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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: AUGUST 22 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

“A Once in a Lifetime Journey to See America the Beautiful” 

Tour Includes

Includes: 24 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 5 dinners & brunch, all attractions

Note: Gratuities for Wade Tours Driver and Escort are not included but welcomed.

Prices

Package Price per Person: Single – $7,495.00 | Double – $5,675.00

Pick Up Locations

6:00AM – Latham Farms, Sams Club – Latham, NY 
7:00AM – Wade Terminal – Schenectady, NY
8:00AM – Utica Delta Marriot – Utica, NY

Tour Itinerary

Day One — Thursday, August 22                WADE TOURS PRESENTS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

“A Once in a Lifetime Journey to See America the Beautiful”.  We begin as we board our luxury motor coach traveling west across New York State to our first night in Toledo OH.

Day Two — Friday, Aug 23 (B, L)                 MADISON, WISCONSIN (central time zone)

Pack up and today we move our clocks back an hour, as we travel through Indiana and into the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois.  Here you will board the new Odyssey Chicago River, all glass-enclosed dining cruise that will provide an exceptional 3-course dining experience with views of all the famous architecture and bridges we will be passing, a 2-hour cruise with panoramic views of the River! Following our luncheon cruise, we continue to our next stay in the capitol city of Madison, Wisconsin.

Day Three — Saturday, August 24 (B)      FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

Today, we set our sights on Minneapolis and St. Paul may be bisected by the mighty Mississippi River, but are so inter-connected, they’re called the Twin Cities. There are nearly 200 parks, 22 lakes, and the banks of the Mississippi River. We won’t have time today to explore them all but will take time to explore some of the Twin Cities! Then journey on to Fargo, North Dakota.

Day Four — Sun, Aug 25 (B, D)                    THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK (mountain time zone)

The only park named after a President – When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation.  The historic Maltese Cross Cabin, museum exhibits, and park films will help you learn about the park. After our visit, check-in to our Medora, North Dakota accommodations.  Tonight, you’re in for a real treat at the Medora Musical outdoor stage, “The Greatest Show in the West!” and a Pitchfork Fondue!

Day Five — Monday, August 26 (B)           GREAT FALLS, MONTANA

Pack up and depart for Montana’s beautiful eastern Badlands at Makoshika State Park and see badlands interpretive displays in Montana’s largest State Park.

Day Six — Tuesday, August 27 (B, L)         GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

Today take your box lunch and we’ll explore the heart of Glacier National Park aboard the stylish “Red Jammers,” restored vintage touring coaches from the 1930’s and take one of the most stunning drives in America on the “Going-to-the-Sun” Road.   See the cliff forming the central Continental Divide. Look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep at Logan Pass. Tour ends at Lake McDonald, where our coach will be waiting for us to board and take us to our overnight stay in Kalispell, Montana.

Day Seven — Wed, Aug 28 (B, D)               COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO (pacific time zone)

We venture into Idaho with our first stop in Historic Wallace, which will transport you back to the days of the wild West, from its historic Silver Mines to incredible beauty, this town is surrounded by towering mountains, thick with pines and huckleberry bushes and crisscrossed with trails waiting to be explored.  Next, down the road to experience Coeur D’Alene enjoying traditional storytelling, dance and local tribal cuisine. This evening enjoy your stay at Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, uniquely special tribal people creating an exclusive cultural experience of the importance of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s ancestral lands.

Day Eight – Thursday, August 29 (B, L)     SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Depart Coeur d’Alene, ID for Leavenworth, WA. Enjoy a traditional German lunch served family-style at King Ludwig’s in this Bavarian-style village, along with plenty of time for shopping or a visit to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, featuring over 6,000 of these artistic culinary tools! Continue to Seattle and arrive at your hotel for the next two evenings, close to several restaurants.

