Treasures Of The West
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Treasures Of The West
- Arrive Las Vegas, NV.
- Day: 1
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- Accommodations: (STD) Best Western Mardi Gras or similar (2 nights) (SUP) Tropicana Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Arrive at Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and proceed to your hotel. Welcome to the “City of Lights”! Las Vegas has something to offer everyone. From the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, the action never stops from morning to night. This evening, stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as “the strip” and enjoy the spectacle offered by each hotel and casino as they all have a distinctly different theme and all present wondrous displays. Make sure not to miss the nightly fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel. Using a dramatic combination of music, water and light, the Bellagio delivers spectacular performances nightly with its majestic fountains.
(STD) Best Western Mardi Gras or similar (2 nights)
(SUP) Tropicana Hotel or similar (2 nights)
- Las Vegas
- Day: 2
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Today is yours to explore this electrifying city, or you may choose to take a tour which will fly you to the Grand Canyon for a visit to this majestic wonder. While in Vegas, take a trip up to the top of the Stratosphere hotel tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Enjoy dinner at the Top of the World, or simply admire the view from the observation deck. Visit any of the premier hotels including Caesars Palace, The Venetian and Paris for luxury shopping. If you’re searching for a bargain, drive to one of the outlet malls featuring designer names at discounted prices. Dining in Las Vegas is superior. World-renowned chefs have decided to make Vegas their kitchen and there is always a restaurant nearby to satisfy any palette. For a different side of Vegas, visit Fremont Street. This historic street features shops, restaurants and casinos under a vaulted canopy screen where more than 12 million lights, together with music and lasers put on a spectacular show.
- Las Vegas – Zion National Park – Kanab, UT
- Day: 3
- 205 miles | 329.845 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Shilo Inn Suites Kanab or similar (1 night) (SUP) Best Western Red Hills or similar (1 night)
Leave the glitz of Las Vegas this morning and head toward beautiful Zion National Park. Driving into Zion you will be greeted by gigantic sandstone monoliths and hear the soft rush of the Virgin River. The Narrows are Zion’s famous slot canyons. These are narrow stone crevices with colorful stripes formed by years of water and wind erosion; the result is a hiker’s paradise. In the park and along the river there are a variety of trails and paved pathways for explorers of all skill levels. In addition, there is a complimentary shuttle system that runs throughout the park. By utilizing this, you can visit the Zion’s other major attractions such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing. Stop at the Visitor Center for information on guided tours and park history. Continue on to Kanab for an overnight stay.
(STD) Shilo Inn Suites Kanab or similar (1 night)
(SUP) Best Western Red Hills or similar (1 night)
- Kanab – Lake Powell / Glen Canyon – Kayenta, AZ
- Day: 4
- 175 miles | 281.575 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Kayenta Monument Valley Inn or similar (1 night) (SUP) Goulding’s Lodge or similar (1 night)
Depart Kanab early this morning for a full-day visit to beautiful Lake Powell. For thousands of years the Colorado River ran through Glen Canyon carving a tremendous canyon through the sandstone. In 1963 the Glen Canyon dam was constructed and took possession of the Colorado River, turning the natural beauty of Glen Canyon into popular Lake Powell, a body of deep blue water surrounded by red cliff walls. Continue to Page for an overnight stay. Visit the John Wesley Powell Museum to learn more about the lake, before and after the dam construction. You may also wish to visit the magnificent Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridges in the world. This natural wonder has been formed due to years of erosion of the sandstone by water flowing from Navajo Mountain towards the Colorado River. It may be reached by boat, on foot, or on horseback. Continue to Kayenta for an overnight stay.
(STD) Kayenta Monument Valley Inn or similar (1 night)
(SUP) Goulding’s Lodge or similar (1 night)
- Kayenta – Monument Valley – Moab, UT
- Day: 5
- 168 miles | 270.312 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Super 8 Moab or similar (2 nights) (SUP) Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn similar (2 nights)
This morning drive toward Monument Valley on your way to Moab. Over the years, Monument Valley has been the setting for more Western movies than any other site in the United States. Unique sandstone formations punctuate the sometimes barren landscape and spires rise into strange formations that have inspired names such as “Three Sisters” and “The Thumb.” At dawn and dusk, the park comes to life when the sun transforms this area into a bright canvas, painting the monoliths with light and color. Located on the north and central parts of the Navajo Reservation, some of these native people still inhabit this land. Consider a visit to the Navajo National Monument which preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people. A visitor center, museum and three short self-guided trails are available. Although the monument is located on the Navajo Nation reservation, the ruins were constructed by the ancestral Pueblo people referred to as “Anasazi.” The Navajo have assumed the role of protector of all the ruins contained within the Navajo Nation. Continue to Moab for a two-night stay.
