Come along with Happy Trails Tours as we travel south west to Arizona and California on our 21 Day Motorcoach 2020 Winter Escape. We have planned something exciting around every corner of this adventure! From Joshua Tree National Park to the Grand Canyon with the Oasis Camel Dairy in between, you'll experience all that Happy Trails is known for.... great tours with a few "out of the way" stops and "unwrapped surprises" to keep you entertained! Read on to see what our latest Winter Escape tour has to offer!
This 21 Day Winter Escape to Palm Springs and Lake Havasu Includes:
Round-trip Smoke-free TROBEC Motor Coach Transportation- Northeast, Central & Southern MN
20 Nights of Accommodations- Des Moines, IA;; Oklahoma City, OK; Albuquerque, NM; (2 nights each in Des Moines & OKC); Lake Havasu, AZ (5 nights); Palm Springs, CA (7 nights); Williams, AZ (2 nights); Tucumcari, NM (1 night)
While in Lake Havasu: Five Nights at the London Bridge Resort; Jet Boat Tour on the Colorado River; Lake Havasu London Bridge; English Village free time; Visit to Oatman; Smithsonian Traveling Waterways Exhibit at the Lake Havasu Museum plus a free day to explore the area at your leisure. (We are in a great location)
While in Palm Springs: Seven Nights at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort; Joshua Tree NP; 29 Palms Murals; Aerial Tram; Oasis Camel Dairy; Visit to Historic Julian, A Mystery Day; a free day at your leisure opportunity to golf!
Grand Canyon Railway - Lodging at the Grand Canyon Hotel; Train to Canyon, Tour & Lunch plus Dinner
Visit to Big Texan Steak House in Amarillo
30 Meals- 20 Breakfasts and 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
Luggage Handling, Taxes, Most Tips for the Porters and Included Meals
Fully Guided with a Happy Trials Tour Representative.
Dress Code: It’s very casual and comfortable. You may pack one main suitcase and bring along a carry-on bag.
The Schedule: Occasionally changes occur that are beyond our control. If this happens, we'll contact you and make necessary adjustments.
The Coach: Our motor coach is chartered through Trobec Bus Company. They have the newest fleet around. They are equipped with restrooms, air-conditioning, sound-system, reclining seats, seat belts, extra leg room, DVD player, television, large windows, WI-FI and electrical 110 outlets.
The Hotels: The hotels we use are beautiful properties. (3 and 4 star)! Our properties generally include two beds (Oftentimes one king bed for couples and single travelers unless otherwise noted), non-smoking rooms, breakfast each morning, and provide luggage handling. Tips for the porters are also included. The Drury Suites offer cocktails and a light dinner in the early evening upon our arrival. Also, you’ll need to let us know your room preference or if you have any special needs such as a room nearby an elevator, lower floor, allergies or other special concerns. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi.
People with Special Needs: Folks with special needs can easily do this tour as long as they can walk some short distances. If you can climb a few steps into the coach, you’ve got it made! (NOTE: A very limited number of scooters are welcome on our coach and can be stored underneath in the bay compartment of the coach. They must be collapsible).Contact for further details. We make comfort stops every 2 ½ to 3 hours. Let us also know of any allergies (such as; colognes, perfumes, foods, etc… or if you have any other concerns).
Special Requests: Let us know if you have any special requests such as seating on the bus, location of rooms at the hotel, one bed or two, or special dietary requests. We want this tour to be the BEST ever for you. Let us know if you are bringing a wheel chair, walker or scooter. We want to be as prepared as possible so your tour runs smoothly and your needs are met. Please note: Happy Trails Tours cannot push wheel chairs. You must have a caregiver along who can assist you with that. Thank you.
Seat Rotation on the Coach: We do not rotate seats on the bus. We find folks stay healthier and that our groups prefer keeping one main seat. With tours that are quite full, we'll reserve the seating in advance so that couples and small groups traveling can sit together. Thank you and feel free to call if you have a special request or concern about how Happy Trails Tours handles their bus seating.
