Caravan all inclusive vacations are a great way to travel worry-free.

One of the main benefits of traveling with Caravan Tours is that outside of your airfare, virtually all other costs are included in the ticket price. Your food, lodging, travel itinerary, plus all activities, outings and even tips are taken care of by Caravan.

Most vacationers find themselves spending very little while on their actual vacation – and usually, it’s only to purchase a few souvenirs here and there.

In addition to handling all your vacation expenses, Caravan all inclusive vacations are also fully guided packages – conducted by professional local tour operators who:

  • Handle all activity payments and tipping
  • Take care of hotel check-ins
  • Keep you on schedule
  • Guide you through the sights and sounds of your vacation destination
  • Make sure your needs are met and you travel in comfort

Guiding travelers on all inclusive vacations since 1952, Caravan Tours currently offers 9 Caravan all inclusive vacations throughout the USA, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada.

Panama Vacations

Panama is a small country in Central America and home to the Panama Canal, which serves as a passageway for ships and vessels travelling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ocean and vice versa. Caravan’s all inclusive Panama cruise packages feature cruises on the Panama Canal, while exploring Panama’s rainforests, lakes, rivers and volcanoes.

The highlights of this all inclusive Panama Vacation include:

  • Miraflores Locks
  • “Old Panama” city known as Panama Viejo
  • Gatun Lake cruise featuring hilltop islands
  • Locks Transit cruise
  • Playa Blanca in El Valle
  • Embera Rainforest Indian Village
  • Kuna Indian marketplace

Costa Rica Vacations

Costa Rica features an abundance of beautiful beaches, volcanoes and rainforests so it can be hard to know how to divide your vacation time.  Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica vacation lets you experience a little bit of everything. The vacation starts and ends in the capital city, San Jose. Vacationers travel north to visit Poas Volcano and Arenal Volcano, and finally back West to the Pacific coast to enjoy incredible white sandy beaches.

The highlights of this all inclusive Costa Rica Vacation include:

  • Poas Volcano
  • Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail
  • Authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation tour
  • Braulio Carrillo Park and Butterfly Garden
  • Rio Frio River Cruise and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Guanacaste and Leatherback Turtle National Park
  • Tarcoles River cruise and Carara Biological Reserve
  • Manuel Antonia National Park

USA All Inclusive Vacations

The diversity of our American geography is remarkable and evident in our protected National Parks. Caravan Tours features three national park vacation packages:

Grand Canyon Vacation Packages feature Camelback Mountain, Montezuma Castle, Sedona colony and Oak Creek Canyon – and that is just on your way into Grand Canyon National Park! In addition to accommodations inside the park you will have breathtaking views of Lake Powell, take a jeep tour of Monument Valley’s back country and visit Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.

Mount Rushmore Vacations are all inclusive and include your lodging and land travel expenses as you journey to see Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Nation. While on vacation you will cross the continental divide before entering Yellowstone National Park and intersecting the original “Oregon Trail”.

Yosemite Park Vacation Packages are all inclusive California coast tours and start with a night in the romantic city of San Francisco. This is followed by a guided tour of California’s Wine Country plus a Bay Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. During your all inclusive vacation you will journey into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, see gold mining towns, discover Yosemite National Park, visit the San Joaquin Valley and spend some time at the oceanfront Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before departing California you will also have the opportunity to visit Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills where there’s a good chance you’ll spot some Hollywood celebrities.

Canada All Inclusive Vacations

Canadian Rockies Vacation Packages feature Waterton Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park and Jasper. Along the way you will witness majestic scenery, souring mountain tops and ancient glaciers. Ride a vintage tour bus in Glacier National Park, take the Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain for 360 degree views of six mountain ranges surrounding Banff, do a float trip along the Bow River and trek along the Icefields near Jasper, Alberta.

Canadian Maritimes Vacation Packages are also all inclusive where you can relax as you settle into the East Coast lifestyle. Visit Cape Breton Island, go whale watching in Nova Scotia, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, and stay in the charming town of Baddeck. A short ferry ride takes vacationers over to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables. Finally, be inspired by the unique tides in the Bay of Fundy or by Halifax’s oceanfront, or the charming Peggy’s Cove. Along the way your East Coast inspired meals are included in your package price!

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In the past few decades Caravan vacation packages have become one of the most popular and economical ways to travel.

