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Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

1. Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

Start at around 5:20 AM with a pickup (strip hotels and surroundings) and guided narration. Learn about Las Vegas’s history as you head towards the Utah border. Stop in Mesquite Nevada or Hurricane UT, depending on the time of year, for a break on the way to Zion National Park. Discovered by Mormon settlers in the 19th century, at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park covers 229 square miles of dramatic landscape with sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Follow the paths of ancient native people and pioneers. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs and brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. After 1.5 hours of exploring Zion, sit down for a lunch, then head to Bryce Canyon for the second part of your tour. See the canyon's stunning hoodoo formations, red cliffs, pink soil, and ponderosa pines, and wonder why the area was not incorporated into the nearby national park. After approximately 1.5 hours of hiking or sightseeing through the scenic, red-tinged moonscape, head back to the vehicle for your comfortable return trip back to your hotel in Las Vegas, stopping for dinner and breaks along the way.

East Zion: Brushy Cove Jeep Adventure

2. East Zion: Brushy Cove Jeep Adventure

Climb into a completely customized Jeep Wrangler and witness the spectacular landscapes of East Zion. The Jeep has open sides and is able to accommodate the entire family (up to 9 people). Your driver and guide will begin the tour on a smooth road for several miles. You will learn of the area's history and the general lay of the land as you drive past some of the smaller canyons that make up Zion National Park. After this short introduction, the trail begins. Hold on tight as the Jeep crawls over boulders and ascends narrow, steep switchbacks before pausing at a beautiful viewpoint. Views of the West Temple, Checkerboard Mesa, the Narrows, and other prominent Zion landmarks are visible from here. After snacks, water, and pictures, the tour continues with a steep descent down the mountain. Learn about the century-old Ponderosa Pine Trees that tower above the trail as the Jeep moves down the mountainside. Watch out for wildlife including Mule Deer, Wild Turkey, Elk. On some occasions, a Mountain Lion or Black Bear may even be spotted. Once you get back to the road, you will return to the meeting point.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink, and red sandstone park. Here, enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire while your guide tells you stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, stop at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty of this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park(Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around Zion National Park's enchanting walks and hikes—suitable for every fitness level. Walk around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can listen an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion, head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views. The canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Tuck into a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Then set up camp in a full-service campground with hot showers, a swimming pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. Here, snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Then, camp along the rim of Monument Valley in another full-service campground with hot showers and Wi-Fi, casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Your lodging option is in the world-famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, opt for an optional helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. If this isn't for you, stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Listen to your guide's interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before enjoying plenty of time to relax and enjoy its beauty. Then, drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday)Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

3-day Tour of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

4. 3-day Tour of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

This three-day tour includes highlights of the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in Arizona and Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the town of Kanab in Utah.   Day 1: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon – Page Your tour begins traveling southeast through the Mojave Desert and the Navajo Indian reservation before you come to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World." Tour the South Rim and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River has carved its way down to the sea and created a natural wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon stopping at some of the many Indian marketplaces to browse the hand-made arts and crafts. Overnight – Quality Inn Kanab Day 2: Antelope Canyon – Bryce Canyon Start the day where “The water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. We tour the lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand; words are not enough to describe these formations created by Mother Nature. After our tour, we depart this amazing area and head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. The tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain wind and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the viewpoints in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab, Kanab. Overnight - Days Inn Kanab On certain departures, tour will continue to Cedar City for overnight. Overnight hotel Comfort Inn Cedar City.  Day 3: Zion Park – Las Vegas After breakfast, it's time to visit Zion National Park, which received its name from the Mormons that settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience. The majesty of the mountains and the silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that winds through the park before leaving this amazing area for an evening arrival in Las Vegas.    

