Canyonlands & Mountains 

September 9-22, 2018


Sunday, September 9

This morning we leave on a most scenic trip to see a spectacular part of our great county. A truly awe-inspiring tour. Overnight in Bettendorf, Iowa at The Isle Casino Hotel. LD

 

Monday September 10

Traveling on today, we will make a stop at The Great Platte River Road Archway. We’ll experience the westward expansion of a nation through the eyes of those who lived it! Overnight in Kearny, NE. BL

 

Tuesday September 11

A stop this morning at a Pony Express station museum in Gothenburg, NE.  The station is dedicated to “All Pioneers Who Passed This Way to Win and Hold the West.”  We will overnight at the bustling resort town of Estes Park, Colorado, Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. CL

 

Wednesday, September 12

This morning we visit beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, the birthplace of the Colorado River.  We will cross the park from east to west following the great Alpine Trail Ridge Road, stopping at the Visitor Center at the apex of the drive.  We certainly will see some wild animals on the route.  We then travel on to quaint Leadville for a little shopping time. Overnight in Gunnison, CO.
 

Thursday, September 13

Our first stop this morning will be at Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Later we will begin our travel over the Million Dollar Highway, one of the country’s most  scenic routes. Board the famous Silverton, a narrow gauge passenger train, for an afternoon trip to Durango.  Our Motorcoach will meet us in this famous western town where we will overnight. You will want to get out and explore this town tonight. An old west atmosphere abounds. CL

 

Friday, September 14

Travel to Four Corners on the Navajo Reservation, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. Visit Monument Valley for an Indian guided jeep ride through these isolated monoliths of red sandstone, towering as much as 1,000 feet above the valley floor. John Wayne said of the valley, this is “Where God put the West.” Spend two nights in Page, Arizona.

 

Saturday, September 15

Today begins with a stop at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam. Lunch included on the edge of Lake Powell.  This afternoon a 4-wheel drive tour truck will deliver us to the Upper Antelope Canyon. We then walk to enter the canyon. It's entrance and entire length are at group level requiring no climbing.  Beams of sunlight radiating down from openings at the top make for spectacular viewing. CL

 

Sunday, September 16

This morning a leisurely float trip on the Colorado River, where the Grand Canyon begins. We then travel to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, where a guided tour awaits to view the much less visited side of the beautiful Grand Canyon. Overnight at the rim so that you will be able to hike around and see the beautiful sunset.  CLD

 

Monday, September 17

The superlatives are just not superlative enough to describe the sights we will see today. We will visit Zion National Park.  The drive into Zion is an engineering marvel amid beautiful scenery and the view changes constantly as the light hits the canyon from new angles. We will have lunch at the Zuni Lodge. Tonight we will enjoy a Cowboy Dinner Show at our hotel. Overnight near Bryce Canyon. LD

 

Tuesday, September 18

This morning visit Bryce Canyon viewing wide open amphitheaters of mysterious hoo-doo formations. Stop at an Anazazi Indian Village ruin. Drive through Capitol Reef National Park, which, as its name suggests was created by ancient oceans. Stop at ancient petroglyphs here. Our overnight will be Moab, Utah. BL

 

Wednesday, September 19

The Arches National Park will be first today, examining the many red-rock arches spires and balanced rocks. Leaving Utah, we travel once again in Colorado stopping in Glenwood Springs for lunch.Overnight in Denver, CO. C

 

Thursday, September 20

Continuing our journey homeward, a stop in Hays, KS at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History where you will find displays of dinosaurs and prehistoric species of the land and sea that once lived in Kansas more that 80 million years ago. Our overnight will be in Topeka, KS. C

 

Friday, September 21

Continuing our journey homeward, we make a stop in Springfield, Il at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. It combines priceless historical artifacts with contemporary storytelling technologies. Overnight in Decatur, IL. C

 

Saturday, September 22

Taking wonderful memories of this spectacular trip, we conclude what was a most fantastic trip to a most unique area of our country.  Evening arrival home. CL


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  • $3095 Per Person Double Occupancy

  • $4400 Per Person Single

PRICE INCLUDES: Escorted transportation aboard our own deluxe motor coach; 13 nights lodging; 23 meals plus bonus; all admissions; baggage handling for one bag; taxes and gratuities on lodging and meals.

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