, and spires reminiscent of a child’s drip sand castle. Thousands of these delicate structures stand side by side along the ridgelines, a veritable forest of stone etched by time. Enjoy lunch en route to another celebrated Utah destination: Zion National Park. Upon arrival walk to the park’s Visitor Center to learn about this inimitable region that encompasses four separate biomes. (B,L)

Day 9 — Zion National Park

Spend the day amid the wondrous natural world of Zion National Park. Despite its modest size, Zion counts as one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. Deserts and forests, rivers and canyons, buttes and natural arches all greet you here, along with numerous plant and animal species. As with most of the Southwest, the area is dominated by red-rock bluffs that show eons of sediment buildup; indeed, the rock formations here represent about 150 million years of geological history. Take part in two brief guided hikes and enjoy ample free time for exploration and lunch on your own. This evening, enjoy dinner together at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 — Zion National Park and Las Vegas

The glitz and glamor of the big city await today as you depart for Las Vegas, arriving early this afternoon in the “entertainment capital of the world.” Your afternoon here is free, and the sightseeing options are almost overwhelming. After your days touring canyons, caverns, and rivers, Las Vegas offers a contrasting feast for the senses. This evening, gather to toast your Southwestern adventure at a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 11 — Depart Las Vegas

This morning transfer to the Las Vegas airport for your flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)