With tourism today, travelers have plenty of options. Once you have an idea of where to go there is no shortage of options including;

  • Self-guided vacations
  • Customized vacation travel
  • Fully escorted vacation packages
  • All inclusive tours
  • Group vacations
  • Budget vacation travel
  • And practically any combination of these

Caravan vacation packages are designed for pampering guests, making them feel special, and providing guests with the ultimate vacation experience.

All Inclusive Vacation Packages

All inclusive vacation packages are very popular with group travelers as all arrangements for hotel stays, airport transfers, and ground travel are taken care of. Most often, hotels and lodges are three and four star quality.

Many vacation packages are also fully escorted so language and local currencies are not an issue for travelers.

All inclusive packages are extremely convenient since every detail is handled for you and included for one affordable all inclusive price. This type of vacation package usually includes all itinerary sightseeing activities and activity fees, and in many cases, gratuities as well.

Specialized Vacations

There are a myriad of specialized vacation packages available for the avid traveler. These may include family getaways, senior holiday packages, or theme based vacation packages such as;

  • Adventure travel
  • Arts and culture tours
  • Ruins & archaeological interest packages
  • Beach holidays
  • Vacation packages for singles or couples
  • And guided travel for special interest groups

Many of these specialized and special interest vacation packages can be customized to suit your requirements and the entire holiday can be set up according to your personal or group needs.

There are even vacation packages centered on specific holidays and events like Mardi Gras or the Olympics. These vacation packages usually include entry to the event as well.

Caravan All Inclusive Tours

Today, most reputable tour companies can be easily researched online offering tours to suit virtually any taste and budget. Tour operators that have been around for a while and are well established generally offer the best value for the money.

Since 1952, Caravan Vacation Packages have given travelers a complete holiday experience at truly affordable prices. Because Caravan deals in volume, hotels and vendors generally offer us excellent discounts. Price breaks such as this allow our tour operators to offer amazing tours. Our Discount Costa Rica Vacation package is a prime example. You can enjoy this tour for much less than what you would pay if you had to book the same activities and hotels on your own.

Caravan vacation packages are all inclusive, fully escorted tours starting as low as $1,195. Come travel with Caravan Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, or Canada and US destinations like California and New England.

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Call toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for bookings or to speak with our travel experts.

Since 1952, Caravan escorted tours by this Chicago based family owned and operated tour company has been delighting North and Central American travelers. Caravan Tours offers affordable fully guided tours that out competitors simply can’t beat.

Caravan escorted tours are very reasonably priced. What makes them so unique however is that they are also all inclusive tours, which are ideal for group travelers and budget conscious tourists who are looking for family or senior vacation packages.

On these all inclusive Caravan escorted tours everything is included for one low, affordable price. That means all itinerary accommodations, meals, activities, activity fees, and ground transportation are covered.

Caravan hosts some of the best fully escorted tours in the travel industry including all inclusive tours in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, the United States, and Canada.

Latin America Tours

Caravan’s all inclusive Latin America tours are exceptional fully guided holidays.

Vacationers on Caravan’s guided Costa Rica tours enjoy the “rich coast” of Costa Rica, which includes visits to Leatherback Turtles National Park and the Pacific coast turtle nesting beaches.

Caravan’s all inclusive Guatemala escorted tours include visits to Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Copan.

Guests on Caravan’s all inclusive Panama guided tours enjoy an escorted tour of the Panama Canal, Old Panama and Panama City plus a rainforest jungle cruise up the Chagras River to an authentic Embera Indian village.

USA Tours

USA Caravan escorted tours offer something for everyone, from leisurely bus tours along the California coast, to Yellowstone National Park, New England, and US national parks tours.

Caravan’s California guided tours travel down the coast of California with visits to San Francisco, California wine country, Big Sur, and Yosemite National Park.

Caravan’s Yellowstone guided tours also includes visits to Mammoth Hot Springs, Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Chief Crazy Horse Monument, and Mount Rushmore.

Travelers on Caravan’s New England guided tours enjoy a scenic bus tour through the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This is a fantastic trip, especially during the fall when tourists can enjoy Caravan’s fully escorted New England fall foliage tour.

Caravan’s USA national parks all inclusive tours take visitors on fully escorted tours through some of America’s favorite national parks including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. These escorted bus tours also include a Monument Valley jeep tour.

Escorted Canada Tours

Fully escorted tours in Canada are also offered by Caravan Tours. Caravan’s all inclusive Canadian Rockies guided tours include Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Caravan’s all inclusive Eastern Canada guided tours explores Canada’s Maritime Provinces including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (PEI).

