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Canyons & California for Families

Las Vegas, Utah & Laguna Beach

From $7000 per person in low season
From $8200 per person in high season

based on 13 nights & selected experiences

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Based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children in separate rooms in Las Vegas and Laguna, adjacent tents/tipi at Zion glamping and sharing a loft suite with separate bedrooms at Sundance.

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At a Glance

  • Family adventure exploring the deserts of Utah and the beaches of California

  • Stay in luxurious hotels, high-end mountain resorts and desert glamping

  • Children will love the opportunities for hiking, horse riding, rafting and surfing

  • Hit the bright lights of Las Vegas and see one of the famous Cirque du Soleil shows

  • Enjoy the superb service and amazing array of activities at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Beach

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This itinerary works well from March through October, with peak time for travel are June through August despite higher temperatures in Las Vegas and Zion. If you are able to visit in the lower season months of April to June, and September to October, you'll benefit for fewer crowds in the National Parks and better value. It is possible to travel on a similar itinerary in November, however Zion glamping closes during the beginning of November, so we can suggest alternative accommodation.

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Insider's View

Having visited all these places, its hard to choose a favorite. Every place is stunning and unique and the opportunity for adventure is endless in Utah. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel offers the perfect respite!

This suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation

Itinerary

A fantastic family adventure that takes you through the canyons, deserts and mountains of America’s Southwest, followed by a wonderful family-friendly luxury resort on the sun-drenched Southern California coast.

  1. Days 1-2: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

    This epic adventure begins with the bright lights of Las Vegas where you can see a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show, stroll along the Strip to see the famous bright lights, and visit the magnificent Grand Canyon, which will be the first and largest of the canyons you'll visit on this trip. On your second day in Las Vegas, we've included an unforgettable helicopter ride. You will have the chance to take it all in from the air and from the ground, as you land on the Western Rim to enjoy a moment to be awe-struck by nature, away from the busyness of the city. We can book you onto the later sunset flights, so you get to see the desert turn a spectacular hue as you fly back into Vegas.

    Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Zion National Park, The Southwest

    After three nights in the city, it's time to head into the real Wild Wild West. A two and a half hour drive will take you to one of the most breath-taking locations in Utah; Zion National Park. You will spend the next three nights amidst a vast desert landscape, surrounded by green cacti and rolling desert plains. During the day you'll explore the less visited paths of the park, with a guide or without, and choose from an abundance of activities. Go hiking in the canyons, ride horseback across the desert or unleash your inner thrill-seeker and go canyoneering. At night, enjoy a delicious homecooked meal around the campfire before retreating to stargaze from your private decking. Glamping under the stars is an experience you and your loved ones will never forget. Your glamping stay includes an off-road jeep safari, guided canyoneering or biking (or another activity of your choice), complimentary massages and meals.

    Accommodation: Zion National Park Glamping (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-9: Sundance, Provo, Utah

    The adventure continues as you drive north via Bryce Canyon to the wonderful Sundance Mountain Resort.  Robert Redford's mountain hideaway is tucked away amongst the trees of the Wasatch Mountains and boasts a series of idyllic Western cabins, with raw nature at its doorstep. Spend your time exploring some of the most amazing mountain scenery, hiking stunning trails to the mountain peaks or rafting in the rivers. Get into the saddle of a horse or mountain bike to venture along miles of mountain and valley trails as you admire some of Utah's most untouched wilderness. You can also cast a line for trout in one of the world’s premier trout streams, or get creative in the art workshop making pottery or jewelry. Those who like to take life a little slower can wake with a yoga class at dawn or visit the Spa for an indulgent treatment.

    Accommodation: Sundance Mountain Resort (3 nights)

  4. Days 9-14: Laguna Beach, California

    After almost of week of thrilling adventure, you'll head to the sun-soaked coast of California where you can spend a few days relaxing and unwinding to the sound of gentle crashing waves. You'll stay at one of our favorite luxury hotels in Orange County; the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Family friendly yet oozing elegance and sophistication, the resort will cater for all your family's needs. For a day on the sand, the Beach Concierge will look after you well and the kids can roam free in the salty-sea air, or you can relax by the pool with a cocktail in hand while your little ones enjoy a fully serviced kids club.

    We've included a whale watching trip from Laguna's Dana Point, where playful dolphins and humpback whales are commonly seen, we think it is a must on every stay. For more active families there's plenty to entertain, from surfing and paddle boarding, and Los Angeles entertainment or Disneyland just one hour away.

    Accommodation: Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel (5 nights)

Experiences

  • Horse riding

    Native Americans used to say that the horse was the white man's greatest gift. Discovering America on horseback instantly transports you into the landscapes, culture and history of this continent.

  • Las Vegas Show

    Yes Las Vegas may be tacky, yes it may be hotter than you've ever experienced, but when the sun goes down, this city sure knows how to put on a show. Cirque du Soleil, Le Reve, Penn and Teller, rock concerts..whatever you want, it's all entertainment!

  • White water rafting

    There are plenty of places in the USA to run white water, but one of the best is the upper Colorado River where you can run standing waves and whoop and holler in delight as you and your team shoot the rapids.

  • Wind Dancer Grand Canyon Flight at Sunset

    Experience an exhilarating helicopter tour as you fly over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead and descend and land 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon in Hualapai Indian Territory next to the Colorado River. Fly over Vegas at sunset to see the strip lit up by night!

Location

Las Vegas, Utah & Laguna Beach

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