Escaping the cold, dark, damp northeast winter weather has never been easier - or more affordable! Join us this winter on our unique, extended leisure vacation and return refreshed, relaxed and ready for spring! We will enjoy 10 days of Arizona's beauty as well as sights in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. While your friends back home are digging out of the snow you can be basking in the Arizona sunshine!
U.S. Army Engineer Museum
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Petrified Forest National Park
Tour of Phoenix
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park
Tonto National Forest
Desert Botanical Garden
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Old Tucson movie studio
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Tour of Prescott
Sharlot Hall Museum
Tour of Agritopia
Commemorative Air Force Museum
Arizona Copper Art Museum
Verde Canyon Railroad wilderness excursion
Boynton & Long Canyon
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Petroglyph National Monument
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
24 Meals Included
Requires Extended Amounts of Walking
Today we will cross Pennsylvania into Ohio. We will stay at the Drury Inn & Suites Grove City this evening. You are free to enjoy the free hot food and cold beverages at the hotel's 5:30 Kickback or you can get dinner (on your own) at a local restaurant.
Today we will visit the Gateway Arch and enjoy a tram ride to the top, for a magnificent view of the city of St. Louis. Our lodging for this evening will be at the Drury Inn & Suites in Southwest St. Louis. The Drury's 5:30 Kickback will be available for dinner this evening or you are free to go out for dinner at a local restaurant.B
Enjoy breakfast before departing. En route to our lodging in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we will visit the US Army Engineer Museum in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The museum offers a variety of gallery displays including WWII temporary mobilization buildings, the development of American Army engineering equipment, topographic engineering, landmine warfare, tactical bridging and special weapons. Dinner will be included at a local restaurant this evening.
This morning we will visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which honors those affected by the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995. Our lodging this evening will be at the Drury Inn & Suites Amarillo, Texas. You are free to enjoy the 5:30 Kickback Dinner at the hotel or go out for dinner (on your own) at a local restaurant.B
Continuing southwest we will visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM prior to continuing to our lodging in Gallup. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is one the Southwest's largest repositories of Native American arts and crafts. Each pueblo maintains exhibits devoted to its own culture, enabling visitors to see firsthand what distinguishes one tribe's art from another's.B
After breakfast we will depart for Petrified Forest National Park. Here we will see the Painted Desert, an area of badlands that displays a variety of hues. Covered by a soft layer of earth, the desert's colorful erosion effects were created over the eons by mineralized water flows and mineral deposits. We will then continue to Mesa, Arizona, the location of our lodging for the next 10 nights. Our lodging will be at the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa. Each guest room features divided living and sleeping areas, a work center with a 42" flat panel HD television, cozy corner sleeper sofa, wet/dry bar, complimentary hotel-wide wifi and daily hot breakfast. The room also includes a coffee/tea maker, mini-refrigerator, microwave, bath amenities, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. The Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa is adjacent to a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including Bass Pro Shops, Brass Tap, and the Cinemark Movie Theatre, with complimentary transportation services available within the shopping area. After checking-in to the hotel, enjoy a free evening at your leisure.CB
After breakfast we will enjoy a guided highlights tour of the Phoenix area to get you familiar with your "home" for the next 9 days! After free time for lunch on your own, we will visit the Heard Museum, a museum of native cultures and art. Among the exhibits in its 10 galleries are contemporary, historical materials of Southwestern Native Americans, basketry, jewelry, pottery and Kachina Dolls. This evening will be at your leisure.B
Today, after breakfast, we will travel east on US 60, past Globe to Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park. In AD 900 Globe's inviting location in sheltering hills beside a reliable stream led the wandering Hohokam people to dig a cluster of pit houses on a Pinal Creek overlook. For about 2 centuries they thrived, then abandoned the site. In AD 1225, the Salado people built an adobe pueblo trading center atop the Hohokam site, housing as many as 400 people in over 200 rooms. Today you can explore the pueblo! Later this afternoon as we travel through Tonto National Forest, we will see Tonto National Monument and the Theodore Roosevelt Dam en route back to Mesa. This evening we will enjoy some local entertainment.B
This morning we will visit Desert Botanical Gardens, which is devoted exclusively to arid-land plants of the world. The paved Desert Discovery Trail will lead you through the garden. After free time for lunch in Scottsdale, we will visit Taliesin West, which was the winter home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Our tour provides an introduction to the complex and Wright's theories of architecture. This evening our driver will provide transportation to Jalapeno Bucks, a local favorite, where you are free to enjoy dinner on your own.B