All Inclusive Caravan Escorted Tours

All Central American and North American all inclusive fully guided tours by Caravan Tours are conducted by knowledgeable local tour guides.

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Or, call us toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for bookings.

All Caravan guided tours are also all inclusive vacations. That means for one low, all inclusive price, Caravan guests can travel fully guided and enjoy all ground transportation, accommodations, meals and tour itineraries without added costs.

Our Caravan guided tours are some of the very best on the market. Caravan tour operators offer North and Central American guided bus tours including all inclusive tours in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala.

US Guided Tours

Grand Canyon Guided Tours – Have you ever wanted to explore the Grand Canyon with an experienced tour guide? Caravan’s Grand Canyon guided tours are exceptional and also include escorted visits to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Other destinations on this all inclusive fully guided tour include Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley.

California Guided Tours – Take a guided vacation tour down along the coast of California and enjoy escorted visits to the California redwoods, San Joaquin Valley, California wine country, San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Caravan’s all inclusive fully escorted California tours also include Yosemite National Park guided tours.

Yellowstone Guided ToursCaravan’s all inclusive Yellowstone National Park guided tours explores many of the park’s most popular sites including Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs. The Yellowstone guided tour also includes visits to Mount Rushmore Memorial, Crazy Horse Monument and the Custer Battlefield.

New England Guided ToursNew England’s fall foliage guided tours are the most popular however Caravan’s New England guided tours also include Martha’s Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, Woodstock, Norman Rockwell Museum and of course a guided bus tour through New England’s Appalachian Mountains.

Canada Guided Tours

Guided Tours of the Canadian Rockies – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of the Canadian Rockies includes visits to Waterton Park, Glacier Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Guided Tours of the Canada’s Maritime Provinces – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of Eastern Canada includes escorted visits to Nova Scotia’s Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. Other destinations include the Fortress of Louisbourg and Cabot Trial on Cape Breton Island, Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island and the Bay of Fundy (home of the world’s highest tides) in New Brunswick.

Latin America Guided Tours

Costa Rica Tours

Traveling fully escorted is absolutely the best way to explore Costa Rica’s many volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests and National Parks.  Other destinations on Caravan’s guided tours of Costa Rica include San Jose, Leatherback Turtles National Park, Poas and Arenal Volcanoes, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Guatemala Tours

Caravan’s all inclusive guided tours of Guatemala also include escorted visits to the ancient ruins of Tikal and Copan. Other sites including in this Guatemala guided tour include Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, Quiriqua, Rio Dulce and Antigua.

Panama Tours

Caravan’s newest all inclusive Central American vacation is the fully guided Panama Canal tour. Travelers will also enjoy escorted visits to Panama City, Old Panama, Playa Blanca, and the rainforest village of the Embera Indians.

All Inclusive Guided Tours by Caravan

Caravan Tours has been offering fully guided tours throughout Central and North America since 1952. Caravan uses knowledgeable local tour guides who are eager to share their history and knowledge.

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For bookings, call toll free 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

Caravan Tours Hotel Accommodations

Travel the Grand Canyon with Caravan Tours and stay in some of the finest Grand Canyon hotels, lodges, and resorts.

All hotel accommodations are included within the cost of your all-inclusive Grand Canyon tour. You pay just one low vacation package price that includes hotel transfers, all tour transportation, all hotel accommodations, plus all itinerary meals and excursions.

The current Grand Canyon all-inclusive vacation by Caravan Tours features one and two-night stays at four different hotels located in Phoenix, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, and Zion National Park.

Below, Caravan offers a brief overview of the all-inclusive Grand Canyon hotels you’ll get to enjoy as our tour guest.

Doubletree Suites – Phoenix, Arizona

This resort-style hotel is less than two miles from the Phoenix Airport. It offers stylish guest accommodations with comfortable amenities and of course, the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon checking in. This Phoenix hotel is within walking distance to local shopping and dining. Local attractions include Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB).

Doubletree hotel amenities include:

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Precor fitness center
  • Whirlpool

Park Lodges – Grand Canyon Hotels

Depending on which Caravan Grand Canyon tour you take, you’ll stay of one of three great Grand Canyon lodges, which are all located within Grand Canyon National Park near the South Rim.