From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

5. From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

Enjoy all the great nature in the Grand Circle trip from Las Vegas.  Discover the most popular must-see destinations in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and the Horseshoe Bend. Admire the scenic red rocks and vortexes of Sedona and watch the sunrise at Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon, the Grand Circle's two most spectacular sunrise spots. Day 1: Route 66, Sedona, & Grand Canyon National Park On the first day, visit the famous Route 66 town, Seligman, and explore Sedona’s natural beauty and feel the spiritual energy at vortexes. These power spots are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing and meditation. Leaving Sedona, head to the Grand Canyon, a must-see World Heritage Site. Witness the stunning sunset and majestic land. Day 2: Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, & Horseshoe Bend On the second day, start by witnessing the spectacular sunrise over Monument Valley, the holy site for the Navajo tribe, located on the Arizona-Utah border. There will be a lot of photo opportunities. After exploring the valley on the guided jeep tour, visit the location of the movie "Forest Gump". In the afternoon, head to the beautiful Antelope Canyon with unique geological formations and curves and enjoy the breathtaking view of Horseshoe Bend. Day 3: Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park On the third day, spend time in the Southwest of Utah, exploring Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. The day will begin with the best sunrise at Hoodoos Overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park. After experiencing this sprawling reserve, relax at Zion National Park and take in the spectacular landscape and extraordinary rock formations in a magnificent display of natural beauty. This Grand Circle 3-day tour includes all the most iconic destination you can't miss. Travel in comfort and style in a fully outfitted vehicle with WiFi and air-conditioning.

From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

6. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive/Carmel or Solvang/San Francisco Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Summer:Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport Winter:Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Enjoy the Danish-style architecture while browse in the local shops and restaurants. After our lunch break, we head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach our hotel for overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that will take in all the city’s famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Your tour will end with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn.   Day 3: Modesto - Yosemite Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls and Half Dome to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls. Winter Route: Start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row. After your tour, depart to the south for a visit to the world-famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th-century. In the evening, drive south towards Las Vegas. Overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: Stevenson Ranch - Las Vegas Today’s route is east through the dessert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow, which is filled with all the famous brand names like, Levi’s, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Ralph Lauren and more. In the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some of the truly amazing hotels and fantasies that are built in the middle of the desert such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. Finish off the evening at one of the many shows or try your hand at one of the many casinos - who knows, maybe lady luck will be smiling on you tonight. Overnight: Linq Hotel. Day 5: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell  Start the day traveling southeast through the desert and through the Navajo Indian Reservation before you come to the South Bank of one of the seven wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Overnight – Quality Inn View of Lake Powell.   Day 6: Antelope Canyon - Bryce Canyon After breakfast, depart for the Lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. This tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain, wind, and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times).  After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. Overnight: Days Inn. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for an overnight at the Comfort Inn, Cedar City.  Day 7: Zion Park - Las Vegas After breakfast, head into Zion Park. This park got its name from the Mormons that settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas. Option for a late night return to Los Angeles.  

Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

7. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

Enjoy an exciting 3-day, 2-night private or shared-group winter tour through iconic Arizona and Utah landscapes. Drive through the stunning Mojave Desert to the spectacular Grand Canyon, explore Monument Valley, and finish the tour with some spectacular hikes through Zion National Park. Day 1: The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy a scenic drive through the mighty Mojave Desert, arriving at the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, considered of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stroll along the rim, hike into the one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth, or take in a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking landscape on an optional helicopter ride. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and stay overnight at the historic Red Feather Lodge. Day 2: Monument Valley After a brief visit to a traditional Navajo trading post, follow the mighty Colorado River through the Painted Desert and wind your way through spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet. The home to the Navajo Indians and the backdrop for many famous western movies, Monument Valley is a real treat for sore eyes. Hop in a Jeep and traverse the stunning landscape with the help of a Navajo guide. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and head in the afternoon to Page Arizona and Lake Powell, lodging at the Quality Inn, Page.   Day 3: Zion National Park Begin the day with a visit to Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, and then continue for a scenic photo stop at Lake Powell before heading to Utah's finest National Park. Visit the Zion Canyon, an impressive mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs and ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2000 feet above the canyon floor. Spend the day hiking through the picturesque winter wonderland, and stroll to the emerald pools, marveling at the fantastic views of the Great White Throne and Weeping Rock. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch and prepare for a return to Las Vegas at approximately 19:00.

From Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce National Park Overnight Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce National Park Overnight Tour

Bryce Canyon is a giant natural amphitheatre created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau; Bryce is distinctive due to its geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon only 80 miles away from Bryce is an impressive mix of white, pink and red sandstone cliffs. Ancient sand dunes towering over 2000ft above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape. Stroll around the Emerald Pools or strive to reach the summit of Angel's Landing, Zion National Park offers enchanting walks & hikes for every fitness level. Itinerary: A beautifully scenic 4-hour drive today takes us to an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheatre. Then, hike down into the hoodoos for an up close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape. A soak in the outdoor hot tub back at your camp or hotel will ease those hiking muscles ready for Zion tomorrow! If you are opting to camp, a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Bring your own marshmallows! The next day we head to Zion-Utah's finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what's considered the best half day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows, weather permitting. Or if you are feeling really adventurous-do all three! After a full day in Zion we head back to Las Vegas arriving approximately 19:00.

