California Redwoods & Pacific Coast

California Redwoods & Pacific Coast

Explore California and the majestic Pacific Northwest on this eighteen-day adventure! From the Gateway to the West and the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the Giant Redwoods of Northern California. To the beauties of the Pacific Northwest including the magnificent Oregon Coast and the sophistication of Portland, to one of America's most picturesque cities, Seattle, Washington and back across the great plains of Montana and South Dakota. Don't miss this tour! Book Early!

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Explore California and the majestic Pacific Northwest on this eighteen-day adventure! From the Gateway to the West and the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the Giant Redwoods of Northern California. To the beauties of the Pacific Northwest including the magnificent Oregon Coast and the sophistication of Portland, to one of America's most picturesque cities, Seattle, Washington and back across the great plains of Montana and South Dakota. Don't miss this tour! Book Early!

California Redwoods & Pacific Coast

California, Oregon & Washington

West Coast

(Maximum 40 Passengers)

 

 

Included:

* Basic amenities

* 17 nights hotel accommodations

* 17 breakfasts

* 1 lunch

* 10 dinners

* National Parks and Monuments, including:

         - Yosemite National Park

         - Humboldt Redwoods State Park

         - Redwood National Park

         - National Dunes Recreation Area

         - Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

         - Little Big Horn Battlefield

* Guided Tours, including:

         - Salt Lake City, Utah

         - Portland, Oregon

         - Seattle, Washington

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         - Golden Spike Tower

         - Cheyenne Depot Museum

         - Historic Temple Square

         - Bonneville Salt Flats

         - Historic Wendover Airfield

         - California Trail Interpretive Center

         - Yosemite Valley’s Valley Tram Ride

         - Sonoma, California Winery

         - Redwood Country Skunk Train Ride

         - The End of the Trail Museum

         - Dune Buggy Tour

         - International Rose Rest Gardens

         - Bonneville Dam

         - Multnomah Falls

         - Fisherman’s Wharf in Seattle

         - Whale Watching Cruise San Juan Islands

         - Space Needle

         - Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot

         - Wall Drug Store

         - The House on the Rock  

* Driver, Escort and Step-on Guide Gratuities

 

 

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach as we begin our journey west to "The Golden State," California. Tonight, we will overnight in Lexington, Kentucky. A dinner stop will be made en route to Lexington. Dinner is on your own.

Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we travel through Louisville, Kentucky and St. Louis, Missouri to reach our hotel for the night in Columbia, Missouri. A dinner stop will be made en route to Columbia. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 3

After a deluxe continental breakfast, settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive west along Interstate 80 into Nebraska. Following lunch on your own we arrive in Kearney, Nebraska, a gateway to the west on the Platte River where the Oregon and Mormon Trails intersected. Next we travel to North Platte, Nebraska, arriving at our destination the Golden Spike Tower. Ride the elevator to the 7th floor open air observation deck, or the 8th floor enclosed observation deck to experience the sights and sounds of the Union Pacific's Bailey Yard, the largest railroad yard in the world. Named in honor of former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey, the massive yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles. The yard is located in the midst of key east-west and north-south corridors, on the busiest freight rail line in America, making it a critical component of Union Pacific's rail network. After checking into our hotel accommodations in North Platte for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 4

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for "Cowboy Country". Upon our arrival in the capitol city of Cheyenne, Wyoming, we visit the Cheyenne Depot Museum. A national landmark, the museum is housed in the renovated Union Pacific Depot, and is recognized for the significant role it played in the development of the transcontinental railway transportation. Also, the Depot is the last of the grand 19th century depot buildings, and one of the best examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture in the West. Explore the museum's exhibits and interactive displays and you discover the rich history associated with the Cheyenne Depot, and its strategic placement along the railroad's length that made it a crown jewel in the Union Pacific's extensive system. You can experience more history and view the Union Pacific Main Yard from the Coupler addition on the west end of the Depot. Enjoy lunch on your own at a restaurant in the center of downtown Cheyenne. Following lunch, we travel across the plains of Wyoming to Little America, located in the midst of the vast Wyoming prairie for our accommodations for the night. Tonight, we are served a delicious dinner in the hotel's dining room.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we depart for Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon our arrival, we meet our step-on guide and start a city tour that will include Historic Temple Square. Following our tour, we drive across the Salt Flats of the Great Salt Lake and make a stop at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats. Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the curvature of the planet, so barren not even the simplest life forms can exist. The area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. Next we cross the border into Nevada and stop in Wendover for lunch on your own. After lunch we visit the Historic Wendover Airfield. Wendover Field was conceived during the late 1930's, and Congress appropriated funds in 1940 for the acquisition of land for bombing and gunnery ranges. Wendover was selected because of the Great Salt Lake desert with its shimmering salt flats and other vast uninhabited terrain. Now a public airport, Historic Wendover Airfield has a fascinating past, and its on-site museum gives a detailed account of all the iconic events the airfield has been a part of. The Enola Gay, the fateful Boeing B-29 that was used to attack Hiroshima in World War II calls the airfield home. This museum is recommended for anyone who wishes to enlighten themselves with military history of the United States and the world. We continue our drive west along Interstate 80 to Elko, Nevada and the California Trail Interpretive Center, a wonderful museum that honors the early pioneers who embarked on a daring 2,000-mile journey to the West Coast for better lives. Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed covered wagons and hand-pulled carts, and set out for California. The California Trail Center gives you a detailed look into the challenges and tribulations faced by early emigrants on the journey in their words. The Center is adorned with a number of original art displays that include intricately painted murals, delicately-carved sculptures, and replicas of legendary covered wagons. Clothing items and other artifacts used by the pioneers also form a significant part of the museum exhibits. We overnight in Winnemucca, Nevada. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

