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Western USA Family Holiday


Ancient sandstone landscapes, dazzling blue waters and a look into Indigenous culture will inspire you and your family on this exploration of the USA’s Wild West. On this 7-night adventure that begins and ends in Las Vegas, you’ll discover some of the world’s most coveted national parks, kayak through crystal waters, stargaze and relive the past from Navajo history to Route 66. Walk through forested floors and discover natural pools at Zion National Park, walk the rim of Bryce Canyon, study a prehistoric past at Lake Powell, sleep in a Navajo hut at Monument Valley and try to help your kids find the words to describe the enormity of the Grand Canyon.

8 days, from

$3,177

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: SSFP
Style: Original
Theme: Family

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Hogan (1 night)
Transportation: Private van
Included Meals:

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Follow an awe-inspiring, family-friendly trail through Zion National Park and walk through the mist of a waterfall that tumbles into an emerald green pool.

  • Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park and marvel at the weird and wonderful collection of sandstone spires known as hoodoos.

  • The kids are sure to be amazed when you meet a local expert to learn about the remarkable landscape and its fascinating connection to dinosaurs.

  • Stay on a Navajo reservation in a traditional hut made of logs and earth and stargaze under the Milky Way.

  • Paddle your way around the clear waters of Lake Powell in kayaks.

  • Marvel at one of the nation’s greatest national parks, the Grand Canyon.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Las Vegas / Zion National Park

Welcome to the Wild West! Your family adventure begins in Las Vegas, where you will meet your local leader for a 10 am briefing with the other families. From here, you’ll make the drive to Springdale (approximately 3 hours), which is situated on the eastern border of Zion National Park in Utah. Make a pit stop at a deserted ghost town and take a short walk to find your feet in Zion National Park. Here you’ll pick up your junior ranger booklets so the kids can get ready to become junior rangers tomorrow. Arrive at the hotel in the mid-afternoon and take some time to explore the grounds. There’s so much to discover! The kids might like to go for a swim in the pool.

Day 2: Zion National Park

Wake up to the peaceful sound of birds singing, ready for an exciting day ahead. Today, you’ll make your way into the park and walk one of Zion National Park’s eye-catching trails. The trail is fairly easy going, with a paved path and plenty of shade, so you can soak up the stunning scenery that surprises you at every turn. Walk through dense forest, looking out for deer and birds, and arrive at a stunning waterfall tumbling into an emerald green pool. You’ll have the chance to walk through the mist behind the waterfall, which is a perfect way to cool off after the walk and a whole lot of fun for the kids. Take some time to soak in the spectacular surroundings, including Zion’s iconic hanging gardens, before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure.

Day 3: Zion National Park

After breakfast you will a short drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, which sits at an elevation of 8000 ft, to explore its magnificent landscapes. Take a stroll around the rim of the canyon and marvel at the epic collection of unique sandstone spires known as hoodoos. The name may sound funny, but these otherworldly geological features are truly striking, and Bryce Canyon National Park is undoubtedly the best place in the world to see them. Hike down to the hoodoos for a closer look at the weird and wonderful anomalies. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon where you and the kids can take a dip in the pool before regrouping for an included barbecue dinner.

Day 4: Page

Head south this morning, winding through more of the Southwest’s celebrated scenery before arriving Horseshoe Bend for a gentle walk among beautiful views. Tonight, you will have free time to explore the town of Page, where you’ll be spending the night.

Day 5: Monument Valley

This morning, hit the clear blue waters of Lake Powell in kayaks. Work as a family to paddle your way around this famous lake. Then, hit the road towards Monument Valley (approximately 2.5 hours), known as one of the most iconic sights in the world. This unforgettable landscape is the native land of the Navajo, dotted with towering sandstone buttes. Monument Valley has been the filming location for many famous Western films, so don’t be surprised if something looks familiar. Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy a Navajo-guided tour of the Valley from a 4WD vehicle. You’ll learn more about the rich culture and history of the Navajo and spend the night in a hogan, a traditional Navajo hut made of logs and earth. An experience the kids won't forget.

Day 6: Grand Canyon

Today you head west to the Arizona end of the Grand Canyon (approximately 4.5 hours). Don’t worry, there will be stops along the way to stretch your legs! As the sun sets over the canyon, your family will get their first glimpse of this gotta-see-it-to-believe-it . Soak up the views of the dramatic landscape and find the perfect spot for a family photo as the sun slowly dips behind the sandstone cliffs.

Day 7: Grand Canyon / Vegas

After breakfast, we take the famous Route 66 back to Las Vegas, making a stop along the way to explore the quirky and kitschy town of Seligman and its Americana gift shops and diners with a blast-from-the-past aesthetic. After lunch at a classic American diner (complete with ice cream sundaes), take some free time to explore with the kids and pop into some of the colourful shops before continuing your journey back to Las Vegas.  The kids will love the zipline experience at Fremount street as you take in the lights and glamour of Las Vegas. You will arrive at your Las Vegas accommodation in the late afternoon.

Day 8: Las Vegas

Enjoy a final breakfast with the kids in Las Vegas and say goodbye to your new friends. Your journey now comes to an end.