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Tacos, Marines & Tiny Machines Day Tour Calendar
Camp Pendleton Ranch House & Miniature Museum
With Included Taco Lunch

Departing: Thursday, October 26, 2023

1 Day Package
1 Meal Included
New Itinerary

Price: $139 Per Person
Registration for this tour closes on Thursday, September 26, 2023.

Of all the Marine Corps bases throughout the world, Camp Pendleton perhaps has the most intriguing past – one filled with historical charm and vibrancy. Spanish explorers, colorful politicians, herds of thundering cattle, skillful vaqueros and tough Marines have all contributed to the history of this spectacular piece of land. This fascinating new tour provides the unique opportunity to travel into Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s interior for a guided tour of the Santa Margarita Ranch House, Bunkhouse Museum and Ranch House Chapel – the oldest structure on the entire base and a National Historic Site. The 8,500 square-foot house, built in 1827 on 21 acres, is a stunning visual example of early California architecture and over the years has been home to some of California's most famous families, including Pio Pico (who lost it in a horse bet!) and the families of 35 Marine Corps generals. Historic artifacts and exhibits include early ranch equipment, photographs of President Roosevelt's historic visit, antiques donated by Anthony Quinn during the filming of Guadalcanal Diary and furnishings of the Rancho period. Then we’ll enjoy an included taco bar buffet lunch with dessert at an award-winning family-owned Mexican restaurant located in Carlsbad that has been serving up authentic Mexican food inspired by generations of family cooking for more than 40 years! This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a docent-guided tour of the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum – a large museum featuring tiny feats of engineering! This impressive collection showcases the “best of the best” in model engineering – from crafting model cars, trains, engines and clocks – you’ll be amazed at the precision and detail involved in each tiny machine. This tour involves moderate walking over uneven terrain. When booking, provide your full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Camp Pendleton security on the day of the tour. A roster of names and related security information must be submitted on September 28 with no additions or changes allowed after that deadline.
To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our guests, this tour will operate with additional health and safety measures in place.

Depart: LBCC-O 7:30 a.m., FV 8:15, LHS 8:45. Return: 6:00 p.m.

Only the departure points listed above are included on this tour departure. Find out what these abbreviations mean here.
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