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Just back from Grand Circle Tour

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A wonderful trip and lots of great tips from this forum as usual. We had 16 days. Flew into Las Vegas drove straight to St. George Utah. Snow Canyon State park trails and Painted Pony great restaurant. Nice art museum to escape afternoon heat. On to Zion...stayed 2 nights in the park. The National Park Pass was useful for getting in and out of the park without waiting in long lines (you have to show it each time you re-enter). On to Bryce and again in the park for 3 nights. You don't need "tips" for the parks...everything is well described and beautiful. You can't miss! On to to Torrey and Capitol Reef with stops along the way at vistas and short hikes. The drive itself was gorgeous and we stopped at a slot canyon on the "Burr Trail" that was amazing. Part of the ride goes through Escalante with great pull offs. Stayed at SkyRidge Bed and Breakfast 2 nights which is 3 miles from the Reef entrance and has wonderful views from every room. Diablo Restaurant was delicious. Hikes in the Reef everyday. On to Moab and Arches via route 128 along the Colorado River (alternative route). Takes a little longer but it was nice to drive along the river. I fell in love with Moab. So much to do...rafting, hiking, views, eating, winery, film sets and museums. Dream Keepers Inn (3 nights) was great..had a pool which we needed as it was 106! Sill managed the delicate arch hike and all the others. Again..you can't go wrong no matter what hikes or walks you pick! We did several and each was unique and beautiful. We also went to Canyonlands and Dead Horse state park Center Street Cafe (not on Center Street) exceptional. On to Page with stops at Natural Bridges and Monument Valley. We also stopped at Gouldings (another movie museum) which was actually really fun. We drove thru Mexican Hat on a treacherous...but pretty cool road where at point you go 5 miles an hour! (This is the "scenic" route to Mexican Hat! Page is s pretty dumpy town after Moab but Lake Powell was like a movie set. (Actually it was a movie set...Planet of the Apes). If you need a WalMart or any chain resturant, Page is your place. But Lake Powell is almost all Houseboats and only one resort hotel (soon to be 2) Stayed at Dream Katchers (2 nights)...but this is their last season. Too bad because there is much else! We did the 3 -hour boat tour which goes into some of the canyons and gives you a nice tour. We also toured Glen Canyon Dam (which I recommend over Hoover). A big storm was coming in and there were only 5 people on the tour so that made it fun. Write me off line if you need more [email protected]

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