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Desert Beauty: Anza-Borrego and Joshua Tree National Park
The desert is a place of silence, light and space with beauty in its arid landscape, and wildflowers tucked into its crevices. Spend enough time here and the desert will weave a spell upon you. Experience the beauty and grandeur for yourself in this springtime expedition.
Fly to San Diego for lunch in Old Town and a visit to Point Cabrillo, a monumental site commemorating the first European explorer. Embassy Suites Waterfront Hotel (L)
Travel from the seashore to the mountain town of Julian, famous for apple pies. A quick lunch and you are off to Anza-Borrego, California's largest state park, famous for its springtime display of wildflowers. A late afternoon drive to Rancho Mirage, home to our “hot water” resort, provides insight into the agriculture of the Coachella Valley. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – 3 nights (FB,L)
Climb into one of the famous “red jeeps” for a trek into slot canyons and an open air ride through the desert landscape. With a local guide explaining the history, culture and legends of the Cahuilla people, the beauty of the desert comes alive. This afternoon ascend two-and-one-half miles through multiple life zones aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar to witness the diversity of the desert and amazing views of the Coachella Valley.
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. The surreal geologic features add to the mystique of this vast wilderness. This evening you have the option to stroll through Village Fest, a menagerie of crafts, art and music in downtown Palm Springs – a fun evening out for locals and visitors alike. (L,D)
Go behind-the-scenes for a private tour at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, providing insight to the survival of life in many deserts around the world. An afternoon flight from Ontario returns you home with a greater appreciation of the desert and all her beauty.
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|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
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|D||Dinner, often several menu options|