Day 1: Follow the route of America’s western pioneers as we head west on this 20-day tour. From St. Louis to San Francisco to the spectacular scenery along the California and Oregon Pacific coastline, this tour is sure to amaze you. We will also visit Yellowstone Park, Mt. Rushmore, Cody, Salt Lake City, Reno and more on this fantastic vacation. If you ever wanted to see this part of the USA, come with us by modern motorcoach and see it all. Today we travel to Richmond, IN to spend the night.
Day 2: We continue to St Louis, where we arrive in time for an interesting tour of the Busch Brewery. A tasty dinner at the popular Carmine’s Restaurant is included tonight. (D)
Day 3: A morning tour of St Louis begins our day, followed by a ride to the Top of the Arch for a panoramic view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River. We go through Kansas City into Topeka to spend the night.
Day 4: Today we proceed through Kansas and into Colorado. In Abilene, Kansas, we visit the Eisenhower Family Home, the place of meditation, where Dwight and Mamie are buried, and the Dwight Eisenhower Museum. This museum has many artifacts formerly owned by the President as well as various displays about his illustrious career. We spend the night in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Day 5: 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 spend the night in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Day 6: 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 of Latter Day Saints. Dinner is included tonight. (D)
Day 7: 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 Carson City.
Day 8: This morning we will head to San Francisco with our pockets full of quarters (hopefully!). Along the way we spend a delightful morning at 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 head across the Sierra Nevada Mountains to California’s state capital – Sacramento. We continue on to San Francisco to spend the next two nights in the “City by the Bay.” We enjoy a delicious dinner at a popular restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf. (D)
Day 9: Today we have a local guide go with us on a tour of San Francisco. Enjoy a ride on a cable car, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Alcatraz Island. You will have part of the afternoon free to enjoy the unusual shops in the area.
Day 10: 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 for a tour of the Korbel Winery. We see acres and acres of vineyards as we travel through California’s wine country. We spend the night in Eureka, California.
Day 11: 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 lunch at the popular Trees of Mystery Restaurant. 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 Eugene, Oregon. (L)
Day 12: Today we head north through Portland, Oregon and into the state of Washington. Shortly after we leave Vancouver, Washington, we get our first glimpse of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier from a distance. After a brief look at the city of Seattle, we head east across the state to Moses Lake, Washington for the night.
Day 13: 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.
Day 14: 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. We enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D) Day 15: We head east through the Big Horn Mountains and Buffalo, Wyoming into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Tonight we view the Lighting of Mount Rushmore, then spend the night in Keystone.
Day 16: This morning we return to one of the major attractions of our tour – Mount Rushmore. After stopping at the world-famous Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota, we drive through the Badlands National Park. We spend the night in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Day 17: Before departing Mitchell this morning, we visit the world famous Corn Palace, decorated with almost 3,000 bushels of corn and grasses. We continue on to Minneapolis, where we visit the world’s largest shopping area, the Mall of America. We spend the night in Minneapolis.
Day 18: We depart Minneapolis enroute to Chicago, where upon arrival we get a bird’s-eye view of the Windy City atop the Willis Tower. Tonight you will be our guests for dinner at the popular Wildfire Restaurant. (D)
Day 19: We tour Chicago by boat this morning on a unique architectural tour that will give us a close-up look at the city’s unique buildings. We give you free time to explore the Navy Pier before we continue our journey home. Along the way, we tour Notre Dame University. We spend the night in Angola.
Day 20: The final leg of our journey takes us through Ohio and Pennsylvania with many fond memories of our Pacific and Western adventure that will last a lifetime.