SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA & THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Follow the Route of The Pioneers as we head West on this 20 Day Tour. From St. Louis – “The Gateway to the West” – to San Francisco! Enjoy the Spectacular Scenery along the California and Oregon Pacific Coastline! Seattle to Yellowstone National Park and “Old Faithful”, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in South Dakota as well as much more. If you have ever wanted to see this Beautiful Part of the United States, this is the tour for you!
1 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 our first night in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
2 ST. LOUIS ARCH: Today we visit 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 to spend the night.
3 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 previously owned by the former President as well as various displays about his illustrious career. We spend the night in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
4 COG RAILROAD / PIKE’S PEAK / AIR FORCE ACADEMY / DENVER: We enjoy the breathtaking views of the Great Rocky Mountains as we ride the Cog Railroad to the top of Pike’s Peak – Elevation 14,110 feet. A drive through The Garden of the Gods provides a close up look at some unusual rock formations. We visit the unique Chapel and Visitor’s Center at the United States Air Force Academy. We 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.
5 COWBOY COUNTRY / SALT LAKE CITY / MORMON TEMPLE: 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 we visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City and get a look at the Mormon Temple, The Tabernacle and Historic Shrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
6 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.
7 VIRGINIA CITY / LAKE TAHOE / CALIFORNIA: This morning we will head to San Francisco with our pockets full of quarters (hopefully!). Along the way we spend a delightful morning 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!
8 SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR / CABLE CAR RIDE / ALCATRAZ ISLAND: Today we have a Local Guide share 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 the Prison was in operation. As our Hotel is at Fisherman’s Wharf, you will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening for shopping in some of the unusual shops as well as enjoying one of the Great Restaurants in this Famous area of San Francisco.
9 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE / KORBEL WINERY / “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 Guerneville, California for a Tour of The Korbel Winery. We see acres and acres of Vineyards as we travel through California’s Wine Country. 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.
10 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.
11 MT. ST. HELENS VISITOR’S CENTER / MT. RAINIER / SEATTLE: Today we head North through Portland, Oregon and into Washington. Shortly after we leave Vancouver, Washington we get our first glimpse of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier from a distance. We stop at the Mt. St. Helens Visitors Center for an explanation of what happened on May 18, 1980 when this Mountain “Blew its Top”! After a brief look at the City of Seattle we head east across the state to Moses Lake, Washington for the night.
12 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. We spend the night in Bozeman, Montana.
13 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 next night. This Highway was designated the “Most Scenic 52 Miles in America” by President Theodore Roosevelt.
14 BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER / CODY, WYOMING: 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 and have lunch at the Irma Hotel before heading East through the Big Horn Mountains to Sheridan, Wyoming for the night.
15 DEADWOOD / BLACK HILLS / SOUTH DAKOTA: Today we head east 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.
16 KEYSTONE / MOUNT RUSHMORE: Today we go to Crazy Horse Monument and Museum. This afternoon we head to Keystone for some shopping and night time illumination of Mount Rushmore. We spend the night in Keystone.
17 WALL DRUG / BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK / CORN PALACE: This morning we return to one of the major attractions of our Tour – Mount Rushmore in the daytime. We move on to shopping and lunch at the World Famous Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota. Our day ends with a drive through The Badlands National Park. The Native Americans called it “Land Bad”. We then make our way east crossing the Missouri River where we spend the night in Mitchell, South Dakota.
18 BOYS TOWN / ST JOSEPH, MISSOURI: Today we visit the unique community of Boys Town for a tour and lunch. We then follow the Missouri River through Iowa and Nebraska. We make our turn east to St. Joseph, Missouri for the night.
19 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.
20 HOMEWARD BOUND: We head home by way of Indiana, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky with many memories of our Tour to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest.
Area(s) 1, 2, and 3
Price per Person
Deposit$150.00 per person
• Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation
• 19 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• Baggage Handling at Hotels
• Admission to All Listed Attractions
• Trip Start Breakfast
• Fee for Cog Railroad Ride
• Services of a Tour Director
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