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Western USA National Parks Loop

Discover the national parks in the American west.

On a five-day journey across the most breathtaking national parks in the western United States, you'll encounter deserts, canyons, lakes, and valleys. Hike through Zion National Park's many landscapes, take in Bryce Canyon National Park's sandstone spires, explore Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, and see one of the world's seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. Discover that each location has more to offer than what the eye can see by letting a knowledgeable local guide share anecdotes about the surroundings.

Inclusions

Meals
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Accommodation
  • Hotel (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Zion National Park - Walks
  • Bryce Canyon - Leader-led Walk
  • Horseshoe Bend Visit
  • Lake Powell - Kayaking
  • Monument Valley - Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
  • Grand Canyon National Park

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LOCATION

Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas / Zion National Park

Greetings from Utah! Some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the USA may be found in the true Wild West. Your journey starts in Las Vegas, where you'll meet up with your group and the local leader for a briefing on the days ahead before boarding a private van. After getting to know one another over a picnic lunch, explore Zion National Park's breathtaking vistas. The several self-guided walks that are available in the park, ranging from relaxing strolls along shaded pathways to something a bit more demanding, will be described to you by your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zion National Park - Walks
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
MEETING YOUR LEADER ON DAY 1:
There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on this trip. On Day 1, please make your own way to the Hotel lobby to meet your leader at 8AM (See joining instructions for more details)
ACCOMMODATION: We will be staying in a hotel in La Verkin which is the gateway town to Zion National Park

Day 2: Bryce Canyon National Park / Page

Make sure your camera is ready to go when you leave for Bryce Canyon National Park this morning after breakfast because some of the sights you'll see there are simply out of this world. After a brief trip in your personal vehicle, enjoy the morning trekking amid the park's magnificent scenery. As you stroll around the canyon rim, take at the hundreds of distinctive sandstone spires, or hoodoos, which protrude from the surrounding natural amphitheatre. After taking in your stunning surroundings and relaxing while eating a picnic lunch, go down into the canyon to have a closer look at the interesting hoodoos. Proceed to Page, Arizona, where you will spend the night, then continue driving.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bryce Canyon - Leader-led Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 3: Lake Powell / Horseshoe Bend

This morning, make your way south, passing through more breathtaking countryside on route to Lake Powell. From the beach, this stunning reservoir is undoubtedly a pleasure to behold, but in order to fully enjoy it, you must be in the water. As you paddle over the water's surface in a kayak and weave around amazing rock formations, your captain will regale you with tales of the lake's past. Once back on dry land, take a leisurely stroll down Horseshoe Bend while admiring the breathtaking scenery. Retire for the evening to Page.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Horseshoe Bend Visit
  • Lake Powell - Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER DEPARTURES: During these months we are often unable to kayak on Lake Powell. We will include a local slot canyon by foot when kayaking is not possible. This hike does involve soft sand, stairs, and ramps, best to wear closed-toe shoes.

Day 4: Monument Valley / Grand Canyon

Drive to Monument Valley, one of the most well-known locations in the world, to begin the day. It's hardly surprising if this scenery, which is littered with enormous sandstone buttes, appears familiar to you because Monument Valley has served as the backdrop for several well-known Western movies. The fact that this is Navajo Indian territory is more significant. A typical home-cooked, family-style Navajo lunch will be served after you transfer from your car to a 4X4 jeep and take a Navajo-led tour of Monument Valley. During this trip, you'll get the chance to learn more about the Navajo people's rich culture and history in the region. In time for a sunset along the rim, we carry on to the famous Grand Canyon!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monument Valley - Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5: Grand Canyon / Las Vegas

Enjoy a dawn over the Grand Canyon, take a stroll along the rim, or take a helicopter ride over the canyon, all of which are options.

After you've gotten your fill of the breathtaking scenery, it's time to head back to Las Vegas with a detour down Historic Route 66. When you return to Las Vegas, your trip will conclude at the same hotel where it began, at 4 o'clock
Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon National Park
Optional Activities
  • Grand Canyon - Helicopter flight (45 mins) - USD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on the last day. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
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