If you're looking for a day to remember, this is it. The lands of Southern Utah abound in mysterious and remarkable formations of rich, red rock, all of which you'll discover as you visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The adventure starts with pickup from your Las Vegas hotel and a continental breakfast. The luxury SUV or mini-coach then travels north-east to Bryce Canyon National Park, the day's first stop.
Bryce Canyon National Park
In 1876, T.C. Bailey, a government land surveyor, wrote this about Bryce Canyon:
“There are thousands of red, white, purple and vermillion coloured rocks, of all sizes, resembling Sentinels on the Walls of Castles; monks and priests with their robes, attendants, cathedrals, and congregations. There are deep caverns and rooms resembling ruins of prisons, Castles, Churches, with their guarded walls, battlements, spires and steeples, niches and recesses, presenting the wildest and the most wonderful scene that the eye of man ever beheld, in fact, it is one of the wonders of the world.”
Bryce Canyon is an extraordinary sight, with breathtaking views and is a highlight in many traveller’s journies. See iconic landmarks, including Thor's Hammer and the distinctive hoodoos – spire-shaped rock formations. It's the most extensive collection of these in the world and a sight to behold. You'll also marvel at the amazing views from Sunset Point, Bryce Point and Inspiration Point, before enjoying a relaxed picnic lunch at the rim.
Zion National Park
After a stunning visit, the bus reluctantly leaves Bryce Canyon for the wonders of Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore the park with its never-ending abundance of stunning views as you descend on the canyon’s scenic drive. Touring down to the very bottom of the canyon in the Virgin River Gorge will have you turning in circles at every beautiful stop.
The pinnacles and extraordinary formations continue. See the Watchman, a 6,545-foot (1,995 m) sandstone mountain summit, as well as Checkerboard Mesa, a tall sandstone hill with an unusual crack pattern that resembles a checkerboard. When it's open, you'll also stop at the Zion Human History Museum, showcasing Southern Paiute culture, historic pioneer settlement, and Zion's growth as a national park.
The incredible landscape of Zion is a magnificent display of beauty that is an endless source of inspiration and renewal for all. Once you experience Zion, you will long to return again and again.