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Day 6

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we meet our guide and travel across the Nevada desert to the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains. Following a stop for lunch on your own, we make our much-anticipated arrival at Yosemite National Park for touring. Yosemite, the "Jewel of the Sierra", is described as home of the most beautiful streams, the loftiest granite domes, the noblest forests and deepest ice-sculptured canyons in the world. Yosemite will enthrall and delight you! You'll experience the clear air and sunshine first-hand as we drive up and over the Tioga Pass passing through amazing scenic and geologic transitions, with photo-stops along the way. Later we arrive in Yosemite Valley and board the Valley Tram and travel to Yosemite's most famous scenic highlights, including El Capitan, towering 7,569 feet above the Merced River, Yosemite Falls, the second tallest waterfall in the world, Bridal Veil Falls, whose roaring torrents cascade down towering cliffs in lacy grandeur and the geologically-fascinating Half Dome. After spending the day in Yosemite, we will spend the night at a hotel, just outside the park in El Portal, California. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 7

After breakfast, we meet our guide and continue our journey west towards the Pacific Coast and the Bay Area. We arrive in Sonoma, California to visit a local winery for a guided tour, wine tasting and a delicious lunch. Sonoma County's soil and climate are perfect for producing world-class wines. Later, we travel north to our hotel for the night in Ukiah, California. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

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Day 8

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we meet our guide and travel deep into Redwood Country to board the Skunk Train. Enjoy occasional train whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows. Built as a logging railroad, the Skunk line began operating in 1885 as a logical vehicle for moving massive redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills from the rugged backcountry. Steam passenger service was started in 1904, and discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow "Skunk" rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, "You can smell 'em before you can see 'em. Moving at a leisurely pace, the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars - perfect for capturing photographs of this truly exhilarating rail excursion! Following our nostalgic ride, we continue our redwood experience, taking the scenic Avenue of the Giants through Humboldt Redwoods State Park as we travel north. Next we make our way to Eureka, California and our hotel accommodations for the night. Tonight, we are served a delicious dinner, lumber camp style, at the Samoa Cookhouse.

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Day 9

After breakfast, we meet our guide and depart for the high point of our visit to Redwood Country. Our anticipation is over as we enter the Redwood National Park, one of the largest collections of these majestic trees in the world. Our day of sightseeing includes the Trees of Mystery where you will walk among giants! There is nothing quite like being at the foot of a giant redwood to make you feel the shear awe-inspiring and mind-boggling immensity of these trees as you walk along an 8/10ths of a mile groomed interpretive trail. Part of the trail is devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan, America's larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century. Redwood National Park is the home to one of the best Native American History museums in the area. You will have some free time to explore The End of the Trail Museum before we leave the park. Later we say goodbye to the "Giant Redwoods" and California and cross the border into Oregon, "The Beaver State". The beauties of the Pacific Northwest beckon us as we continue our travels along the magnificent Oregon coast, famed as one of the top ten scenic drives in all North America. Enjoy seascapes and rugged hillsides while the roar of the surf casts its spell on you. Later we arrive at our hotel for the night in Coos Bay, Oregon. Tonight, dinner is included.

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Day 10

After breakfast, we meet our guide and depart for a day of sightseeing along the Oregon coast. We begin at the National Dunes Recreation Area, where you will have some time to take photos of some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, followed by an exciting Dune Buggy Tour. The deceptive appearance of these towering dunes will excite and impress you! Next we'll arrive in the seaside town of Lincoln City for some time to explore the local shops and have lunch on your own. Following lunch, we continue north to Portland, the "Rose City" for a city tour that will include a stop at the International Rose Test Gardens. These public gardens were established in 1917 and set above the cityscape of Downtown Portland. The oldest official public rose gardens in the United States they are the only place in North America that can officially issue recognized awards for hybrid roses grown around the world. The best time of the year for viewing is during the summer, when the fragrant blooms begin to appear and continue until frost. Enjoy the sights and scents of the gardens, including its spectacular views of downtown Portland and Mount Hood! Before checking into our hotel accommodations for the next two nights, we conclude our day of touring with some free time to explore and have dinner on your own in downtown Portland.

