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 WILD & NEW WEST

June 5-24, 2017
Monday, June 5
Leave early this morning on an exciting adventure, traveling to St Louis, MO, where you will have an opportunity to visit the Arch, the symbolic gateway to the west.  Our hotel is the Crown Plaza St. Louis Downtown.  L
 
Tuesday June 6
Traveling on through Missouri and the Sunflower State of Kansas to Abilene, once the wildest town in the West. While here we will visit the Dwight Eisenhower Center. His boyhood home is kept as it was in 1946, and the Eisenhower Museum contains items relating to his life from boyhood to post-presidential years. The Eisenhower Presidential Library is here and the Place Of Meditation, the final resting place of "Ike" and Mamie. All in one beautiful and peaceful setting. Overnight in Salina, KS. BL
 
Wednesday, June 7
Arrive in the foothills of the Rockies for a two night stay in Colorado Springs at the Quality Inn and Suites. A stop at the U.S.Air Force Academy gives us a look at the soaring chapel, buildings and grounds. An optional side trip this evening to Seven Falls. Cascading down a steep canyon in seven distinct steps, they are truly a sight to behold. C
 
Thursday, June 8
A ride, this morning, to the summit of Pikes Peak on the Cog Railroad is breathtaking. On a clear day you can see Denver and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado and New Mexico which are 100 miles away.  Some time to purchase lunch and do some shopping in the quaint old town of Manitou Springs. This afternoon the Garden Of The Gods gives us a look at the beautiful massive red sandstone formations.  C
 
Friday, June 9
Motor on through beautiful Colorado for a stop at the Royal Gorge and the world's highest suspension bridge. It spans the Gorge 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. Our overnight is in Mesa Verde National Park at Far View Lodge.  A peaceful retreat that sits on a high shoulder of the mesa.  Enjoy the beautiful vistas reaching into three states. CLD
 
Saturday, June 10
We will have a guided tour through the largest and best preserved Anazazi Indian cliff dwellings in the Southwest while in in Mesa Verde National Park. Learn some of the mystery of these ancient peoples as we spend the morning there, you will have an opportunity to walk to one of their incredible dwellings.  Overnight in Holbrook, AZ.  B
 
Sunday, June 11
This morning we will be visiting the Petrified Forest National Park. The 93,533 acre park contains an abundance of colorful petrified logs from coniferous trees. Dinosaurs once roamed this area in abundance and numerous fossil bones have been found. The Painted Desert is near the end of this park. This afternoon and evening one of the most awesome sights in the world will be yours to enjoy at the Grand Canyon. Glowing colors, magnificent vistas, and the mighty Colorado River seeming like a small stream over a mile straight down. Be sure to watch as the setting sun draws deepening shadows over the 10 mile width. CL
 
Monday, June 12
Reluctantly leaving the Grand Canyon area this morning, we drive to Las Vegas, the neon tribute to tinseled affluence. A mid afternoon arrival gives us plenty of free time to explore this mega excitement filled town. We stay at Bally's Las Vegas. B
 
Tuesday, June 13
Leaving the fun of Las Vegas behind us we motor through the Mojave desert area. Crossing into California we arrive in Yosemite National Park, where we will overnight.  Get out and walk to Yosemite Falls.  This is a region of unusual beauty on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.    L
 
Wednesday, June 14
This morning we will visit either the Sequoia Trees or travel to beautiful Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Then we travel on to San Francisco, CA for a two night stay. Our hotel is at Fisherman Wharf.  B
 
Thursday, June 15
This morning a city tour offers us a look at everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf. You have time to do some exploring on your own in this legendary city that rests on 40 hills (be sure to ride the cable car up some of them) at the tip of a narrow peninsula, bounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. We will make arrangements for anyone who is interested in a tour of Alcatraz as an option this afternoon. Please let us know when booking your tour. 
 
Friday, June 16
Reluctantly leaving this beautiful city by the sea, we head our coach eastward viewing the many grape vineyards surrounding Napa Valley.  The Almond factory in Sacramento will be our next stop, where you can purchase almond delights.  We’ll make a short stop at Lake Tahoe, which holds enough water to cover the entire state of California to a depth of 14 inches. Our overnight will be in Reno, NV, "The Biggest Little City in the World."
 
Saturday, June 17
Traveling on through Nevada today, we head for Salt Lake City, Utah for a two night stay. We'll drive past the Bonneville Salt Flats and on to the capital of Utah. A spectacular setting at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, with the Great Salt Lake visible to the northwest and the Great Salt Lake Desert to the west. BL
 
Sunday, June 18
A local guide boards our motorcoach to show us the sights of Salt Lake City, including the Mormon Tabernacle and This Is the Place Heritage Park, where  Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley.  We give you some free time this afternoon to do some exploring on your own.     BL
 
Monday, June 19
Departing Salt Lake City we travel to Yellowstone National Park via Jackson, Wyoming and the Grand Tetons. Stopping for a while in Jackson, WY noted for its Western flavor. We then go into Yellowstone Park for our overnight.  Our hotel tonight is close to Old Faithful.   BL
 
Tuesday, June 20                                                                                                                                              We'll spend most of today viewing the beauty and splendor of the park. See the hot springs, the wildlife, and just take pride in this gorgeous scenic country of ours. Leaving Yellowstone reluctantly behind, we travel to Cody, Wyoming. This evening you may want to attend a real-live, rootin’-tootin’ rodeo, (Cody is known as the Rodeo Capital of the World), visit the wonderful Buffalo Bill Museum or perhaps this is your chance to do a little shopping. B
 
Wednesday, June 21
The beautiful scenery just won't quit as we drive through the mountainous region of Wyoming on our way to the Presidents' Mountain on Mount Rushmore near Rapid City, South Dakota. One of the largest sculptures ever created. We will visit Mt. Rushmore in the evening for the lighted program.  A novel emotionally moving event. Overnight in Keystone, SD. L
 
Thursday, June 22
This morning we visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, an ongoing project dedicated to the Native Americans of North America. When completed the carving will be 641 feet long by 563 feet high. An awesome sight. Stop today at the Wall Drug Store, can't miss this - the signs announce it for miles. A stop this afternoon at the world's only Corn Palace. Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, it was established in 1892 for a fall festival. It is redecorated each year with a variety of South Dakota grains and grasses. A sight to behold! Overnight in Sioux Falls, SD. BL
 
Friday, June 23
We travel on through the corn belt state of Iowa. This afternoon we will visit the John Deere Pavilion where you can “try out” the massive farming machinery.  Overnight in Bettendorf, Iowa at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. CLD
 
Saturday, June 24
We end our journey to the wild and new west and overnight stays in FOUR National Parks. We travel homeward with an early evening arrival planned, bringing with us great memories and new friendships. CL
 
$3675   per person double occupancy
$3300   per person triple occupancy
$5320  per single occupancy
 

PRICE INCLUDES: Escorted travel aboard our own deluxe motorcoach; 19 nights lodging: 29 meals; admission to all included attractions: baggage handling for one bag for each person; taxes and gratuities for included meals and lodging. Reservations will not be held without a $300 per person deposit.  Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

 

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