July 10 – 21

DAY ONE: Good morning and welcome aboard our deluxe motorcoach. We’re heading west today–partners toward the lone prairie! We’ll travel via I-40 clear across the “Volunteer State” of Tennessee. Late this afternoon we’ll arrive in the “Blues City” of Memphis – our home for tonight.

DAY TWO: This morning we’ll make a brief visit to Graceland to see the grave site of Elvis Presley and then cross “Old Man River” – the mighty Mississippi and head west across the great state of Arkansas, the “Land of Opportunity.” We’ll pass by the capitol city of Little Rock and the historic city of Fort Smith and on into the “Sooner State” of Oklahoma. Late this afternoon we’ll arrive in Oklahoma City where we’ll visit the inspiring tribute to the people who lost their lives at the Murrow building bombing. We’ll overnight in Oklahoma City.

DAY THREE: Our first stop this morning will be the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center featuring the John Wayne Collection of Guns, Knives and Art and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Next we’ll drive by the state capitol and see the working oil well of the capitol lawn. We’ll continue west today across the panhandle of Texas. This was, and in some ways still is, the raw, weather beaten, hearty “Old West.” This was the heart of the open range cattle country. This afternoon we’ll pass through the old cow town of Amarillo and then have your cameras ready for a picture of the world-famous Stanley Marsh’s Cadillac Ranch! Late this afternoon we’ll enter the state known as the “Land of Enchantments,” New Mexico. The land will change as we travel between the San Miguel and Guadelupe Mountain ranges. This is the land of the Pueblo Indians. Our home tonight will be in Albuquerque–one of the oldest cities in the United States.

DAY FOUR: We’ll travel just south of the Navajo Indian reservation as we follow I-40 west into Arizona this morning. Early this afternoon will be one of the highlights of our tour–we’ll visit the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. This 93,532 acre park contains the most spectacular display of petrified wood in the world. The park also contains a part of the Painted Desert a colorful area extending 200 miles along the Little Colorado River. The sunlight and the clouds passing over this spectacular scenery create the effect of constant, kaleidoscopic change. Late this afternoon we’ll make a short excursion through Oak Creek Canyon. This beautiful gorge may look familiar to you. It’s a favorite location for western movies. Our home tonight will be near Flagstaff.

DAY FIVE: Now – the day we’ve all been waiting for. Mid-morning finds us at The Grand Canyon! We’ll stop at the visitors center and then take a tram tour of the south rim (including inspiration point and other stops). The Grand Canyon is so awesome it’s impossible to describe, you have to see it to believe it! The canyon is 277 miles long and at places over 18 miles wide with vertical drops of up to 3000 feet – no wonder it’s hard to comprehend. While here, we’ll enjoy the exhibits at the visitors center. Late this afternoon we’ll travel to exciting Las Vegas for a two night stay.

DAY SIX: This will be a free day to relax, take a sightseeing tour of Vegas, visit Ripley’s Museum, enjoy the show at Circus Circus, visit the famed Liberace museum or try your hand at “Lady Luck” at the casinos. We’ll offer a half-day Motorcoach tour to the Hoover Dam this morning for those who would like to tour the dam.

DAY SEVEN: This morning we’ll bid Las Vegas good-bye and travel south through the “Golden State” of California. We’ll be amazed by the cliffs, canyons and beautiful rock formations as we skirt the east rim of the Vulture and Big Horn mountain ranges. We’ll travel by way of the capitol city of Phoenix and on to Tucson (making sightseeing stops as time permits). Tonight we’ll arrive in Tombstone (only a few miles from the Mexican border).

DAY EIGHT: This morning we’ll visit Boot Hill Cemetery, the famous O.K. Corral, The Bird Cage Theatre and other sites in the historic town of Tombstone. This will truly be a highlight of your tour! Next, we head east on I-10 crossing the southern part of New Mexico and again entering the “Lone Star State” of Texas. We’ll follow the Rio Grande River to exciting El Paso for overnight.

DAY NINE: Our local “step on” guide will meet us this morning for a guided tour of the greater El Paso area. Highlights will include the El Paso Mission Trail with a stop at one of the oldest missions in the Southwest, the El Paso Museum of History (featuring Hispanic, Indian and United States artifacts and exhibits) and a stop at one of the finest western stores in the country. El Paso has one of the most interesting histories of any town in the United States and is home to one of the largest air defense facilities in the military – our guide will tell us all about this on our tour today. This afternoon we’ll head east across the rangelands of west Texas to near Abilene for overnight.

DAY TEN: “Head ‘em up and move ‘em out!” We’ll continue east across the rangelands of Texas this morning to the exciting city of Fort Worth and the famous “Stockyards National Historic District”. The renovated buildings now contain western style retail shops, nightclubs and restaurants. We’ll have a chance to shop, have lunch and then visit the Stockyards Museum – featuring the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train collection plus artifacts on the meatpacking and railroad industries. Late this afternoon we’ll continue on to Dallas for overnight. Tonight will be another highlight of our tour. We’ll enjoy a great barbecue cookout and reserved seats to the world famous Mesquite Rodeo! This will really bring the old west to life.

DAY ELEVEN: This morning we’ll drive to downtown Dallas for a visit to John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. This is the site where the president was assassinated. We will depart Dallas about mid-morning and continue east via I-20 across the rolling hills of east Texas and through Louisiana (by way of Shreveport) to Alabama for overnight.

DAY TWELVE: Homeward bound! We’ll continue east today, traveling through Alabama and Georgia to South Carolina – arriving home early this evening. We’ll have memories to last a lifetime. If you’ve always dreamed of touring the west and seeing such sights as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and all the sights in between (without spending a fortune), then this tour is for you! We’ll travel almost 5,000 miles in 12 states, The tour includes transportation by deluxe motorcoach; eleven nights first class hotel/motel accommodations; porter service; all local sight-seeing; admission to all listed attractions and a barbecue cookout.

Price Per Person: $1889 Double | $1845 Triple | $1823 Quad | $2439 Single