The American southwest is one of the USA’s best excursion goals. It’s amazing how much there is to see and do here. There are the stunning vistas of the Grand Canyon, exciting climbing trails in Zion National Park, and a large number of hoodoos to photo in Bryce Canyon.
Day 1: Phoenix- visit Sedona 2 hour Drive (120 miles) + Scenic byway (7.5 miles). Things to do include driving the Red Rock Scenic Byway, going on a short hike, and star gazing at night. Stay is very convenient with string of accommodations, just ensure to book in advance!
Day 2: Grand Canyon 2 hour Drive (115 miles). Recommended stay is at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan. Spend the day viewing the canyon from its numerous viewpoints and consider doing a short hike. Ooh Ahh View point, Yavapai, Yaki and Mather and the famous viewpoints to experience in the south rim of the canyon
Day 3: Monument Valley 3-hour 15-minute Drive (180 miles). Recommended stay at the Holiday inn Express. With sandstone buttes, epic plateaus, and all-encompassing vistas, Monument Valley is one of the USA’s beautiful spectacles. Monument Valley has been featured in a large number of popular movies, including Forrest Gump, National Lampoons Vacation, Mission: Impossible II, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the new HBO series West world.
Day 4: Arizona, Page and Monument Valley 2 Hour Drive (125 Miles). Recommended stay at the Holiday inn Express. Take the sunrise tour of Monument Valley. Explore Arizona and natural rock formations like the Mexican Hat, Forrest Gump Point, Valley of the Gods and Teardrop Arch
Day 5: Antelope Canyon, Arizona. Recommended stay at the Holiday inn Express. Horseshoe Bend is 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is 3,200 feet above sea level and takes a horse shoe curve which gives this scenic view a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop. The best times to visit Horseshoe Bend are at sunrise and sunset. Antelope Canyon is a gorgeous place to visit. With its glowing red canyon walls and narrow, twisting passageways, this place is fun to visit and a joy to photograph. Plenty of hiking trails to explore for the rest of the day with great views for pictures and panaromic scenery.
Day 6: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 6.5-hour Drive (200 miles). Stay at the Bryce Canyon Inn. Places of interest are many and it’s the longest day of the whole trip! Cottonwood Canyon Road, Zebra Slot Canyon, Devils Garden, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Willis Creek Slot Canyon.
Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park 4 hour Drive (150 miles); includes Kodachrome Basin and Willis Creek. Recommended stay at the Holiday Inn Express at Springdale’s Arizona. It’s a fantasyland of hoodoos, odd shake developments, and sandstone columns. This is an insane delightful spot, and its exceptional scene separates it from other national parks. Bryce Canyon is compact, at least for a National Park. One day is all you need to explore this park
Day 8: Zion National Park is one of the best spots in the United States to go hiking. From the awe-inspiring hike up Angels Landing to the family friendly Riverside Walk to multi-day backpacking adventures, there is something here for everyone. Extreme hiking locations are Weeping Rock and Canyon Overlook Trail.
Day 9: Zion National Park needs a day 2 to explore! If tired or exhausted, indulge in the King’s Landing Bistro a great place for dinner, Café Soleil and Oscar’s Café have great food too. If in the mood for Italian its going to be Zion Pizza and Noodle Café.
Day 10: Las Vegas 2.5-hour Drive (160 miles). If you are still up for it, book our helicopter tour to see the night across Vegas!