11 Day Best of the West Tour
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Self Drive Tour. Starts our journey by Utah’s finest National Park, Zion, and Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half-day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing. We will visit Bryce National Park, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim before heading back to Las Vegas. Heading to California the following day to discover Death Valley, National Park. Spend a full day exploring the walks in the Yosemite National Park and have a chance for relaxing or cycling along the Merced River.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: 11 Day Best of the West Tour
Day 1: Zion National Park
Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to Utah’s finest National Park, Zion National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half-day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing.
Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools or enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows before enjoying an evening in the quaint town of Springdale adjacent to the park.
Day 2: Bryce National Park
A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up-close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape.
Day 3 & 4: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang of a sandstone cliff on one of our optional canyoneering adventures! Visit Arches National Park home to over 2000 arches for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the southwest has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800s, visit the local town, and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital.
Day 5: Monument Valley
Headed south we wind our way through more of USA Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet. The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Camp right along the rim, get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies, and bag your front-row seat to a magnificent sunrise.
Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim
Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon- Antelope Canyon ($60-$70 pp) this morning followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon.
Saving the best for last! After a brief visit to a Navajo trading post, we follow the mighty Colorado River through the painted desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one of the rim cafés and admire the view before sunset.
Day 7: Las Vegas
We get our kicks at Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City in plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip for a night out.
Day 8: Death Valley National Park
Heading to California this morning you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt flats, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Devil’s Golf Course, and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. After a picnic lunch, drive through spectacular scenery to the old Gold Rush Historic town of Bishop for your night stop.
Day 9: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park
Crossing the Tioga Pass* this morning provides an extremely scenic route passing by highlights such as Olmsted point, Lake Tenaya, Tuolumne Meadows, and Mono lake en route to Yosemite Valley. Visit the Valley Visitor Center and exhibits, take a mini-tour and get ready for a full day of exploration tomorrow.
* Weather permitting- In the event that the Tioga Pass has closed this tour will reroute through Lake Isabella instead of Bishop.
Day 10: Yosemite National Park – Full Day
Spend a full day exploring the walks offered in the park. There are countless walks ranging from easy to strenuous or opt for a guided tour with your expert guide to the premier panoramas within the park such as Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, views of Half Dome, and El Capitan. You can also opt for some free time relaxing or cycling along the Merced River.
Day 11: Yosemite to San Francisco
Today we head to City by the Bay- San Francisco! Your 4-day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city. Stops include Fisherman’s Warf, Pier 39, Haight Ashbury, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Our guide, Joe, was exceptional. He can handle the different customers with varying wants and desires and satisfies everyone. A very good work ethic and cares about doing a great job. How anyone can drive safely and speak at the same time is beyond me, but he does it with ease. I strongly believe the tour operator and guide make all the difference in a successful tour and Bindlestiff (Cindy & Joe) do a great job.
Well planned tour with beautiful vistas along the way. Navajo Reservation with authentic lunch and native guide was superb. Helicopter ride over Grand Canyon was another highlight. Zion National Park, Monument Valley, and Horseshoe Bend were breathtaking. Food and accommodations adequate. Small bus was a bit tight. We only had 7 on the tour. If the vehicle was filled to capacity (14) it would have been too uncomfortable due to all the driving. We covered over 1100 miles in 3 days. Tour guide was knowledgeable and patient but talked too much about non-related topics which inhibited our ability to enjoy the ride at times. Would recommend this tour as it was well organized and guest comfort was always a priority.