Grand Canyon hotels include:

  1. Thunderbird Lodge
  2. Maswik North Lodge
  3. Kachina Lodge

Thunderbird Lodge

This Grand Canyon hotel was built in the 1960s and offers guests contemporary styled rooms with either canyon-side or street-side views. Located prominently within the historic district, Thunderbird Lodge is always a top hotel pick for Grand Canyon visitors.

Maswik North Lodge

Named for a Hopi Kachina known to guard the Grand Canyon, the Maswik Lodge was also built in the 1960s and offers 250 guest rooms. The Maswik North Lodge is comprised of 12 two-story buildings with each hotel room accessed from the outside walkways.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Canyon, along with Thunderbird and Maswick, the Kachina Lodge offers similar accommodations. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Canyon at sunrise and sunset within a few short steps of each hotel room.

Lake Powell Resort

Along with Grand Canyon hotels, your Caravan tour also includes a 2-night stay at Lake Powell Resort.

Situated at Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona, Lake Powell Resort offers the most comfortable suites designed for relaxation after a day full of exploring Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. Each room at Lake Powell Resort offers Native American flair and either a patio (first floor) or balcony (second floor).  Resort amenities and attractions include:

  • A TV with HD programming
  • Keurig single cup coffee brewer
  • Outdoor pool
  • Driftwood Lounge
  • Famous Rainbow Room

Check out this Caravan blog post to read more about Lake Powell Grand Canyon Vacations.

Zion Park Lodge

As the only accommodations within Zion National Park, Zion Lodge is truly a hiker’s dream. Situated on the floor of Zion Canyon, guests have access to endless nature preserves and hiking trails with spectacular views of the sandstone canyon walls. Zion Park Lodge accommodations include cabins, hotel rooms, and suites with amenities including:

  • Gift shop
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Complimentary Internet kiosk in the lobby

Read our Caravan blog post entitled Top Zion National Park Attractions to find out more.

About Caravan Tours

As a second generation, family-owned tour company, Caravan has been offering fully guided, all-inclusive vacation packages since 1952. We now offer fully guided tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America.

Come explore the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Lake Powell on Caravan’s all-inclusive Grand Canyon tour. These are fully guided tours filled with amazing adventures and sightseeing opportunities.

Visit Caravan’s Grand Canyon FAQ page for more details about this all-inclusive Grand Canyon tour or Request a brochure.

For booking info or for more information about Grand Canyon hotels on this tour, please our Caravan office at 1-800-227-2826.

Travel enthusiasts, tour groups, and family adventure seekers that want to vacation to Grand Canyon have a choice of many different tour companies. It’s possible to explore the Grand Canyon by bus, by helicopter, on horseback, or by river rafting through one of the world’s largest and most famous gorges.

An Arizona vacation to Grand Canyon is always very popular. In fact, Grand Canyon tours are some of America’s most popular by far. In fact, the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the entire world.

Whether you witness the majestic views of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim from a helicopter tour or from one of the Grand Canyon lookouts, which are frequented on many of the Grand Canyon bus tours, you won’t be able to escape the incredible feeling of being just a very small part in the grander scheme of things.

Summer Vacations to Grand Canyon

Summertime seems to serve up the best Grand Canyon experiences. The weather is bright and appealing during summer with plenty of opportunities for guided tours or all inclusive Grand Canyon vacations.

One can even enjoy a summer ATV vacation to Grand Canyon, plus horseback riding and hiking tours. Knowledgeable local tour guides operate these guided Grand Canyon experiences. They possess a wealth of knowledge to help you understand the geology and history that has helped shaped the present day Grand Canyon.

Horseback riding and hiking in the Grand Canyon are the closest one can come to experiencing the old west as you explore the local Native American culture and their influence on the Grand Canyon.

Winter in the Grand Canyon

North Rim – For the winter months, the North Rim is closed. Many of the roads, pathways and tour activities on the North Rim of Grand Canyon are closed by late October or early November due to the weather and snow accumulation. The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park reopens in the spring on May 15th.

South Rim – The South Rim remains open all year and visitor services are still available. While reservations to vacation to Grand Canyon are not required during the winter months, they are strongly advised throughout the rest of the year.

Geology & History of the Canyon

A vacation to Grand Canyon is like nothing else. From the Canyon’s summit to the raging waters of the Colorado River below, the most daring adventurers will descend more than a mile, passing up to 40 layers of major sedimentary rock formations that date back between 2 and 3 billion years … even before the age of the dinosaurs. The Grand Canyon is something that must be experienced in person.

