MOVIE COUNTRY TOUR
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You've seen the movie - now see the set. You may or may not have been to Utah, but chances are you've seen Utah on the big screen, television and print magazines all over the world in one of the more than 600 films and TV movies filmed here. Hollywood first discovered Utah in the 1920s when films like Stagecoach were filmed in the southern part of the state. Since then, Utah has been the backdrop for hundreds of films, such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma & Louise, and Mission: Impossible 2. In this tour we will explore where these films were made.
Day 1: ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY
Today, our western adventure begins! Fly into "The Crossroads of the West," Salt Lake City. Next, board our motorcoach for a tour of Salt Lake City's highlight; check into your hotel, then enjoy a special get-acquainted dinner. After dinner, arrive at Temple Square, where we will have a chance to hear the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly rehearsal. Return to hotel.
Day 2: DEAD HORSE POINT/RED CLIFFS
Depart Salt Lake City and travel south along the westernmost face of the Rocky Mountains; this afternoon, arrive at Dead Horse Point State Park. It is here that the opening scenes of Mission Impossible: 2, showing Tom Cruise rock-climbing was filmed. Next make our way towards Moab. The Moab area has been used as the backdrop for scores of western films. Arrive at Red Cliffs Lodge, which sits high on the banks of the Colorado River surrounded by 2000' sheer cliffs. Tonight enjoy an outdoor BBQ Dinner. A special guest speaker with experience in filmmaking will give us the real stories of what it is like to make a movie. Our Movie Country experience continues after dinner with the showing of a classic western that was filmed in the area. John Wayne and popcorn is a perfect way to end the day.
DAY 3: ARCHES/MONUMENT VALLEY
As we explore the area today, we'll see just why so many directors chose to shoot their movies here. Enter Arches National Park for a morning of sightseeing and nature walks. We may recognize some of the scenery from movies such as Indian Jones and the Last Crusade or City Slickers 2. After lunch depart Moab and to the fEdge of the Cedars Ruins & Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of Anasazi artifacts. Then, pass southern Utah's famous Mexican Hat balancing rock and enter the Navajo Nation on our way to Monument Valley, the most filmed area in the entire West. This evening experience an evening of Navajo culture, food and entertainment.
DAY 4: MONUMENT VALLEY/LAKE POWELL
This morning we will meet our Navajo guide and board 4-wheel drive vehicles for a scenic tour of Monument Valley, location for scores of famous western films, television programs and commercials. After time to view the monoliths up close and personal, we'll continue on to beautiful Lake Powell, for a scenic cruise. Then make our way back to Utah and the small town of Kanab, also known as "Little Hollywood." Check into the historic Parry Lodge, where all the stars have stayed. Tonight join our fellow passengers for a western BBQ dinner with entertainment followed by a fun-filled activity where we participate in acting out a good old-fashioned western movie.
DAY 5: BRYCE CANYON/ZION
Depart Kanab and travel to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing. After lunch on own, we're off to see Utah's oldest and most famous national park, Zion National Park. Movies such as Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and the Eiger Sanction were filmed here. We will have the opportunity to explore Zion Canyon, before our overnight stay.
DAY 6: LAS VEGAS
Depart Zion and make a rest stop in St. George. Then enter Nevada and cross the desert on your way to the "Entertainment Capitol of the World," Las Vegas! The rest of the day is free to explore the many shops, attractions, casinos and shows that are Las Vegas.
DAY 7: HOOVER DAM/LAS VEGAS
After a leisurely morning, travel to Hoover Dam for sightseeing of the dam and Lake Mead. Return to Las Vegas and stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Gardens for touring. The rest of the day is free to explore all that Las Vegas has to offer.
DAY 8: HOME
Morning transfers to the airport have been arranged.
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