Today will be a full day as we travel south to Tucson. Here we will visit Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium. We will then travel a short distance to Old Tucson, an American movie studio originally built by Columbia Pictures. Old Tucson is one of Arizona's top Wild West attractions, featuring live action stunt shows, musicals and live entertainment and genuine southwest BBQ. Step back in time as you make your way through town, walking the same streets made famous by movie legends such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Martin, Sharon Stone and Martin Short. A visit to Mission San Xavier del Bac will complete today's touring. The mission is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown on the Tohono O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. After our visit, we will head back to Mesa.B
Today is a free day to enjoy at your leisure.B
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy the Arizona Renaissance Festival, a medieval park, 14-stage theatre, 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts faire and jousting tournament all rolled into one non-stop, day-long adventure!B
Today you are free to enjoy the day at your leisure.B
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for a day in Prescott. Surrounded by mountain ranges and nearly encircled by the Prescott National Forest, the town is now a resort community. After a tour of the highlights, including the Victorian-era neighborhoods, you are free to enjoy lunch & shopping on your own. This afternoon we will visit Sharlot Hall Museum. Restored by poet and historian Sharlot M. Hall, the mansion is filled with Native American and pioneer artifacts. Later this afternoon we will return to Mesa.B
This morning we will enjoy a tour of Agritopia, recognized by the New York Times as the leading agri-hood in the country. This organic farm was designed to flourish in the urban setting. The same-day harvest is sold on-site at Barnone, as well as being served at the adjacent Joe's Farm Grill, where we will enjoy lunch. Later this afternoon, we will take part in living history as we tour the Commemorative Air Force Museum. This go-to for displays of historic warplanes features a 1944 B-17G bomber & an F4 Phantom.B, L
This morning we will check-out and travel north to explore the northern portion of Arizona. A visit to the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale features exhibits of copper art and collections for study, which were made by coppersmiths, soldier artists and braziers; many of whom were masters in their trade. We will then board the Verde Canyon Railroad for a wilderness excursion through a red rock canyon along the Verde River…full of unusual geology, abundant wildlife, lush greenery and Native American ruins. Our lodging for the evening will be in Sedona, the quaint little western town surrounded by brilliant reddish sandstone and interesting formations.B, L
This morning we will enjoy a trolley ride featuring the sights of Sedona such as Boynton & Long Canyon and Chapel of the Holy Cross. We will then depart for Gallup, New Mexico and the location of our lodging for this evening.CB
This morning, after breakfast, we will check out and depart for our eastern journey back home to Pennsylvania. We will visit Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, NM, which protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers. This evening's lodging will be at the Drury Inn in Amarillo, TX. We will arrive at the hotel in time to enjoy the 5:30 Kickback Dinner or you can go out for dinner on your own.CB
Breakfast will once again start our day. We will then depart for Oklahoma City, where we will visit the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, which preserves and interprets the heritage of the American West. This evening's lodging will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma.B
After breakfast at the hotel we depart and continue our eastern journey. We will stop in Mansfield, Missouri to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Also known as Rocky Ridge Farm, it was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder from 1896 until her death in 1957. Wilder, the author of Little House on the Prairie, wrote the series while living there. Our lodging will be in Southwest St. Louis. You are free to enjoy the 5:30 Kickback Dinner at the hotel or enjoy dinner at a local restaurant on your own.CB
After breakfast we will depart for Indianapolis, Indiana. Here we will visit Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, previously known as the Benjamin Harrison Home, the home of the Twenty-third President of the United States. Our final night's lodging will be at the Drury Inn & Suites Grove City, Ohio. Enjoy your last 5:30 Kickback Dinner! There are local restaurants available if you are interested in dining out.B
Retracing our first day's routing, we will arrive back in Pennsburg by early evening.B
Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.
Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.
Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.
Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com
To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.
CB=Continental Breakfast, B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Allentown - Motorcoach|| Calvary Temple Church |
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
|Easton - Shuttle|| William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10 |
Rt 33, Easton, PA
|Hamburg - No Parking|| Wawa, 515 Lowland Road Hamburg, PA |
(No vehicle parking at this location)
|Montgomeryville - Shuttle|| Quality Inn |
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
|Pennsburg - Motorcoach|| Perkiomen Tours Office |
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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