Spring and summertime are the best for vacations, so pay a visit to the myriad of national parks and landmarks in the Southwestern US! The Grand Circle Tours we have listed on TakeTours offer a wide variety of options for seeing the very places that have become famous the world over. Here’s a quick factsheet to help you decide where to go and when:
Zion National Park
- Utah’s first National Park gets nearly 3 million visitors per year.
- Zion is most well known for the spectacular canyons carved by the Virgin River, which vary in color from red to orange.
- The Virgin River Gorge, which is partially in the park, stretches from southwestern Utah all the way through western Arizona.
- Zion’s climate is similar to that of the Mojave Desert, so we recommend doing research in advance and coming prepared with the proper clothing for your visit.
Bryce Canyon National Park
- Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, as the land was not sculpted by a river. Bryce is actually a collection of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters.
- Bryce Canyon National Park happens to host the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. A hoodoo is a tall, thin spiral of rock that is primarily found in desert climates. They range in size from 5 feet to 150 feet tall.
- Bryce is also known for its red-colored landscape, which is wonderfully picturesque.
- This is the only place in the US where you can physically be in four states at once: Guests can have one hand in Arizona, one in Utah, a foot in New Mexico, and another in Colorado all at the same time. Take a unique picture and don’t forget to send them over to us, we especially love seeing customer tour pictures!
- Four Corners is managed by the Navajo Nation. By taking a tour of the visitor center, you are able to get quick history lesson about this incredible native people.
Arches National Park
- Located in western Utah, this park features over 76,000 acres dotted with more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, all painted in a breathtaking red.
- If you have never been here before, perhaps you have seen pictures of the world-famous Delicate Arch or the Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world.
Antelope Slot Canyon
- Antelope Slot Canyon gets its name for the many herds of antelope that used to freely roam this area.
- Upper Antelope Canyon stands at about 4,000 feet elevation and is the most visited by tourists.
- Depending what time of year you visit, the lighting gives the canyons an entirely different appearance. Photographers love both the challenge and reward presented by the breathtaking canyon.
- We actually don’t know when this park was first discovered, but the Navajos have been in the area for many years. It was officially made a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997.
Petrified Forest National Park
- Located in northeastern Arizona, this nearly-150-square-mile park sits on the borders of Apache County and Navajo County.
- Popular with tourists, geologists, historians, and archaeologists, this park is well-known for the many fossils found in the area, including fallen trees that lived about 225 million years ago, during the late Triassic Age.
- A little-known fact about this park is that is the only National Park that dedicated itself to projecting a portion of the world-famous Route 66.
- In addition to the many fossils found here, this park also has one of the best native grassland ecosystems in our country.
7-Day Grand Circle tours start at $574, and 10-Day vacation packages start under $1000. Plus, all tours include hotel accommodations and transportation! With various departures from Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, you really can’t go wrong. Book your tours on TakeTours.com today!