River Rafting Vacations

One of the best Grand Canyon vacations is an exciting river rafting tour down the Canyon’s Colorado River. White water rafting provides some of the best opportunities for viewing the Grand Canyon wildlife, the many migratory birds, and the sheer majesty of the Grand Canyon walls as they rush by.

Vacation to Grand Canyon with Caravan

Caravan Grand Canyon tours are truly memorable and like nothing else you will ever experience.

Caravan’s 8-day, all-inclusive vacation to Grand Canyon also includes visits to Sedona and excursions to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. All three American national parks offer astounding scenery that allow you to witness up close, what most North Americans have only seen in the movies or on television.

For more information, check out our tour Reviews page to read what others have said about our Grand Canyon tours.

To check availability or to book your own vacation to Grand Canyon, call Caravan Tours toll free at 1-800-227-2826.

Grand Canyon vacation packages attract over 5 million visitors each year to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The Grand Canyon holds the title as the most popular tourist spot in the entire continental United States.

Imposing, exhilarating, and definitely a destination not to be missed, the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable vaction experience.

“Must See” Grand Canyon

Ask any tourist who has read about the Grand Canyon in travel books or magazines, or viewed pictures of the Grand Canyon online or on television, and they will tell you nothing compares to the real thing. For most, the Grand Canyon is one of those “must see before I die” places.

You can find many different Grand Canyon vacation packages available to suit your budget and adventure needs, including groups and family vacationers to the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Walkway

Visit the Grand Canyon and be sure to check out the Grand Canyon Walkway, popularly known as the Skywalk.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass bottomed viewing platform that extends 70 feet out from the edge of the Grand Canyon, providing the visitor with jaw-dropping unobstructed views of the Canyon and the Colorado River almost a mile below.

Stand at the outer edge of the C-shaped Grand Canyon Skywalk walkway and you are standing directly above the Grand Canyon; there’s simply no better way to experience the majesty of this naturally carved mile-deep gorge.

There’s even a guided Grand Canyon walkway tour that is part of many all-inclusive Grand Canyon vacation packages. Photos and video are not permitted on the Skywalk but tourists can purchase Skywalk postcards and snapshots separately. Check out the many different Grand Canyon package tours available to find a vacation tour that suits your needs and budget.

Grand Canyon Aerial Vacations

A breathtaking and unique experience (and perhaps the most amazing way to view the Grand Canyon) is to get a “bird’s eye” view of the Grand Canyon by taking an escorted aerial ride on a helicopter or airplane.

This is truly an amazing experience…to be able to see the whole expanse of the Grand Canyon on an aerial ride accompanied by a well-versed tour guide. Grand Canyon aerial vacation tours allow tourists to see more of the inaccessible areas that could not be reached or experienced in any other way.

Alternative Grand Canyon Vacation Packages

River Rafting Packages – Another unique way to tour the Grand Canyon is to take one of the many fully guided Grand Canyon river rafting vacation packages. These river rafting trips are available in varying degrees of difficulty and conducted by expert river rafting guides. Some river rafting vacation packages take you down the Colorado River on motorized boats. There’s also the paddled river rafting trip that provides thrill seekers with a thorough workout as well as an amazing sightseeing adventure.

Hiking the Grand Canyon – Some Grand Canyon vacation packages also include hiking trails and tours custom-designed to suit hikers of all ages and skill levels. There are easy, medium, and difficult adventure hiking trails that the tourist can choose from.

Caravan Grand Canyon Vacation Packages

Escorted Grand Canyon bus tours are included in many Grand Canyon vacation packages, which is another refreshing way to explore the grandeur of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

Caravan Grand Canyon bus tours include skilled and well-versed tour guides who offer narration and commentaries during the whole bus trip, to give vacationers a good overview of the history and geology of this National Park. Caravan tour buses all have state-of-the-art facilities and amenities including air-conditioning and full on-board rest rooms, and the tour includes photo opportunities at special sites throughout Grand Canyon Park.

Enjoy all-inclusive, fully guided Grand Canyon Vacation Packages by Caravan Tours that include visits to SedonaBryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.

Caravan’s current Grand Canyon tour itinerary includes 2 nights stay at the Grand Canyon Park Thunderbird, Kachina, or Maswik North Lodge. This vacation package also includes a full day for you to explore the Grand Canyon at your leisure and according to your interests.

Be sure to read fellow travelers’ reviews of the Grand Canyon with Caravan Tours.

