Joshua Tree & Palm Springs
Featuring Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs Wind Farm

Departing: Sunday, April 11, 2021

2 Day Package
2 Meals Included

$359 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$419 Per Person / Single Occupancy

On this overnight, mountain and desert escape, a geographer-guide will bring the dramatic landscape to life while we enjoy an overnight stay at a premier resort casino. From the strange rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park, to the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountains and the massive San Andreas Fault, the geologic and geographic phenomena in this area are as unique as they are diverse.
Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Joshua Tree National Park with a geographer-guide including stops at Hidden Valley, Keys View and Cholla Cactus Garden – this amazing landscape of two distinct desert ecosystems that has been sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain will come to life – the Park’s rugged rock formations stand in contrast to the stark desert landscape featuring amazing flora
  • Stay at the upscale Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, featuring luxurious hotel rooms, a smoke-free casino with Vegas-style gaming, fabulous restaurants and multiple lounges
  • Join a knowledgeable windmill guide for an informative, behind-the-scenes driving tour of the Palm Springs wind farm to get up-close to these majestic, giant wind turbines

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Night 1: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – Indio, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 4/11/2021 - Joshua Tree National Park
We set off from our departure points this morning aboard a deluxe motorcoach for the Coachella Valley. No visit to the Coachella Valley is complete without a stop at Hadley Fruit Orchards. Founded in 1931, this southern California landmark has provided a friendly place to shop for premium quality Medjool dates, dried fruit, nuts, hand-mixed trail mixes, honey, preserves, freshly-ground peanut butter and a variety of gifts. Head to the snack for the beloved date shake! As we continue further west into the Coachella Valley in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains, our onboard geography professor/guide will provide an extensive explanation of the Valley’s formation and its unique geologic and geographic traits. This afternoon, we arrive in Joshua Tree National Park. Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. With 700 species of plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. We’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch in the Park followed by multiple sightseeing stops to discover a unique landscape created by two distinct desert ecosystems coming together. The Park is characterized by boulders and buttresses, rugged mountains, gold mining ruins, and desert plains dotted with those wacky namesake trees (actually a type of yucca). See the huge rock formations surrounded by a healthy population of Joshua Tree, pinyon, juniper and oak along with mesquite, yucca, nolina and various cacti in Hidden Valley. Admire the views at Keys View (elevation 5,152 feet) where on a clear day exists a sweeping panorama of the Coachella Valley including Palm Springs, the Salton Sea and the San Andreas Fault, as well as two of Southern California’s biggest summits: Mount San Jacinto and Mount Gorgonio. We continue past Skull Rock to Cholla Cactus Garden for a walk through thousands of densely concentrated, naturally growing cholla cactus. This evening we arrive at the upscale Fantasy Springs Resort Casino located in Indio. Walk through the doors of this premier high-rise hotel and you’re immediately transported to a world of elegance, exciting ambience and good luck! This award-winning resort features luxurious hotel rooms, an award-winning, smoke-free casino with 1,800 slots and 40 Vegas-style table games and multiple restaurants and lounges.

Day 2
Monday, 4/12/2021 - Palm Springs, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be joined by a knowledgeable windmill guide who will provide an informative driving tour of the Palm Springs wind farm. These iconic symbols of the Coachella Valley are seen as you travel through the fabled San Gorgonio Pass. These majestic, giant wind turbines with blades half the length of a football field aren’t the windmills we used to see on grandpa’s farm – you’re looking at the future! Spectacular mountain vistas provide an incredible backdrop as we experience this unique, behind-the-scenes driving tour that gets us up-close and personal with these enormous and beautiful windmills for incredible photo opportunities! This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own in downtown Palm Springs, the desert oasis located in in the heart of the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs’ core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive captures the city’s energetic pulse and offers a welcoming pedestrian-friendly experience. Featuring a newly redesigned downtown plaza, these four blocks offer something for everyone – from fine foods, casual dining and ice cream shops, to one-of-a-kind mom-and-pop shops and small vintage boutiques to upscale galleries and name brand stores, it’s all available here! This evening we return to our drop off points with the memories of our fabulous desert and mountain getaway not soon forgotten.
Tour Inclusions:

  • 1 Night deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 2 Meals: 1 lunch, 1 breakfast
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional tour director/geographer-guide
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour
Additional Information:
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