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Day 11

After breakfast, we meet our guide and travel to Timberline Lodge, nestled on the slopes of Mt. Hood. This National Historic Landmark, built of timber and stone in the 1930's, is a skiing museum, as well as a year-round resort for skiers, hikers, and tourists. Enjoy lunch on your own and some free time for sightseeing. Following lunch, we'll continue on the Mt. Hood Loop to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, where you can see Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood is Oregon's highest peak, dominating the horizon of the forest-covered slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Next we'll visit Bonneville Dam and see its fish locks and ladders. In the spring and fall, large runs of salmon, steelhead and other migratory fish use the ladders to continue upstream and spawn. Before returning to Portland for a tasty dinner at a local restaurant, we stop to see spectacular Multnomah Falls. The fifth largest waterfall in the United States, Multnomah Falls cascades more than 600 feet into the Columbia River Gorge.

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Day 12

After breakfast, we meet our guide and depart for Washington, "The Evergreen State". Upon our arrival in Seattle, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own at Fisherman's Wharf. Following lunch, we continue north to the seaside village of Bellingham for our evening whale watching cruise in the San Juan Islands. Witness the power, energy and majesty of Orca and Humpback whales in their natural environment, take in incredible scenery, and feast on a delicious dinner. The Captain will provide informative and entertaining narration about the history, wildlife and geology of the area while we look for Orca whales, bald eagles, seals, porpoises, sea lions, Humpback whales, Minke whales and more from the outdoor upper deck and along the bow of the boat. After an exciting whale watching adventure, we overnight in Bellingham, Washington.

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Day 13

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we meet our guide and return south to Seattle for a city tour. Highlights of our tour will include Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Seattle Center, sight of the 1962 World's Fair, and a ride up inside the Space Needle. Built in 1962, the Space Needle is a 605-foot observation tower in Seattle, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an iconic building that was, at its completion, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. After our tour, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before we travel to Spokane, site of the 1974 World's Fair, and our overnight accommodation. Tonight, a delicious dinner is included at a local restaurant.

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Day 14

After breakfast, we meet our guide and begin our journey back east. We travel into Idaho, skirting the banks of Lake Coeur D' Alene and then pass through the area known as "The Silver Capital of the World". We arrive in Missoula, Montana at the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot for touring. Visiting the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot is a great way to explore the procedures and operations behind smoke-jumping. We meet an actual Forest Service Smoke-jumper for a guided tour and learn first-hand about the equipment and mechanics that go into fire-fighting. Your tour will also include displays of dioramas, historical photographs, and artifacts relating to the history of firefighting in the Forest Service. Following lunch on your own, we continue eastward across the "Big Sky Country" of Montana. This is real cowboy country! You may see cowboys and sheep herders working stock amidst rolling blankets of seasonal flowers in these high-altitude grasslands as we follow the route taken by Lewis and Clark on their trek to the Pacific Ocean. We conclude our day of touring at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Established in 1850, this 266-acre ranch has been carefully preserved for the purpose of providing an understanding of the frontier cattle era of this nation's western history. Wide open spaces, the hard-working cowboy, his spirited cow pony, and vast herds of cattle are among the strongest symbols of the American West! This afternoon, we travel east to our hotel for the night in Billings, Montana. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

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Day 15

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our guide and depart for a short drive to Little Big Horn Battlefield for touring with a local expert. This monument memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors. Following our tour, we continue traveling east across the great plains of Montana before entering South Dakota. We skirt the Black Hills and enjoy a rest stop in the Town of Wall, home of the world-famous Wall Drug Store. After checking into our hotel accommodations in Oacoma, South Dakota, located on the banks of the Missouri River for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a fun historic stop for motor coach travelers, along Interstate 90.

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Day 16

After a deluxe continental breakfast, settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive across the great plains of South Dakota. After a rest stop in Sioux Falls, we travel across Minnesota and cross the upper Mississippi River into Wisconsin, "The Badger State". We arrive in the small town of Spring Grove, Wisconsin, home of The House on the Rock and our overnight accommodations at The House on the Rock Inn. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner served at the hotel.

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Day 17

After breakfast, we depart for The House on the Rock. Designed and built by Alex Jordan of Madison, Wisconsin, the house is an architectural marvel perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. Begun in the early 1940's, it overlooks the breathtaking panorama of Wyoming Valley. The 14-room House, sculpted atop Deer Shelter Rock, is the original structure of what is now an extraordinary complex of rooms, streets, buildings and gardens covering over 200 acres. On your self-guided tour, you will explore some of the world's most unique collections including the world's largest carousel, a 200' sea creature, automated music machines, and much more! Following our tour, we continue our journey eastward, passing through the Chicago area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Michigan on our way to our accommodations for the night in Toledo, Ohio. Tonight, we are treated to a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 18

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for home having enjoyed the fellowship of friends old and new on our 2018 California Redwoods & Pacific Coast tour, and taking with us many wonderful memories, pictures and souvenirs!

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D =Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
Woodbine Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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