Grand Canyon vacation package tours always book up quickly! Call Caravan Tours toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to check availability or book your spot today!

Explore the many unique Sedona Arizona landmarks that attract visitors looking for a unique, relaxed, and yet very interesting USA town.

Although not as touristy as many other places in Arizona, Sedona still has its fair share of attractions that bring in visitors each year.

The area is famous for its red rock formations, one of the Sedona Arizona landmarks that most tourists come to see. The red sandstone hills of the area offer spectacular surroundings providing a unique backdrop for all kinds of Sedona activities.

Many visitors come to Sedona for the outdoor activities including mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking along the hundreds of trails that meander through the sandstone cliffs. Others come for more esoteric pursuits such as exploring the many unique Sedona Arizona landmarks like Bell Rock Vortex.

1. Bell Rock Vortex

Sedona is reputed to be the home of a number of electromagnetic fields or centers, the most notable of which is the Bell Rock Vortex. Many believe that the energy emitted by the “funnel shaped” vortex has the ability to affect us positively. In fact, Sedona is home to a growing “new age” community that regards Sedona as a spiritual power center where the spiritual and the metaphysical can unite. There is also a large artist colony in Sedona AZ.

2. Oak Creek Canyon

Nature is the main attraction, which is evident in the Oak Creek Canyon and the Red Rock Country near the town of Sedona. This is one of the great Sedona Arizona landmarks for any visitor who is travelling from Sedona to Flagstaff, and on to the Grand Canyon National Park.

Oak Creek Canyon is located along one of the most scenic routes in the entire state of Arizona. The meandering road through the deep canyons and rock formations is an admirable feat of engineering. The Oak Creek is found in the depths of the canyon. There are plenty of accommodations in the area for tourists who wish to stay and enjoy numerous activities on either side of the Oak Creek Canyon floor.

3. Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is the result of a passionate artist who wanted to sculpt a church while paying homage to architecture, art and nature. The heiress, Marguerite Staude, pulled out all the stops and dedicated her life to building this arts chapel. The combination of art and nature took a year and half to build and is a true blend, full of harmony. The interior is quite unique in that nature has been incorporated as a part of the architecture of the entire structure. A gift shop completes the picture.

4. Tlaquepaque

This is a village built for the artist community. Tlaquepaque is styled after a Spanish colonial town that is woven into the Sycamore trees that dot the landscape. The antique look of the village is heightened due to the fact that traditional methods were used in its construction, giving this exciting and vibrant village a beauty all of its own. Restaurants, shops, and galleries, as well as farmers’ markets and festivals abound in this village with December being the best time to visit.

Other Sedona Arizona Landmarks and Attractions

Sedona Arizona is a haven for the arts and visitors here can visit the many galleries, as well as the Sedona Heritage Museum, to get a feel of the place. There are many galleries where a visitor is able to purchase anything from arts and crafts to jewelry. Shoppers are well catered to in Sedona with a variety of goods originating from the region.

In addition to these art related activities, hiking, mountain biking, and swimming at popular swimming holes, plus jeep tours and horseback riding are also offered for the more energetic and younger crowd.

Rainbow Trout Farm is a place where people can enjoy a spot of fishing while those with relaxation in mind can head to one of the spas in Sedona that offer therapy on the rocks.

Golfing is also available for enthusiasts while other visitors can choose from many types of available tours including trolley tours, stagecoach tours, helicopter tours, and airplane tours. Native American tours also make for an enjoyable and interesting day trip.

There is no better place than Sedona Arizona to have a relaxing holiday that allows guests to keep in touch with nature in all its beauty and diversity.

Visit Sedona AZ with Caravan Tours

Caravan’s current Grand Canyon Tours include an afternoon in Sedona Arizona while on their way to the Grand Canyon.

These 8-day all-inclusive travel packages also include visits to Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

For more information about Sedona AZ, check our Caravan’s Grand Canyon reviews and FAQs or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to check availability and reserve your spot today.

The 1.2 million acre Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s earliest national parks and was established in February of 1919.

There are very few places on earth that are as profound or can evoke such feelings of awe and wonderment like the Grand Canyon in Arizona does. Whether you are first time visitor or a returning enthusiast, the vastness and the unique landscape of Grand Canyon Park will simply engulf you.

Onlookers to Grand Canyon National Park are held spellbound by the sheer size of the Grand Canyon plus its immeasurable beauty and haunting vistas. The views from the Grand Canyon’s south rim, west rim, and north rim are overwhelming and can easily make you feel rather insignificant.