Sat. Feb 15 - Day 1: Travel Day Beginning in Northeast and Central Minnesota to Des Moines, IA This tour includes boarding in various towns throughout the state of Minnesota. We’ll begin with Grand Rapids, Iron Range Cities (Hibbing, Virginia, Chisholm, Eveleth) Duluth & Cloquet. Then in the central portion of the state; boarding will be in Brainerd, Little Falls, Rice and St Cloud. We can also pick up in Burnsville and other locations south of the Twin Cities as long it's along I-35 South. Once everyone is on board, our southwest journey begins with it's first overnight in Des Moines, Iowa. You’ll find the first day to include time to relax and get to know fellow travelers while traveling. Stops will be made every 2 ½ - 3 hours. We’ll arrive to the lovely Drury Inn around 5:00 pm tonight. This property offers hot and cold appetizers, baked potato, salad, type of meat entre (tacos, hotdogs, cocktail meatballs or chicken strips, etc) and more. Cocktails, snacks and soft drinks are complimentary. Two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & ironing boards are provided in each room. They also have a pool. www.druryinn.com A Light Dinner at the Drury Inn
Sun. Feb 16- Day 2: Travel Day to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (545 Miles) After a full hot breakfast (included), continue south to Oklahoma. Again…our day will go by quickly as we visit and get to know others on board the coach. Our lodging tonight is the beautiful Embassy Suites Oklahoma City. This property also offers cocktails in the early evening and also has a nice restaurant, lounge. Rooms have all the amenities one would need such as; two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & boards. www.oklahomacity.embassysuites.comBreakfast Included Mon, Feb 17 - Day 3: Travel Day to Albuquerque, New Mexico (564 Miles) A full hot "made to order" breakfast is included. From Oklahoma City, we’ll head straight west on I-40 to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We’ll cross into the Texas Panhandle of the Old West and continue our journey to the “Land of Enchantment” also known as New Mexico. We’ll make stops for breaks and points of interest along the way. Again, just set your seats back and relax. Our hotel tonight is the Drury Inn. Again, hot and cold refreshments are offered at no extra charge. Just help yourselves. Two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & ironing boards are provided in each room. A Light Dinner & Breakfast Included
Tue, Feb 18 - Day 4: Travel Day to Lake Havasu, AZ (533 Miles)
A full hot breakfast is included. From Albuquerque, we’ll continue west on I-40 en-route to Lake Havasu City! Again, just set your seats back and relax - We have a lot of miles to make today so stops will be at a minimum other than comfort stops and meal breaks. By 5:30 pm, we'll arrive to beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Breakfast & Dinner, included.
For the next FIVE nights we'll settle in to our lovely accommodations at the London Bridge Resort! With a central location, stunning views, stylish accommodations, this full-service resort is the premier destination in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Step beyond our Tudor-style
exterior and into a modern yet welcoming lobby, the centerpiece of which is an exact replica of the gold stagecoach used by royalty on special occasions. Some of the perks you can expect to enjoy are free Wi-Fi, three glittering pools, a nine-hole golf course, a marina and incredible nightlife at Kokomo Havasu, the Southwest’s biggest and coolest club. Here you can explore your surroundings on a boat tour or a hiking excursion. One visit and you’ll agree: London Bridge Resort is nothing short of extraordinary! www.londonbridgeresort.com
A Little History of Lake Havasu: Geographically isolated from the other cities in Mohave County, Lake Havasu City has become an oasis in the desert that enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Established in 1963 on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona, the city is now home to over 50,000 people and attracts over 775,000 visitors annually. Lake Havasu, from which the city takes the name, was formed by the construction of the Parker Dam from 1934 to 1938.Originally founded over the river Thames in London, England, it was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. Shipped overseas in small blocks and trucked from Long Beach to its current location, London Bridge has become a favourite among Arizona attractions. This 280 meters long bridge is ideally located near downtown of the city and other exciting local attractions. While visiting this magnificent structure, visitors can witness the scars from World War II that mark the bridge’s surface, and enjoy the view over the Lake Havasu with all the kinds of boats anchored in the shadow of this icon.
