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Circle the American West – with Cosmos

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15 days roundtrip from Denver

 Day 1: Denver

Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains. An attractive city with broad streets, a tree-lined pedestrian mall leads to the gold-domed State Capitol and Larimer Square in the city’s historic heart. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

 Day 2: Vail/Glenwood Canyon/Grand Junction

Travel west into the Rocky Mountains and stop in Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Your journey continues through the massive 1,800-foot-high walls of Glenwood Canyon before reaching the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red-rock landscape of Grand Junction. Colorado wines are making a big splash, and the heart of the Colorado wine industry is right here. Upon arrival, enjoy a WINE TASTING at one of the many wineries. (CB)

 Day 3: Colorado NM / Arches NP / Moab

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT with its canyons that drop as much as 500 feet deep. On to ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, with over 2,000 preserved natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. Overnight in Moab, with time to stroll through the downtown shops for a great selection of Southwestern art and jewelry.

 Day 4: Canyonlands NP / Dead Horse Point

The day begins with magnificent CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The remote Maze, the rugged Needles, and our destination today, “The Island in the Sky.” Continue on to DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, where your Tour Director tells you the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. Dead Horse Point Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park.

 Day 5: Capitol Reef NP / Bryce Canyon NP

Today’s route through CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK and Escalante is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, scenic drives in the USA. The majesty of Capitol Reef will intrigue you with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone. Next, travel along GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires. The natural amphitheaters and canyons glow with different lights throughout the day.

 Day 6: Zion NP / Page

Today, descend into half-mile-deep ZION NATIONAL PARK. “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. Enjoy the colorful sandstone walls that rise thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Afterward, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell and CRUISE the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir.

 Day 7: Page / Flagstaff / Williams

First stop this morning is the WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, one of several sites preserving pueblos (village) of ancient peoples. Visit the visitor’s center and museum exhibits that feature the stories of people who have lived here through thousands of years. Take time to imagine the past before visiting one of the five largest prehistoric pueblos, the Wupatki Pueblo. An afternoon arrival in Flagstaff allows time to explore an eclectic mixture of big-city culture and charming downtown atmosphere. Our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday. (CB)

 Day 8: Grand Canyon NP

Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendor of the GRAND CANYON. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.

 Day 9: Monument Valley / Kayenta

To experience the American West that’s been immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR.

 Day 10: Four Corners/Mesa Verde/Durango

Today, continue through Utah to the “FOUR CORNERS” region, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico converge, and you can stand in four states at the same time. Next, wondrous MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Afterward, head to Durango in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Tonight, maybe explore the historic downtown or stroll along the Animas River.

 Day 11: Durango / Gauge Railroad

Board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!”

 Day 12: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison NP

Travel north through the San Juan Mountains, stopping in Ouray, a small community nestled in some of the Rockies’ most rugged and towering peaks. This afternoon, visit one of America’s newest national parks: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK. The unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths that you will see here.

 Day 13: Buena Vista / Colorado Springs

Our journey continues through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture postcard town that has retained a Wild West charm and is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Continue to Colorado Springs, where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the GARDEN OF THE GODS, a city park that is a garden of towering red rock formations. (CB)

 Day 14: Pikes Peak / Denver

Conclude your journey with a fabulous train ride on the PIKE’S PEAK COG RAILWAY, the world’s highest cog railroad. Travel along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, then over Four Mile Switch for your first glimpse of Pikes Peak. At about the 5-mile point, the grade gets steep as you climb above the timberline and reach the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. (CB)

 Day 15: Denver

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Denver International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Denver further with a variety of exciting optional activities. (CB)

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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Exploring America’s Great Parks – with Globus

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15 days roundtrip from Las Vegas

 Day 1: Las Vegas

Welcome to the “Entertainment Capital of the World!” At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming national park adventure.

 Day 2: Grand Canyon National Park

Depart the glittering lights and glamour of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau over millions of years, the canyon is over a mile deep and 10 miles wide, revealing billions of years of geological history. Tonight, savor a sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the world. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Special Feature: Your hotel is located near the rim of the Grand Canyon, a rare opportunity for great views and a significant extra when traveling with Globus.

 Day 3: Grand Canyon NP / Monument Valley

This morning is at leisure. You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon or enjoy a hike on one of the many trails. We then travel north through Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Tonight will be spent at historic Goulding’s Lodge, where you will be treated to a Local Favorite NAVAJO COOKOUT and learn about the local Dineh (people) who call this land home. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Monument Valley / Moab

Start this morning with a Local Favorite 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour of Monument Valley. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. We then head north for Moab, the “Mountain Biking Capital of the World.” (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Arches NP / Grand Junction / Denver

This morning, explore the incredible landscape of ARCHES NATIONAL PARK. The park contains over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and formations, including Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, Double Arch, and Delicate Arch. Stop in Colorado’s wine country, where you’ll enjoy Local Favorite lunch and a WINE TASTING. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver. This evening, why not stroll the city’s pedestrian 16th Street Mall and take advantage of the shopping, dining, and entertainment? (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 6: Denver / Custer State Park

Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in beautiful CUSTER STATE PARK. Formed in 1897, the park is the second-largest state park in America. Its 73,000 breathtaking acres are home to a variety of wildlife, including bison, pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wild turkeys, and elk. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Special Feature: Stay at the historic State Game Lodge, which served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge. Relax with a cool drink on the front porch and let Mother Nature entertain you.

