We begin our enjoyable day by getting acquainted and talking over
our plans for the days ahead on our trip. Our destination for the night
is Conway, Arkansas. A co-educational state college is located here.
Conway is located 25 miles north of Little Rock, the state capital and
largest city in the state.
Leaving Arkansas,”The Land Of Opportunity”, we make our way to
Oklahoma, “The Sooner State”. Our overnight stop will be Oklahoma
City, where on a single day in 1889, it became a city of 10,000 people. We
will visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Center—a
national memorial to the men and women who pioneered the West. An
extensive collection of Western art, historic artifacts and exhibits of
American Indian and pioneer life in realistic settings is on display. We
also visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum; a memorial
in the United States that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and
all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
Boarding our bus today, we head into New Mexico, also called the”Land
of Enchantment” because of its beauty and rich history. Albuquerque, the
state’s largest city, is our next overnight stop.
This morning we continue our tour traveling through Gallup and Holbrook.
We will see the Painted Desert and Petrifed Forest. The 93,493 acres of
the Petrifed Forest include the most spectacular display of petrifed wood
in the world! You are looking at tree trunks of solid stone that range in
age up to 160 million years old. The Rainbow Forest Museum depicts
the process in detail. We continue to the Grand Canyon—one of the
world’s outstanding spectacles. In form, size, glowing color or geological
signifcance, it is unsurpassed. Accommodations await us for the night
This morning we will view the spectacular sights of the West Rim of the Canyon
via the park shuttle to the end of the West Rim at Hermit’s Rest. We depart the
Grand Canyon and continue to the “city of wonders”, Las Vegas, Nevada, for a
two night stay.
Upon arrival in Las Vegas, you will see many large, beautiful hotels
and you may want to try your luck at the “One Arm Bandits” . . . An Exciting and
Not Soon Forgotten Experience! We enjoy a walking tour of all the fascinating
hotels along the strip.
We depart Las Vegas this morning traveling to Mammoth Lakes, California for
our next overnight. Mammoth Lakes is located at the east entrance to Yosemite
National Park and Tioga Pass.
Today we enter Yosemite Park by way of Tioga Pass (if open). You will
truly see the work of God as we see Giant Redwoods towering overhead,
magnifcent waterfalls that seem to start from nowhere, and sheer rock
cliffs over 2,000 feet high –beauty that words can never describe. We
can tell you that this place will forever be a pleasant memory. Overnight
accommodations await us in Yosemite Park or Oakhurst area.
We leave this morning and drive to San Francisco, California, the “city
on a hill”, for a two-night stay. This description truly fts San Francisco,
for no matter which way you look you seem to be looking “Up A Hill”.
We hope to have time for shopping or relaxing upon arrival.
Guided tour of the city, we will see Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf,
the magnifcent Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate State Park, Japanese
Center and beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Our journey continues today through California as we travel over the
famous “Seventeen-Mile-Drive”, a highlight of any visit to the coastal
region. Points of interest include Seal Rock, Pebble Beach, Cypress
Point and Spy Glass Hill. We will have lunch in Carmel with time for
shopping and browsing in the many unusual shops and galleries. We
continue to Paso Robles, California our destination for the night.
This morning we have a short drive to the quaint town of Solvang for lunch
and shopping. Danish in heritage, customs and atmosphere, Solvang
is Danish for “sunny felds”. Visitors delight in the traditional Danish
architecture, windmills, museums and bakeries. We depart Solvang
traveling to the Simi Valley to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential
Library and Museum—perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views
of mountains, valleys, and the Pacifc Ocean. The museum follows a
young Ronald Reagan on his rise from local hero and college standout
to the glamorous world of Hollywood stardom and as the 40th President
of the United States. We will visit his gravesite, also. It’s a short drive
to Los Angeles, California for a two night stay.
This morning a local guide will introduce us to Hollywood and Los
Angeles. Experience the most comprehensive Los Angeles tour! Walk
in the footsteps of some of Hollywood’s most renowned celebrities at
Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Explore Santa Monica’s 3rd street Promenade
with its many café’s and unique shops on the Santa Monica Pier. Tour
includes: Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Farm- ers Market and The GROVE, Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue. Stops
include: Hollywood Boulevard, Farmers Market, and The GROVE.
See “Muscle”Venice Beach, Bel Air, La Brea Tar Pits/Miracle Mile,
Dodger Stadium, Griffth Park and Observatory and other sights as
time permits. We will have lunch at the Farmer’s Market.
Today we have a short drive to San Juan Capistrano to visit the mission
before continuing to San Diego for a guided tour of a booming city
with a resort atmosphere. . .”the place where California began” when
the frst mission was built in 1769. Our tour will include Old Town
with restored historic buildings. It is also the site of the historic Old
Point Loma Lighthouse, offering a panoramic view of the San Diego
Bay and the picturesque coastline.
Today fnds us on our way to the resort city of Tucson, one of the oldest
Spanish settlements in the West. Tucson has more sunshine than
any other major city in the United States. The long, upward-reaching arms of the giant saguaro cactus may be the most readily recognized symbol
of the Southwest. In minutes the road leaves the sprawl of Tucson and
enters a magical forest of immense saguaro cactuses in Saguaro National
Park. The saguaro grow only in southern Arizona, in California along
the Colorado River and in northwestern Mexico. It can live more than
200 years attaining heights of 30 to 40 feet and weigh as much as 2,000
pounds. The magnifcent Saguaro Cactus is the state fower of Arizona.
We continue to Benson, Arizona for overnight.
We continue our journey today through Arizona and New Mexico arriving
at Alamogordo (means “fat cottonwood”) for our next overnight. Surrounded
by desert and the Organ and Sacramento Mountains, Alamogordo
is the home of Holloman AFB, a tactical fghter base. We will visit the
White Sands National Monument—source of white gypsum sand and
dunes that rise 60 feet above the Tularosa Valley.
We depart Alamogordo for Carlsbad National Park, New Mexico, where
you will see Carlsbad Caverns—the 8th Wonder of the World. We will
tour the Caverns. Since the temperature underground is a constant 56°F,
a sweater is recommended. After lunch we continue to Midland, Texas
where accommodations await us for the night.
Today we continue through the Lone Star State of Texas stopping in Fort
Worth for a brief visit. Fort Worth is a warm and friendly western metropolis
with working cowboys and a major cattle industry headquarters.
The Stockyards District with cobbled, gaslit streets lined with shops,
and Sundance Square, a restored Victorian business district ringed with
gleaming highrises, best express the commercial veneer applied to the
city’s past. In Dallas, we will visit the newly opened George W. Bush
Presidential Library and Museum.
We continue our journey today through Texas stopping in Kilgore to
visit the East Texas Oil Museum—a tribute to the pioneers of the Texas
oil indutry. After lunch in the Shreveport, Louisiana area we continue
through Louisiana and into Mississippi for our last night at Jackson.
Well, here we are on our way home. Do you think you can describe or
ever forget the sights you have seen, the things you have done and the
experiences you have had? We can say that we have had a KNOXVILLETOURIFIC