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Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra

Overview

Two nights in Death Valley; visit Manzanar National Historic Site

Details

Death Valley… its name alone conjures up all sorts of images: lonely prospectors, teams of mules pictured on boxes of borax, and early television westerns. Explore a few of the deserted or nearly deserted towns along the way, starting with a trip to the ghost town of Goodsprings. You are sure to be surprised by the beauty, intrigued by the stories, and awed by the splendor that is Death Valley National Park and the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

  • 2 nights Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley
  • 1 night at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, 1 night Bishop
  • The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt – Walk the ghost town and sit in the Pioneer Saloon, “speak” to the ghosts that inhabit the old mining town
  •  Visit Manzanar and learn the stories of the resilient people interred here 
  • Full day of Death Valley touring, featuring the Zabrinski Point, Badwater Salt Flats and the Harmony Borax Works

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Las Vegas on a late morning flight. After lunch, take some time to walk through the Fremont Entertainment District, a classic old Vegas location with modern attractions. There is an optional (included) visit to the Mob Museum. Learn the story of how Las Vegas started, and the mobsters who ran the town. This evening, drive to Goodsprings, a ghost town south of Las Vegas for dinner and visit to the local saloon. You just never know what spirits will appear. Hear the story of Clark Gable, and how he burned a hole in the bar of the Pioneer Saloon waiting for word on his wife, Carole Lombard. Alas, her plane had crashed in the nearby mountains. Ms. Lombard’s ghost is known to speak to people from time to time. It’s fun and educational. Believe it or don’t, the point is, you have a lot more information on which to base your beliefs! Golden Nugget (L,D)

Day 2-3

The Amargosa Opera House is a great introduction to the region. Hear the story of Marta and the Opera House. Frozen in time like a capsule from decades past, it is a gem of the desert. Arrive in Death Valley in late afternoon.

Despite a name that tends to scare people away, Death Valley is really the most incredible desert canvas. Today, you paint your own picture, as you visit unique valley “attractions” like the Badwater Salt Flats (the lowest point in the U.S. at 282 feet below sea level), the Borax Works and Ubehebe Crater. (The historic Scotty’s Castle is closed due to flooding until further notice, but you will still hear the incredible story of Death Valley Scotty and Mr. Johnson.) Furnace Creek Ranch – 2 nights (FB,L,D)

Day 4

Depart Death Valley this morning, climbing over the Panamint Mountains before dropping into the Owens Valley. In the afternoon, explore Manzanar National Historic Site, a windswept and sober reminder of those Americans of Japanese ancestry interned here from 1942-1945. Settle in for the night in Bishop surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain ranges. Holiday Inn Express (FB,L)

Day 5

Travel north along Highway 395 with a stop in Carson Valley for a traditional Basque lunch at JT’s Restaurant before returning over the Sierra Nevada to Sacramento. (B,L)
 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Monday, February 3, 2020 to Friday, February 7, 2020

5 Days, 9 Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

$2225
p.p./dbl.occ.
$2510
single

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