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Departs: October 8th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Utah and Arizona while visiting four iconic National Parks and Salt Lake City. After a performance by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, travel by motorcoach to Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Tour the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Goosenecks State Park, and the Monument Valley Visitor Center on our way to Kayenta, Arizona. For the next few days we will see the Grand Canyon's sweeping panoramas, traverse the Grand Staircase, and witness otherworldly rock formations at Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We return to Salt Lake City for an evening before traveling home.
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Hosted By: Jon Vanderford
10/11 News Anchor & Pure Nebraska Co-Host
Hosted By: Taryn Vanderford
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Day 1 : Fly to Salt Lake City
Settle in for a restful night in downtown Salt Lake City.
Day 2 : Visit Moab
Our day begins with a visit to see the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as they record a performance for the longest-running radio broadcast of its kind in the U.S. Next we travel to Moab for two wonderful evenings.
Day 3 : Arches National Park
Enjoy an included continental breakfast each morning during our stay in Moab. Today we explore Arches National Park with an expert local guide. This is the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches, which are the result of erosion and weathering. We visit Dead Horse Point State Park, considered Utah’s most spectacular state park, where scenic overlooks provide breathtaking panoramas of sculptured pinnacles and buttes.
Day 4 : Monument Valley
Departing from Moab, we visit Newspaper Rock, one of the finest examples of petroglyphs in the United States. We also visit the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum to view an impressive collection of Native American artifacts. After an included lunch, we discover Goosenecks State Park. Here, we overlook the San Juan River, its course zigzagging more than six miles in less than one linear mile! We then venture to the Monument Valley Visitor Center. The rugged, untouched beauty of this area has been used to portray the Old West in many motion picture and television westerns.
Day 5 : The Grand Canyon
Today we visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon! Stretching 227 miles along the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon varies from four to an incredible eighteen miles in width and reaches a depth of almost a mile below the South Rim. Enjoy photo and viewing stops from spectacular overlooks. Tonight we relish the unique experience to stay within Grand Canyon National Park, right on the canyon's rim! This evening, savor the colors and changing light of sunset while overlooking the magnificent canyon.
Day 6 : The Grand Staircase
Savor sweeping panoramas and surreal landscapes during our last stop at Grandview Lookout before departing the Grand Canyon. We traverse the Grand Staircase before arriving at incredible Zion National Park, a spectacular example of cliff and canyon landscapes. Carved by the Virgin River over millions of years, we stay the night in the Zion Park area, nestled among the towering rock formations.
Day 7 : Zion National Park
Enjoy free time to explore the park by tram and learn the history and geology of the region. View soaring cliffs, waterfalls, and rock formations described as thrones, steeples, and cathedrals. Later, we unpack for two relaxing nights in the Bryce Canyon area.
Day 8 : Bryce Canyon
Rimmed by pine and aspen forests, Bryce Canyon National Park offers a marvelous viewing experience. The park is a natural wonderland of towering spires and erosion-sculpted rocks called hoodoos. We make several photo stops along our route. The afternoon is free for additional sightseeing. This evening, we enjoy dinner and live music at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill.
Day 9 : Salt Lake City
We visit the Bryce Wildlife Museum, featuring animal taxidermy and one of the finest butterfly collections in North America. Later we travel back to Salt Lake City and gather for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We fly home with delightful memories.
October 8th, 2022 - October 17th, 2022
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 08/09/2022
KOLN/KGIN TV Pickup Locations:
Aurora, NE - Ken's Budget Host Motel
Grand Island, NE - Quality Inn & Conf Center
Omaha, NE - Eppley Airfield
Lincoln, NE - Country Inn & Suites
York, NE - BW Plus York Hotel & Conference Center
The Vanderfords are an Emmy Award winning husband and wife team who work on various shows for 10/11 News. Together, they anchor the show Pure Nebraska. Jon also serves as the executive producer for this rural lifestyle show. Taryn anchors and produces the First at Four newscast, hosts Local Everyday programming, and reports for the 5 p.m. newscast. The Vanderfords also present a Golden Apple Award each month to a deserving educator.
Jon has worked as a reporter and anchor for stations in St. Joseph, Missouri, Knoxville, Tennessee and Lincoln, Nebraska. Taryn has an extensive radio background and has helped produce shows for HGTV, A&E, the Food Network and the DIY Network. The couple met playing saxophones in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
They are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
Join Jon, Taryn and 10/11 News viewers on this wonderful vacation!
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