Day Nine – Friday, August 30 (B, L)            TOURING SEATTLE

Head into Downtown Seattle this morning. Your first stop is the famous Space Needle for views of the surrounding area – on a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier along with the Mountains of Olympic Peninsula National Park. At the base of the Space Needle, enjoy beautiful glass art at the Chihuly Garden of Glass, featuring works by Pacific Northwest Artist Dale Chihuly. Cruise across Puget Sound for a special Salmon Bake on Blake Island. Stories and entertainment by descendants of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest are a perfect complement to lunch. After returning to Seattle, explore Pike Place Market before returning to your hotel for the evening.

Day Ten – Saturday, August 31 (B)            PORTLAND OREGON

Travel south in the shadows of the peaks of the Cascade Range before arriving at Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Travel the highway through the monument pausing at several overlooks and visitor centers to get a full appreciation of the destruction that occurred on May 18, 1980 when the volcano erupted. Cross over the mighty Columbia River into Oregon and arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for 2-nights, located just outside Portland in the town of Clackamas.

Day Eleven – Sunday, Sept 1 (B, BR)          TOURING PORTLAND

Enjoy a guided tour of Portland this morning – through downtown and beautiful Washington Park. The highlight of your day is a Champagne Sunday Brunch cruise aboard the Portland Spirit, along the Willamette River with stunning views. In the afternoon find yourself in Oregon City at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. A guided tour provides insight into the hardships and rewards that lay in wait along the Oregon Trail. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day Twelve – Mon, Sept 2 (Labor Day) (B)CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

Continue south this morning toward Crater Lake National Park, truly one of the most beautiful of our scenic national treasures.  The country’s deepest lake was formed when a tall mountain peak collapsed on itself over 7,000 years ago. Explore the visitors center before a guided trolley tour around the rim. Further south, your home for the evening is right along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon!

Day Thirteen – Tue, Sept 3 (B, L, D)           CALIFORNIA “HERE WE COME”

After viewing the scenic river from your room, it’s time to take a cruise aboard the Hellgate Jetboats. The voyage introduces you to the flora and fauna along its shores as well as the history of the area along with a spectacular lunch served along the river! Further south, cross into the Golden State of California and pause to admire the famous Sundial Bridge, designed by internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. An early dinner is included. Your home for the evening is just outside Eureka, on California’s north coast, The Blue Lake Casino Hotel, Blue Lake, right in the heart of beautiful Redwood Country!

Day Fourteen – Wed, Sept 4 (B, L)             SAN FRANCISCO

Continue working your way south pausing at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. California’s third largest state park contains the oldest contiguous old growth redwood forest in the world. A short-guided walk will introduce you to these giant trees. After a stop for lunch, visit the Charles M. Schultz Museum, dedicated to the creator of “Peanuts, featuring Good ol’ Charlie Brown.” You’ll learn all about the man behind such loveable characters as Snoopy and Woodstock during a private tour. At the end of the day, arrive at your hotel for the next two nights, nestled at the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Day Fifteen – Thurs, Sept 5 (B, D)              TOURING SAN FRANCISCO

Depart your hotel in the morning for a 3 hour personally guided tour of San Francisco to include Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Chinatown and Golden Gate Park. Enjoy lunch and shopping at your leisure at Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. A one-hour bay cruise follows. Pass by the waterfront, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and notorious Alcatraz Island. The balance of the afternoon allows you to choose your own activities including shopping. Dinner is included in Berkeley.

Day Sixteen – Fri, Sept 6 (B)                         NAPA VALLEY

Depart your hotel in the morning for a visit to Napa Valley. Your first stop is Andretti Winery, opened by Mario Andretti of racing fame. With wine in hand, enjoy a fun and informative tour of the winery estate, rounded off with a barrel tasting. Nearby, enjoy lunch at your leisure at the Oxbow Public Market, featuring several choices of local fare and opportunities to buy local foods to take with you. Your hotel tonight is just outside Yosemite National Park, along the Merced River at Yosemite View Lodge, El Portal

Day Seventeen – Sat, Sept 7 (D)                 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Enter Yosemite National Park in the morning and enjoy a valley tram tour led by a park docent. Lunch and exploring on your own follows in Yosemite Village. Visit the Yosemite Museum and Happy Isles Art Center at your leisure before traveling south through the park to Bakersfield. A traditional Basque Dinner welcomes you before checking into your hotel for the evening.

