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Springtime wildflowers, majestic landscapes, and splendid beauty

• Anza-Borrego State Park, Joshua Tree Nat’l
Park and the gardens of Sunnyland provide
spectacular examples of desert beauty
• Experience the desert first hand with a jeep
ride, tram ride and guided tour of the region
• Stay 3 nights at the Agua Caliente Resort

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    Day 1

    A late morning flight delivers you to beautiful San Diego for lunch in Old Town. A short trip to Point Loma brings you to the spot where the first European explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, stepped ashore. Enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean from this monumental site. This evening take in the sights and sounds of San Diego from your bayside rooms. Embassy Suites (L)

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    Day 2

    Travel from the seashore into the mountains to Julian, a small town known for apple pies. A quick lunch and you are off to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest. Famous for its springtime display of wildflowers, this desert park has so much to offer: rock formations, dramatic mountains and vast arid landscapes punctuated by oases prolific with all types of flora and fauna. Traverse the park with a guide to learn more about this “desert beauty.” Our late afternoon drive to Rancho Mirage, home to a “hot water” resort, provides insight into the agriculture and lives of the people of the Coachella Valley. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – 3 nights (FB,L)

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    Day 3

    Climb aboard a red jeep for a trek into slot canyons and through the open desert. With a local guide explaining the history, culture and legends of the Cahuilla people, the beauty of the desert comes alive with your driver’s interpretation. And besides, the ride is just plain fun as the wind flies through your hair! This afternoon an aerial tram ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto provides a spectacular view of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault and Salton Trough. (D)

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    Day 4

    Another “desert beauty” awaits you this morning. Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. Forests of trees and jumbles of massive rocks make this an enchanting place – a land sculpted by strong winds and torrents of rain. The surreal geologic features add to the wonders of this vast wilderness. A casual lunch at a local BBQ joint follows your park visit. This evening you have the option to stroll through Village Fest, a menagerie of crafts, art and music on Palm Canyon Road, in downtown Palm Springs. It’s a fun evening out with the locals and visitors. (L)

  • Day 5

    Desert beauty comes in many forms. This morning, visit the famous gardens of Sunnyland. Inspired by the Annenberg’s private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the gardens were artfully designed to reflect beauty and grace using over 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants. An afternoon flight from Ontario returns you home.

5 Days · 5 Meals

Your trip includes all accommodations, airfare from Sacramento*, all listed activities and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director

*If applicable. Not traveling from Sacramento? Not a problem, just give us a call.

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March 19th - 23rd
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