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Canyonlands

The Grand Canyon is without doubt a ‘must see’ on most peoples wish list, but don’t overlook the smaller canyons upstream.  The canyons of Bryce and Zion are equally wonderful and offer a glimpse at the geological history that has created the magnificent Grand Canyon. Drive between Phoenix and San Francisco in this itinerary.

Summary

Canyonlands

Self-drive the wonder of Arizona, see the delightful holiday playground of Scottsdale, the pretty little town of Sedona, drive highway 89a to the Grand Canyon. Stay at Lake Powell, one of America’s largest man made lakes. Drive to the beautiful Bryce Canyon with its stunning pines and pinnacles. See Zion Park named by the pioneer settlers for its beauty and tranquillity; contrast this with the excess and hedonism of Las Vegas, the next stop of the itinerary. Continue on through California, taking in Death Valley and Yosemite before ending your trip in San Francisco.

Day 1: Phoenix
Day 2: Sedona
Day 4: Grand Canyon
Day 6: Lake Powell
Day 8: Bryce Canyon
Day 10: Zion
Day 12: Las Vegas
Day 14: Kernville
Day 16: Yosemite
Day 18: Monterey
Day 20: San Francisco

Description

Description

Self-drive the wonder of Arizona, see the delightful holiday playground of Scottsdale, the pretty little town of Sedona, drive highway 89a to the Grand Canyon. Stay at Lake Powell, one of America’s largest man made lakes. Drive to the beautiful Bryce Canyon with its stunning pines and pinnacles. See Zion Park named by the pioneer settlers for its beauty and tranquillity; contrast this with the excess and hedonism of Las Vegas, the next stop of the itinerary. Continue on through California, taking in Death Valley and Yosemite before ending your trip in San Francisco.

Day 1: Phoenix
Arrive Phoenix and drive to Scottsdale, the resort centre of Phoenix. This ‘smart’ town set against the Camelback Mountain enjoys a wonderful climate. Enjoy the boutique shops in the old town area or play golf on one of the 250 golf courses.
One night Scottsdale

Day 2: Sedona
Depart Phoenix / Scottsdale and drive to Sedona. En route visit Montezuma Castle National Monument. Drive on to Sedona, surrounded by towering red rock formations that have been used in many Western Movies. To see the rock formation from above, take a ride in a hot air balloon or a four-wheel drive excursion across the terrain.
Two nights Sedona

Day 4: Grand Canyon
Drive via Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park. Visit Tusayan village, see the spectacular IMAX film and understand the wonders of this world famous Canyon, or take fixed wing or helicopter flights over the Canyon.
Two nights Grand Canyon

Day 6: Lake Powell
Drive to Lake Powell, stopping off at Cameron en route. Drive on to Page and Lake Powell. Glen Canyon Dam transformed the mighty Colorado River into a massive lake – Lake Powell. Take a boat trip or fly over the lake. You can visit Monument Valley from here.
Two nights Lake Powell

Day 8: Bryce Canyon
Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. A land of Pines and Pinnacles and an immense semi-circular rock amphitheatre where strangely sculptured formations form tableaux of beauty.
Two nights Bryce Canyon

Day 10: Zion
Depart to Zion National Park. The hiking here is just spectacular. A free shuttle system has been introduced to eliminate traffic and parking problems, protect vegetation, and restore tranquillity to Zion Canyon. You may get on and off as often as you like. Take your picnic, map and walking shoes and enjoy visiting the Canyon this way.
Two nights Zion National Park

Day 12: Las Vegas
Drive to St George and visit the Mormon Church. Drive onwards to Las Vegas. Stroll through the casinos, visit Glittergulch, take a ride to the top of the Stratosphere and see the wedding parlours.
Two nights Las Vegas

Day 14: Kernville
Drive through Death Valley to Kernville via Stovepipe Wells. This is the Sequoia National Forest; a delightful stop.
Two nights Kernville

Day 16: Yosemite
Drive north to Yosemite. See the 7-mile long Yosemite Valley; undeniably one of the most beautiful in the world.
Two nights Yosemite

Day 18: Monterey
Drive to Monterey on the Pacific coast. Visit the Waterfront to see Cannery Row where old tin roof canneries made famous by John Steinbeck are converted into restaurants and art galleries.
Two nights Monterey

Day 20: San Francisco
Drive up to San Francisco – the beautiful ‘City on the Bay’. Take the half-day city tour, add a cruise to Alcatraz, see Sausalito and Muir Woods to the north of the city, take a tour of Chinatown and visit the mission where the city was founded.
Two nights San Francisco

Canyonlands - Bryce Canyon (Credit Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Convention & Visitors BureauCanyonlands - Antelope1  Canyonlands - GGB cr SFCVB by Carl Wilmington  Canyonlands - Zion1

Little Gems

Little Gems

The Grand Canyon is without doubt a ‘must see’ on most peoples wish list, but don’t overlook the smaller canyons upstream.  The canyons of Bryce and Zion are equally wonderful and offer a glimpse at the geological history that has created the magnificent Grand Canyon.

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