Wonders of the Western USA with Pam, May 2022
Join Pam on a 10-day tour of the most spectacular parks in the American West, May 10–19, 2022! Together, we’ll hike beautiful desert trails, roll through rugged landscapes in 4×4 vehicles, see stunning slot canyons and red-rock mesas, and even visit the Grand Canyon itself. Read on for the itinerary—or book your spot right away!
Las Vegas to Zion National Monument
After a night in Las Vegas, we’ll hit the road and head toward Zion, the oldest national park in Utah. Along the way, we’ll make a pit stop at Valley of Fire State Park, known for its stunning red sandstone formations, which illuminate the valley, especially at sunset. Arriving at Zion, we’ll be enveloped by green scenery, spending two nights amid the pine forests, cliffs, and waterfalls.
Bryce and Antelope Canyons
The next morning, it’s off to Bryce Canyon, which, despite its name, is a large amphitheater carved out of rock—and one the most beautiful parks in the West. Then we’ll continue on to Lake Powell Resort for a two-night stay. From here, we’ll pay a visit to iconic Antelope Canyon, the cave-like geological formation known around the world from beautiful photos of sun rays shining through red rock. The canyon is located within the territory of the Navajo Indians, so we can only visit it with them.
The Grand Canyon
Departing for Monument Valley, on the border of Arizona and Utah, we’ll discover amazing red-brown rock formations called “mesa” that emerge from the desert and alternate with sand dunes and natural arches. This is also a famous filming location for many westerns. After a picnic lunch, we’ll embark on a Jeep tour of the valley with a Navajo Indian.
Next, we’re off to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon. Consisting of sedimentary layers that change color with the angle of the light, the mile-wide canyon is truly a sight to behold! We’ll spend all afternoon here and watch the show as the sun goes down.
Sedona to Phoenix
We’ll spend two nights getting to know the vibrantly artistic community of Sedona, surrounded by deep red rocks and forest. You’ll have time to explore the town and surrounding desert, by hiking, golfing, or hitting the spa. We’ll also take a side trip to the fascinating historic mining town of Jerome, to see the state park, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and museums.
Before heading back to Phoenix, we’ll make a stop at the Montezuma Castle National Monument. This set of preserved dwellings at Camp Verde was built and used by the Sinagua people between 1100 and 1425 AD. Then we’ll settle in for one final night in Phoenix, with a farewell dinner before we catch flights home in the morning.
Space is limited to 18 guests, so contact us to book your spot today!
The price of $6,750 per person (based on double occupancy) includes the services of two expert guides, transport in two vehicles (10 people each), park admission fees, top-quality accommodation, daily breakfast, six lunches, and eight dinners. Some optional activities will be offered.