Good Times Travel
17132 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Featuring Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Pechanga Resort Casino Stay, Temecula Valley Wine Tasting, Julian
Activity Level 2
Pace Level 2
Travel over the mountains and into the desert to discover a wide variety of geography and landscape features – from blossoms and boulders to historic towns and grapevines, this journey to Julian, Anza-Borrego State Park and the Temecula Valley at a delightful time of year will leave you in awe of California’s unique mountain and desert landscapes.
From our departure points this morning, we travel by deluxe motorcoach to Julian – the charming, early 1900s gold-mining town nestled among oak and pine forests in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains (elevation 4,200 feet). The entire town is a designated historic district and the shops and restaurants are housed in Victorian-style buildings dating back to the 1870s. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own and browsing, and perhaps sample Julian’s famous apple cider and apple pie! This afternoon we continue over the Vulcan Mountains to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California. We’ll be joined by a local guide who will showcase this spectacular landscape that features 12 wilderness areas and provides a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert. The Park features washes, palm groves, cacti, sweeping vistas and a variety of wildlife – stay alert for a possible glimpse of a roadrunner, golden eagle, kit fox, mule deer or bighorn sheep. Each spring the Anza-Borrego State Park comes alive with a variety of wildflowers and we may be fortunate enough to see some. The intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies from year to year and blooms are never certain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed as we cannot control Mother Nature! Late this afternoon we’ll arrive in Temecula at the award-winning, AAA Four Diamond Pechanga Resort Casino. Enjoy a luxurious hotel room, exceptional restaurants and Vegas-style gaming excitement on the largest casino floor in California featuring over 5,000 slot machines, 158 table games and a non-smoking poker room with 38 tables.
Enjoy a leisurely morning and an included breakfast at the resort. Late this morning we travel deeper into the Temecula Valley, featuring almost 50 wineries. The quality of the Temecula Valley wines is made possible by granite-based soil and a unique microclimate that features morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling ocean breezes, and crisp starry nights – ideal for growing grapes and creating award-winning premium wines, recognized by wine connoisseurs internationally. Enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting at an elegant winery tucked into the Temecula Valley’s picturesque wine region. This afternoon we’ll enjoy time at leisure for browsing in Old Town Temecula, the quaint historic district featuring a variety of shops and boutiques. We return to our drop-off points this evening with the memories of our fabulous desert and mountain getaway not soon forgotten. (Breakfast, Lunch) While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your understanding, flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. While these have always been necessary traits for travelers, they are needed now more than ever! Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary. Now more than ever, our 30 years of knowledge and tour planning experience helps us navigate a unique travel environment on your behalf. You can put your trust in us knowing we are experts in travel planning and will do everything possible to provide wonderful new experiences and create amazing new memories for our guests while on the road with us.
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