Five of the country's most beautiful national parks are all located in a small geographical area. And yet, each one is so different from its neighbors. Born of the Colorado plateau uplift, these parks offer unique landscape and rock formations you won't find anywhere else in the world. In addition to the parks, we'll also visit some of the state's most beautiful and unusual landscapes.
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
10 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Tips For Included Meals
Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees to National Parks and Monuments as Mentioned in Itinerary:
- Golden Spike Tower & Visitors Center
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- Arches National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Scenic Highway 12
- Anasazi State Park
- Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Kaibab Plateau
- Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
- Lake Powell National Recreation Area
- Monument Valley
Pontoon Boat Ride on Colorado River
Jet Boat Ride on Colorado River
Jacob Lake Lodge
Scenic Cruise on Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon
Free Time in Farmington
Free Time in Santa Fe
Historic Route 66 Museum
Oklahoma City Memorial
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
$3350 per person Double / $4375 per person Single
Non-members add $50
Pricing & Refunds:
A $300 deposit per person is due within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by April 1, 2021. No refunds will be issued after March 17, 2021. Travel protection is available; please call 319-753-2864 x162 for more information.
Activity Level 3 - This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 7,000 ft. and touring above 9,000 ft.
Tuesday, july 6, 2021
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board host, and begin your westward journey. Pass through western Iowa into Nebraska with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. This evening, arrive in Grand Island for an overnight stay and enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Wednesday, july 7, 2021
Denver / Silverthorne
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, continue your travel west to North Platte for touring of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center. The tower rises eight stories above Union Pacific’s 2,850-acre Bailey Yard for wonderful views of the world’s largest train yard. After a stop for lunch, on your own, near Ogallala, bid farewell to Nebraska as you cross the Colorado border. Stop in Denver to meet our tour director, and then continue west into the Rocky Mountains to Silverthorne, a beautiful mountain community on the Blue River, nestled high in the breathtaking Rockies. Your evening is free to explore and enjoy dinner, on your own.
Thursday, july 8, 2021
After enjoying breakfast, we depart and descend from the mighty Rockies today and enter into the red-rock country of the Colorado Plateau. Cross the border to Utah’s Canyon Country and take a scenic drive to Dead Horse Point State Park for a picnic lunch and one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest. You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. Then, you are off to nearby Arches National Park for sightseeing. The 18,000 square-foot visitors’ center will introduce you to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary.
Visit all the park highlights including Park Avenue, Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch View Point. In the late afternoon, join the group for a unique experience as you take a Jet Boat Ride on the mighty Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons. As the sun dips in the west, the canyon colors come to life while you learn about the river’s ecosystem, geology and history. After a thrilling ride, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner served on the banks of the Colorado River.
Friday, july 9, 2021
Capitol Reef/Bryce Canyon
After breakfast this morning, depart Moab and travel west through the San Rafael Swell. Then arrive at Capitol Reef National Park for sightseeing of ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history followed by a wonderful picnic lunch under towering cottonwood trees. Next, enjoy a drive on one of America’s most spectacular roads. Scenic Highway 12 has been designated as an “All American Road,” the crown jewel of the Scenic Byways system. Drive up and over Boulder Mountain reaching altitudes over 9,000 feet with incredible views of Capitol Reef, the Circle Cliffs and the Henry Mountains. Stop in the town of Boulder for touring of Anasazi State Park with its ancient Indian ruins. Then travel through Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, with vast expanses of cream and rose colored Navajo sandstone. There are dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams and deep canyons in multi-hued colors across the 1.9 million acre monument. In the later afternoon, arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing. The hues and intricate shapes of Bryce Canyon carry even the most mature adult away into a fairyland fantasy. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce that translates into, “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.” Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the canyon was named, described it as “a hell of a place to lose a cow.” Check into your hotel located just outside the park with the evening free for dinner on your own.
Saturday, july 10, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, then return to Bryce Canyon National Park for a morning view. Then, take a short drive to see Utah’s oldest and most famous national park, Zion National Park. An early Mormon settler described the park’s massive formations as “temples built by hands, not of man.” The Paiutes believed mischievous spirits live among the 2,000-foot high towers and would not enter the canyon alone or remain there after dark. There will be time for lunch, on your own, and to explore Zion Canyon, a brilliant green canyon set against the backdrop of sheer red cliffs, with an occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rocks. The shuttle system will allow everyone to explore at their own pace. In the later afternoon, depart Zion for a short drive to the small town of Kanab, also known as “Little Hollywood” due to the many movies and television shows filmed in the area. Your evening is free to explore and enjoy dinner on your own.
