Sunny California will be your home during our nine day exploration of the region’s best National Parks - Channel Islands and Joshua Tree. With a Presidents Day celebration at the Ronald Reagan Library, a stop in the vacation hotspot of Palm Springs, and visits to all the famous Los Angeles sites, this tour will be a treasured experience in Southern California’s great outdoors.
- Explore both Channel Islands and Joshua Tree National Park
- Presidents Day Celebration at Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum
- Palm Springs Village Fest
- Temecula Winery Tour
DAY 1—WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES!
After arriving in sunny California, meet your fellow travelers and Discoveries Director at this evening’s welcome dinner. D
DAY 2—LOS ANGELES
Spend the day exploring the City of Angels with a local expert. See world famous L.A. sights like the Hollywood sign, the Getty Museum, and the Griffith Observatory. Continue up the coast to Port Hueneme to check in for a 2-night stay at Holiday Inn Express. B, D
DAY 3—CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Journey into the Pacific towards the “Galapagos of North America,” Channel Islands National Park aboard a one-hour boat ride (weather permitting). Spend the day exploring Santa Cruz Island at your own pace, choosing your preferred departure for more or less time. Optional activities range from relaxing by the water, to hiking the rugged coastline for incredible views. Look for the islands’ wildlife like the island fox or the scrub jay, which live nowhere else on earth! After a day of fun on the island return to the mainland aboard the ferry. B, L
DAY 4—PRESIDENTS’ DAY
Enjoy a special Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Explore the museum’s exhibits, including an inside look at the Oval Office and Air Force One. Then step out to the Rose Garden to hear presidents of the past address the audience from the presidential podium. Past performances have included Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, plus live music provided by the Los Angeles Police Concert Band. B, L
DAY 5—PALM SPRINGS
The historic Mission Inn Hotel opens its doors for a guided tour of its ornate halls with intricate Spanish design. Enjoy an elegant lunch at the hotel before continuing to the Palm Springs Air Museum for a full tour through America’s military aviation history. Check into the Hyatt Palm Springs for a 3-night stay in the heart of one of the most iconic vacation destinations in the world. B, L
DAY 6—JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
See beautiful Joshua Tree National Park up close on a driving tour through the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Incredible landscapes, remarkable geology, and unique plant life make this one of America’s most popular National Parks. Keep an eye out for the park’s wildlife residents like big horn sheep and coyote. Enjoy a picnic in the park, with time to walk around this unforgettable landscape. B, L
DAY 7—VILLAGE FEST
Sunnylands Center & Gardens has been the site of many important conferences, including Presidential Summits held by Obama, Bush, Reagan, and Nixon. Explore the beautiful gardens and visitor center to see this private estate and its unique place in international affairs. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram from the desert floor to the mountaintops for expansive views of the Coachella Valley. Enjoy lunch at Peaks Restaurant before returning to the bustling downtown area of Palm Springs for Village Fest, a weekly street festival featuring local restaurants, shops, and crafts. B, L
Depart Palm Springs for another of Southern California’s local gems, Temecula Wine Country. Enjoy a guided tour and tasting of one of the area’s most popular wineries, Wilson Creek. Enjoy a special lunch there before enjoying downtown Temecula. B, L
DAY 9—RETURN HOME
This morning, we’ll return back home with treasured memories of sunny California’s National Parks. B
Night 1: Embassy Suites LAX South
Nights 2-3: Holiday Inn Express, Port Hueneme
Night 4: Hampton Inn, Riverside
Nights 5-7: Hyatt Palm Springs
Night 8: Embassy Suites LAX South
Feb 17-25, 2023 Sold Out
Price Per Person:
Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
Los Angeles, CA
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Embassy Suites LAX South, starting at 6:30 pm. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 pm.
Schedule your flight home to depart Los Angeles International Airport any time after breakfast on Day 9.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the Los Angeles International Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs. For customers interested in extensive walking, there will optional opportunities on this tour.
February – high of 68°, lows of 50°
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, a mini-refrigerator, Wi-Fi, exercise room and swimming pool.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
Temperatures can fluctuate greatly in this region, with the possibility of rain and warm sunshine on the same day. You will want to be prepared with a jacket and additional layers for a wide range of possibilities.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.