SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA & THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Follow the Route of The Pioneers as we head West on this 22 Day Tour. From St. Louis – “The Gateway to the West” – to San Francisco! Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the California and Oregon Pacific Coastline! Enjoy Seattle to Yellowstone National Park and “Old Faithful”, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in South Dakota as well as much, much more. If you have ever wanted to see this beautiful part of the United States this is the tour for you!
1 SHENANDOAH VALLEY / BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS: We leave today and make our way through the Shenandoah Valley and into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where we stay in Wytheville.
2 WESTWARD BOUND / KENTUCKY / INDIANA / ILLINOIS: We start our journey to the Pacific Coast going through the beautiful horse country of Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky and the southern tip of Indiana. We spend the night in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
3 ST. LOUIS ARCH: Today we stop at the famous St. Louis Arch. The Arch was constructed to symbolize the fact that St. Louis was considered “The Gateway to the West” when pioneers were migrating to California and other points west. We ride to the top of the arch for a panoramic view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River. We continue through Kansas City and into Topeka, Kansas for the night.
4 DWIGHT EISENHOWER BOYHOOD HOME / COLORADO: Today we proceed through Kansas and into Colorado. In Abilene, Kansas we visit the Eisenhower Family Home; Place of Meditation, where Dwight and Mamie are buried; and the Dwight Eisenhower Museum. This museum has many artifacts formerly owned by the former President as well as various displays about his illustrious career. We spend the night in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
5 OLYMPIC TRAINING FACILITY / CHEYENNE, WY: Our first stop this morning is at the Olympic Training Facility to see how these amazing athletes train for the Olympic Games. We will drive through The Garden of the Gods providing a close up look at some unusual rock formations. We will also see the gold dome of the capitol building in Denver as we drive through the rich looking downtown section of this beautiful “Mile High City”! We spend the night in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
6 COWBOY COUNTRY / SALT LAKE CITY: This morning we cross the Continental Divide as we head west across the state of Wyoming to Salt Lake City, Utah to spend the night. This evening ride by the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City.
7 GREAT SALT LAKE / RENO: As we leave this city we drive beside The Great Salt Lake for many miles. We travel by the Bonneville Salt Flats where many land speed records have been made and then through Nevada to “The Biggest Little City in the World” – Reno, Nevada. We spend an exciting evening and night in this casino town that never sleeps.
8 VIRGINIA CITY / LAKE TAHOE / CALIFORNIA: This morning we will head to San Francisco making a delightful stop in Virginia City, Nevada where careful restoration has recreated the 1870’s appearance of the West’s Mining Metropolis. After a tour of this town we go by Lake Tahoe, a beautiful mountain lake on the Nevada/California border. We head across the Sierra Nevada Mountains to California’s State Capital – Sacramento. We make a stop at their beautiful state capitol building before heading on to San Francisco to spend the next two nights in the “City by the Bay”. Our accommodations in San Francisco are right in the Heart of the Fisherman’s Wharf Area!
9 SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR / CABLE CAR RIDE/ ALCATRAZ ISLAND: Today we have a Local Guide take us on a Tour of the City of San Francisco. Some of the highlights of this tour include a ride on San Francisco’s Famous Cable Cars, The Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and a short boat ride to Alcatraz Island where we take a tour of this Infamous Prison to see what it was like when it was in operation. As our Hotel is at Fisherman’s Wharf, you will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening for shopping in this area as well as enjoying one of the great restaurants in this famous area of San Francisco.
10 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE / “DRIVE THROUGH TREE”: This morning we leave San Francisco by way of The Golden Gate Bridge and head up Highway 101 to Eureka, California. On our way we stop in Santa Rosa, California for a Tour of Bees N Blooms, a home for thousands of honeybees, cut flowers of many varieties, a lavender labyrinth, several acres of lavender for oil production. They practice regenerative farming that helps sustain ecosystems from the soil up. We also stop by Leggett, California to see the much talked about “Drive Through Tree”. This Giant Sequoia is so large that automobiles may easily drive through a hollowed-out portion of the tree. We spend the night in Eureka, California.
