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Hosted By: Paul Barys
Former Chief Meteorologist
Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Utah and Arizona while visiting four iconic national parks, as well as 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, travel along the Grand Staircase, then witness otherworldly rock formations at Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Our adventures conclude with a celebratory Farewell Dinner in Salt Lake City.
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June 15th, 2024 - June 24th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 04/16/2024
Day 1 : Fly to Salt Lake City
Settle in for a restful night in downtown Salt Lake City.
Day 2 : 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 country. Next, we travel to Moab for two wonderful evenings and have dinner at Moab Brewery.
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. In the afternoon, 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
We depart Moab this morning and visit Newspaper Rock, one of the finest examples of petroglyphs in the United States. Next, a stop at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum allows us 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. Tonight, we indulge in a delicious dinner buffet.
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! Marvel at the colors and changing light of sunset while gazing out upon the magnificent canyon.
Day 6 : The Grand Staircase
Sweeping panoramas and surreal landscapes surround us during our last stop at Grandview Point before departing the Grand Canyon. We travel along the Grand Staircase on our way to Zion National Park. Carved by the Virgin River over millions of years, it’s a spectacular example of cliff and canyon landscapes. After dinner at Red Rock Grill, we enjoy an incredible overnight in Zion National Park, nestled among towering rock formations.
Day 7 : Zion National Park
This morning, enjoy free time to explore the park by tram as you 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
Today we board our motorcoach to explore the stunning vistas of Bryce Canyon National Park with several photo stops. Admire its natural wonderland of towering spires and erosion-sculpted rocks called hoodoos. The afternoon is yours to discover more of Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring creations within the park. This evening, we enjoy a cowboy dinner and live music at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill.
Day 9 : Salt Lake City
Our day begins with a visit to Bryce Wildlife Adventure, a museum featuring an impressive collection of 1,100 animal mounts and 1,600 butterflies from all around the world. We then travel back to Salt Lake City for time at leisure and later gather for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate our new friendships and travel memories.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We return home with incredible memories from our western national parks adventure.
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Paul Barys is the former Chief Meteorologist for Local 3 News in Chattanooga, TN. He started in Chattanooga as the Chief Meteorologist in 1985 and continued in that position until his retirement in July of 2021. He was the recipient of numerous Best Weathercaster awards from the Associated Press during those 36 years. He also, along with his Storm Alert team, won the Best of the Best Awards from the Chattanooga Times Free-Press since its inception.
Paul graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1973 with a degree in Meteorology. He previously worked in Washington, North Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Cleveland, Ohio; before coming to Local 3 News. He lives in Red Bank, TN, with his wife of 45 years, Sarah Barys.
Join Paul and Local 3 viewers on the wonderful vacation.
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