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From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

1. From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

Choose from a a private or small-group tour and embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure across Monument Valley. Admire the depths of the Grand Canyon, experience the real Wild Wild West, and discover the iconic Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyon Lands. Day 1 Zion National Park: Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to 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 ridgeline 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! Day 2 Bryce National Park: A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater. 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 camp will ease those hiking muscles and a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Day 3-4 Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang of a sandstone cliff on one of our optional canyoneering adventures! Visit Arches National Park home to over 2000 arches for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets the Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the southwest has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800’s, visit the local town and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital. Day 5 Monument Valley: We wind out way through more of USA Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet.  The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley.  Camp right along the rim and get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies and bag your front row seat to a magnificent sun rise. Day 6 Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon national park: Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon- Antelope Canyon this morning ($75-$80 pp) followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Saving the best for last! After a brief visit to a Navajo trading post we follow the mighty Colorado River through the painted desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into the one of the deepest  and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes a admire the view before one last cookout with your new friends! Day 7 Las Vegas: We get our kicks at Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City in plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip in a stylish stretch limousine.

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San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

2. 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! Your first day will begin with an exploration of San Francisco, including a cruise in the bay, a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, and China Town, 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 Clarion Inn Page. 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.

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From Las Vegas: VIP Small-Group Zion National Park Adventure

3. From Las Vegas: VIP Small-Group Zion National Park Adventure

Artist and photographers have been drawn to Zion National Park for many years in an effort to capture its infinite variety of moods.  The incredible landscape of Zion is a magnificent display of beauty that is a perpetual source of inspiration and renewal for all. Once you experience Zion, you will long to return again and again. Zion National Park, located near Springdale, Utah, covers 229 square miles (590 kilometers-squared).  The primary feature of the park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 kilometers) long and up to half a mile (800 meters) deep cut through the sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 meters) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 meters) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. The park is home to 289 bird, 79 mammals, 28 reptiles, 7 fish and 6 amphibian species. Common daytime animals include mule deer, rock squirrels, pinyon jays and whiptail and collared lizards. Desert cottontails, jackrabbits and Merriam's kangaroo rats come out at night. Cougars, coyotes, gray foxes and ring-tail cats are the top predators. Golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons and white-throated swifts can be seen in the area. California condors and bighorn sheep were reintroduced in the 1990s. Nineteen species of bat also live in the area. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons and natural arches. The geology of the Zion canyon area includes 9 formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation and beautiful erosion. Notable geographical features of the park include the Virgin River Narrows, Emerald Pools, Hidden Canyon, Angels Landing, The Great White Throne, Checkerboard Mesa, The Three Patriarchs and Kolob Arch.

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What people are saying about Zion Canyon

We had a great experience with the Jeep Bushy Cove Adventure tour! Our driver was very knowledgeable and experienced. We had a lot of fun riding the big jeep. It felt like an African safari in the middle of Utah! Views are just spectacular. We also saw a lot of wildlife during our ride. I would recommend this trip to everyone who visits East Zion!

We had a blast on our jeep tour. We got to see Zion in areas that are not accessible by car. Jeff was a great tour guide. He gave us a lot of interesting facts!

Jeff was a great tour guide. He explained history and geology of the area, and kept us ahead of the storm that was in the distance.

The tour was well organized and we saw a lot of great spots within a short period of time.

Brady was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area.