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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

4.4 star rating

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See iconic landscapes and meet like-minded travelers as you solo travel in the U.S.

Lace up your walking shoes and explore the American Southwest on foot. You'll set off on this group tour made for solo travelers to discover places like Bryce Canyon National Park and Valley of Fire State Park—and find that there's a lot to love in your own backyard. From valley vineyards to scenic hiking trails, this solo trip in the U.S. will show you there's really no place like home.

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

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

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 among the landscapes of Arizona.

  • Stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument to view cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, an ancient culture with ties to the Hopi and Yavapai tribes
  • Visit a vineyard along the Verde Valley wine trail, an area known for producing flavorful red wines including Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot
  • Sample some of the signature sips during an included wine tasting and lunch
  • Make photo stops at the majestic rock formations surrounding Sedona, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte
  • Continue on to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for your first glimpse at the legendary fissure and admire its colorful rock walls at sunset
Day 3: The Grand Canyon
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Grand Canyon, one of the most-visited national parks in the U.S.

  • Join your Tour Director on a hike along the South Rim to Shoshone Point
  • Walk through a ponderosa pine forest and admire panoramic views of the sandstone landscape from a plateau at the end of the trail

Enjoy a free afternoon to hike along South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point or add an excursion.

Later, meet back up with your Tour Director for a guided sunset hike.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

From $309 per person

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

Continue on to the Lake Powell region, stopping to visit the Cameron Trading Post for a chance to browse the selection of Native American crafts.

Continue on to Lake Powell and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Upper Antelope Canyon & Navajo Nation

From $165 per person

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

Spend a free day in the Lake Powell region or add an excursion.

Tonight, head to the Navajo Red Heritage center for an evening featuring authentic Native American dancing, flute playing, drumming and singing while enjoying a culturally inspired dinner.

Monument Valley Jeep Ride

From $205 per person

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

Make your way through scenic southwestern Utah to tour Bryce Canyon National Park by bus and on foot.

  • Take in up-close views of the distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations
  • See the awe-inspiring arches, bridges, and pinnacles known as hoodoos

Then, continue on to your hotel near Zion National Park and enjoy a free evening.

Day 7: Zion National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a tour of Zion National Park, which is located at the intersection of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateaus, and the Mojave Desert.

  • View the yellow- and orange-hued rocks during an open-air tram ride
  • Hear commentary on the surrounding landscape from a local guide
  • Join your Tour Director for a walk along Pa'rus Trail, one of the park’s newest trails, which offers views of the colorful scenery and babbling rivers
  • Enjoy free time to continue exploring the park on foot by hiking the Lower Emerald Pool Trail, Riverside Walk, or Watchman Trail
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 on to Las Vegas.

Tonight, 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.

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.

Extension to Las Vegas
Continue your trip to try your luck in Las Vegas, and enjoy free time in Sin City to soak in the excitement that this gaming hub is known for.
Las Vegas2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Las Vegas
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Las Vegas or add an excursion.

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

From $85 per person

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

Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas or add an excursion.

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

Food of Las Vegas Walking Tour

From $239 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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4.4 star rating

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5

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    3.0 star rating

    Solo Grand Canyon-Zion
    4/8/23 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    Overall enjoyed tour..great to meet with other solo travelers. Few travelers were critical of the tour director. But considering he was replacing another director with 4 days notice, he did good job. He was personable, informative and maintained schedule. Although I liked tour I did have few neg...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/24/23

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    2.0 star rating

    Not as nice as I expected
    4/8/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    Our tour director apparently had an unforeseen circumstance pop up and another was asked to fill in. I understand he had just a few days to prepare, but – I paid over $5k for this trip and expected more than what was received. I had never been on a tour and really was not sure what to expect. The d...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/9/23

    Thank you for your review. A member from our Custo...

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    US National Parks for Solo Travelers
    4/8/23 by 1st-time traveler Terry

    We had a last minute change of Tour Directors due to unforseen event in the first Director's personal life. The assigned Director did have to pick this trip up at the last minute, but the lack of communication from this Director from the very beginning was concerning. No notices posted at hotels o...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 4/25/23

    Dear Terry, Thank you for leaving a review! We ap...

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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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    Hampton Inn Tropicana
    Hampton Inn Tropicana

    This comfortable hotel is located a block away from the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, sun deck. Nearby you'll find t...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 7, 2025, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit for more information.
    • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code SW6.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least at least 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved trails and dirt paths, with some hills. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Walks on this tour
    • Depending on local weather conditions, seasons, and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change.
    • Shoshone Point – 2.1 miles / 1–1.5 hours. An easy hike along a trail that’s considered a hidden-gem and offers incredible views of the Grand Canyon.
    • Par’rus Trail – 3.5 miles / 2.5 hours. A leisurely walk through Zion National Park along a mostly flat and completely paved trail.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Phoenix, Arizona and depart from Las Vegas, Nevada. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the uneven terrain.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
    • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code SW6.
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    • The cuisine of the American southwest combines influences from Spanish colonial settlers, Mexican staples, and Native American traditions. Expect dishes spiced with chile peppers, like enchiladas, tacos, and chili con carne.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
    • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zones
    • All states visited on this tour are on Mountain Time (MT), which is two hours behind Eastern Time (ET). Please note that Arizona does not observe daylight saving time and is on Pacific Time (PT) from March through October.
    • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.
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    • You will use the U.S. dollar on this tour.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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