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The Southwest US is home to colorful landscapes, red rocks, orange sand, and amazing natural formations that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Join Thomson Family Adventures on the first trip inside of the continental US. There’s nothing like a family vacation right in your backyard! Explore magnificent National parks, drive through desert scenery, swim in the Colorado River, and hike through sandstone valleys with your family on this fun-filled close to home adventure.     

Join the National Park Service this summer in celebrating 100 years! 

For 2017, private departures are available on the dates of your choice, depending on availability.

Child Discount: $200 per child under 12 

Triple Discount: $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes:  All entrance fees, family style accommodations, land transportation, private naturalist guide, all meals except 1 dinner, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are per person and based on the number of people in your party.

Day 1: Arrive Phoenix / Sonoran Desert Tour

Get introduced to the Southwest US in Phoenix with a trip into the Sonoran Desert looking at the unique flora and fauna of the ecosystem.

Days 2-4: Visit Monument Valley / Explore Moab / Float Down the Colorado River

Travel to Monument Valley and meet local Navajo and learn about the significance of Navajo sand paintings in their culture. 

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 Explore Newspaper Rock, a preserved site of petroglyphs that displays art from cultures that existed in the area up to 1,500 years ago. There are over 100 petroglyphs on the rock, created by several cultures from Navajo and Pueblo to Anasazi and Anglo. Spend a day hiking in Arches National Park and see the breathtaking natural red rock stone arches and have an adventure on the Colorado River.

Days 5-8: Explore Bryce Canyon / Enjoy a Classic Horseback Trail Ride / Discover Zion National Park

Venture into Bryce Canyon National Park and see the incredible and strange looking “hoodoos,” orange, purple, and pink shaded sandstone spires. 

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 In Zion, the sandstone walls raise more than 1,000 feet above the fertile valley floor. Zion National Park covers 229 square miles of land, with its most prominent feature being Zion Canyon. Hike and wade upstream through the Virgin River, in Zion Canyn, and see just how tall some of the sandstone walls are by just looking up!

Day 9: Depart Las Vegas / Arrive Home

End your adventure in Las Vegas with a farewell dinner and an evening free to explore! 

Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale offers a warm welcome and a comfortable stay, in tranquil surroundings. Relax and recharge in our beautifully landscaped property, surrounded by lavish courtyards, cactus and tropical palm trees. Amenities include 2 outdoor pools, leaisure activities such as basketball and tennis courts, and AC.

Monument Valley Inn Kayenta

Located on the largest Indian Reservation in the United States, The Kayenta Monument Valley Inn offers 163 guest rooms all with wireless high-speed internet access, cable television with Pay Per View, an onsite health and fitness facility, seasonal heated outdoor pool, and a full service restaurant featuring both authentic Native American cuisine and traditional American Dining!

La Quinta Inn and Suites Moab

This pleasant, comfortable atmosphere provides a cool, quiet respite from the rugged outdoors. Air-conditioned rooms feature plenty of amenities, including coffee/tea makers, free Wi-Fi, a spacious desk and more. Enjoy premium cable channels on flat-screen televisions.

Bryce Best Western Grand Hotel

The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel features: two four story towers accessing 164 luxurious guest rooms, interior corridors, a large lobby, business center, exercise facilities, guest laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet and nearby full service restaurant. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. We invite you to experience Bryce Canyon’s newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

Flanigan's Inn

Flanigan’s Inn, a lovely property located just moments away from the south entrance to Zion National Park, offers peaceful respite amid colorful scenery.  Relax in the beautiful, spacious guest rooms, where hand crafted wood beams, private patios and the finest amenities ensure a peaceful stay.  After a day of hiking in the park, recline by the pool, walk the meditation labrynth, stroll through town or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment. 

Bally's Las Vegas Hotel

Upscale rooms feature WiFi (fee), desks and cable TVs; some have seating areas, fridges and/or views of the Strip. In addition to the casino, amenities include a fitness center, live shows (surcharge), tennis courts and a shopping mall, plus a seasonal heated pool with cabanas (fee).

Why Southwest USA?

Fun and Easy
Staying inside of the US has some perks that makes travel nice and easy. There is nothing like having an adventure that feels like a world away but is actually just in your backyard— it’s also a quick flight from anywhere in the country! Also, there’s no need to apply for a passport, no going through customs, and no currency exchange. 
National Parks
 The US is home to a beautiful and unique National Parks system. A few favorite parks are in the Southwest, in Utah and Arizona. Explore Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Both parks are large, uninterrupted, and home to unique geological formations, ancient history and civilizations, and gorgeous scenery.
Adventure
There is a lot to do in the Southwest. The red sand deserts are rich with outdoor activities that are sure to pull anyone away from their screen. Any kind of activity from hiking and mountain biking to swimming and rafting can be found here. The unaltered landscape is great for exploring and the best part is that there are plenty of options to accommodate different skill levels.

Why Southwest USA with Thomson?

Learning Experiences
We know how important it is for kids to not only have fun but learn something while on an adventure and vacation. Whether it is learning about local wildlife, people, or geography, we always make sure there’s an educational aspect to our trips. In the Southwest US, your guide will show you evidence of human life inside of the National Parks that dates back to 6000 B.C.
Comfort
The Southwest US is vast. There is no getting around without spending time in a car driving through the magnificent desert landscape. Let us handle the details and the logistics. We work with experts who know the best routes from and within each National Park. After a long day of hiking and exploring hop into a comfortable van and rest while we drive and provide snacks for you and the kids.