California National Parks & Las Vegas!

June 9, 2019 - June 16, 2019
8 days / 15 meals
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Day 1: Fly into Reno, NV
Fly to Reno, NV for an overnight stay. D

Day 2: Yosemite National Park
Travel south along the east side of El Dorado National Forest to Yosemite National Park, our nation’s 3rd designated national park. Get your first looks at the strength of the granite, the beauty of the waterfalls and the tranquility of the High Sierra travelling across Tioga Road through Yosemite Valley! Continue west to El Portal to unpack your bags for a 2-night stay on the western edge of Yosemite at the comfortable Yosemite View Lodge featuring rooms overlooking the scenic Merced River. B, D

Day 3: Yosemite Valley
Awake to the impressive scenery and travel into the park to the award-winning Majestic Lodge Dining Room for a gourmet lunch. Explore the rugged beauty of Yosemite Valley this afternoon aboard an open-air tram and discover views of waterfalls, deep valleys and rock formations. With such spectacular scenery, it’s easy to grasp why Yosemite is one of the nation’s most photographed parks! B, L

Day 4: Sequoia National Park
The sounds and scenes from the era of steam powered railroad logging come to life aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. After a delicious lunch, travel south to Sequoia National Park; the 2nd US national park designated in 1890. Unpack for 2 nights in the park at Wuksachi Lodge. Surrounded by the sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks, the alpine, rustic mountain lodge promises a distinctive relaxing stay. Perhaps a “walk in the park” in the fresh air this evening? B, L

Day 5: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
After breakfast, it’s time to explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with a guide from the Sequoia Field Institute. These parks are home to giants: immense mountains, deep canyons and huge trees. Take a deep breath of the pine-scented fresh air and behold the oldest living thing in the world as you view the General Grant Tree, named the Nation’s Christmas Tree by Calvin Coolidge in 1926. Return to the hotel for dinner. B, L, D

Day 6: Tumpisa
Cross the edge of the Mojave Desert into Death Valley National Park. Named by Native Americans as “Tumpisa” meaning rock paint for its clay bottom, the Valley is known as having the lowest point in the western hemisphere. Our overnight stay puts us right in the center of the Park at the newly renovated and re-branded The Ranch at Death Valley! Take a swim in a spring fed pool and enjoy the stars which blanket the brilliant sky. B, D

Day 7: Death Valley National Park
Embark on a journey of a wonderland that stretches as far as the eye can see on aguided tour of Death Valley National Park. Our guide from the Field Institute will share all the interesting features and stories of the Park including the stunning Mesquite Flats, Stovepipe Wells, Zabriski Point and Badwater. This evening, travel to Las Vegas, NV and The Golden Nugget for an overnight stay. B, D

Day 8: Return flight home B

Per person rates*
double $2399
triple/quad $2183
single $2929
* Includes roundtrip airfare from IND

Combine this tour with Canyonlands and take $500 off the combined per person rate!

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