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. Travel west into the Rockies and stop in Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Continue through the massive 1,800-foot-high walls of Glenwood Canyon before reaching the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red-rock landscape of Grand Junction.
. This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT with its canyons that drop as much as 500 feet deep. On to ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, with more than 2,000 preserved natural sandstone arches.
. The day begins with magnificent CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a colorful landscape carved into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. Continue on to DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, where your Tour Director shares the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The afternoon is free for independent activities.
. Today’s route past Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, scenic drives in the USA. The majesty of Capitol Reef will intrigue you with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone. Next, travel along Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires. The natural amphitheaters and canyons glow with different light throughout the day.
. Today, descend into half-mile-deep ZION NATIONAL PARK. “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. Marvel at the colorful sandstone walls that rise thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Later, travel to the shores of Lake Powell, and join the optional cruise on the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir. Overnight in the northern Arizona town of Page, located on the southern shores of magnificent Lake Powell.
. Visit NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located within the Navajo Nation, and established to preserve three prehistoric cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People. After lunch, SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday.
. Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendor of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.
. To experience the American West immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Then, on to Kayenta, or join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by red-rock canyons.
. First stop this morning is MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor center, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Afterward, head to Durango in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.
. Board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GaugE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snow-capped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!”
. Travel north through the San Juan Mountains, stopping in Ouray, a small community nestled in some of the Rockies’ most rugged and towering peaks. This afternoon, visit one of America’s newest national parks: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK. The unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths that you will see here.
Our journey continues through the beautiful city of Salida, also known as the “Heart of the Rockies,” surrounded by magnificent 14,000-foot peaks. Continue to Colorado Springs, where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the GARDEN OF THE GODS, a public park and National Natural Landmark of towering red-rock formations. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Denver further.
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Located in the heart of Cherry Creek near University of Denver, Cherry Creek Shopping Center and area Hospitals.
The Grand Vista Hotel offers spectacular views of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument, and features a pool, fitness room and restaurant on-site.
The Big Horn Lodge is located in the heart of the Canyonlands, just a short distance from Arches National Park. The lodge has a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, and guest laundry.
We offer the finest in Accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is also a destination in and of itself. We offer business center, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, large general store, currency exchange, and laundromat. Rooms include cable TV with movie channels, Ac, In-room coffee/tea maker, microwave, fridge, hair dryer, iron and board.
The Quality Inn® at Lake Powell in Page overlooks Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, in the heart of Indian Country. This Page, AZ hotel provides business travelers with conveniences like computer hook-ups, high-speed Internet access and access to copy and fax services. The Quality Inn at Lake Powell invites you to experience our great location, superior guest accommodations and affordable rates.
Nestled in breathtaking views of the pines, this hotel features comfortable guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness center.
Kayenta Monument Valley Inn is located on the largest Indian Reservation in the United States. It has a Native American feel once you step into the lobby, with the artwork displaying bright colors and designs along with traditional Native American music playing in the back ground, you get a real sense of the Native American culture.
This hotel is situated amidst the hustle and bustle of the downtown area of Durango. The hotel features a restaurant, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, and guest laundry.
The Comfort Inn® hotel is located on the north edge of Gunnison, surrounded by the vast wilderness of Gunnison County. The Pioneer Museum, Western State College of Colorado, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the Dos Rios Golf Club are minutes from this Gunnison hotel.
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