Journey to West America to see some of the world’s most celebrated natural landmarks including the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Enjoy a walking tour of the North Rim of the Canyon and learn more about the powerful forces that have carved this mile-deep chasm over 200 million years. Join hiking excursions where you can witness magnificent waterfalls, awe-inspiring spires and picturesque scenery. During your time in the famed Old West, enjoy stays in charming historic park lodges.
Discover the wonders of three national parks—Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon—alongside a National Geographic expert.
Set out on an interpretive stargazing excursion along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Hear an expert describe the geologic events that shaped the region, then delve into Zion’s magnificent sandstone slot canyons and Bryce Canyon’s surreal maze of red spires.
Itinerary - 8 Days
1-2 St. George, Utah/Grand Canyon, Arizona
Arrive in St. George. The next morning, travel into canyon country, stopping at Pipe Spring National Monument. Settle into our historic lodge at the Grand Canyon, and enjoy a guided stargazing excursion along the North Rim.
Best Western Plus Abbey Inn; Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim (Day 1:D; Day 2: B/L/D)
3 North Rim of The Grand Canyon
Explore the canyon’s rim, peering into the multihued chasm carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. Choose from a variety of hikes for all levels, and learn about the park’s unique ecosystems while enjoying sweeping views at every turn. Return to the lodge, and capture the canyon’s dazzling colours at sunset. Grand
Canyon Lodge North Rim (B/L/D)
4-5 Zion National Park, Utah
Journey along the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway to Zion National Park. Enjoy a short hike, then check in to our hotel. Join our expert this evening for a discussion of the geologic events that shaped the Grand Staircase. The next day, choose between climbing Scout Lookout or hiking the famed Narrows slot canyon.
Flanigan’s Inn or Desert Pearl Inn (B/L/D)
6 Bryce Canyon National Park
Travel to Bryce Canyon, and stop for breath-taking views at Fairyland Point, then stroll along the Rim Trail. Settle into our lodge near the rim of the canyon. Tonight, join a park ranger for a telescope viewing of the starlit sky.
Bryce Canyon Lodge (B/L/D)
7 Bryce Canyon National Park
Spend the day exploring Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos—whimsical rock formations that have been eroded into surreal spires. Hike into the heart of the park and learn about the geology behind this sculpted stone landscape. Take in a sunset over the canyon.
Bryce Canyon Lodge B/L/D
8 Kolob Canyons/St. George
Wind through Red Canyon to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a jaw-dropping natural amphitheatre. Continue on to Kolob Canyons, a lesser known area of Zion National Park, before returning to St. George for your flight home. (B)
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