(Bryce Canyon National Park)
Owing to the vast expanses of unique geological settings found in the state, it's no wonder Utah has solidified its name as a top destination for those who seek picturesque nature, adventure and astonishment. With countless active or relaxing discovery options, you'll explore the likes of the: Zion, Bryce Canyon, & Capitol Reef on this short adventure to the National Parks. With each park an amazing entity in its own right, you'll get the full awe-inspiring experience as you uncover the scenic majesty of all five, with the knowledge and expertise of your expert guide and a small number of other fellow passengers. This itinerary is ideal for people looking to explore the Best National Parks in North America and with a limited vacation time.
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This morning you'll meet up with your driver-guide and head off to Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is a unique park that will give you the opportunity to traverse a canyon over 3,000 ft. As you enter this canyon, you will be amazed at the diversity that exists within this National Park. Along with the red and white monoliths that tower around you, there are many unique plants and animals that we will interact with while inside the park. As you explore Zion, you will have the opportunity to visit the Temple of Sinewava, East Canyon Overlook, Weeping Wall, Angels Landing, Emerald Pools, and many of the other areas within the park. In the late afternoon, enjoy the IMAX movie, "Treasure of the Gods". Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful dinner (not included) and lodging.
Today, you will depart Zion Canyon and climb over 2,000 ft up the east canyon, and through the Zion Canyon Tunnel. As you travel to the east entrance of the park, you will experience the beautiful red and white rock layers, Ponderosa Pine trees, and slot canyons. You will then travel down Highway 89 to Grand Canyon National Park. On the way, you will pass through Little Hollywood, Kanab Utah, and then to one of the most stunning overlooks of the Grand Staircase. From here, you will be able to see Bryce Canyon, the Aquarius Plateau, Zion National Park, and the Orderville Cliffs.
After a break at Jacob's Lake, your drive continues through one of the largest Ponderosa Pine groves in the US. As you enter the Grand Canyon National Park, you will travel to Point Imperial, Cape Royal, and then back to the North Rim Lodge and Bright Angel Point. This park is remote and less visited than the South Rim. While here, enjoy the canyon with little interruption from other visitors. One of the popular afternoon activities here is sitting on the deck overlooking the Grand Canyon. Once finish, you will travel back up Highway 89 to the gates of Bryce Canyon National Park where you will lodge for the night.
This morning you will travel to Highway 12 (Car and Driver Magazine calls Highway 12 the most beautiful highway in America). From slot canyons to 11,000 ft mountain peaks, your drive across Highway 12 will be one you won’t soon forget. Afterwards, you will enter Capitol Reef National Park, Utah’s most remote and least visited national park of the five national parks in Utah. You will enjoy the unusual and beautiful Water Pocket Fold, some very interesting Fremont Indian petroglyphs and formations that reminded the early settlers of the Capitol dome in Washington, DC. For those who are feeling a little more adventuresome, you can hike to Hickman Bridge. Once you are finished, you will return across Highway 12 back to Bryce Canyon where we will spend a second night.
For those who want to get up early, the sunrise at Bryce is spectacular. Bryce is in the top ten most popular national parks in the U.S. and one of the most beautiful. Spectacular rose and white colored “hoodoos” of different shapes and sizes provide a very moving experience to all who view their splendor. Today, you have the options of touring the key viewpoints throughout the park or if you are physically capable, you can descend below the rim and walk among the “hoodoos”. There are multiple hikes of varying difficulty that will offer you a unique experience not found at the top of the rim.
After a late lunch, you will depart Bryce and return to Las Vegas for your departure. Depending on time constraints, a stop at Kolob (a part of Zion National Park) can be made. You will arrive back into Las Vegas in the evening.
Zion Park Inn is tucked in among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon. This premier Zion National Park lodging choice has spectacular scenic views, along with excellent amenities and remodeled rooms. The newly renovated guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Guests can enjoy updated furnishings which complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in lodging near Utah's First National Park.
The Best Western Ruby's Inn is situated adjacent to the natural splendor of Bryce Canyon National Park. Handicap accessible accommodations are available. Amenities include two restaurants, seasonal live entertainment, tour desk, car rental desk, business center, meeting/banquet facilities, convenience store, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, currency exchange and safe-deposit service at the front desk. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools and Jacuzzi. Well-appointed guest rooms are spacious and feature telephone with data port and voice mail, wireless internet access, satellite television with in-room movies, clock radio, hair dryer, ironing equipment, coffee maker, microwave oven and refrigerator.
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