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ACT Tour
Explorer II
Total Number of Days: 0
Class of Tour: Moderate

Tour Comments:
From the Valley of the Sun to Route 66; via the Grand Canyon and through the Canyonlands of southern Utah to the electric light city of Nevada. See the best that Arizona, Utah and Las Vegas has to offer.

Consumer Price: TBA


Day 1Arrive in the Valley of the Sun and check into your hotel, either the Country Suites, Phoenix or the Comfort Suites, Tempe.
Phoenix, AZ
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Country Inn and Suites

Day 2Enjoy a relaxing morning around the pool or take advantage of the world-class shopping in Scottsdale or Tempe before departing for Sedona. Travel Highway 17 and then 179 to arrive at the home to over 300 artists and many art galleries. Enjoy the visual spectacle of the red rocks, drifting clouds, towering pinnacles and sheer canyon walls which lend incredible beauty to this area. Enjoy shopping or a scenic jeep tour with Pink Jeeps through the vivid red rocks or a breath-taking helicopter tour over the area. Relax at Slide Rock State Park along Oak Creek. Check into the Best Western Inn of Sedona set on five acres of land overlooking the spectacular red rocks.
Sedona, AZ
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Best Western Inn of Sedona

Day 3Relax at the heated pool and spa at the hotel, or, for the more energetic, enjoy the many hiking trails available in the area. Travel to Jerome (25 miles; 0.5 hours) which is still part ghost town with the old, empty buildings hinting at yesterday's glory. The entire town is perched high on the side of Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley and it has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Walk through the shops and galleries which line the main street of this artist's community.
Sedona, AZ
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Best Western Inn of Sedona

Day 4Depart Sedona and travel up Oak Creek Canyon where a ribbon of trees with brilliant, multi-colored leaves line the creek and bright red rocks comprise the background to Flagstaff (27 miles; 0.75 hours), located at the base of Mount Humphrey and nestled among majestic ponderosa pines. Flagstaff boasts many attractions including national forests, museums, golfing and historic landmarks. The Museum of Northern Arizona is the ideal introduction to the native peoples and natural sciences of the Colorado Plateau region. Depart Flagstaff along Highway 40 E to the Williams turn-off (exit 163). Williams is home to the only portion of the famed Route 66 to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This same stretch of road, approximately two miles in length and comprising the major artery through Williams, was also the last stretch of the Mother Road to be removed from the Interstate Highway system (1985). Today you can cruise the loop on historic Route 66 in Williams, or take a leisurely stroll along the many shops and restaurants that line this legendary roadway. Check-in to the Holiday Inn, Williams.
Williams, AZ
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Ramada Williams

Day 5The historic district of this once a bawdy frontier town, now offers glimpses into Williams' colorful past. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life through the care and concern of present-day Williams merchants. Visitors can now safely stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. But don't be too surprised if you find yourself accosted by "cowboy gunfighters" - they're a mainstay of Williams summertime entertainment! Relive the excitement of the Old West aboard a historic train to America's national treasure - Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Railway departs daily from Williams, Arizona. The excitement begins at the Williams Depot where you can enjoy many attractions and activities such as a free museum and a live Wild West shoot-out and then...All Aboard! www.thetrain.com Passengers may choose from five classes of service as they travel across 65 miles of beautiful northern Arizona countryside including pine forests, high desert plains and small canyons. Strolling musicians and western characters combine to recreate train travel as it was at the turn-of-the-century. Grand Canyon Railway arrives in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park's historic district at the Grand Canyon Depot. During your 3-1/2 hour layover at the Grand Canyon, you may spend the time on your own or opt for a fully-narrated motorcoach tour. When you return to Williams, kick off your boots and relax in the comfort of Grand Canyon Railway's new Fray Marcos Hotel. Enjoy impeccable hospitality as you reminisce about your experiences aboard Grand Canyon Railway.
Williams, AZ
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Ramada Williams

Day 6Travel to Kanab, UT (approx.212miles). Depart the Grand Canyon via the northern gate and marvel at the ever-changing landscape as you join Hwy 89 at Cameron heading north towards Page, AZ. The Cameron Trading Post is the first historic place to stop on your journey. The trading post was founded in 1916. To-day it is a unique blend of modern commerce and traditional customs. Native Americans still sell and trade craft items for merchandise and groceries in the mercantile portion of the trading post. Continue on 89 to reach Page. Marvel at the vastness of Lake Powell. The lake has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire West Coast of the continental United States. The sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell are magnificently framed by towering rock formations and soaring red cliffs which surround the area for as far as the eye can see. The lake was created following the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, a decade-long project beginning in 1956, and named after Major John Wesley Powell, a civil-war veteran and explorer. Continue on 89 towards Kanab, UT which is located adjacent to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and only 35 miles from Zion National Park which you will pass through tomorrow as you continue on your journey to Las Vegas. Stay the night at Best Western Red Hills, Kanab.
Kanab, UT
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Best Western Red Hills

Day 7"Awesome!" That's the word I hear most used to describe nature's monster rock layout called Zion National Park. Zion Canyon itself was created by the Virgin River over some 13 million years. Pass through this National Park area on Hwy 9 before turning south on Hwy 15, passing back through the NW corner of Arizona as you continue towards the “Electric City” of Las Vegas. From the moment you arrive on "the strip", you get that feeling that this town never sleeps. There is just so much to do and see...from the casinos to the fabulous shows to the fantastic light displays up and down the strip at night. Marvel at the sight of the fabulous theme hotels from the Bellagio, Luxor, Mirage, New York New York, Treasure Island to Excalibur to name just a few. At night this is a photographers paradise. Take in a show, the fabulous Legends in Concert is playing right there in your hotel.
Las Vegas, NV
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Imperial Palace

Day 8Check out of the Imperial Palace to-day and depart for home.
Las Vegas, NV
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Imperial Palace