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Southwest National Parks Cross-Country

Tour Description
Itinerary

The unsurpassed beauty of the American southwest, with comprehensive touring across the region’s most popular National Parks, plus Las Vegas and stops in St. Louis, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, & the rugged Texas panhandle on the most leisurely paced cross-country tour in the travel industry, combining the enchantment of National Parks, a taste of Las Vegas excitement, the beauty of New Mexico, & the magic of the snow-capped Rockies for a truly unforgettable vacation experience. Visit Bryce Canyon, Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, Mesa Verde, Valley of Fire, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, & more

Included

  • Fully-escorted via deluxe motorcoach with Seniortours guide hosting complimentary “All-Day-Happy-Hour” cocktails, soft-drinks, snacks, games, & more.
  • The most leisurely paced cross-country tour in the travel industry, combining the enchantment of the rugged Southwest National Parks, a taste of Las Vegas excitement, the beauty of New Mexico, & the magic of the snow-capped Rockies for a truly unforgettable vacation experience.
  • 45 meals, including daily breakfasts and a combination of lunches, off-the-menu dinners, and great Drury kickbacks.
  • Convenient local northeast departure points, or choose to fly into Newark or Philadelphia & Seniortours will split 1/2 the cost of a room before or after your vacation.
  • Visits to the American West’s most beloved National & State Parks, including Bryce Canyon, Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, Valley of Fire, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, & more.
  • Easy, comfortable, & relaxing multiple-night stays in some of America’s most amazing places.
  • The awesome Colorado Rockies, with Denver and the posh Rocky Mountain resort village of Vail, CO, home to celebrities and the Western White House of President Gerald Ford.
  • Casino excitement in Las Vegas & Mesquite, NV.
  • Stop for photos at the Hoover Dam, the first single structure to contain more masonry than the Great Pyramid at Giza.
  • Visit the Oklahoma City Memorial, whose moving Survivor Tree, reflecting pool, & 3 acres of memorials embody the spirit of renewal after the 1995 Murrah Building bombings.
  • See the iconic St. Louis Arch, a symbol of American westward expansion designed by legendary architect Eero Saarinen.
  • Explore Colorful Santa Fe, NM, oldest capital city in the United States.
  • Free Any Reason Cancel Protection. No more worries about cancellation penalties—you’ll receive 100% of all payments until 45 days prior to departure if you cancel for any reason at all.

Itinerary

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Show

Day 1: We’re off, riding into the western sun, bound this evening for our overnight in eastern Ohio. D

Day 2: Today you’ll cross the mighty Mississippi as we motor to St. Peters, MO. cB, L, K

Day 3: Lunchtime finds us in Independence, MO, known as the “Queen City of the Trails,” for its historic role as a point of departure of the California, Oregon, & Santa Fe Trails . Later this afternoon, we’ll visit Eisenhower’s boyhood home in Abilene, TX. B, D

Days 4, 5: With the majestic Rockies in the distance, we approach Denver, our home for 2 nights. Founded in 1858 as a mining town during the gold rush, the “Mile High City” is a thriving western capital of industry, finance, & mining, & home to headquarters of Coors Brewing & Newmont Mining. 2B, 2L, 2K. Air passengers may choose to meet the coach on day 4.

Day 6: Across the Continental Divide & through Colorado’s incomparable Rocky Mountains. High in ski country, we’ll view the famous resort of Vail, the country’s 3rd largest ski resort. Later, as our coach descends in altitude, we’ll continue into Moab, Utah, Gateway to our National Parks. cB, L

Day 7: Cameras loaded, please, as today we’ll visit Arches National Park, known for its more than 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. Lodging for the next 2 nights will be in the vicinity of Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park. B, D

Day 8: Today we’ll tour Bryce Canyon National Park with an expert local guide. Bryce, contrary to its name, is not a canyon at all, but a collection of giant naturally-made amphitheaters. Bryce’s most distinctive feature is its collection of hoodoos, geological anomalies of rock spires formed by years of weather and erosion. B, D

Day 9: This morning takes us through wild & unforgettable countryside, into Zion National Park. Tonight we’ll enjoy casino gaming in Mesquite, NV, the formerly quiet border town founded by Mormons in 1880 that’s now one of the fastest-growing small-towns in the USA. B, L

Day 10—12: We’ll start out in the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest State Park, named for the red sandstone formations formed by over 150 million years of shifting earth & erosion, that when lit by the desert sun are so vivid they appear to be on fire. Later, it’s on to “Fabulous” Las Vegas, and one of Vegas’ world-famous casino resorts, in the heart of the famous “Strip”. During our stay in Vegas, we’ll enjoy an excursion each morning, leaving free time to strike it rich or relax by the pool in the afternoon. 3B, 2D

Day 13: A stop at Hoover Dam will be made this morning en route to our afternoon arrival in Williams, AZ, gateway to the Grand Canyon Nat’l Park. B, D

Day 14: We tour the entire South rim of the Grand Canyon today! Later, we’ll stop on the Navajo reservation to shop for Native American jewelry (or just stretch & relax). Overnight in Holbrook, AZ. B

Day 15: More thrilling scenery as we explore Petrified Forest NP & Painted Desert. Known for stunning collections of 225-million-year-old fossils & petrified wood, Petrified Forest NP sits on land that once straddled the equator. The colorful Painted Desert badlands is great place for photos. Tonight, we arrive in downtown Santa Fe. Our home for 2 nights is the award-winning Drury hotel & suites, right in the middle of downtown’s famous Plaza. B, L, K

Day 16: We’ll enjoy Santa Fe touring with an expert local guide. America’s oldest capital city, Santa Fe’s city fathers in 1912 set out a sophisticated city plan that allowed growth while preserving the area’s colorful history. That history also includes the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII, when the city was home to a large internment camp that is now one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. B, L, K

Day 17: The rugged Texas panhandle awaits as we head toward Amarillo. We’ll enjoy a special lunch at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, featured on the Food Network, and one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in America. B, L, K

Day 18: Today we’ll stop at the moving Oklahoma City National Memorial. The 3 acre memorial honors the victims, heroes, & survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, with numerous memorial features that are designed for both quiet reflection & remembrance. Among the most striking features are the Survivor Tree, an elm that was badly damaged, but still standing, after the bomb blast, & the field of 168 empty chairs that symbolizes the 168 lives lost in the tragedy. B, D

Day 19: It’s on to St. Louis and its iconic Gateway Arch, the 630ft-high, stainless steel structure designed by Eero Saarinen that is the tallest man-made structure in the US and the tallest stainless steel monument in the world. It stands as a testament to the expansion & trailblazing spirit of America. B, L, K

Days 20 & 21: Homeward bound, with a stop in eastern Ohio prior to a ride through western Pennsylvania en route home. 2B, D Air passengers depart day 20.