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National Parks of the Southwest

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13 Days · 19 Meals
Travel Type: Motorcoach Tour

Featuring Four National Parks
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime and the awesome beauty of America's National Parks! The glories of the great outdoors come to life as you experience 4 of America's National Parks on this 13-day holiday.

This tour departs by motorcoach from the Chicagoland area.
Highlights
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 19 Meals (6 dinners, 1 lunch and 12 breakfasts)
  • Visit Fort Hays and meet "Buffalo Bill Cody"
  • Spend 2 nights in Moab, a green verdant valley of scenic beauty
  • Experience a float trip along the Colorado River
  • Visit the Moqui Cave Museum
  • Enjoy a Dutch oven BBQ dinner
  • Spend 3 nights in Kanab, at the heart of Utah's canyon country
  • Visit Dead Horse Point State Park with its incredible views
  • Panoramic city tour of Oklahoma City
  • Museum of Western Expansion and The Gateway Arch
  • $65 in Mayflower Money

Experience 4 of America's National Parks:

  • Arches - with the largest cncentration of stone arches in the world
  • Bryce Canyon - Hoodoos of orange and red make for spectacular scenic wonder
  • Zion - known as "The Heavenly City of God" with sheer cliffs and painted walls
  • Grand Canyon - the fames North Rim with its remarkable beauty and remarkable rock layers
Day-by-Day
1 & 2
  1. Westward Ho!
    Get ready for the trip of a lifetime and the awesome beauty of America's National Parks. After a welcome dinner and lodging in Iowa, we continue to Kansas, the land of the Pony Express. Dinner and breakfast
3
  1. Hays to Denver
    Following breakfast, local frontiersman “Buffalo Bill Cody” joins us at Fort Hays to share tales of his life as a buffalo hunter on the plains near Hays City. Later we enter the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado and our home for the evening. Breakfast and dinner
4
  1. Dead Horse Point State Park
    The Rocky Mountains loom large on the horizon as we depart Denver this morning. We cross the Continental Divide and travel through some of the most scenic and naturally beautiful country in the U.S. En route to Moab, view the surrounding canyonlands, a colorful landscape eroded into canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River. We visit Dead Horse Point State Park, which sits atop a 2,000-foot peninsula known for the herds of wild horses that once roamed here. Breakfast
5
  1. Arches National Park and Colorado River Float Trip
    Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of stone arches in the world. A local guide shows us the massive sandstone arches and describes the culture of those that have occupied the region. Enjoy lunch before boarding a raft for a float trip on the Colorado River. During the leisurely ride our oarsman will tell us tales of the area as we explore river passages with names like Fisher Towers and Professor Valley. Breakfast and lunch
6
  1. Bryce Canyon National Park
    We depart Moab this morning and travel south into Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park. The formations within the park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. The natural orange and red hues that color these formations are the result of iron oxidizing within the rock. Bryce Canyon National Park is truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders in the world. Step down inside these canyons and you will feel as if you have entered another world. Breakfast
7
  1. Moqui Cave and Zion National Park
    Our day begins with a stop at Moqui Cave. Cut into a sheer cliff, this 200-foot sandstone cave depicts the lives and architectural achievements of the ancient Americans of Southern Utah. Traveling south, we visit Zion National Park. The first settlers in the area referred to Zion as “The Heavenly City of God” and you will discover why. Sheer cliffs and painted walls of color close in as we tour the canyon cut by the Virgin River. Watch for the hidden waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Breakfast
8
  1. Grand Canyon North Rim
    Prepare for a truly visual treat today as we travel to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. World-renowned for its remarkable beauty and diverse range of rock layers, the Grand Canyon offers visitors an unmatched display of scenic wonder. Carved by the mighty Colorado River and one million years in the making, the Grand Canyon provides unparalleled views and limitless photo opportunities. Tonight, enjoy dinner and fun at a real chuckwagon cookout, featuring dinner cooked in a traditional Dutch oven. Breakfast and dinner
9
  1. Kanab to Gallup, New Mexico
    Our route today takes us through Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument as we make our way into Arizona. Then it's on to New Mexico and our hotel for the night. Breakfast and dinner
10
  1. Amarillo
    The most dominating landmark in sight today is Mount Taylor, sacred to the Navajo and the Pueblo Indians of Acoma. They believe that the mountain is fastened to the sky with a great flint knife decorated with turquoise and that it's the home of Turquoise Boy and Yellow Corn Girl. Tonight's dinner is at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, named as one of the top ten steakhouses in Texas. Breakfast and dinner
11
  1. Texas to Oklahoma
    This morning we cross into Oklahoma. Arriving in Oklahoma City enjoy a panoramic tour including the Stockyards and the Oklahoma City Memorial. You will also see its crowning glory, the Capitol building with its working oil well. Breakfast
12&13
  1. Homeward Bound
    Traveling home we gather in Missouri for our farewell dinner. We visit the Museum of Western Expansion in St. Louis before arriving home with memories of America's National Parks. 2 Breakfasts and dinner
Accommodations

Lodging

Day One

La Quinta Inn, Clive, IA

Day Two

Fairfield Inn, Hays, KS

Day Three

Doubletree Hotel Southeast, Aurora, CO

Days Four and Five

La Quinta Inn, Moab, UT

Days Six through Eight

Parry Lodge, Kanab, UT

Day Nine

Red Lion Inn, Gallup, NM

Day Ten

Days Inn, Amarillo, TX

Day Eleven

Country Inn, Oklahoma City, OK

Day Twelve

Holiday Inn, Eureka, MO

Dates and Rates
2013 Departure Date Per Person Twin Room Single Room
September 14 $1,998 add $819
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