Las Vegas Gateway to Utah, Colorado and Arizona
Day One: Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada –McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada
Located in the western-most tip of the Grand Circle, Las Vegas is a fantastic Gateway to the sights of the Grand Circle. With plenty of shows, nightclubs, casinos and amazing architecture, Las Vegas is a great way to start your Grand Circle tour! Spend the night or travel up to Springdale, Utah. (www.mccarran.com)
Day One/Two: Travel to Springdale and Tropic, Utah
Take an afternoon tour of Zion National Park. Famous for its deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, seeping springs and scenic vistas, Zion National Park is nature at its most eloquent. Hop the shuttle inside the park and get on and off at scenic spots along the way. Enjoy nature's erosive handiwork at Bryce Canyon National Park, as the sun sets on a vast array of fingers, spires and pinnacles, all of rosy hue, carved into fantastic shapes, some extremely delicate, others massive and sturdy.
Overnight in Tropic/Bryce, Utah
-Best Western Ruby’s Inn 435.834.5338
-National Park Lodges 435.586.9476
Day Three: Travel to Moab, Utah
Take a tour of Arches National Park, famous for its Delicate Arch, and Balanced Rock. The arches and numerous other extraordinary geologic features, such as spires, pinnacles, pedestals and balanced rocks, are highlighted in striking foreground and background views created by contrasting colors, landforms and textures. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history. See some of the most breath-taking views of natural formations created by water from the Colorado River.
Overnight in Moab, Utah
-Ramada Inn Downtown Moab 435.259.6869
-Sorrel River Ranch Resort 435.259.4642
-Moab Adventure & Lodging 435.259.2002
Day Four: Travel to Durango, Colorado
In the 1880s a narrow rail line was strung along the Animas River, a twisting river gorge, to connect Silverton and Durango. Hop a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, or explore the Animas River on a rafting trip, try hiking, biking or skiing.
Overnight in Durango, Colorado
-Leland House B & B / Rochester Hotel 970.385.1920
Day Five: Travel to Cortez, Colorado
Take an early morning tour of Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site, known internationally for the fabulous cliff dwellings. Though long familiar to Mesa Verde's native inhabitants, the cliff dwellings were brought to the world’s attention after being noticed by European-Americans in the late 1800's.Witness the natural preservations of homes and entire villages that have survived with many artifacts amazingly intact providing visitors a unique and thought-provoking glimpse into America’s pre-European past.
Overnight in Towaoc/Cortez/Mesa Verde, Colorado
-Mesa Verde Far View Lodge 970.533.7731
-Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast & Retreat Center 970.565.3125
-Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort – Tribal Park 970.565.8800
Day Six: Travel to Grand Canyon, Arizona through Monument Valley, Utah
Perhaps America’s most photographed landscape, Monument Valley is a scenic region encompassing approximately 5,180 sq km (2,000 sq mi) in northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. The landscape is characterized by tall, red sandstone buttes, mesas, and arches created by erosion, rising up to 300 m (1,000 ft) from a sandy plain. Monument Valley has been a favorite Hollywood backdrop for over 80 years and is still a traditional Navajo homeland. Continue your journey to Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Overnight Grand Canyon, Arizona
-Anasazi Inn 928-679-2214
-Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn 928.638.8410
-Grand Canyon National Park Lodges 928.638.2991
-Grand Hotel 928.638.3333
Day Seven: Travel to Las Vegas, Nevada
Enjoy one final night in the Grand Circle or depart in the late afternoon.