Sunday, july 11, 2021
Grand Canyon/Lake Powell
After breakfast, depart Kanab and travel across the Arizona Strip before climbing the beautiful Kaibab Plateau. Reaching elevations over 8,000 feet, the Kaibab was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt and is home to a rich variety of wildlife including elk, deer, turkey and the unique white-tailed Kaibab Squirrel. Then, enter Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for sightseeing. This 1.2 million-acre national park hosts a vast variety of wildlife and scenic wonders. You will learn about the geology and history of the canyon while taking in its breathtaking beauty. The North Rim receives one tenth the number of visitors compared with the more developed South Rim and thus provides a much quieter and more natural Grand Canyon experience. You will also have time to enjoy lunch, on your own, with a view at Grand Canyon Lodge. In the afternoon, return north and stop along the way at Jacob Lake Lodge, an old-fashioned family run lodge started in 1923, for a rest stop and a presentation on Navajo Arts & Crafts. In the later afternoon, arrive at Lake Powell National Recreation Area and enjoy a Scenic Cruise on Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon. A combination of emerald waters, towering red rock cliffs and blue skies creates a unique and breathtaking scene. Then, check into your lakeside hotel with the evening free to explore on your own, and enjoy dinner.
Monday, july 12, 2021
Colorado River / Monument Valley
After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel this morning, we board pontoon boats for an unusual trip down the Colorado River, the absolute best way to experience the peaceful grandeur of the river. It is a calm, beautiful and inspiring 15-mile float trip and a great way to see this red rock country. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights and stories of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon including the rich natural and human history of the region.
Make a beach stop where you may take a short hike to see a petroglyph panel and even feel the coolness of the river. Depart and float through iconic Horseshoe Bend. Keep an eye out for rainbow trout in the crystal-clear water, dozens of nesting birds on the banks and possibly a herd of big horn sheep along the way. Your float trip ends at historic Lees Ferry, where you will board the motorcoach for the ride back towards Lake Powell.
Next, arrive at the historic Goulding’s Lodge to meet our Navajo Guide and board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for a scenic tour of Monument Valley, a location for scores of famous Western films, television programs and commercials.
Visit famous locations such as John Ford Point, Artist Point and The Totem Pole. Learn more of the Navajo traditions and way of life. Enjoy some free time before dinner of an outdoors Dutch-oven cookout at Goulding’s Lodge this evening.
Tuesday, july 13, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we set out for Santa Fe as our overnight destination. We make a stop in Farmington, a community that outdoor lovers thoroughly enjoy. Farmington is known for it’s epic off-roading, fly fishing and scenic landscapes. Have some free time to explore the downtown and more.
Travel across New Mexico passing through Albuquerque on your way to the first state capitol in the United States, “The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis,” better known as Santa Fe.
Founded in 1609, the city offers many historic, cultural and scenic delights. Enjoy the rest of the day, on your own, to wander through the many fun shops, art galleries and restaurants surrounding the historic downtown plaza.
Enjoy the included kickback reception offered at the hotel this evening, or have dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Wednesday, july 14, 2021
Depart Santa Fe after breakfast this morning as you begin your journey home. Retrace the path of Old Route 66 as you head east with a picture stop at the famous Cadillac Ranch. Stop in Amarillo to explore the Historic Route 66 district and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, continue east on Route 66 with a stop in Elk City for touring of the National Route 66 Museum.
This museum focuses on the people who lived, worked and traveled the “Mother Road” and offers visitors a classic walk through all eight states, highlighted by realistic murals and vignettes depicting the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous. As you travel along, you can listen to recorded histories and personal accounts of the road from overhead audio kiosks.
This evening, arrive in Oklahoma City and check into your hotel before enjoying an included dinner this evening.
Thursday, july 15, 2021
Oklahoma City/ Springfield
After enjoying breakfast this morning, say goodbye to your tour director as you depart Oklahoma City.
Then, take an inspiring morning stroll through the Oklahoma City Memorial. The outdoor symbolic memorial is a place of quiet reflection which honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. It encompasses the now-sacred soil where the Murrah Building once stood, as well as the surrounding area devastated during the attacks.
After, visit the Pops Museum. Located in Arcadia, this signature collection of 700 kinds of soda, sparkling water and other ice-cold refreshments will entice you to start your morning off with a bang!
Enjoy a lunch rest and refresh break in Tulsa as we continue on today before continuing on to the Philbrook Museum. Enjoy this stop with gardens that were recently named “the most beautiful place in Oklahoma.” Housed in a former 1920’s villa, the museum opened in 1939. It showcases nine collections of art from around the world.
Our last adventure today will be the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Once inside, “Will Rogers” will meet our group and take us on a guided tour of the facility. As you will see, Will was more than just a cowboy. He was the top male motion picture box-office star, 199-34-35, as selected by Motion Picture Herald; most widely-read syndicated newspaper columnist by 1935; wrote more than 4,000 daily and weekly newspaper’s columns and dozens of articles for nationally distributed magazines; anchored America’s first coast-to-coast radio hookup in 1928 and so much more...he was definitely much more than just a cowboy!
Friday, july 16, 2021
After enjoying one last breakfast this morning with your fellow travelers, today we travel back to Iowa with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride home as you relive what an incredible journey you’ve had through the Canyonlands of the Southwest!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|