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Journey to the American Southwest to see some of the world’s most celebrated natural landmarks including the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. During your time in the famed Old West, take a tailor-made tour the North Rim of the Canyon, learning more about the powerful forces that have carved this mile-deep ravine over millions of years, join hiking excursions to witness magnificent waterfalls and picturesque scenery, and stay in charming historic park lodges.2020 Dates: 12-21 Jun | 25 Jun-4 Jul | 24 Jul-2 Aug | 4-13 Sep | 18-27 Sep | 9-18 Oct
Discover the wonders of three national parks – Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon – alongside an expert
Hear an expert describe the geologic events that shaped the region, then delve into Zion’s magnificent sandstone slot canyons and Bryce Canyon’s red spires
Tailored to suit any ability level, hike the famed Narrows slot canyon in Zion National Park Southwest Utah, a photogenic masterpiece
Walk along riverbeds with towering sandstone walls and discover some of the most beautiful rock forms in the American Southwest
Geologist and award-winning earth sciences educator Steve Kluge will join the 5 September 2020 departure. His work has included designing educational programmes in partnership with National Geographic, the Geological Society of America and NASA. Please note, alternative experts will accompany the other departure dates.
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Refresh after your flight and spend a solo night in St. George, before meeting your fellow travellers and spending another night here.
Transfer to Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim through the canyon country, stopping at Pipe Spring National Monument.
This World Heritage site is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark and overwhelms the senses through its immense size, stretching nearly 300 miles through the Arizona desert. The North Rim offers a serene and enthralling Grand Canyon experience. Millions of years in the making, peer into the deep gorges’ psychedelic coloured walls carved by the Colorado River during a hike, learning about the park’s unique ecosystems along the way. Return to Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim nestled above the Grand Canyon, and capture the canyon’s dazzling colours at sunset.
Transfer to Zion National Park along the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway. Enjoy a short hike, then check in to Desert Pearl Inn.
Zion National Park is a truly awesome spectacle of sandstone slot canyons, lush hanging gardens, cascading waterfalls and soaring red and white cliffs in Zion Canyon, one of Utah’s most dramatic natural wonders. Begin by learning about how geologic events shaped the Grand Staircase that stretches from Bryce, through Zion, and into Grand Canyon National Park, resulting in some of the world’s most impressive rock formations. Then, choose from a variety of hiking options: the Emerald Pools Trail, which passes under the cool spray of a waterfall; Angels Landing; or the famed Narrows slot canyon.
Transfer to Bryce Canyon Lodge or Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, stopping at Fairyland Point and strolling along the Rim Trail on the way.
Spend time exploring Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos, geologic masterpieces awash with wonderful rich red and orange hues. Hike into the heart of the park and learn about the geology behind this sculpted stone landscape, before taking pictures at sunset, when the rock formations are set ablaze with vibrant pinks, purples, oranges and reds. After bidding farewell to your National Geographic Expert and fellow travellers, spend a final night here.
Wind through Red Canyon to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a jaw-dropping natural amphitheatre. Then, continue to Kolob Canyons, a lesser known area of Zion National Park. From here, transfer to St. George Regional Airport for your flight to the UK.
Due to its size and geographical diversity, the USA is a true year-round destination. Exploring the northern national parks in spring is idyllic, offering warm weather and less rainfall.
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Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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