In this article we will explore more about Grand Canyon National Park, including how the Canyon came to be, popular activities at the Grand Canyon, and your tour options.

Grand Canyon Formation

Formation of the Grand Canyon began many a millennia ago as the powerful Colorado River waters carved a path for itself through the Colorado Plateau, exposing beautifully preserved layers of ancient rock and sediment dating back over two billion years.

The elevation of the north rim of Grand Canyon is approximately 8,000 feet above sea level. The north rim also gets much more annual precipitation and snow. The resulting runoff feeds into the Colorado River that cuts a swath through Grand Canyon for nearly 280 miles.

In places, the Colorado River has carved out the Grand Canyon walls greater than a mile deep. The width of Grand Canyon is also impressive, ranging between four to eighteen miles wide in places.

Grand Canyon National Park was first protected as a Forest Reserve back in 1893 but received its full Park designation in 1919. Today, more than five million visitors from around the globe visit Grand Canyon Park.

The Grand Canyon is fairly arid and the rock formations and sand dunes combined with the different lighting during different times of the day reveal the intricacies of landscapes woven in the warmest of pastel colors and greys. Visitors are as enthralled by Grand Canyon sunsets as they are mesmerized by Grand Canyon sunrises.

Accessing the Grand Canyon

The entrance to Grand Canyon National Park is near the park headquarters on the south rim. This is the most commonly used access point for most Grand Canyon tours since it has the most popular views from the south rim of the canyon. Visitors to the south rim of Grand Canyon can view the Colorado River from the many viewpoints as it meanders one mile below.

Mornings at Grand Canyon National Park can start off with some of the best sunrises that you may ever witness. The days here are taken up by sightseeing from the many lookout points reserved for visitors. There are also free shuttle buses that operate within Grand Canyon Park that are ideal for visiting the West Rim and places such as Hermit’s Rest Lookout.

Grand Canyon Tour Options

There are many escorted Grand Canyon Tours available to help you make the most out of your visit to the Grand Canyon. If you plan on doing a self-guided tour you should plan your route and cover as many interesting places in the park as possible. The best way to enjoy the many tourist opportunities offered is by staying at the Grand Canyon lodge or camping for a few days inside the park.

Grand Canyon Activities

Visitors can hike on the bright Angel Trail or along the many trails on the Grand Canyon rim. There are many historic buildings within the Grand Canyon Park that should not be missed. To get the most out of your visit it is best to stay over a couple of days inside the park itself as this will allow ample time for you to enjoy other Grand Canyon activities such as white-water rafting, mountain biking, boating, camping, and helicopter sightseeing.

Visitors involved in Grand Canyon activities must be fully aware that the Grand Canyon can experience extreme inhospitable conditions. Heat exhaustion is a common occurrence and the challenging trails should be tackled with due care and attention.

Grand Canyon Train & Skywalk

One of the best ways to experience Grand Canyon National Park and all the fantastic vistas it offers is to take the 90-minute train ride that traverses through 24 miles of the canyon.

Another unique way to view the canyon is by the Grand Canyon Skywalk located on the Hualapai tribal land. The skywalk is a glass-bottomed structure that juts out over the canyon allowing visitors to walk 70 feet past the cliff edge. This is something that is sure to take your breath away.

Grand Canyon helicopter rides are also very popular allowing tourists to explore Grand Canyon National Park by air plus other points of interest like Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Valley of Fire, and the Bowl of Fire.

Tour the Grand Canyon with Caravan Tours

Current Grand Canyon vacations include visits to the Grand Canyon’s south rim and north rim, as well as a full day to explore the breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon in whatever way you choose.

This Caravan tour is a fully escorted, all-inclusive 8-day package tour that also includes visits to Sedona, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, all at one exceptionally low price.

Visit Caravan’s Grand Canyon Tour Reviews page to read what others have to say or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to check availability and reserve your spot today.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon Utah.

Visiting Bryce Canyon Park in Utah brings you to one of those landscapes that defy description and speaks to the soul of the onlooker. It’s a place like no other with its spellbinding views of the most colorful and scenic rock formations found anywhere.

Bryce Canyon National Park, consisting of nearly 37,300 acres, is a desert wonderland with its own diverse fauna and flora. Human intervention at Bryce Canyon Park has remained at a minimum due to the canyon’s lack of water.