San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

9. San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

Enjoy a 6-day excursion departing from San Francisco to some of the best sites in the Southwestern United States. Discover the Bay Area, Yosemite National Park, the Big Sur Coast, Death Valley, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Valley Canyon, and Zion National Park. Your first day will begin with an exploration of San Francisco, including a cruise in the bay. On your way to Sausalito, enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, before heading off to your first night in Modesto at the Best Western Palm Court Inn. Your second day, if it is the summer, will be spent exploring Yosemite National Park, a 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls located in the Sierra Nevada. Here you'll be able to witness such iconic sites as the highest waterfall in North America at Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Bridal-Viel Falls and the Half Dome. In the winter, the route will explore Monterrey (including the wharf and Cannery Row), then a visit to Hearst Castle, filled with antiques and amazing stories of the rich and famous how have frequented the grounds. Following an exciting day in Yosemite or Big Sur, you will head south toward Las Vegas, where you'll spend the night at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Your third day will take you east through the dessert and Death Valley National Park, toward the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. You will have time following lunch to shop at the outlet mall in Barstow, before continuing onto the Las Vegas Strip to explore some of the most glamorous hotels and venues in the world including Ceasar's Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, the Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. The evening will conclude at one of the world-class shows, and a chance to try your hand at one of the casinos before spending the night in the Ling Hotel. On your fourth day you'll travel south through the desert toward one of the seven wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch you will continue east along the canyon  stopping at some of the many native American market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts, before settling in for the night at the Overnight: Quality Inn, Kanab. Your fifth day will begin with a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon and a visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water and sand. You will then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. The tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain wind and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). Following this action packed day, settle in at the Days Inn in Kanab or the Comfort Inn in Cedar City, depending on the time of year. Your sixth and final day will take you to Zion National Park. This park got its name from the Mormon’s who settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas, with an option for a late night return to Los Angeles.

From Las Vegas: Bryce Canyon and Zion Park Combo Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Bryce Canyon and Zion Park Combo Tour

Venture into Bryce Canyon to marvel at the extraordinary red rock formations, and experience first hand why the government land surveyor T. C. Bailey wrote that the thousands of colored rocks of all sizes resemble "sentinels on the walls of castles; monks and priests with their robes, attendants, cathedrals and congregations." Get a closer look at the deep caverns and rooms resembling "ruins of prisons, castles, churches, with their guarded walls, battlements, spires and steeples." Continue to Zion Park to discover a paradise for artists and photographers, with pinnacles and extraordinary formations in a magnificent display of natural beauty.

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What people are saying about Zion Canyon

Amazing trip packed with so much stuff to experience. You see a lot in 3 days and there’s a good amount of time spent traveling by road. They offer a longer version of this trip, if you need more time exploring the parks. Overall the trip is very well planned and out tour guide, Kit, was amazing. Giving us so much information and history behind each park. The camping experience was great as well. This was my first time camping and I would definitely recommend choosing the camping option! We got a brilliant view of the stars at night. Meal arrangements were good as well. You can pick some snacks along the way during rest stops. Our guide was very kind and courteous and made sure to stop for a break every 1.5-2 hours. I would definitely recommend this trip and am already planning another similar trip covering different parks and places.

A great opportunity to see most of the west coast in a limited span of time. The itinerary covers several of the must-visit sites, the hotels were not the best quality but justifies the price paid for, the tour bus was new and comfortable, the tour guides are knowledgeable and helpful. We have done extensive research before going to this trip and this tour combo is so far the best there is.

Great trip for solo travellers or families. Travel time is broken up really well. Guides are so knowledgeable and take you to all the key spots. More time in Zion would be better as the hikes are amazing so if you can do the 7 day tour then I would encourage that one, alternatively book a separate 2-3 nights there.

I had a great time on the trip. However I was told to meet at the library at 6:30 am, but the bus came at 8:30. I found someone who was told the same thing. We called her agency who confirmed 8:30. That is something that needs to be corrected in your itinerary.

Great tour! Amazing views and great way to get get away from everything.