Circle the American West
Experience stunning scenery on this tour through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Visit some of the West’s spectacular national parks, including Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most amazing, yet unknown, scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase National Monument; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park, where you can wander along the canyon rim for stunning views; Monument Valley, where you will see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; Mesa Verde National Park, where you will marvel at the ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years—from 600 AD to 1300 AD; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of the newest national parks, with its spectacular narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths. Other tour highlights include a wine tasting in Colorado’s wine country and a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest. Travel by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that hugs steep canyon walls as it winds it ways through the canyon. Also, ride the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad. Amazing views await you at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. These are just a few of the many highlights of this amazing vacation. Be sure to pack your camera, so you can capture photos of this picturesque journey.
Sightseeing:Wine tasting in Grand Junction, Lake Powell cruise, 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley, Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, Ute Indian Museum, and Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.
DENVER Comfort Inn Downtown Denver (ST)GRAND JUNCTION Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction (F)MOAB Big Horn Lodge (ST)BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Ruby’s Inn (ST)PAGE Quality Inn Lake Powell (ST)WILLIAMS Ramada-Williams (F)KAYENTA Kayenta Monument Valley (MF)DURANGO Durango Downtown Inn (MF)GUNNISON Comfort Inn Gunnison (ST)COLORADO SPRINGS Comfort Inn South Colorado Springs (ST)
5 continental breakfasts (CB)
NOTE: Colorado, Utah, and Arizona are blessed with exquisite mountain scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions.
Transportation:Two scenic train journeys; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.