In this Caravan blog article we will explore the history of Bryce Canyon’s intricate valley landscape as well as the animals, the climate you may encounter while visiting, and things to do in Bryce Canyon Utah.

Bryce Canyon Utah History

What is so unique about the Bryce Canyon landscape?

The formation of Bryce Canyon is a geological wonder. Spires and unique pinnacle rock formations have drawn tourists from all over the world since the early 1900’s.

Early pioneers, who settled around the Paunsaugunt Plateau rim just above Bryce’s Canyon, were the first settlers to discover the spires and pinnacles. The spires, which rise up from the ground, are also known as ‘hoodoos’, and were named by the Paiute Indians who inhabited the area long before America’s early settlers.

Christian emissaries who developed many a small community throughout Utah eventually displaced the native Paiute Indians. In fact, Bryce Canyon is named after Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon farmer who settled there in 1875.

The place names of Bryce Canyon however, still reflect the Paiute Indian heritage and include:

  • Paunsaugunt, which means the ‘home of beavers’
  • Paria, which means ‘muddy water of elk water’
  • Yovimpa, which refers to the ‘point of pines’
  • Panguitch, which stands for ‘big fish’

Hoodoos & Spires

A hoodoo is a pillar like rock that has eroded into a fantastic spire type rock formation. Colorful hoodoos seem to cast a spell. They can be exquisitely subtle sometimes, yet amazingly harsh at other times. Over centuries, the Claron limestone, mudstone, and sandstones were continuously eroded revealing a series of horseshoe shaped formations akin to amphitheaters.

The erosion in Bryce Canyon is due to many reasons. Ancient rivers combined with gravelly rushing waters made thin long ridges called ‘fins’. These same fins eroded further to form the spires or hoodoos, which were created due to a combination of rain, melting snow rushes and the expansion of freezing waters within the cracks.

The thawing of spring ice is also credited for leaving behind natural arches, spires, mazes, and what is known today as the Grand Staircase. The “pink cliffs” of these rock formations often turn to a myriad of colors giving way to beautiful and sometimes whimsical landscapes in the morning sun. One of Bryce Canyon’s more popular attractions is Thor’s Hammer, a hoodoo that looks like a hammer.

Activities and Things To Do

There is no shortage of things to do and see in Bryce Canyon Utah and the panorama offers views of three surrounding states.

Hiking Bryce Canyon is always a popular activity, whether it’s backpacking during the day or moonlight hiking.

Other Bryce Canyon activities available to visitors range from camping, horseback riding, learning about the geological formations, and telescope stargazing, which is always popular. Because of its elevation, the air over Bryce Canyon is generally clear and the lack of any light sources makes this the ideal place for looking skyward.

Wildlife and Animals in Bryce Canyon

Wildlife thrives in this rather inhospitable landscape with surprising ease. There is a diverse range of mammals, many of which are now protected. Some were reintroduced to the wild in a bid to stem extinction.

Mountain lions, mule deer, black bear, elk, pronghorn antelope, foxes, and the rodent called the Utah prairie dog all roam the canyon freely. In addition, more than 160 bird species call Bryce Canyon home, making this area a virtual bird watcher’s paradise.

Elevation and Climate

The average temperature for Bryce Canyon Utah from June to August is between 45 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit while winter temperatures from December to February can range between 15 and 39 degrees. Since the elevation of Bryce Canyon ranges from 7,900 ft. to 9,115 ft. above sea level the air here is thinner and loses heat quickly.

The climate in Bryce Canyon can vary significantly and the weather can be rather chilly. Although Bryce Canyon National Park is open all year, discretion is advised and notifications of bad weather should be heeded for the traveler’s own safety.

Bryce Canyon Park is a place where you can savor the best of magical sunrises, although the sunsets may not be that vivid since the western ridge shields the canyon. Bryce Canyon is another one of Mother Nature’s wonders that is our privilege to visit.

All Inclusive Tours by Caravan

For over six decades (since 1952) Caravan Tours has offered all-inclusive tours to destinations across North and Central America.

A visit to Bryce Canyon, located less than 280 miles north of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, is included as part of Caravan’s all-inclusive Grand Canyon Tour. Other great destinations on this 8-day vacation include Lake Powell, Monument Valley, and Zion National Park.

Read FAQs about Grand Canyon vacation packages and then check availability to reserve your spot today or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) and come discover Bryce Canyon in Utah!