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Discover the history of the southwest from the historic Grand Canyon Railway to ancient Native American cliff dwellings on this family Arizona adventure! Between the awe-inspiring vastness of the Grand Canyon and glowing red rocks of the charming town, Sedona, you’ll find Arizona is steeped in Native American and Old Western history.
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Marvel at the breadth and beauty of this mile-deep natural wonder on a six-day family-friendly adventure that takes you through some of Arizona’s most awe-inspiring high desert country.
Meet in Phoenix and shuttle an hour to Lake Pleasant where you can try your hand (and your balance!) at paddle boarding the lake’s calm waters.
Following lunch it's off to Montezuma Castle National Monument, where we gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, learning the stories of ingenuity, survival and prosperity of the Sinagua Indians.
After this intriguing look back in time, we drive an hour to the neat town of Prescott, our home for the night.
About Hassayampa Inn
Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the "Grand Jewel of Prescott," a fashionable resort for the well-heeled.
Guests of today continue to feel right at home at the historic Hassayampa Inn near Courthouse Square. Modern amenities combined with a long tradition of friendly service make the Inn your ideal base from which to explore all that Prescott has to offer—its Wild West legacy, and vibrant culture of music, art, hiking and—
all in the comfortably mild climate of "Everybody's Hometown."
Begin the day with a bike ride on the Peavine / Iron King Trail through Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells north of town. This crushed stone and dirt converted rail-trail travels through an oasis in the sunbaked desert.
After a picnic lunch, we’ll head north one hour to the town of Williams, the Gateway to the Grand Canyon.
While in Williams, you have to check out Bearizona. It may sound cheesy, but we’ll experience this drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park with a knowledgeable expert who will give you a behind-the- scenes tour of the exhibits and animals who call this place home.
You’ll see bears, bighorn sheep, bison, wolves, and many more animals who once roamed wild across the American west. After checking into our hotel, the night is free for you to explore and eat dinner in the funky town of Williams, located on the historic Route 66!
About Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Experience the luxury of a bygone era at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Designed to resemble the century- old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel, this hotel is a relaxing retreat in a picturesque Western setting. The 297-room hotel is just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66.
Combined with a variety of amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and hot tub, delicious dining options, and ideal location in “the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is the perfect place to stay before embarking on your grandest of journeys.
This morning, we board the Grand Canyon Railway en route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. As you cross the Colorado Plateau, be on the lookout for elk, pronghorn and bald eagles as your knowledgeable train conductor shares with you the history of this fascinating region.
Upon arrival, a short hike and a picnic lunch await.
This afternoon, you won’t want to miss the Grand Canyon Visitor Center before a walk back to our hotel along the educational “Trail of Time” skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Built in the late 1960’s Kachina Lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. For guests seeking a more contemporary lodging option, Kachina lodge is a great choice. The guest rooms have a comfortable modern ambiance and are all similar in size and amenities. Many guests choose Kachina due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.
It’s a great choice for active guests as it is located directly on the Rim Trail. This trail spans from Hermits Rest to the Kaibab Trailhead, approximately 12.8 miles. From your room you can hike in either direction.
This morning, we hop on our bikes to pedal a short distance via the Greenway Trail to the start of our trek.
The South Kaibab Trail winds us down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, giving us a much different perspective looking up at the Rim from below. We make our way down to Cedar Ridge, where the views of the Canyon and its colorful walls will leave you in awe.
After a hearty snack and break, we begin our hike up and out, stopping frequently to catch our breath and take in the magnificent surroundings. Upon reaching our bikes, you may choose to pedal back to the hotel or opt to ride in the van.
The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village. We’ll meet back up for an early dinner in the Canyon room of El Tovar.
Today we say goodbye to the Grand Canyon as we head east out of the Park.
We’ll stop at Indian Watchtower, modeled after ancient ancestral Puebloan watchtowers and designed in 1932 by Mary Colter. After heading out of the Park, we’ll take a slight detour to Wupatki Ruins, a Monument set aside in 1924 to preserve Citadel and Wupatki pueblos.
Along the same route, we’ll happen across Sunset Crater Volcano where we’ll hike through lava flow and cinders amongst towering Ponderosa pines.
To end our day, take a quick dip in the cool waters of Sliderock State Park. Tonight, we’ll celebrate a great week with a barbeque along the banks of Oak Creek.
About the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble & Creekside Villas
An award-winning Sedona Hotel with 600 feet of private Oak Creek frontage, awesome red rock views, plus uptown Sedona at your doorstep! The Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villages is family owned and operated. With three pools, a steam room and sauna, pool tables and a game room on site, the kids (and their parents) are sure to stay busy for the duration of their stay.
All of the rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, 46” LED televisions with cable, luxurious oversized bath towels, pillow top mattresses and 300 thread-count sheets. You’ll love the sitting among the ancient sycamore trees down along the banks of Oak Creek!
Sleep late or enjoy a leisurely morning strolling the streets of Sedona.
Late morning, we leave Sedona for a two hour transfer to Phoenix.
** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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