(STD) Super 8 Moab or similar (2 nights)
(SUP) Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn similar (2 nights)
- Moab -Arches National Park, UT
- Day: 6
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Today, visit Arches National Park. Here you will encounter over 2,000 natural freestanding sandstone arches. The number varies from day to day, as old arches crumble and new ones form. The most famous of these is Delicate Arch. The best viewing of this impressive arch is done off the roadway and on a trail. It is well worth the hike to encounter it up close. At the Visitor Center, rangers offer guided walks and nature talks. Keep your eyes open for desert bighorn sheep. These famous residents tend to blend in with the landscape; a sighting is a special treat. You might also choose to visit the Aztec Ruins National Monument. Construction began on this 500 room “great house” by ancestral Pueblo people around 100 A.D. A short trail winds through the rooms and provides an intimate showing.
- Moab – Capitol Reef NP – Kodachrome Basin SP – Bryce Canyon, UT
- Day: 7
- 289 miles | 465.001 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Bryce View Lodge or similar (2 Nights) - (SUP) Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon or similar (2 Nights)
Leave Moab behind to explore more amazing natural scenery. Continue to Capitol Reef National Park. Most of the park is created from a hundred mile long ridge of rock that has eroded into wildly colorful and varied sandstone formations. Stop at Panorama Point which offers excellent photo opportunities and to enjoy the views, then at the Park’s Visitor Center to view their displays and hike one of the many trails that depart from there. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. Activities in the park include hiking, horseback riding, and a driving tour. As you continue, drive through Kodachrome Basin State Park. This Park consists of a spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys, ever-changing from gray and white to shades of red with the day’s mood. Numerous rocks and coves offer solitude, quiet and unique desert beauty. Continue on to Bryce Canyon for a two night stay.
(STD) Bryce View Lodge or similar (2 Nights)
(SUP) Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon or similar (2 Nights)
- Bryce Canyon National Park UT
- Day: 8
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Consider a drive to Rainbow Point today. From some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. There are also a variety of walking trails in the park that offer an up-close and personal encounter with nature. Horseback riding is another popular way to see the highlights of the park. All of the unusual hoodoos have names that reflect the shape they resemble. Look to the guideposts or the park publications to see if you can identify these unusual formations.
- Bryce Canyon – Cedar City – Ely, NV
- Day: 9
- 288 miles | 463.392 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD & SUP) La Quinta Inn & Suites* or similar (1 night) - *Due to the limited number of properties in this area, both categories will use the same accommodations.
Depart Bryce this morning and drive toward Cedar Breaks National Monument which somewhat resembles Bryce Canyon but in a much smaller scale. Situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks is shaped like a giant coliseum dropping 2,000 feet to its floor. Deep inside the coliseum are stone spires, columns, arches, pinnacles, and intricate canyons in varying shades of red, yellow and purple. The bristlecone pine, one of the world’s oldest trees, grows in the area and can be found along the Spectra Point Trail. The Dixie National Forest surrounds Cedar Breaks providing lush alpine meadows clustered with ponderosa pines and quaking aspens. During the summer months, the wildflower display is nothing but spectacular. Continue to Ely for an overnight stay.
(STD & SUP) La Quinta Inn & Suites* or similar (1 night)
*Due to the limited number of properties in this area, both categories will use the same accommodations.
- Ely – US-50 Scenic Drive – Carson City, NV
- Day: 10
- 319 miles | 513.271 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Best Western Courtyard Carson Station or similar (1 night) (SUP) Marriott Courtyard Carson City or similar (1 night)
Leave Ely behind and travel west to Nevada’s state capital, Carson City. You will travel through the Nevada portion of US-50; dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America”, by travel writers and tourist boards. Along the way stop in Eureka. Located right in the middle of a 100-mile stretch of spectacular Great Basin scenery, Eureka is one of the most engaging and enjoyable stops in this state. Unlike a lot of places along the Loneliest Road, Eureka is fairly thriving, thanks to numerous gold mines still in operation. The four blocks of 100-year-old buildings lining the steeply sloping, franchise-free Main Street are a mix of well-restored brick and wood storefronts. The focal point, the grand 1879 Eureka County Courthouse, is still in use, and behind it the Eureka Sentinel Museum which displays traces of the lively local history as well as typesetting equipment and printing presses of the newspaper published here from 1870 to 1960. Continue west through the small town of Austin to Fallon, a strikingly green town due to its extensive fields of alfalfa, onions, garlic, and cantaloupe. Besides agriculture, Fallon’s main employer is the U.S. Navy, whose air base and target range are important training centers for carrier-based fighters and bombers, like the “Top Guns” of Tom Cruise’s famous movie. Continue to Carson City for an overnight stay. Nestled at the base of the sheer eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevada, life in this capital city is very slow. Gambling aside, the one place to stop in Carson City is the excellent Nevada State Museum, housed inside the solid old U.S. Mint. Also worth a look. are the Stewart Indian Museum, which has Native American artifacts and a great collection of Edward Curtis’s anthropological photography and the old Virginia & Truckee steam engines at Nevada State Railroad Museum.
