Board the motor coach in Irvine, relax and enjoy the scenery while traveling through the Mojave Desert across the Colorado River and into Arizona. Discover the unique charm of the desert oasis, Phoenix/Scottsdale, a blend of Southwestern architecture and magnificent Saguaro cactus. This will be a wonderful introduction to the American West.
Overnight accommodation: Phoenix Marriott Tempe at Buttes
Phoenix/Montezuma’s Castle/Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona/Grand Canyon
Morning departure and journey through the Sonora Desert. We will be visiting Montezuma’s Castle, the ancient Indian cliff dwellings where the Sinagua tribe lived up until 1400 AD. The adventure continues through Oak Creek Canyon and the magical town of Sedona which is nestled among a geological wonderland surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest.
This entire area is known for spectacular landscapes and sandstone rock formations such as “Bell Rock,” that have inspired numerous artists. With an art scene that continues to thrive, Sedona has grown into a world class Arts Destination and home to more than 50 galleries. The day ends with the visit to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Overnight accommodation: Squire Inn Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon/Painted Desert/Monument Valley
This morning, we will continue our visit of the Grand Canyon, stopping at the East side of the canyon with a uniquely beautiful view point. We will keep driving through the Painted Desert until we arrive in Monument Valley, land of the Navajo Indian. The valley’s unforgettable majestic landscapes include mesas, buttes and rock spires. We will explore the Tribal Park on board of 4X4 vehicles and visit the Hogans, the traditional dwellings of Navajo People.
Overnight accommodation: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Monument Valley/Lake Powell/Glenn Canyon Dam/Kanab/Bryce Canyon
Our destination today will be the spectacular Bryce Canyon. Well renowned for a symphony of colors and rocks shaped as pinnacles, known as the Pink Cliffs. This canyon will leave every visitor breathless. In the morning we will depart the Navajo reservation and head towards Lake Powell in Page Arizona. There, we will have the opportunity to walk across the bridge above the magnificent Glenn Canyon Dam. This famous location is where footprints of dinosaurs have been discovered. Our journey will continue through Kanab where 105 western movies have been filmed. Late in the afternoon, we will have the chance to visit the sensational viewpoints of Bryce Canyon followed by a beautiful walk along a trail from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point.
Overnight accommodation: Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn
Bryce Canyon/Zion National Park/Lake Las Vegas
Continue along a beautiful scenic route on to Zion National Park, a popular destination famous for its unique landscapes, “narrows” and majestic plateaus. Golden Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons and Bighorn Sheep can be seen in the area. The wonders continue at our final destination, Henderson – Lake Las Vegas.
Overnight accommodation: Westin Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas/Calico/Irvine
En route to Irvine, we will drive by the famous Route 66 and stop at a very popular destination called Calico Ghost Town, in San Bernardino County. Calico is an Old West mining town that originated in 1881 during the largest Silver Strike in California.
With its 500 mines, Calico produced over 20 million in silver over a 12 years span. When silver lost its value in the mid 1890’s Calico lost its population. Today Calico is a State Historical Landmark and offers an opportunity to visitors to share its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape. Estimated arrival in Orange County in the early evening.