After months of excitement, the day I had been waiting for was finally here – my trip to America – a place I had never visited before!
After our luggage was transferred from our rooms to the coach the journey began! I was very surprised at how spacious our coach was with lots of legroom.
The first stop of today was at the resort of Vail – a very quaint picturesque alpine village. We were lucky as it was the local market day and Evan insisted on everyone trying the famous ‘Palisade Peaches’ that Colorado had to offer!
This morning after exploring Mesa Verde and visiting Spruce Tree House – an amazing dwelling built into rock, we began our journey to Monument Valley – which I was particularly excited to visit as it is a very famous backdrop for many western films! As soon as we arrived at Far View Lodge and went out onto our balcony I was astonished by the view of the valley right on my doorstep! This evening we had a guided tour of the valley floor by an all-terrain vehicle which although being very bumpy was fascinating! The guided tour was then followed by a Navajo cookout with storytelling and music which was fantastic!
After waking up to the stunning view of the valley, we started our journey to Lake Powell which proved to be a dramatic change in scenery! We boarded a ferry from Hall’s Crossing to Bullfrog Marina and transferred to Defiance House Lodge for our overnight stay. On arrival at the lodge we were very lucky to watch a big lightning storm across the lake which was spectacular!
This morning we left Lake Powell as we began our journey to Bryce Canyon. En-route we had a short stop at Capitol Reef National Park. On arrival into Bryce Canyon I was truly blown away by the dramatic scenery – I have never experienced such a unique place and it really did have the wow factor for me! Bryce Canyon was a place that I didn’t know an awful lot about, but now I would recommend it as a must see!
After a good nights sleep at Bryce Canyon National Park Lodge, we left for Zion National Park. On arrival into the park we had a guided tour by private shuttle, the guide was very informative and taking the shuttle was a good way of seeing the park as it is quite spread out. I enjoyed Zion National Park as we visited from ground level whereas all of the other parks were visited from a high level – so it allowed us different views. Later this afternoon we left Zion National Park and headed for Grand Canyon National Park – North rim. As we drove into the park I was amazed by the surrounding greenery – a lasting memory was seeing the many Bison grazing along the roadside!
After a good night’s sleep in our lodge, we awoke the following morning to watch the fantastic sunrise over the canyon which was beautiful. Today we drove along the Cape Royal Scenic Drive to Point Imperial and Cape Royal for some of the best views over the Grand Canyon – we also watched a lightning storm over the canyon which was pretty amazing!
This evening we had a farewell dinner at Grand Canyon Lodge.
This morning we left Grand Canyon Lodge and started our journey to Las Vegas – at this point I was very excited as Vegas is a place I have always dreamt of visiting!
This afternoon on arrival into Las Vegas we were transferred to Planet Hollywood where we would stay for the next 3 nights. Las Vegas was added onto my trip as an extension and I felt that it was a nice way of finishing the tour as it was 3 days of my own arrangements.
Las Vegas certainly lived up to my expectations and I would definitely go back. A must do is the Stratosphere Top of the World Restaurant – located on the 109th floor it has the most spectacular views over Vegas which is certainly impressive as night falls and the lights come alive!
After 3 nights in Las Vegas it was time to return home and back to reality but I have the best memories and photographs of the trip of a lifetime!
Duration: 10 days (we suggest you extend your stay to take in Las Vegas like Katherine did above)
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