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Tauck America’s Canyonlands tour takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan – creators of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” – who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of three great national parks of the American West – Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion.
Plus… enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, one of the Southwest’s finest resorts (subject to availability); ask at booking! Stay at sought-after lodges in the heart of the parks. Enjoy an ecological talk on the Grand Canyon’s rim by a geology expert… a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard a yacht… an interpretive lecture on Southwestern ecology… a float trip on the Colorado River… aerial sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge… an off-road adventure to colorful slot canyons… Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos… and a final night in Las Vegas.
Discover why our popular Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon tour is one of Tauck’s favorite journeys anywhere in the world!
Lodging: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Wind through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your inside-the-park lodge on the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants on the canyon’s rim at El Tovar, the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café. (B,D)
Lodging: Kachina Lodge
You just might want to take advantage of your lodge’s ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to catch one of nature’s grandest shows – a Grand Canyon sunrise! Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert in a perfect location, right on the rim. And no Grand Canyon tour would be complete without exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village as you please, witnessing the rugged landscape’s vast grandeur and changing colors as the sun climbs in the sky. Travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Tonight, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess. (B,D)
Lodging: Lake Powell Resort
See remote corners of 186-mile-long Lake Powell – created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s – from a variety of perspectives. First take an included early morning, 45-minute flight* to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake; view Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural arch. Back on land, embark on an off-road adventure* to explore some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation – among the most beautiful in the Southwest, hidden to most visitors – where beams of sunlight put on an amazing show.
You also have the possibility today (at an additional cost of $199) to take a four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation, made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford; combine aerial sightseeing with a land tour by a Navajo guide through rock buttes and spires – ask at time of booking. (B,D)
Lodging: Lake Powell Resort
Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park. (B,L,D)
Lodging: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features – thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park. (B,L,D)
Lodging: Zion Lodge
The morning is yours to explore Zion’s diverse geological features at leisure; its dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as “the natural temples of God.” Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. Depart Zion National Park for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert.
Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada – a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos. Accommodations tonight are at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, providing easy access to the famed Strip – and yet the hotel is a welcoming oasis unto itself. Wrap up your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour with a farewell reception and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, one last chance to share travel memories with new friends. (B,L,D)
Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
*For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.