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U.S. National Parks for Solo Travelers: The Grand Canyon to Zion

9 days |  11 days with Las Vegas extension
9 days |  11 days with Las Vegas extension
Group size1528 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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Discover the natural beauty and enduring spirit of the American Southwest on this National Parks tour for solo travelers.

From valley vineyards to scenic hiking trails, this active solo trip will show you that you don’t need to go far to experience a lot. Each day displays a new destination—and with it, new landscapes swathed in dusty oranges, sherbet pinks, and gemstone greens. You’ll set off on this group tour made for solo travelers to discover places like Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon—and find that there’s a lot to love in your own backyard.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Verde Valley wine tasting
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Zion National Park
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Phoenix Region, Arizona1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Phoenix Region
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Arizona! Settle into your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner, served with beer or wine. 

Grand Canyon, Arizona2 nights
Day 2: The Grand Canyon via the Verde Valley & Sedona
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch

Start your exploration of the Southwest by journeying into the landscapes of Arizona.

  • Stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument to view cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua people around the 11th century. Nestled into limestone cliffs, the rooms resemble a high-rise apartment complex. Interestingly, despite its name, the monument has no connection to the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but was rather misattributed by early European settlers.
  • Visit a vineyard along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, an area known for producing flavorful red wines, including zinfandels, syrahs, and merlots. Sample some signature sips during an included wine tasting and lunch.
  • Make photo stops at the whimsical red rock formations surrounding the town of Sedona, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte.
  • Continue to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for your first glimpse at the legendary fissure. Take a moment to admire its colorful rock walls at sunset and feel the anticipation build for the awe-inspiring spectacle that awaits tomorrow.
Day 3: The Grand Canyon
Included meal: Breakfast

After arriving at the South Rim, set out on a scenic hike to Shoshone Point guided by your Tour Director, who’ll illuminate the geological wonders and natural splendor of the landscape.   

  • Marvel at towering rock formations that bear witness to millions of years of geological evolution, their striated layers revealing the passage of time in hues of red, orange, and ochre.  
  • Walk along a trail through a ponderosa pine forest and end on a plateau to take in panoramic vistas that stretch to the horizon. Sigh as the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon unfolds endlessly before you. 

To fully appreciate the enormity of the Grand Canyon—it’s not just a name after all—add an optional helicopter tour to your itinerary and take to the skies for an electrifying perspective. Prefer to explore the Grand Canyon on terra firma? Use your free afternoon to hike along the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point, where a steep descent along the canyon walls is punctuated by ancient rock formations and a view of the snaking Colorado River.  

Later, meet back up with your Tour Director for a guided sunset hike. As the sun descends below the horizon, it bathes the canyon walls in a warm, golden light. When it fades, the canyon takes on a mystical quality, with the silhouettes of rugged cliffs and spires standing in stark contrast against the darkening sky.  

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

From $355 per person

Lake Powell, Arizona2 nights
Day 4: Lake Powell via Cameron Trading Post
Included meal: Breakfast

Begin your day with a stop at the Cameron Trading Post, a historic outpost that has served travelers and locals alike for more than a century. Browse a curated selection of Navajo artwork, jewelry, and crafts, and learn about the time-honored traditions of the artisans who created them.   

Continue to Lake Powell and enjoy a free evening or add an Upper Antelope Canyon adventure to your growing camera roll. As sunlight filters down between these towering sandstone walls in the heart of Navajo Nation, ethereal beams of light illuminate the canyon’s smooth walls, creating an ever-changing pattern of light and shadow.  

Upper Antelope Canyon & Navajo Nation

From $185 per person

Day 5: Free day in the Lake Powell Region & Red Heritage dinner theater
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

If you’re up for a thrill with a side of Monument Valley vistas, join today’s optional Jeep ride and rumble through the park where iconic rock formations like Mexican Hat, Three Sisters, and Elephant Butte capture imaginations with their playful shapes.

If you’d rather spend your free day on your own, the calm, clear waters of Lake Powell are the perfect setting for paddleboarding or kayaking.

Tonight, head to the Navajo-owned Red Heritage center for an evening filled with authentic Native American dancing, flute playing, drumming, and singing, all served with a traditional dinner.

Monument Valley Jeep Ride

From $219 per person

Zion National Park, Utah2 nights
Day 6: Zion National Park via Bryce Canyon National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way through southwestern Utah to tour the surreal landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park. Long before the arrival of European settlers, Indigenous people inhabited the area; the Paiute tribe had a deep connection to the lands that now constitute the park. The Paiute referred to Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos—huge rock pinnacles—as “Legend People,” believing them to be ancient beings transformed by Coyote, a prominent figure in their mythology.   


  • Enjoy a guided exploration of the park by bus and on foot. You’ll learn about its unique formations, sculpted over millions of years through the process of erosion. The park sits atop the Paunsaugunt Plateau, where the forces of wind, water, and ice gradually carved out the intricate maze of canyons, fins, and spires that we see today.    
  • Feast your eyes as you get up close and personal with Bryce Canyon’s iconic rock formations. Watch as arches, bridges, and spires made of pink limestone and sandstone change with the shifting light in a bewitching display of color and contrast.  
  • Keep your camera ready as you encounter the park’s famous inhabitants—the hoodoos. These whimsical rock formations, shaped like totems and towers, create a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.   