Wed, Feb 19 - Day 5: Enjoy a Jet Boat Tour up the Colorado River
A hot breakfast is included. Today we've planned to take you on a delightful round-trip Bluewater Jet Boat ride up the Colorado River to the northern end of Topock Gorge. We'll be welcomed aboard a 49 passenger vessel equipped with air-conditioned cabin, first class seating, snack bar, restroom and outer deck. Our captain will point out the breathtaking views of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, jagged rock formations such as Devil's Elbow and 3500 year old Indian petroglyphs as he pilots the boat up the Colorado River and through Toprock Gorge. Be on the look out for Desert Bighorn sheep, wild burros, coyotes and other native wildlife along the way. We'll make a lunch stop at Pirates Cove. This tour lasts about 2.5 hours. We'll return in the mid-afternoon with the rest of the day to enjoy as per your personal agenda. Breakfast Included
Thu, Feb 20 - Day 6: A Lake Havasu Area Tour & Museum of History A hot breakfast is included. We have planned a delightful area tour where you will learn the history of Lake Havasu. After our tour, we'll travel to the Lake Havasu Museum of History, home to preserving it's heritage stretching from archaic peoples to Hispanic settlers, miners, dam builders, dreamers and developers. We'll also learn how the Colorado River and the steamboat era brought trade, miners and entrepreneurs to the area. A special traveling exhibit will be at the museum while we are there and it's called The Smithsonian Traveling Waterways", which we'll visit before ending our tour today. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a leisure lunch, paying on own before returning to our lovely London Bridge Resort. Breakfast Included Fri, Feb 21- Day 7: A Free Day to Explore - Driver's Day Off A hot breakfast is included. Today is our driver's day off! Today you'll have an entire day to explore your surroundings as per your own agenda. Within walking distance are many things to see and do. After having had the area city tour the day before, you'll have had some good direction as to how you would like to plan your day. It's also a short walk to the Havasu Landing on Main Street. (The resort offers a shuttle for those with mobility concerns). At the Havasu Landing there is a ferry that will take folks to the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino. Another fun activity would be to just stroll the downtown streets of the English Village (some shopping and restaurants) or perhaps if you are a golfer... you might like to spend the morning golfing on the resort's 9-hoe golf course. Maybe you'll prefer to do nothing at all and just relax by the pool or take a relaxing swim. It's your day... you decide. Breakfast included
Sat, Feb 22- Day 8: Historic Ghost Town - Oatman, Arizona
A hot breakfast is included. Today we have an exciting day planned with a 54 mile drive to the little Ghost Town of Oatman, Arizona, located along historic Route 66. It's wooden sidewalks and 1880's style buildings recall a time when Route 66 brought gold miners and gunslingers to town. A recreated western shootout only adds to the atmosphere of this quaint little town. But there's more... you'll enjoy antiques, shops, restaurants and of course... a bar. So we won't leave hungry! Hey, did we mention one of Oatman's "claim to fame" are the wild burros that roam the streets and come and go as they please. The burros are direct descendants of the pack animals that were brought to the area by the gold miners in the 1880's. With the coming of WWII, the gold mines were shut down and the burros were set free to roam the hills. Breakfast and Lunch Included
Sun, Feb 23- Day 9: Travel to Palm Springs, California (226 Miles)
A hot breakfast is included. Travel south along #95 to Parker before catching I-62 west crossing the Arizona / California border as we travel to Palm Springs, California nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains and the Mojave Desert. We'll arrive to our lovely property in the early afternoon. Our resort, Hilton Palm Springs Resort will be our home away from home for the next SEVEN nights. This property is in a great location within a few blocks from Main Street and a block from their convention center. They have a casino across the street and two walking blocks from the famous Palm Canyon Drive where there are a variety of restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. (Considering flying in to join us? The property offers a shuttle and they are 5 minutes from the airport). Other amenities include full service restaurant, high speed internet in guestrooms, 24 hour fitness center and a 15% discount at the Elements Spa. You are sure to enjoy the next seven nights in this lovely Hilton property. www.hiltonpalmsprings.com Breakfast included today
Mon, Feb 24- Day 10: Palm Springs Celebrity Tour & Fruit Orchard
A full hot breakfast is included Get ready for the “Grand Celebrity Tour” where we’ll drive by many homes where the movie stars lived, once known as "Hollywood's Playground." We'll drive by the homes of Elvis, Liberace, Liz Taylor, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Linda Carter, Frank Sinatra and many others. After our Celebrity Tour, we plan to stop by a date orchard and even sample a “date shake”. We will arrive back to our lovely property in Palm Springs. Breakfast Included
Tue, Feb 25- Day 11: Palm Springs Aerial Tram and Lunch
A full hot breakfast is included. We've included a great attraction this morning... We'll make our way to the desert floor where we’ll board the Palm Springs Aerial Tram which takes 5,873 feet up into the cool climate of the San Jacinto Mountains. This spectacular view brings you to the top of the mountain where you’ll enjoy an 18 minute film on the history and construction of the Tramway. Lunch is included today. By late afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel where you can relax as per your own agenda. Breakfast and Lunch Included.
Wed, Feb 26 - Day 12 Palm Springs Mystery Day!
