Discover a land of contrasts on this epic journey that combines some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world throughout the state of Utah with the perfect weather, desert jewels and stunning coastline of California, each area with its own distinct, unique personality. Explore the national parks and experience west coast treasures on this adventure.
Enjoy a leisurely drive to the Lower Mainland today where you will settle in for the first night of the tour before departing tomorrow on our journey south.
A fabulous start to our ‘Canyons, Mountains & Geysers’ tour as we welcome and visit with fellow passengers while enjoying the scenery through Washington to Pendleton, Oregon where we overnight at the Red Lion Hotel. (R)
A day of sights as we cross the Blue Mountains of Oregon into the Snake River Valley & the ‘Gem State’ of Idaho. Following lunch in Mountain Home, continue into the ‘Silver State’ of Nevada. Unwind at the beautiful Montego Bay Hotel in Wendover. You will find this a welcoming oasis in the middle of the desert. (B, D)
We cross the border into the ‘Beehive State’ of Utah; known for its majestic mountains & canyons. Arrive early into Salt Lake City where we visit the historic Temple Square. Discover your roots in the FamilySearch Center, where helpful volunteers can assist in retrieving your family history from the world’s largest repository of genealogical records; meander through the visitors centers and visit the interactive map of ancient Jerusalem or step back into the past, where the story of family life of yesteryear will unfold room by room in the Beehive House, the seat of government in early Utah. Or for the shoppers, visit City Creek Center. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, this unique shopping environment features a retractable glass roof, fountain shows and offers over 100 stores and restaurants to make this a world-class fashion and dining destination. Explore and enjoy Salt Lake City with plenty to see and do. Our overnight is at the Red Lion Hotel.
Southern Utah features some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world, offering thousands of natural arches, breathtaking canyons, towering buttes and rock faces sculpted from the distinctive red sandstone. Traveling off the beaten path, through the Sevier River Valley and over the Mt. Carmel and Long Valley Scenic Byway, the road winds through fields and orchards with a backdrop of yellow, red and white-banded cliffs continually in view. Our destination is Bryce Canyon and the Best Western Ruby’s Inn.
Enjoy a day touring Bryce Canyon National Park, an immense semi-circular amphitheater of some of Earth’s most colorful rocks which have been sculptured into pillars, spires & mazes by erosion. Following an introduction to the park via a short film called ‘Shadow of Time’, stunning geological panoramas follow with several scenic stops along the way. As we head west to Cedar City, we visit the Cedar Breaks National Monument. At over 10,000 feet in elevation, the monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have carved out this giant amphitheater that spans three miles and is more than 2,000 feet deep. The Best Western Town & Country Inn in Cedar City is our overnight stop.
A scenic day of geological formations beckon as we travel to Zion Canyon National Park. Have your camera ready as you board the Zion Tram for a narrated Zion Canyon scenic drive. The shuttle runs a continuous loop through the park with stops at the Zion Human History Museum for a 22 minute orientation film, Canyon Junction, Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge, The Grotto, Angels Landing & the Temple of Sinawava. Arrive into Kanab, a scenic tourist town & filming location for several western movies & television series that is nestled at the foot of the Vermillion Cliffs. (B)
Board the coach for the leisurely drive south through the Navajo Indian Reservation to Cameron Trading Post. Established in 1916, the Cameron Indian Trading Post has become a showplace for fine Native American art and Southwest art. From here, it’s a short drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s premier heritage sites and considered to be one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. Visit the eastern side of the Canyon and explore the magnificent Visitor’s Centre before arriving at the Kachina Lodges for the night, located within Grand Canyon National Park. (B)
Return to the spectacular Grand Canyon this morning; its powerful and inspiring landscape overwhelms the senses. This afternoon experience the IMAX Theater before heading to Sedona. The Best Western Inn of Sedona is the perfect spot to watch a spectacular Arizona sunset or simply relax in luxury among the red rocks. (D)
Travel to Palm Springs via Blythe and Indio. Our two night stay is at the Palm Mountain Resort. This beautiful sanctuary is built on the original Aqua Caliente mineral springs, located in the middle of Palm Springs and only footsteps away from the famed Palm Canyon Drive. Relax and unwind the next day. The activities are endless, many just steps outside your door. Walk to the center of town to experience the boutiques, quaint shops, outdoor cafes and live music and entertainment. (B)
Since the silent film era, the Desert has provided a respite for celebrities and the elite film industry crowd; that is why many of the streets are named after such famous icons as Bob Hope, Gene Autry, Ginger Rogers and Frank Sinatra. A local guide will join us today and let us in on Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret as we enjoy a tour of celebrity homes. Return this afternoon to Palm Canyon Drive and stroll down Palm Springs Walk of Fame and see if you can spot your favorite celebrity’s star.
Driving north through the sprawl of downtown Los Angeles and past the rolling hills and fertile farmland arrive into Santa Barbara this afternoon. What is aptly known as America’s Riviera – Santa Barbara is tucked spectacularly between the mountains and the sea. Get to know this beautiful city, rich in Spanish heritage on today’s guided city tour. Our overnight is at the Best Western Peppertree Inn. (R)
Today’s travels take us through the area that epitomizes what California is all about from its perfect weather, breathtaking beauty, the incredibly fertile land and award-winning wineries. Drive one of the most scenic routes in the world, 17 Mile Drive. A meeting between land and sea, the drive winds its way through the seaside communities of Carmel, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. Complete the day with a visit to the world-famous Monterey Aquarium before we check into our hotel for this evening, the Mariposa Inn (or similar).
Continuing our journey through northern California, take in the beauty of Mt. Shasta and the blue-green waters of Shasta Lake as we arrive into Redding; home to more than 250 days of sunshine per year and surrounded by magnificent landscapes. Our overnight is the Gaia Hotel and Spa. (L)
Leaving volcano country behind, sit back, relax and enjoy the sights as we travel past the mountains and lakes and the fertile and agricultural farmland of southern Oregon into Salem. Overnight at the Red Lion Hotel. (B)
We continue the journey north travelling through Oregon and central Washington. Arrive at the beautiful Tulalip Resort this afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy the amenities of this wonderful property. (B, MV)
We depart Tulalip mid-morning. Bid farewell to new-found friends and return home with wonderful memories of bright sunshine and warm, sunny days. (B)
B = Breakfast, CB = Continental Breakfast, L = Lunch, BL = Box Lunch, D = Dinner, HH = Happy Hour, R = Reception
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
September 22, 2017