Day Eighteen – Sun, Sept 8 (B, L)                DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Depart Bakersfield in the morning bound for Death Valley National Park. Lunch is included in Furnace Creek prior to learning more about the scenic wonder that surrounds you at the visitor center. Visit Devil’s Golf Course and Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the United States at 86 meters below sea level. Pass by Zabriskie Point as you make your way to Las Vegas, arriving in the late afternoon. Your home is right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Day Nineteen – Mon, Sept 9                        PROVO UTAH                                                     (mountain time zone)

Say goodbye to Las Vegas as you head east toward the national parks of Utah.  While what happens in Vegas stays there, what happens in Southern Utah will stay with you forever.  Utah’s parks are rejuvenating and exhilarating escapes from the built world to the natural world!

Keep in mind today we lose an hour as we travel into Utah

Travel to northwest section of Zion National Park, The Kolob Canyons, part of the Colorado Plateau region of the park and are noted for their colorful beauty and diverse landscape. A five-mile scenic drive along the Kolob Canyons Road allows you to view the crimson canyons and scenic viewpoints. Next stop, Cedar City, to explore this unique mountain town and enjoy a leisurely lunch, followed by Cedar Breaks National Monument is a natural colosseum and will win you over with its brilliant and colorful cliffs.  Tonight, we hang our hat in Provo, Utah along the Utah Lake!

Day Twenty – Tue, Sept 10 (B)                    DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

Arrive in Vernal, Utah for our afternoon break before crossing into Colorado and our drive into Dinosaur National Monument, a United States National Monument located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Continue on to Craig, Colorado for an overnight stay.

Day Twenty-one – Wed, Sept 11 (B)         GRAND LAKE, COLORADO            

Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River and situated on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural body of water, the Town of Grand Lake is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Day Twenty-two – Thurs, Sept 12 (B)       ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Bisected north to south by the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain features lush green vegetation on its western side, while the eastern portion has the finest mountain view. Look for sightings of the majestic elk that forage in grassy meadows.  See both sides on the historic 48-mile Trail Ridge Road, a winding stretch that reaches a height of 12,183 ft, designated national scenic byway and the highest continuous paved road in the country!  Arrive in Estes Park for lunch and free time on own, then we begin our homeward stretch, with an overnight in North Platte, Nebraska.  Don’t forget, its Central Time now!

Day Twenty-three – Fri, Sept 13 (B)          DES MOINES, IOWA

From here I-80 will take us all the way to Ohio……… after trekking across the Great Plains, we arrive at the Drury Inn Des Moines, Iowa just in time for the 5:30 kickback!

Day Twenty-four – Sat, Sept 14 (B)           HOLY TOLEDO, we’re almost home!

Continuing along on I-80, we spend out final night in the same place we started twenty-four-days ago!

Day Twenty-five – Sun, Sept 15 (B)           JOURNEY HOME

Special Requests & Additional Information

SEATING PREFERENCE: If yes, please let us know your preference in the special requirements section on the booking page with the specific seat, seat location and if you would like to sit near someone. Check out our seat assignment policy page for our seating chart. If no preference is made, your seat will be assigned by Wade Tours. Check out the seating chart to the left!!

We encourage you to book early to accommodate any special needs and to assure that members of your party will be seated together. We reserve the right to assign seats when necessary.

ROOM PREFERENCE: We offer both two queen bed rooms and single king bed rooms. Please let us know your preference and we will do our best to match you to that room.

RESERVATIONS:  To be FAIR and IMPARTIAL seat assignments will be taken at the time of booking your reservation.  Deposit of $100 per person. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations within 60 days from departure will be subject to a $100 fee per person, plus cost for tickets, meals, hotels and other non-recoverable expenses.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is available and recommended due to unforeseen circumstances that can arise and if they do, we want you to be protected BEFORE and DURING your tour. Travel Insurance 

BAGGAGE: One large suitcase, and one carry-on bag per person.

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