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The American Southwest: Essential Canyon Country

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The Operator: Off the Beaten Path

The Highlights: Escape the crowds in America’s iconic desert landscape. Start with a lesson in canyoneering—exploring the slot canyons of Utah’s Zion National Park by foot and rope—followed by a stay at the new Amangiri, near Lake Powell, in Utah. A three-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon includes hikes and gourmet food. Next, ascend for a rim-side dinner and visit remote Havasu Canyon. A night at the Aria Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, caps off the trip. April–October; from $4,495 for 11 days. —Peter Frank

Best Life-Changing Trips 2010

The American Southwest: Essential Canyon Country

The Operator: Off the Beaten Path

The Highlights: Escape the crowds in America’s iconic desert landscape. Start with a lesson in canyoneering—exploring the slot canyons of Utah’s Zion National Park by foot and rope—followed by a stay at the new Amangiri, near Lake Powell, in Utah. A three-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon includes hikes and gourmet food. Next, ascend for a rim-side dinner and visit remote Havasu Canyon. A night at the Aria Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, caps off the trip. April–October; from $4,495 for 11 days. —Peter Frank

Courtesy of Off the Beaten Path

Best Life-Changing Trips 2010

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