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BEGINS IN: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

On the Road: Exploring Arizona’s Landscapes from Phoenix to Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon

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Program #1052RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Most sites 4,000-7000 ft; those with heart/lung problems -check with physician before attending.

Itinerary for Apr 6 — Apr 14, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, April 06 - Arrival & Registration/Introductions & Orientatio...
Afternoon: On-site registration from 4:30 - 5:15 P.M.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered on-site at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrées will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrée examples include:Chicken w/Provencial Herbs; Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells; Creole Cornbread Catfish Filets. Entrées include soup or salad, steamed seasonal vegetables, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Your coordinator will lead the program orientation session with questions and answers, followed by participant introductions.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, April 07 - Desert Botanical Garden/Heard Museum/Arizona Land...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort. Choices could include; Scrambled eggs, French toast, fresh breads, sliced fruit, coffee, juice, etc.

Morning: After breakfast, tour the Desert Botanical Garden. Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.

Lunch: Enjoy a sandwich lunch on the outdoor terrace at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Afternoon: Travel to central Phoenix to tour the Heard Museum, home of one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American artifacts, arts and crafts in the world. Go on a docent-led tour of the collections and admire the architecture and statuary in the gardens.The mission of the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is to educate the public about the heritage and living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered in the Conference Center on-site at the Cottonwoods Resort.

Evening: Presentation/overview of Arizona landscapes. Your coordinator will provide an overview of the geology, plant and animal life, archaeology and history of the areas you'll be touring, and how they all relate to each other, preparing you for what you'll be seeing in depth for the rest of the program.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Retreat style setting. Beautifully wooded grounds seclude the facility in a flat setting between the hills of historic Prescott AZ, with its ideal mile-high climate. Downtown is only two miles away.

Contact info:
1131 County Club Dr
Prescott, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 877-445-3499
web: www.chapelrock.net

Room amenities: Private bath, private deck or patio for each room, views of forest and nearby rock outcroppings from each room. No TV, radio or in-room phone. In the same building is a central meeting area with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, sitting area and fireplace. Linens and soap in each room; central area has supply of shampoo and some toiletries.

Facility amenities: On site cafeteria, patios, forest views all around, outdoor rock fireplaces, free wireless internet access throughout the facility. Handicapped ramps throughout the facility. Free on-site parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Monday, April 08 - Taliesen West, Arcosanti, and Prescott.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort. Choices could include; Scrambled eggs, French toast, fresh breads, sliced fruit, coffee, juice, etc.

Morning: After breakfast we check out of our rooms, load the vehicle, and embark on a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s western studio and home, Taliesen West. Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site allows visitors to experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Wright welcomed and embraced the social and technological changes made possible by the Industrial Revolution and enthusiastically initiated his own architectural revolution. Inspired by the democratic spirit of America and the opportunities it afforded, he set out to design buildings worthy of such a democracy. Dismissing the masquerade of imported, historic European styles most Americans favored, his goal was to create an architecture that addressed the individual physical, social, and spiritual needs of the modern American citizen. To Wright, architecture was not just about buildings, it was about nourishing the lives of those sheltered within them. What were needed were environments to inspire and offer repose to the inhabitants. He called his architecture “organic” and described it as that “great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man and his circumstances as they both change.” Then journey north and watch the plant communities change as we move from the Basin and Range region to the central highlands and transition zone.

Lunch: Lunch buffet at Arcosanti.

Afternoon: After lunch we tour Arcosanti. In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Arcosanti is designed according to the concept of arcology (architecture ecology), developed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. In late afternoon we check into the beautiful grounds of the Chapel Rock Conference Center.

Dinner: Dinner at Chapel Rock.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a presentation on Arizona’s territorial history by Melissa Ruffner.

Lodging: Chapel Rock Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Location less than a mile from the Oak Creek Country Club. The surrounding area is located on the escarpment where the Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert. Over thousands of years, Oak Creek has carved a red rock paradise which surrounds the property.

Contact info:
6176 Hwy 179
Sedona, AR 86336 USA
phone: 928-284-0711
web: www.lq.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, alarm clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, dataport phones, iron w/ board.

Facility amenities: This facility offers 103 guest rooms on two floors. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub, free local calls, free USA Today, complimentary continental breakfast.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Tuesday, April 09 - Sharlot Hall Museum/Historic Courthouse Square Pr...
Sharlot Hall Museum/Historic Courthouse Square Prescott/ Montezuma Castle National Monument

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Chapel Rock Conference Center.

Morning: Visit the Sharlot Hall Museum for a look at Arizona’s territorial history. Enjoy a walking tour of the Museum’s many historic structures including Arizona's original governor's "mansion" of rough-hewn logs, constructed in 1864. Learn about the pioneer characters that settled here in the early days of the Arizona territory and made Prescott the first hub of civility in Northern Arizona. The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, and is dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history. Founded by territorial historian and poet Sharlot M. Hall in 1928, the Museum today explores a rich diversity of Arizona’s heritage. Participants will have time to stroll Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row and Courthouse Square with turn its of the 20th century architecture and small town ambience.

Lunch: Lunch at a local Prescott downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Following lunch, depart for historic Jerome. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Jerome is now a bustling tourist magnet and artistic community with a population of about 450. It includes a modicum of artists, craft people, musicians, writers, hermits, bed and breakfast owners, museum caretakers, gift shop proprietors and fallen-down-building landlords. Continue this afternoon with a visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Castle is a 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 900 years ago by the pre-historic Sinagua people. Then enter Sedona’s red rock beauty.

Dinner: Dinner at Red Stone Restaurant at the Oak Creek Country Club or another local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, a free evening to rest from our long day of adventures and sight seeing.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn, Sedona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Location less than a mile from the Oak Creek Country Club. The surrounding area is located on the escarpment where the Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert. Over thousands of years, Oak Creek has carved a red rock paradise which surrounds the property.