(STD) Best Western Courtyard Carson Station or similar (1 night)
(SUP) Marriott Courtyard Carson City or similar (1 night)
- Carson City – South Lake Tahoe – 49er Trail/Dutch Flat – Sacramento, CA
- Day: 11
- 87 miles | 139.983 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Best Western Plus Sutter House or similar (1 night) (SUP) DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento or similar (1 night)
Depart Carson City and continue your journey toward Sacramento, the capital of the state of California. The chosen route follows a picturesque drive along Lakeshore Drive to South Lake Tahoe. This freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada is situated on the border between the states of California and Nevada. Along the way you will discover intriguing shops, great restaurants, and various leisure activities. Continue through the 49er Trail to Dutch Flat, a community settled in 1851 by a group of German miners. Millions in gold were taken from here, with one nugget alone being worth $5000. With the price of gold in those days valued at about $17 to $20 per ounce, one has an idea of its enormity. All authentic features have been preserved and many artifacts can be viewed at the small museum. Then, off to Sacramento for an overnight stay. Originally established as a supply town for gold miners who were prospecting the nearby areas, modern-day Sacramento is the hub of commerce for the central valley area and holds center stage in politics for the state of California.
(STD) Best Western Plus Sutter House or similar (1 night)
(SUP) DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento or similar (1 night)
- Sacramento – San Francisco, CA
- Day: 12
- 87 miles | 139.983 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Whitcomb Hotel San Francisco or similar (3 nights) - (SUP) Pickwick Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Visit Old Sacramento today before departing to San Francisco. Stepping foot into Old Sacramento is like traveling back in time to California’s Gold Rush era. On any given day, you will see the dirt being kicked up from the hooves of a horse drawing a carriage down the cobblestone streets. Wide and creaky wooden walkways lead up towards restored buildings that used to house hotels, saloons and bathhouses. Now these structures are home to a myriad of shops, restaurants and bars entertaining the more than five million visitors to this State Historical Park. Continue west to San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the US. It’s a compact and approachable place, where downtown streets rise on impossible gradients to reveal stunning views of the city, the bay and beyond. San Francisco is culturally vibrant and ethnically diverse; as a result, it has evolved into the urban jewel of California’s coast. Very typical for this city are the cable cars and rows of elaborate redwood Victorian-Style houses. Curiously, it contains the biggest China Town outside China.
(STD) Whitcomb Hotel San Francisco or similar (3 nights)
(SUP) Pickwick Hotel or similar (3 nights)
- San Francisco, CA
- Day: 13
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Today, you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf. Another major attraction is Alcatraz, a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It served as lighthouse, a military fortification, and finally as a federal prison until 1963. The rangers give excellent guided tours detailing the history and legends surrounding “The Rock.” Spend the day in Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park offers dozens of fun things to do. Top sights are the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Don’t miss the local resident buffalo herd. This evening dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighborhoods. From Chinatown to the very Italian flavored North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine. This evening, explore Chinatown, along its streets, exotic ingredients are sold, silks and jade are tendered, and wonderful native food can be found at the many restaurants.
- San Francisco
- Day: 14
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Visit the dramatic curves of Lombard Street, one of San Francisco’s most photographed sites. The beautifully landscaped, one-block descent from Hyde Street to Leavenworth Street, has given Lombard the title of “crookedest street in the world.” At the intersection of Hyde and Lombard, a cable car route provides spectacular views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Coit Tower, Yerba Buena Island and the Bay Bridge. Stop by the Wharf which offers unobstructed views of infamous Alcatraz Island and consists of a long, coast-side row of seafood restaurants, street vendors and entertainers, souvenir stores, and beautiful ocean scenery. Spend some time in Golden Gate Park; it offers dozens of fun things to do. Top sights are the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Don’t miss the local resident buffalo herd. This evening dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighborhoods like the very Italian flavored North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.
- San Francisco – San Francisco International Airport, CA
- Day: 15
- 14 miles | 22.526 Km*
Depart at leisure to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and drop-off your rental car.
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