Watch as the Wild West comes to life with two heritage rail excursions, a memorable drive along Route 66 and visits to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring sites.
About the Tour
Watch as the Wild West comes to life on this 9-day tour. Explore the hottest and driest destination in the United States, Death Valley National Park, and see one of the universe’s most awe-inspiring sites, the Grand Canyon. Travel by train on the Grand Canyon Railway and by deluxe motorcoach along historic Route 66. One amazing adventure after the next awaits!
The tour kicks off with a day in Las Vegas before moving onto Death Valley. Desert landscapes and fascinating points of interest are highlighted during our guided tour of the park. Enjoy Rhyolite ghost town, Badwater Basin, Harmony Borax Museum and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, amongst other sites. Continuing through the region, feel a tug at your heartstrings at the Manzanar National Monument and explore the eerie surroundings of Randsburg ghost town. It would not be a trip through the West without a journey down Route 66, and we do just that en route to Williams, AZ. It is here that we board the famous Grand Canyon Railway in pursuit of some of the most awe-inspiring views on the planet from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In addition to exploring the Canyon, enjoy a jeep tour through the surrounding backcountry, a visit to Jerome ghost town and a first-class ride aboard the Verde Canyon Railway. Heading back into the city, a trolley tour of Sedona is the perfect conclusion to this comprehensive trip.
- Two scenic rail excursions: Grand Canyon Railway and Verde Canyon Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 12 meals
- Death Valley National Park, including Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin
- Discover Old West ghost towns in Rhyolite, Randsburg and Jerome
- See the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
- Visit Manzanar National Monument
- Discover the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Natural Wonders of the World
- Jeep tour into Arizona’s backcountry
- Sedona trolley tour, including a stop at Chapel of the Holy Cross
- National park entrance fees
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Las Vegas
Arrive in Las Vegas and transfer on your own to the hotel. Your Tour Manager will be in the lobby in late afternoon for a brief tour orientation and provide dining options. The evening is free to enjoy the Strip casinos, restaurants and world-class entertainment. Overnight Las Vegas, NV.
Day 2 – Death Valley National Park and Badwater Basin
This morning our Wild West adventure begins as we head west into California’s Death Valley National Park. Our first glimpse of the hottest and driest place in the United States is at Zabriskie Point where we see a maze of eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. We also stop at Badwater Basin (weather permitting), the lowest point in North America. This evening soak up the sounds of the desert at the accommodations located inside the park. Overnight Death Valley, CA. (B, D)
Day 3 – Death Valley National Park Touring and Rhyolite Ghost Town
Begin the day with a stop at Harmony Borax Works, site of a borax mining operation in the late 1880s. Rhyolite, NV is our next stop to see the remnants of a bustling mining town that ceased to exit in 1916. Portions of the three-story bank building and city jail and other buildings are still standing. In the afternoon we return to the park with a stop at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes to see the rare sand formations as only one percent of the desert is covered with dunes. Overnight Death Valley, CA. (B, Box lunch)
Day 4 – Manzanar National Monument and Randsburg Ghost Town
After breakfast we travel through the park, out the west gate and travel to Manzanar National Monument, one of 10 internment camps during WWII. After lunch on own, we continue to Randsburg, another ghost mining town of about 2500 residents in the late 1890s. Overnight Barstow, CA. (B)
Day 5 – Route 66 to Williams, AZ
It would not be a trip through the West without a journey down Route 66, and we do that en route to Williams, AZ. We stop in Oatman, located on the longest remaining stretch of the famed highway and site of the largest gold producing mines in Arizona. We also stop in Seligman that suffered when I-40 was built south of town and one of the main inspirations of Pixar’s animated move Cars. Overnight Williams, AZ. (B)
Day 6 – Grand Canyon Railway and Grand Canyon National Park
This morning we board the historic Grand Canyon Railway for our journey into Grand Canyon National Park. The route has been used since 1901 and has hosted several U.S. Presidents and celebrities over the years. There will be time in the park to explore the awe-inspiring views of the canyon rim. Overnight Sedona, AZ. (B)
Day 7 – Jeep Tour and Verde Canyon Railroad
Today’s adventures include a jeep tour that showcases the beauty of the area’s Red Rocks and Oak Creek Canyon. We stop at Jerome, once the fourth largest city in Arizona and site of the largest copper mine in Arizona, now home to just 100 residents. This afternoon enjoy first-class seating aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad and travel into the canyon, only accessible by train. Watch for bald eagle that call Verde Canyon home. Overnight Sedona, AZ. (B, D)
Day 8 – Sedona Sightseeing
This morning we take a trolley tour of Sedona including a stop at the inspirational Chapel of the Holy Cross. The afternoon is free to explore this charming town on your own. Overnight Sedona, AZ. (B, D)
Day 9 – Tour Conclusion
Our Canyons and Deserts adventure concludes after breakfast. There will be one group transfer to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for flights departing after 1:00PM. (B)
Hotel Accommodations include the Luxor Hotel (Las Vegas), Inn at Death Valley or Ranch at Death Valley (Death Valley), Ayres Hotel (Barstow), Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (Williams) and Hampton Inn (Sedona).
Grand Canyon Railway
Ride along 65 miles of track between Williams, AZ, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Like many heritage trains in the West, this historic line had its beginnings hauling metal ore. The inaugural ride was in September of 1901, and soon the rail line became a major attraction for tourists, as the train ride shortened the journey to the Grand Canyon. Today, this incredible 2-hour journey offers its own taste of the old-world romance of train travel through the Wild West.
Verde Canyon Railroad
Follow the winding path of the Verde River from Clarksdale, AZ, to Perkins on the Verde Canyon Railroad. This railway is a marvel of engineering, with a route that was carved through a mountain and along the canyon 110 years ago. The 20-mile route travels at a leisurely pace, highlighting the rugged beauty of Arizona from fully restored FP7 locomotives. In all, the journey to the ghost town of Perkins and back takes approximately 4 hours.
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