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U.S. National Parks for Solo Travelers: The Grand Canyon to Zion

9 days |  11 days with Las Vegas extension
9 days |  11 days with Las Vegas extension
Group size1528 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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See iconic landscapes and meet like-minded travelers as you solo travel in the U.S.

Lace up your walking shoes and explore the American Southwest on foot. You'll set off on this group tour made for solo travelers to discover places like Bryce Canyon National Park and Valley of Fire State Park—and find that there's a lot to love in your own backyard. From valley vineyards to scenic hiking trails, this solo trip in the U.S. will show you there's really no place like home.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Verde Valley wine tasting
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Zion National Park
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Phoenix Region, Arizona1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Phoenix Region
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Arizona! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Grand Canyon, Arizona2 nights
Day 2: The Grand Canyon via the Verde Valley & Sedona
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch

Start your exploration of the Southwest among the landscapes of Arizona.

  • Stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument to view cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, an ancient culture with ties to the Hopi and Yavapai tribes
  • Visit a vineyard along the Verde Valley wine trail, an area known for producing flavorful red wines including Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot
  • Sample some of the signature sips during an included wine tasting and lunch
  • Make photo stops at the majestic rock formations surrounding Sedona, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte
  • Continue on to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for your first glimpse at the legendary fissure and admire its colorful rock walls at sunset
Day 3: The Grand Canyon
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Grand Canyon, one of the most-visited national parks in the U.S.

  • Join your Tour Director on a hike along the South Rim to Shoshone Point
  • Walk through a ponderosa pine forest and admire panoramic views of the sandstone landscape from a plateau at the end of the trail

Enjoy a free afternoon to hike along South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point or add an excursion.

Later, meet back up with your Tour Director for a guided sunset hike.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

From $259 per person

Lake Powell, Arizona2 nights
Day 4: Lake Powell via Cameron Trading Post
Included meal: Breakfast

Continue on to the Lake Powell region, stopping to visit the Cameron Trading Post for a chance to browse the selection of Native American crafts.

Continue on to Lake Powell and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Upper Antelope Canyon & Navajo Nation

From $135 per person

Day 5: Free day in the Lake Powell Region & Navajo Red Heritage center
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in the Lake Powell region or add an excursion.

Tonight, head to the Navajo Red Heritage center for an evening featuring authentic Native American dancing, flute playing, drumming and singing while enjoying a culturally inspired dinner.

Monument Valley Jeep Ride

From $159 per person

Zion National Park, Utah2 nights
Day 6: Zion National Park via Bryce Canyon National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way through scenic southwestern Utah to tour Bryce Canyon National Park by bus and on foot.

  • Take in up-close views of the distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations
  • See the awe-inspiring arches, bridges, and pinnacles known as hoodoos

Then, continue on to your hotel near Zion National Park and enjoy a free evening.

Day 7: Zion National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a tour of Zion National Park, which is located at the intersection of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateaus, and the Mojave Desert.

  • View the yellow- and orange-hued rocks during an open-air tram ride
  • Hear commentary on the surrounding landscape from a local guide
  • Join your Tour Director for a walk along Pa'rus Trail, one of the park’s newest trails, which offers views of the colorful scenery and babbling rivers
  • Enjoy free time to continue exploring the park on foot by hiking the Lower Emerald Pool Trail, Riverside Walk, or Watchman Trail
Las Vegas, Nevada1 night
Day 8: Las Vegas via Valley of Fire State Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Stop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s first state park, before continuing on to Las Vegas.

Tonight, join your Tour Director on an evening walk along the Las Vegas strip. You’ll see the area’s bright neon lights, iconic hotels, and famous casinos before heading to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Extension to Las Vegas
Continue your trip to try your luck in Las Vegas, and enjoy free time in Sin City to soak in the excitement that this gaming hub is known for.
Las Vegas2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Las Vegas
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Las Vegas or add an excursion.

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

From $85 per person

Day 10: Free day in Las Vegas
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas or add an excursion.

This evening, raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

Food of Las Vegas Walking Tour

From $185 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    A Journey of Nature Wonders and Spirituality
    9/30/23 by 2nd-time traveler Vincent

    A well-arranged tour, which covers the views of canyons from high above 8000ft (the Grand Canyon and Bryce), down to the basin of Zion Park. I recalled to see my tour mates watching the Canyon's view with tears of joy and appreciation. The Zion absolutely captured my heart and soul with its grand...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    9/30/23 by 1st-time traveler Susannah

    4 out of 5 stars

    National Parks
    9/16/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    This is a fabulous trip for anyone who has never seen the National Parks. There is ample time to explore, hike, or just relax and take in the scenery. I highly recommend! Our Tour Director, Sandy, was the best and made the trip fabulous!

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown
    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown

    This comfortable hotel is located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll fi...

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    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon

    This comfortable hotel is located just 15 minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. Guests enjoy the indoor swimming pool, a full breakfas...

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    Courtyard Page at Lake Powell
    Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

    This convenient hotel is located in Page overlooking Glen Canyon. Guests enjoy the pool, fitness center, on-site gift shop. Nearby you’ll find the Lak...

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    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion
    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion

    This rustic, lodge-style hotel is located in Springdale, Utah next to Zion National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry facilities....

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    Hampton Inn Tropicana
    Hampton Inn Tropicana

    This comfortable hotel is located a block away from the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, sun deck. Nearby you'll find t...

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