• Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

    9 Must-Do Experiences in Bryce, Grand Canyon, & Zion

    Three of America’s most spectacular—and coolest—national parks without a single are-we-there-yet moment? You can do it on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><u>Family </u></a>or <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank">Multisport</a></u> trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a>. We take care of all of the logistics. Mountain bikes? Check. Mule rides into Bryce Canyon? Check. Timing visits perfectly to canyon rims for sunset, hiking through waterfalls, and great inns with swimming pools? Absolutely! So without further ado, here are 9 of the best experiences in Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion - all of which will echo in your memory for years to come.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">#1 Sunset at the Grand Canyon (North Rim)</a></b><br>A short walk to a vista point overlooking <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Roaring Springs, Bright Angel Canyon and the South Rim</a> at sunset is epic! Not only are the colors majestic, but you&#39;ll also have the chance to do some awesome birding. Swifts and swallows can often be seen along cliff faces, and, with luck, you may even see a bald eagle. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BwT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">#2 </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Sunrise at the Grand Canyon</a></b><br>A memorable sunrise walk along the rim of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> allows early risers to enjoy the vibrant colors that reflect off the canyon walls. Our personal favorite trail is the Transept Trail, which follows the canyon&#39;s rim through quaking aspens and ponderosa pines.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BwY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Mule Ride into Bryce Canyon</a></b><br>Experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon on mule back</a> along a trail that offers a spectacular viewpoint, where it&#39;s possible to see over 120 miles! On <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys&#39; Bryce adventure</a>, you&#39;ll have many photo opportunities at several vistas, including a favorite natural bridge, which isn&#39;t a bridge at all, but rather a picturesque red rock arch.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Boy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#4 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Amphitheater at Sunrise</a></b><br>Take a sunrise walk along a portion of the Rim Trail overlooking the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"> Bryce Amphitheater</a>. Bask in the views of the cliff walls and rock formations as they come to life with vibrant gold colors while the sun rises in the distance. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bp3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park</a></b><br>Stroll through Arizona&#39;s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to see stunning, coral-colored dune fields surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and juniper forests. After the walk, if you&#39;re feeling adventurous, you must take advantage of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">sand surfing down the dunes</a>! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Boo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#6 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Riverside Walk Past Gardens of Wildflowers</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion National Park </a>is characterized by a range of colorful canyons, sandstone cliffs, rocky deserts, and cool forested plateaus. Take a stroll along the river, where you&#39;ll enjoy beautiful hanging gardens of wildflowers in the spring and summer, and vibrant foliage in the fall months.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BpX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Explore Zion&#39;s Emerald Pools</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Emerald Pools is a Zion classic</a>: an oasis in the middle of the desert. The walk is a collection of short trails that meander past a small, lushly-vegetated stream that rolls down from the cliffs and forms several breathtaking pools.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BpD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><b>#8 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bike Through Zion</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion National Park</a> is characterized by a range of colorful canyons, sandstone cliffs, rocky deserts and cool forested plateaus. Take a bike ride in the park, which is one of the most bikefriendly national parks in the country. Explore the Par’us Trail, which comes from the Paiute word meaning “bubbling, tumbling water.” This relaxing path winds along the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"> Virgin River</a> and is ideal for an easy-going ride on flat terrain.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bot" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><b>#9 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Tube Down the Virgin River</a></b><br>Partake in a tubing adventure down <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Zion&#39;s Virgin River</a>! Fun, and highly scenic, tubing is a tremendously popular way to see Zion.<br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bwi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> 

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  • Sunset Over the Grand Canyon

