As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
The Desert Southwest is host to one heck-of-a grand landscape, where some of the rawest forms of geology present in impossible-seeming shapes and sizes. This journey takes you to iconic national parks – Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Canyonlands, and Arches – to gawk at amazing sand, wind, and water-eroded features. Accommodations are in a collection of some of the region’s best, and an array of activities expose you to the essence of canyon country.
Begin this outdoor-focused journey in the antithesis of nature – Las Vegas! – where a night at Bellagio and a Cirque du Soleil show offer up the perfect Las Vegas fix.
The Grand Canyon is chockful of overlooks, points, and trails from which to take in the grandeur. We’ll share our favorite places for sunset, dinner, and morning walks, so you can get yourself “off the beaten path.” Hope to see a California condor, walk a short trail to examine petroglyphs, and spend a full day with a sage naturalist, who will show you the Grand Canyon in wonder-filled ways.
Utah’s collection of parks is outstanding, and you’ll spend time in the bulk of them! Each park features one-of-a-kind landscapes, together offering high plateaus, colorful spires, arches, waterfalls, deep pools, sandy washes, slickrock, deep canyons, slot canyons, and twisted rock. The shifting of color with the changing morning and evening light bookends each day, with yellows, oranges and browns turning to reds, purples and blues.
The heart canyon country is yours!