Contact info:
6176 Hwy 179
Sedona, AR 86336 USA
phone: 928-284-0711
web: www.lq.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, alarm clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, dataport phones, iron w/ board.

Facility amenities: This facility offers 103 guest rooms on two floors. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub, free local calls, free USA Today, complimentary continental breakfast.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, April 10 - Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/Walnu...
Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/Walnut Canyon National Monument/Southwest Flora & Fauna /Presentation on Hopi Culture

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel could include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, pastries, bagels, cereal, muffins, juice, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a Hopi Indian presenter who will discuss Hopi customs and traditions. The Hopi, descendents of the Grand Canyon's Ancestral Puebloans, live on ancient mesa villages northeast of Sedona.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Sedona.

Afternoon: After lunch, This afternoon, depart for Red Rock Crossing along Oak Creek and other scenic spots in Sedona. We have some free time in the afternoon to hike or explore Sedona's galleries and shops. Convenient hikes include the Bell Rock Trail. Optional visits to uptown Sedona, and Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque is modeled after a village of the same name in Guadalajara. Tlaquepaque means "Place above Clay Land," and the area is known for its pottery and blown glass.Tlaquepaque, a Sedona landmark since the 1970s, with its vine-covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways give you the feeling that it has been here for centuries.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, a presentation on the flora and fauna of the Southwest or another topic of interest.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn, Sedona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, April 11 - Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/Walnu...
Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/Walnut Canyon National Monument

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, travel one of Arizona's most scenic highways through the steep, rock-walled cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The museum includes an extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts from the Colorado Plateau.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, tour the cliff dwellings and beautiful canyon at Walnut Canyon National Monument, home to the ancient Sinagua culture, ancestors of Puebloan peoples. The setting differs dramatically from that at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Here, visitors are able to walk into some of the remaining cliff dwellings deep in this sinuous canyon and observe the differences in vegetation along the walk. The monument has a small museum and rim walks for those who do not wish to descend the 240 stairs to the Island Trail -- 0.9 mile loop.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: In preparation for the Grand Canyon, learn about the geological forces which have shaped the Grand Canyon over the last 2 billion years, its layer cake of stone, and the relentless carving of the Colorado River.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Set in the pinon pines in Grand Canyon Village and 1/4 mile from the Rim, the Yavapai Lodge is convenient to all the South Rim has to offer. Pick up points for South Rim shuttles are on property.

Contact info:
South Grand Canyon Village South Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: TV, phone, one or two queen beds, full bath.

Facility amenities: Full service cafeteria, gift shop, post office and grocery store adjacent. One half mile to commercial laundromat. Trailheads for hiking on and near the property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $85.00 - $125.00
Room rates vary with season - check with the lodge for the rates which would apply for your schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Friday, April 12 - Grand Canyon National Park
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Board our vehicle for the scenic drive to the Grand Canyon. We drive past the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater, named by John Wesley Powell because of its deep red hues, on our way to lunch at Cameron Trading Post situated in the southwestern corner of the vast Navajo Nation.

Lunch: Lunch at Cameron Trading Post restaurant.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, the motorcoach climbs up the Coconino Plateau to the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. At Desert View overlook, enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim's Walhalla Plateau, the palisades of the desert, and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with its lavishly painted interior by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. Then you'll continue your way along the South Rim with its huge, unforgettable views. As you pass several vista points leading to Grand Canyon Village, your guide will point out significant canyon features and introduce the group to the canyon's story.

Dinner: Dinner at the Cafe of one of the Grand Canyon lodges.

Evening: After dinner, optional National Park Service ranger presentation at the Shrine of the Ages auditorium.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Set in the pinon pines in Grand Canyon Village and 1/4 mile from the Rim, the Yavapai Lodge is convenient to all the South Rim has to offer. Pick up points for South Rim shuttles are on property.

Contact info:
South Grand Canyon Village South Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: TV, phone, one or two queen beds, full bath.

Facility amenities: Full service cafeteria, gift shop, post office and grocery store adjacent. One half mile to commercial laundromat. Trailheads for hiking on and near the property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $85.00 - $125.00
Room rates vary with season - check with the lodge for the rates which would apply for your schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Saturday, April 13 - Grand Canyon Village/Celebratory Dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: Option to watch sunrise over the Grand Canyon, then back to the lodge for breakfast. Following breakfast, a presentation on a topic of local interest or enjoy a walking tour of historic Grand Canyon Village. You'll see the historic and newly renovated El Tovar Lodge, perched on the ledge of the Rim, the Kolb studio and art gallery and the many historical buildings, and the geologic fireplace designed by the renowned Mary Jane Colter. After your GC Village tour you may elect to walk a ways down the Bright Angel Trail, or you can take in views of the Grand Canyon from the many vantage points in the village.

Lunch: Lunch at the Grand Canyon lodge cafe..

Afternoon: After lunch, free time to explore Grand Canyon. Try the red line shuttle out to Hermit's Rest to enjoy spectacular views from the South Rim, walk the Geologic Walk of Time out to Yavapai Point, or explore the Village in depth.

Dinner: Celebratory dinner at the Grand Canyon Squire Inn. Choices usually include Slow Roasted Herb Crusted Chicken, South of the Border Combo, Spinach Pasta, and Broiled Salmon.

Evening: After dinner, free evening.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, April 14 - Departures Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast, board bus to return to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix by 1:00 p.m., followed by drop at the starting hotel.

Lunch: Box lunch en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Program ends upon arrival in Phoenix.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Flagstaff, AZPoints of Interest within two hours of Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon NM, Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma’s Castle NM, Tuzigoot NM, Jerome, AZ Ghost Town, San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park.

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