Continue to your hotel near Zion National Park and enjoy a free evening to rest and unwind. 

Day 7: Zion National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Continue your scenic journey through this rough-hewn portion of the Southwest as you reach Zion National Park. Here—at the intersection of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Mojave Desert—the earth’s rich tapestry flashes hues of yellow and orange as deeply eroded sedimentary rocks rise majestically into the azure sky.   

  • Delve into the history of Zion National Park, named by 19th-century Mormon settlers who were awestruck by its otherworldly beauty and reminded of their heavenly city.  
  • Experience the park from a unique vantage point aboard an open-air tram, where a local guide will unravel the park’s geological wonders, diverse flora and fauna, and cultural heritage.   
  • Enjoy the sway of winding roads and watch as each bend reveals a new panorama of sandstone monoliths, green valleys, and waterfalls. You may also spot one of the park’s many sheep, goats, and deer.   
  • Join your Tour Director for a walk along the paved Pa’rus Trail, which offers views of the colorful scenery and babbling rivers. 
  • Enjoy free time to continue exploring the park on foot: Hike the Lower Emerald Pool Trail for a short but rewarding outing; take the Riverside Walk to follow the Virgin River; or tackle the more challenging Watchman Trail for a view of Watchman Peak’s soaring rocky spire. 
Las Vegas, Nevada1 night
Day 8: Las Vegas via Valley of Fire State Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Stop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s first state park, before continuing to Las Vegas. Here, fiery red sandstone outcroppings surround petrified trees and 2,000-year-old petroglyphs. As the road stretches ahead of you, look for rock formations swirling in shades of white, yellow, pink, and grey.  

As the desert scenery gives way to the bright lights of the big city, join your Tour Director on an evening walk along the Las Vegas Strip. You’ll see the area’s bright neon lights, iconic hotels, and famous casinos before heading to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine. 

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Las Vegas for gaming under glittering neon lights or relaxing in this desert oasis.

Extension to Las Vegas
Extend your trip to try your luck in Las Vegas and enjoy free time for fun and gaming, a high-flying show, or some well-earned poolside R&R. You can also add handpicked excursions to see—and savor—more of this corner of Nevada. (And remember: It’s pronounced “Ne-VAD-uh,” not “Ne-VAH-duh”!)
Las Vegas2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Las Vegas
Included meal: Breakfast

Add a trip to the Hoover Dam to your itinerary for a close-up look at the massive engineering marvel, completed at the height of the Great Depression in 1935.  

If you’ve opted to stay in town, the Las Vegas Strip’s glittering four-mile stretch is at your disposal. Unpack your swimsuit for a splashy day at one of Vegas’ pool parties or enjoy one of the city’s unique—and climate-controlled—museums and experiences. Indoor skydiving, anyone? 

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

From $119 per person

Day 10: Free day in Las Vegas
Included meal: Breakfast

While gaming and glitzy hotels are a perennial draw for visitors to Las Vegas, the city is also home to innovative restaurants and culinary experiences. For a taste of the Vegas food scene, join the optional food tour for celebrity chef-inspired snacks and sips.  

Prefer to spend the day exploring the Las Vegas Strip on your own? Catch a show, opt for some retail therapy in some of the Strip’s designer boutiques, or head downtown to “Old Vegas” to explore vibrant street art and the local restaurant scene.  

This evening, raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

Food of Las Vegas Walking Tour

From $255 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Solo tour Grand Canyon
    4/25/24 by 1st-time traveler Colleen

    Loved the trip, well paced and nice accommodations, Carrie , our tour director, was very engaging and helpful. No problem making connections with many other participants, had a great time! Might have enjoyed a bit more free time to explore and/or hike in early part of week.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/13/24

    Colleen, thank you for your review. We appreciate ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Treasured memories of the Wedt
    4/25/24 by 3rd-time traveler Anonymous

    The beauty & scale of what you see cannot be accurately photographed. It’s hard to describe then as well. The pacing is good, I do wish we could have stayed longer at the Grand Canyon & Zion but it can’t be helped. Our director was Carrie, she was a jewel. Every day began with a song on the bus, c...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    A bucket list fulfillment
    4/25/24 by 2nd-time traveler Karen

    I chose this tour as it covered many of the places in the area I had been hoping to get to. Lots of miles on the bus but plenty of stops/ breaks between each main tour stop to keep it interesting. I had a great time !

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown
    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown

    This comfortable hotel is located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll fi...

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    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon

    This comfortable hotel is located just 15 minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. Guests enjoy the indoor swimming pool, a full breakfas...

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    Courtyard Page at Lake Powell
    Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

    This convenient hotel is located in Page overlooking Glen Canyon. Guests enjoy the pool, fitness center, on-site gift shop. Nearby you’ll find the Lak...

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    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion
    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion

    This rustic, lodge-style hotel is located in Springdale, Utah next to Zion National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry facilities....

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    Horseshoe Las Vegas
    Horseshoe Las Vegas

    This massive hotel is located right off of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, multiple restaurants, and convenient location. Nearby y...

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