11 PACIFIC COAST / REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK / OREGON: We leave Eureka headed up the Pacific Coast of Northern California. This coastal area has some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. As we drive through Redwood National Park we are dwarfed by the giant Redwood Trees towering above us. We continue up The Pacific Coast into Oregon for some of the most breathtaking scenery of the entire tour. We go by Coos Bay and at Florence, Oregon we leave the Pacific Coast and head east to spend the night in Albany, Oregon.
12 MT. RAINIER / SEATTLE: Today we head North through Portland, Oregon and into Washington. We ride through the cascade range of mountains and get a glimpse of Mount Hood, and Mount Rainer. After stop at Pikes Place Market we head east across the state to Moses Lake, Washington for the night.
13 IDAHO / BIG SKY COUNTRY / BOZEMAN, MONTANA: Today we go by Coeur D’Alene and Kellogg, Idaho. We cross the Bitterroot Range of Mountains and enter “Big Sky Country” – Montana! We travel on through Missoula and Butte, Montana and spend the night in Bozeman, Montana.
14 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK / OLD FAITHFUL / CODY: Today is a very exciting day for us as we visit the Oldest and Largest of our National Parks – Yellowstone. After taking a look at “Old Faithful” we stop to see “The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone” and Yellowstone Falls. We leave the Park and head through the Wapiti Valley to Cody, Wyoming for the night. This Highway was designated the “Most Scenic 52 Miles in America” by President Theodore Roosevelt.
15 BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER : Today while in Cody, a Town Founded by Col. “Buffalo Bill”, we visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. We spend some time in downtown Cody before heading East through the Big Horn Mountains to Sheridan, Wyoming for the night.
16 DEADWOOD / BLACK HILLS / SOUTH DAKOTA: We then head east through the Big Horn Mountains and Buffalo, Wyoming into the Black Hills of South Dakota. This afternoon we have a tour of the historic town of Deadwood. We spend the night in Deadwood, South Dakota.
17 KEYSTONE / MOUNT RUSHMORE: Today we go to Crazy Horse Monument and museum. This afternoon we head to Keystone for some shopping and viewing the night time Illumination of Mount Rushmore. We spend the night in Keystone.
18 WALL DRUG / BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK / CORN PALACE: This morning we visit the World Famous Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota. This afternoon we will explore Badlands National Park. The Native Americans called it “Land Bad”. This evening we will visit the World’s Only Corn Palace. We then make our way east crossing the Missouri River where we spend the night in Mitchell, South Dakota.
19 BOYS TOWN / ST JOSEPH, MISSOURI: Today we visit the unique community of Boys Town for a tour and lunch. The village of Boys Town was established in 1917 as the headquarters of the Boys Town organization, also known as “Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home”, founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan. It is dedicated to the care, treatment, and education of at-risk children. In 1943 Boys Town adopted as its image and logo a sculpture of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, captioned “He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s my brother”. We then follow the Missouri River through Iowa and Nebraska. We make our turn east to St. Joseph, Missouri for the night.
20 INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI / HARRY S. TRUMAN HISTORIC SITE: This morning we stop at Independence, Missouri to visit the Harry S. Truman Historic Site. On display are many artifacts relating to this former President. We visit the Family Grave Site in the Courtyard of the Museum. We continue to Mt. Vernon, Illinois for the night.
21 INDIANA / KENTUCKY / VIRGINIA: We head home by way of Evansville, Indiana, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and spend the night in Wytheville, Virginia.
22 HOMEWARD BOUND: Our journey today takes us through the Shenandoah Valley and home with our many memories of our Tour to San Francisco and The Pacific Northwest.
Price per Person
Deposit$150.00 per person
• Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation
• Trip Start Breakfast (Day 2)
• 21 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• Baggage Handling at All Hotels
• Local Guides where Shown in Itinerary
• Admission to All Listed Attractions
• Services of a Tour Director
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