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Great Parks, Ghost Towns & Sedona's Red Rocks
May 11 - 19            $2979

Trip # 1729
Deposit:  $200
Final Payment:  2/2/17
Single Sup. +$869
Optional Insurance:  +150*

 *Must be purchased with Deposit

Package Includes:
*Air from Dulles, Transfers/Porterage/Taxes
*Sightseeing per Itinerary
*14 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, & 5 Dinners)
*8 Nights Hotel Accommodations

DAY ONE – Arrive in Las Vegas  Arrive in exciting Las Vegas, America's entertainment capital.  We'll overnight at the center of the glittering "Fremont Street Experience." Meet your Tour Manager at 6:00 p. m. for a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

DAY TWO – Death Valley National Park  Today we head for the unique landscape of Death Valley National Park. Here, old tales of prospectors with burros, massive wagons pulled by 20-mule teams and long-deserted mines continue to fascinate. We stop at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Devil's Golf Course with its jagged saline formations and Zabriskie Point for panoramic views of the park's colored badlands, salt flats and distant peaks. Next we visit the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and the ruins of the Harmony Borax Works before checking in for a two-night stay.  (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY THREE – Rhyolite Ghost Town and Scotty's Castle  Today we return briefly to Nevada to explore the huge outdoor sculptures created by Belgian artists at the Goldwell Open Air Museum. Then we visit the once 'rip-roaring' gold mining community of Rhyolite, and authentic ghost town. Back in Death Valley, we tour the interior and underground of the elaborate, Spanish-style Scotty's Castle, an incredible vacation retreat built during the 1920's by showman and prospector "Death Valley Scotty." Near Stovepipe Wells, we see the extensive Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. (Breakfast and lunch)

DAY FOUR – Manzanar National Historic Site and Randsburg Ghost Town  Leaving the park, we pass the dry Owens Lake which was drained to provide a water supply for the City of Los Angeles and come to Manzanar National Historic Site. This is an intensely moving and heartbreaking reminder of the remote internment camps created to house Japanese-Americans during the dark days of World War II. Later, we visit the funky but highly photogenic old ghost town of Randsburg before continuing to Barstow for our overnight stay. (Breakfast)

DAY FIVE – Route 66 and Oatman Ghost Town  On historic Highway 66 we stop in Oatman, Arizona, the colorful ghost town and mining camp where 'wild' burros, descendants of those left behind by miners, greet tourists on Main Street. There are numerous gift, antique and craft shops, saloons and the historic Oatman Hotel to explore. We also stop in Seligman, "The Birthplace of Historic Route 66," featuring 1950s-era stores and restaurants, including the Roadkill Caf. (Breakfast)

DAY SIX – Grand Canyon National Park and Wupatki National Monument  Today we come to the South Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. Truly one of the world's great spectacles, we travel along the rim with stops at several scenic overlooks, including Mather Point, Grand View Point and Desert View.  Later, we explore the splendid prehistoric ruins at Wupatki National Monument, remains of a complex thought to have been occupied by ancestors of the modern-day Hopi Tribe before coming to the heart of Sedona's renowned Red Rocks Country.  (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY SEVEN – Red Rocks Jeep Tour and Verde Canyon Railroad  This morning, a guided "Red Rocks Jeep Tour" takes us into Sedona's enchanting backcountry where natural wonders include dramatic cliffs, towers, monoliths and mesas of bright red sandstone in fantastically carved shapes. We stop at the historic copper mining ghost town of Jerome before boarding our first-class car on the Verde Canyon Railroad, for a unique 40-mile rail excursion through a beautiful protected wilderness abundant in bald eagles, great blue herons, deer and javelinas. Tonight, we enjoy dinner before returning to the hotel. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY EIGHT – Sedona Trolley Tour and Laughlin  A narrated Trolley Tour of Sedona includes a stop at the inspiring Chapel of the Holy Cross, overlooking the town and neighboring red rocks. A visit to the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts complex is followed by a stop in the downtown area. Our afternoon begins with a scenic drive through splendid Oak Creek Canyon, before continuing to Laughlin, Nevada's casino resort center on the banks of the Colorado River. (Breakfast and dinner)

DAY NINE – Travel Home  This morning we have a group transfer to Las Vegas McCarran

This itinerary is approximate.  The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

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