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Heading down through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy Insider moments like listening to tall tales of the Wild West on your historic rail journey to the Grand Canyon. Touching the layered rocks as our expert geologist explains how this natural wonder was formed over the course of 1.7 billion years, then discovering the West of the movies as you cruise through incredible Monument Valley during a four wheel drive exploration. Venturing into the ancient Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you imagine the life of the Sinagua Indians, and trace the steps of real life cowboys.
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A drive through the Sonoran Desert brings you to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take a minute to ponder the Sinagua Indians' life here in the desert before heading to Sedona in spectacular Red Rock Country. Today your choice of sightseeing allows you to join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to get a front row view of the area's famous red rocks or visit the Sedona Heritage Museum who works with the community to preserve the ever-growing history of Sedona. After a stunning drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams—right on old Route 66—and gateway to the Grand Canyon. This evening, join your fellow cowboys and cowgirls for a Be My Guest dinner where the adults can sample a delicious variety of Arizona wine or craft beer with their meal. The kids won't be left out of the fun either as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore.
You'll be awestruck by the towering cliffs and massive canyon walls of Zion Canyon. Riding the park's shuttle, marvel at how the Virgin River cut through the sandstone to create one of Mother Nature's most stupendous wonders. Enjoy hiking? There's an easy trek to the Emerald Pools, where splendid views and waterfalls will make the family happier than a crowd of cowpokes at chow time. Leaving Zion, drive along the Mount Carmel Highway and watch out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. Arrive at magical Bryce Canyon for the last two nights of your Western adventure.
Exploring Bryce Canyon is like entering a weird and eerie world, with sandstone spires called hoodoos creating a landscape that is a playground for the imagination. Explore the rim of a great amphitheatre stopping at various lookouts to snap pictures of fairytale castles, cathedrals, meandering trails and secret hideaways, all carved out of stone by Mother Nature. This afternoon you're free to blaze your own trail. Later, put on your cowboy boots and Stetsons for a Western Farewell Dinner filled with good food and good fun.
Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the Old West come to an end. A transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport. This is the end of your tour but it doesn't have to be the end of your adventure. You may decide to extend your stay and spend a few days in Las Vegas or perhaps fly over to the Hawaiian Islands for some relaxation before heading back to the UK.
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