Howdy folks! Saddle up for a ride from Phoenix to Scottsdale, spending the afternoon at leisure before your journey kicks off with an evening shindig to meet your new travel partners.
Your trek through America's frontier history begins in the Sonoran Desert. Stampede through the luminous orange and red landscapes of Sedona with your choice sightseeing. Then, it’s on through Oak Creek Canyon to the historic railroad town of Williams, where we’ll Connect With Locals and enjoy a Be My Guest experience dinner hosted by the owners of local western restaurants.
Discover Flagstaff on your choice of excursions this morning. Get a bird’s eye view from the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course walking among the tall Ponderosa Pines 15 to 60 feet off the ground. Get your adrenaline pumping and see the sights as you adventure on suspended bridges, swings, obstacles, nets and ziplines. Or keep your feet on the ground while exploring the sky at the Lowell Observatory. Learn about the new research from the Lowell Observatory telescope visiting the Universal theater, Dark Sky Planetarium, Curiosity Zone and Astronomy Gallery. With a free afternoon, you can explore Flagstaff's bustling food and beverage scene at your own pace.
Cut dirt and board your train to the Grand Canyon for some Family Fun, passing the vanilla-scented Ponderosa Pines and through the Kaibab National Forest. Tales of Old West legends are brought back to life as they travel with you along the rugged landscapes. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Walk the rim and learn from a Local Specialist how this extraordinary feat of nature developed over the past 40 million years.
Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we visit Desert View's Pueblo-style Watch tower and support the development of the Desert View Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site. This afternoon, join an optional MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Red Heritage, a Navajo owned and operated Native American Performing Arts Theater, for a show of powwow dancing, flute playing and live drum music while enjoying a tasty lunch. Or choose to take a once-in-a-lifetime flightseeing experience with a helicopter landing atop the iconic Tower Butte. Conclude your day with a fun Lake Powell Pizza Party.
Explore yet another great natural triumph in Zion National Park by shuttle or on foot. Connect to history following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers. Soak in the lush vegetation, wild rivers, roaring waterfalls and towering white and pink cliffs. Perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to the Emerald pools before taking the scenic Mount Carmel Highway admiring views of waterfalls and slick rocks, watching out for spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. The red-orange-pink hued hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are your final stop for today. Continue the fun over an optional barbeque dinner at Ebenezeer's Show and Dinner feasting on salmon, flat iron steaks and grilled chicken and tasty sides while taking in an energizing live country music show.
Take your seat in an amphitheater of the must-see, towering sandstone spires of Bryce Canyon. Bask in these pink, orange and rusty-red limestone spires, known as hoodoos, that seem to rise from the desert floor. Explore the rim, learning how the canyon was formed over millennia by the erosion of sandstone and limestone, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Choose to blaze your own trail on a one-hour horseback ride in the Dixie National Forest, climbing Bristlecone Pine Ridge with 1,500-year-old Bristlecone Pines (one of the oldest living things on the North American continent). Our adventure through the Old West almost at its end, we get gussied up for a Farewell dinner.
Hoodoos to your back and high-living ahead, depart on the last leg of your journey to Las Vegas with a stop in St. George, Utah for lunch on your own. Make your way to Las Vegas International Airport at approximately 2:00pm, or your hotel if you're extending your stay.