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Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

2014 Prices From $4,850 for 10 Days - Tauck World Discovery

Crafted by Tauck and Ken Burns

Dayton Duncan – Perspectives

Author and filmmaker Dayton Duncan on Tauck's ultimate Southwestern and Grand Canyon vacation: "When Ken Burns and I set out to make The National Parks: America's Best Idea for PBS, we were not interested in making a travelogue or a nature film. We wanted to tell the story of an idea – a uniquely American idea – that a nation's most special and sacred sites should be set aside, not for royalty or the rich alone, but for everyone and for all time. In our partnership with Tauck, we chose to craft our first tour around six national parks in the Southwest that evoke the haunting spirit of the desert – the spirit of the nautral beauty and the spirit of the people.

We'll take you behind-the-scenes to tell some of the stories of our days filming in the national parks of the Southwest, and you'll meet several people who helped us along the way. Through them, you'll hear rich stories and learn about the characters and events that shaped the parks – and come away with much more than a gallery of scenic pictures. We hope this trip will lead you to a deeper appreciation of the parks, create a lasting memory, and help you feel for yourself the spirit of these special places."

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  1. Day 1

    An amazing week begins in Grand Junction

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    Day 2

    Arches National Park... sandstone arches, then a float trip on the river

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    Day 3

    The desert from a Navajo perspective... and inspiration at Canyonlands National Park

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    Day 4

    Flying over Capitol Reef National Park and on to Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Day 5

    Bryce Canyon and Zion, plus a talk on "singaways"

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    Day 6

    Striking images on a full day in Zion

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    Day 7

    Pipe Spring National Monument and on to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

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    Day 8

    Today is a day to learn and explore on your Grand Canyon vacation

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    Day 9

    Grand Canyon vacation flightseeing to Las Vegas

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    Day 10

    Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon vacation days conclude

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    *For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

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