A full hot breakfast is included. We have a great day planned but we are going to keep it a surprise and unwrap it this morning! Be sure it will include a full day of fun, food and more! Breakfast and Dinner Included
Thu, Feb 27- Day 13 A Day at Your Leisure
A full hot breakfast is included. By now you have acquainted yourself quite well with your surroundings .... a free day to relax is what a vacation is all about! We'll help direct your steps if you need ideas as to what you might like to do today. Those of you who love to golf... Here's a great opportunity for a day to play on some of the greatest golf courses in the nation! Breakfast included
Fri, Feb 28- Day 14: A Desert Adventure! 29 Palms & Joshua Tree NP A full hot breakfast is included Plan a full day as we travel to "29 Palms" only about 1/2 hour away. We'll take a look at the historical Murals of 29 Palms along with other delightful attractions nearby. Then it's on to Joshua Tree National Park, known for it's popular rock climbing formations, and of course, the Joshua Trees! We'll return to our "home away from home" in the late afternoon with fond memories of full day in the desert! Breakfast and Lunch Included
Sat, Feb 29- Day 15: Leap Year Oasis Adventure! Camel Dairy & Julien A full hot breakfast is included. Happy "Leap" Year! We plan to "leap" into this day with great enthusiasm! Our first stop is going to be in Ramona, California which offers a beautiful picturesque 2 hour drive. We've got reservations to visit the Oasis Camel Dairy to include an animal show, private tour of the camels and feeding. But wait.... Anyone up to riding a camel? We've allowed time for a 3 minute camel for those who can get up on one and weigh less than 200 pounds. It requires strong upper body strength so not everyone will be able to do this. BUT the opportunity is there. After our visit here, we'll travel to historic Julien, a gold mine town with a lazy feel to it that seems to keep bringing people back to visit. Wagon loads of apple trees were planted in the 1880's and so "apple pies" are a signature dish in Julien. We'll be sure to allow ample time for lunch and shopping before returning to Palm Springs this evening. Breakfast Included
Sun Mar 1- Day 16: Travel to Williams, AZ - Grand Canyon Hotel & RR (353 Miles) A full hot breakfast is included. Today we head north #62/247 to # 40 East to Williams. Our drive will be very relaxing and picturesque ~ Put your seats back and let us handle this day for you! Comfort stops will be made as the day goes along. Our overnight accommodations for the next two nights will be at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. The location of this property is fantastic! You can walk around the board-walk town to the main restaurant, gift shops and depot. The hotel offers all the amenities expected at any nice property.... hair dryer, irons & boards, coffeemakers, etc... dinner included tonight. Breakfast and Dinner Included
Mon, Mar 2 – Day 17: Grand Canyon Railway Excursion from Williams, AZ to the West Rim of the Canyon
A full hot breakfast is included. It's rumored that a "shoot out" is taking place just a couple of blocks from our hotel and we won't want to miss it! After that, we'll hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railroad to the South rim of the Grand Canyon. The train ride will take you right into the park where you’ll transfer to one of the park coaches for a narrated tour of the canyon. This is not just an ordinary train ride but one of most unforgettable railway rides anywhere in our nation ~ complete vintage train cars, snacks, drinks, and entertainment along the way. Once there, we’ll take a guided tour exploring the canyon on a narrated bus tour. Late in the afternoon after our tour and lunch, we'll return to the train depot, re-board the train and arrive to Williams around 5:00 pm. Breakfast and Lunch Included
Tues, Mar 3 - Day 18 Travel to Tucumcari, New Mexico (530 Miles) A full hot breakfast is included. We'll continue our eastward journey from Arizona crossing into New Mexico. This is a full travel day with stops made as needed. We'll be traveling along Historic Route 66 on #1-40 the entire day. Our lovely property is the Fairfield Inn. This property offers all the usual amenities. They offer a Denny's Restaurant next door. Breakfast Included
Wed, Mar 4 - Day 19 Travel to the Texas Panhandle to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (370 Miles) A full hot breakfast is included. Board the coach and begin our journey to OKC along historic route 66 east. Today is a travel day to OKC. Our route will take us into the Texas Panhandle to central Oklahoma. Lunch will be the Big Texan Steakhouse, included today. Stops will be made as the day goes along. We'll be staying at the same lovely Embassy Suites that we used on Day 2 of this itinerary. This property offers cocktails in the early evening, has a nice restaurant and lounge. All the rooms have two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & boards. www.oklahomacity.embassysuites.comBreakfast & Lunch Included
Thu, Mar 5 - Day 20 _____Headed homeward ~ Des Moines, Iowa (546 Miles) A full hot breakfast is included. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast before departing the hotel for Des Moines. Stops are made as the day goes along~ Relax and enjoy the good company of fellow travelers. (Or a good book!) Again, our lodging will be at the lovely Drury Inn...same property we used on Day 1 of this itinerary. www.druryinn.comA Light Dinner & Breakfast Included
Fri, Mar 6- Day 21 HOME SWEET HOME (400 Miles) A full hot breakfast is included. Board the coach early this morning and begin the last day of our wonderful Winter Escape tour. We'll make a comfort stop in the mid-morning with our lunch break in Burnsville at the Mall. Estimated arrival home will be about 5 pm to Duluth area; 6:30 pm to Eveleth/Virginia area; 7:00 pm to Hibbing/Chisholm and 7:30 pm to Grand Rapids. Estimated arrival home for our folks from Central Minnesota, arrival hours home will be 3:00 pm to St Cloud area; 3:15 pm to Rice; 3:15 pm to Sartell; 3:30 pm to Rice; 4:00 pm to Little Falls; 5:30 pm to Brainerd area. Breakfast Included