Featuring Death Valley National Park
9 – 14 April, 2019
Our six day desert sojourn follows the byways from the eastern foothills of the Sierras in the Owens Valley to the below sea level depths of Death Valley. Along the way you’ll hear tales of riches found and fortunes lost, of a disappearing lake, an opera house in an unlikely location, scenes from the golden age of motion pictures, contrasted with more controversial stories of political intrigue and racial paranoia. Its spring, so if the winter rains come, there will be an abundance of wildflowers at the higher elevations, and flocks of migratory birds in the marshes.
Alabama Hills near Lone Pine Red Rock Canyon
• Death Valley National Park, with lunch at the venerable Furnace Creek Inn
• Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
• Famous movie locations in the Alabama Hills in the shadow of Mt.Whitney
• Rhyloyte, Garlock and other ghost towns
• Cats – Visit a feline meangerie at Exotic Feline Compound
• Narrow gauge railway memories in Independence and Keeler
• Metrolink train ride through Soledad Canyon
• Manzanar – the legacy of a WWII internment camp
• Evening performance at the Amargosa Opera House
• Wild horses, wild burros, pupfish and other desert dwellers
• Intimate group size limited to 22 guests
Program originates at Union Station in Los Angeles. Additional boarding locations at Glendale and Burbank Airport North Metrolink stations.
Fares shown are per person. Single occupancy lodging (5 nights), add $225.
Fare includes all transportation from Los Angeles and return by train and chartered motor coach, lodging based on rooms for 2 (5 nights),5 meals, sightseeing with local guides at select locations, admission fees at all points visited as a group, performance at Amargosa Opera House, taxes, and services of a Tour Manager accompanying the group throughout.
Not included: Meals not specifically mentioned, luggage handling, gratuities to bus driver and local guides, personal items.
Japanese-American memorial Narrow gauge engine #18 has been restored
All photos courtesy of Janet Westbrook