    A Guides Best Kept Secrets to National Parking

    National Parks are beginning to reopen just as we head into the prime time of the year to visit them. Like the closures themselves, the re-openings are happening on a park-by-park basis. Some parks are already open or have announced reopening dates, including Denali in Alaska, Utah parks including Bryce Canyon and Zion, and Grand Canyon. <br><br>Glacier Park superintendent Jeff Mow, working from his home in Whitefish, sends some words of wisdom from 20 years in the parks, <i>“Most visitors get really focused on standing in that one spot, or you know there’s that photo they saw on social media and they said, &#39;I really haven’t been to Glacier until I take that exact same photo with my own phone.&#39; And we literally see people lined up in a line just to sort of stand in this one spot for that same photo. I’d like people to think more broadly about how they visit.”</i><br><br>With Mow’s words of wisdom ringing in our ears, we asked our expert local guides to share with us the secrets to getting the most out of the parks once you are there in person.<br><br>So there you are in your first slot <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">canyon</a>. Whorled walls of stone twist up to a narrow sliver of sky. Except for a burble of sandstone-red water, it’s totally quiet. Just ahead, a young woman has stopped, head bowed. You don’t want to interrupt so you sidle past quietly. And you can’t help but notice that she’s praying … to her smartphone. Specifically, to the guidebook she downloaded to figure out what she’s seeing.<br><br>For too many visitors, that’s how <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">national park</a> visits work — plenty of awe, and an awful lot of head scratching. Of course, the National Park Service offers excellent visitor centers, but they take you inside to learn about the great outdoors. Park rangers are amazing sources of information, but they’re stretched to the max by shrinking budgets and the tourists who arrive without a plan or a clue about what to do. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group riding mules in the Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATOd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9ml" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You, on the other hand, can take your time, go deeper than the crowded lookout points, and get an intensely personal take on these national treasures in the company of the experienced<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"> local guide on your Classic Journey</a>. Our friend Marcia, who’s been a professional guide for 15+ years, says it just right. “I like to help you get a little outside your usual comfort zone and have a blast.”  She adds an observation that we’ve seen over 20 years of exploring in the national parks: “80% of visitors drop out in the first 20 minutes of a hike. So leaving the crowds behind really contributes to the sense of discovery and fun.”<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>“Ask questions until you’re hoarse.”</b></a><br>Because you’ll be part of a small group of no more than 18 travelers, your guide has plentiful time to satisfy your curiosity — whatever form it takes. How tall were the Puebloans? Are those layers of stone slanting up or down? How do trees survive flash floods? Is the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> still getting deeper? You get answers that help you understand what you’re seeing, as you see it.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATOd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7zT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>“Avoid erosion overload.”</b></a><br>It’s no joke! You’ll see countless kinds of outlandish rock formations. But where do you look first? In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon</a>, there are hundreds of hoodoos, those pillars of crimson stone. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion’s slot canyons</a> branch and curve out of sight. Every view of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> is, well, grander than the last one. Many overwhelmed visitors call it a day without realizing what they’ve missed. An informed guide brings it all down to size and makes sure you see the crème de la crème sights with an elegant efficiency.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATOd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7zY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>“Commune with the neighbors.”</b></a><br>With so much focus on the geology, it’s easy to overlook the fact that human habitation in these parts dates back about 12,000 years. Your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys guide</a> makes certain you learn about the Ancestral Puebloans and visit their ruins. You’ll also meet the couple that maintains the home of Maynard Dixon, one of the region’s leading artists. They have lunch ready just as you arrive. And a local cowboy musician tunes up his guitar for the evening, right after he’s done tending his mules.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Puebloans Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATOd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fBdN" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>“Stay comfortable.”</b></a><br>The premier accommodations in these parts are already booked up far in advance, but you don’t have to worry. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> reserves these coveted spaces one to two years in advance, so you’ll stay at the classic park lodges that most visitors only get to peek into. You’ll also love the Desert Pearl Inn, a scenic and super-civilized resort set on the banks of the Virgin River at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion</a>. And your guide takes your comfort to an even higher level by timing walks carefully, advising you whether it’s a day to wear shorts or jacket, and making sure you stay hydrated. When you go national parking, it really pays to know the right people!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATOd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7zO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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    Passport to the USA: How to keep exploring virtually

