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Nothing can prepare you for the awesome majesty that is the Grand Canyon
With its ever-changing and dramatic scenery of enormous proportions, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its pine and fir forests, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, mesas and plateaus, volcanic and geologic features, the Colorado River, perennial streams, and waterfalls breathtakingly combine to form one of Earth’s greatest landmarks. The only one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World to be located in North America, more than 4,000,000 people visit the canyon each year, making it the most visited national park in the United States
Day 1 ~ On the way to Grand Canyon enjoy an incredible variety of scenery and landscape. Giant saguaros, cholla cactus, ocotillo, alligator juniper, pinon pine and great ponderosa pines line the route. Meal and rest stops are made throughout the day.
In Tusayan, at the National Geographic Visitor Center, view the “Most Watched IMAX Movie of All Time”, Grand Canyon: Hidden Secrets, and discover a Grand Canyon that would take a lifetime to experience. Check in at the Holiday Inn Express, Tusayan where the evening is on your own to enjoy. Weather permitting, and if there is sufficient interest, there will be a sunset viewing in Grand Canyon National Park.
Day 2 ~ Explore the Grand Canyon. Numbers give only a clue to the Canyon’s grandeur; stretching 277 miles across northern Arizona, it measure up to 10 miles wide and one mile deep. Once inside the National Park the visitor center and book store awaits. Enjoy the Grand Canyon Village and nearby treasures including the Kolb Studio, Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel, Yavapai Observation Station and Verkamp’s Visitor Center. Your escort will review with you the Park Shuttle system and walkways available throughout the village.
Departure from the park is through the east gate, in late afternoon, with a stop at Desert View Watchtower, one of the most impressive overlooks at the canyon. Building a structure that provides the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting was architect Mary Colter’s goal when the Santa Fe Railroad hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point. The Watchtower opened in May of 1933.
Tonight rest your head at Cameron Trading Post. Built in 1916 it has become a show place of Native America Art, so be sure to visit the gallery and gift shop. Try their signature dish, a Navajo taco. Finish with a short walk to view the suspension bridge spanning the Little Colorado River Gorge.
Day 3 – Travel to Montezuma Castle National Monument, near Camp Verde. Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. Rest and refreshment stops are determined along the way with an expected return to Yuma early evening.6:30AM depart Yuma. 7:00AM depart the Foothills. Return early evening.
Please dress in layers and prepare for winter conditions including rain and/or snow. Bring a flashlight as the Grand Canyon is very dark after sunset.
$329…Escorted Tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, admission to the IMAX theatre, one night accommodations at Holiday Inn Express, admission to the Grand Canyon National Park with awesome sightseeing, one night accommodations at Cameron Trading Post, admission to Montezuma Castle National Monument. $449 single.
Wednesday – Friday February 21 – 23
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Tour West America Yuma Office. 333 S Main St. Yuma AZ, 85364