    Welcome to our new Passport to the World series!<br> <br>While we may not be able to physically travel right now, we can still be dreaming of our next trips, exploring from our living rooms and using technology to interact and share with our loved ones.  <br> <br>So, we’ve rounded up some digital inspiration for you to explore the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/usa/" target="_blank">best of the USA</a> in between your home workouts, laundry and Netflix. <br> <br><img alt="Grand Canyon National Park tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPG6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> <br><b>Virtual Tours of National Parks</b><br> <br>If you’re like us, you may have already binge watched (and then rewatched) your favorite tv shows, played all the games you own and deep cleaned your home until it sparkled. So if you’re getting desperate for more ways to keep entertained, enter Google Earth to the rescue! You can now take <a href="https://earth.google.com/web/@2.45133915,-98.61144059,-5192.98031784a,27413757.13498593d,35y,-0h,0t,0r/data=Ci0SKxIgMzVhNjc1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQiB3ZveV90b2M" target="_blank">360 degree virtual tours of the US’ national parks</a> right from home, and we promise it’s a great way to utilize a whole bunch of time in a fun and enriching way.<br> <br><img alt="Google Earth Screen Shot how to tour national parks online" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPGa" style="height: 245px; width: 500px;"></img><br> <br>The interactive display includes Classic Journeys favorites like <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalpark/" target="_blank">Glacier National Park</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion</a> National Parks, as well as many others well worth exploring virtually, including Channel Islands National Park in California, Everglades National Park in Florida, and Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. <br> <br><img alt="Zion National Park Tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPG1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> <br>Highlights of the tours include the Mars-like rocky desert landscape and cacti of Joshua Tree National Park and the magnificent erupting Old Faithful geysers of Yellowstone National Park.<br> <br>You’ll find yourself watching the incredible waterfalls of Yosemite National Park as they rush over the mountainsides from heights of upwards of 2,425 feet - even if you’re only standing in your kitchen in your socks. <br> <br>Or, take a virtual morning walk through the towering old growth redwoods of Sequoia National Park - before you even get out of bed. Consider it your daily dose of nature while under quarantine.<br> <br>Happy exploring!<br> <br><b>#SubParParks Posters</b><br> <br>Once you’ve digitally explored Google Earth for yourself, you may be surprised to learn that anyone would leave a <a href="https://imgur.com/a/bwsrB" target="_blank">one star Yelp review of national parks</a>. Yet, here we are.<br> <br>Luckily, artist Amber Shares has taken those one star reviews and created <a href="https://www.instagram.com/subparparks/?hl=en" target="_blank">#SubParParks</a>.<br> <br>Inspired by the iconic Depression-era posters commissioned by the WPA to promote the USA’s national parks, Shares overlays the hilarious comments in the recognizable style for a fun spin on a classic. <br> <br>We’ve shared a few here for your amusement.<br> <br><img alt="Subpar Parks by Amber Share Brycec Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPEz" style="height: 631px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="Subpar Parks by Amber Share No Cell Service No Wifi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPFN" style="height: 623px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="Subpar Parks by Amber Share Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPFc" style="height: 621px; width: 500px;"></img><br> <br><br><b>National Parks Zoom Travel Backgrounds</b><br> <br>Zoom, Facetime and other video conferencing tools have been a lifeline for many companies that have had to adjust to working remotely. (the Classic Journeys team included.)<br> <br>Beyond working from home, many are using video as a way to simply hang out - whether a virtual happy hour with friends, a Mother’s Day video brunch with the family or an online face-to-face chat with your relatives near or far.<br> <br>So, to make your video chats a bit more fun and continue your armchair travels, we’ve developed some Zoom travel backgrounds of US national parks for you!<br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/us-national-parks-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Classic Journeys Zoom Virtual Background" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPGB" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br>Here’s how to change your background in Zoom:<br>  <div style="margin-left: 40px;">1. Right click on any of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/us-national-parks-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank">images we’ve created here </a>and select “Save As” to save to your desktop.<br><br>2. Once you’re video chatting in <a href="https://zoom.us/" target="_blank">Zoom</a> (make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version), select the small arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button on the bottom control bar.<br><br>3. Click on “Choose Virtual Background,” select the “+” button, and upload the background image of your choice from your desktop. Un-check the “Mirror Video” button.</div> <br>And suddenly find yourself against the stunning backdrop of the Grand Canyon, before the granite monoliths of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park or amongst the pine forests of Rocky Mountain National Park.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/us-national-parks-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Zoom Virtual Background by Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ePUC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sPHn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>More in our <i>Passport To The World</i> series: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-morocco-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-new-zealand-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-canada-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">Canada</a></b>

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