Please Note: The May 27 and September 16 departures will overnight at Sylvan Lake Lodge inside Custer State Park instead of the State Game Lodge. The beautifully renovated lodge offers awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, and exciting activities.

 Day 7: Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse

This morning, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE, which stands as a shrine of democracy. The epic sculpture depicts the faces of four exalted American presidents that symbolize this nation’s rich history, rugged determination, and lasting achievement. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief, whose fame is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn. Learn about the sculpture, his family, and the future of the project. Later, return to Custer State Park and be part of an exciting Local Favorite BUFFALO SAFARI. Have your cameras ready for great photo opportunities. Then, enjoy an old-fashioned CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT, complete with Western entertainment. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 8: Deadwood / Devils Tower NM

Start today by exploring the Wild West town of DEADWOOD. Take a journey through time as you travel down cobblestone streets and hear stories of all the legendary characters that contributed to the town’s history, such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny. Next stop is DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. The spectacular rock formation and the surrounding countryside are home to
a myriad of plant and animal life, and Native Americans consider the area a place for renewal. (Breakfast)

 Day 9: Cody / Yellowstone NP

This morning we stop in Buffalo’s Bill Western town of Cody. Visit the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, which celebrates the spirit of the American West by sharing stories of the Western experience. Learn about natural history, Native culture, art, firearms, and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. We then travel to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Special Feature: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

Please Note: The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.

 Day 10: Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring all the wonders of Yellowstone. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, otter, and beaver. (Breakfast)

 Day 11: Grand Teton NP / Jackson

Journey south today and visit GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. The park’s world-renowned scenery attracts more than 4 million visitors per year. See beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and stroll along the shore before continuing to Jackson. This evening, why not visit the Antler Arches, enjoy a drink at one of the swing-door saloons, or shop for the perfect cowboy hat? (Breakfast)

 Day 12: Salt Lake City

Continue your journey south today through Wyoming and into Utah. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Mormon pioneer Brigham Young in 1847. More recently, Salt Lake City played host to the 2002 Olympics and now offers a vibrant downtown with a variety of stores, attractions, and restaurants. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 13: Bryce Canyon National Park

Today’s highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Here you’ll discover a breathtaking landscape full of pinnacles of stone and colors that defy the imagination. This evening, why not do some stargazing? Bryce is one of the best places to view stars because of its remote location and lack of pollution. On some nights, over 7,500 stars are visible. (Breakfast)

 Day 14: Zion National Park / Las Vegas

This morning, visit ZION NATIONAL PARK with its dramatic landscape of canyons and soaring cliffs. On your sightseeing tour, see fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and overnight in the heart of the famous Las Vegas “Strip.” This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 15: Las Vegas

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. (Breakfast)

explore America’s National Parks with Globus

Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Western Discoverer – with Trafalgar

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14 days roundtrip from Los Angeles

 Day 1: Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels! After a short transfer to Long Beach, settle in at your hotel and relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

 Day 2: San Diego

Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a guided tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time before joining your travelling companions for dinner.

 Day 3: Scottsdale

Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you—keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy.

 Day 4: Sedona / Grand Canyon NP

Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists’ enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this natural wonder of the world.

 Day 5: Lake Powell / Zion NP

Say goodbye to the Grand Canyon as you wind your way around its South Rim. See the glittering waters of Utah’s Lake Powell before continuing to the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.

 Day 6: Las Vegas

Depart the natural beauty of Zion and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy the evening to relax or hit the town!

 Day 7: Las Vegas

The choices are endless: Hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city’s elegant restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, take an optional tour to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Perhaps take a ride on Las Vegas’ newest attraction; the world’s tallest observation wheel! Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.

 Day 8: Mammoth Lakes

Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind and travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, overnight in Fresno at The Radisson.)

 Day 9: Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the night here in one of the wild places that John Muir called “the hope of the world.”

 Day 10: Sonoma / Napa / San Francisco

Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Travel through Napa’s scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Visit the Cable Car Museum, a Unique Insight, a celebration of San Francisco’s rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impacts streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with your travelling companions.

 Day 11: San Francisco

As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park. There’s a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path.

 Day 12: Carmel / Monterey

Head south to the Old Mission in San Juan Bautista where you can step back in time to the Mission era. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the shops, wander down to the water’s edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey for the night.

 Day 13: San Simeon / Santa Barbara

Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home of one of America’s most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a culinary Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Your host, a local chef and author, shares the bounty of local, seasonal foods for the ultimate farm-to-table experience.

 Day 14: Santa Barbara / Los Angeles

Wake to Santa Barbara’s golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore hotel if you’d like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 5pm.

a perfect mix of National Parks and cities with Trafalgar

Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Adventures in the Wild Northwest – with Trafalgar

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11 days from San Francisco to Seattle

 Day 1: San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco! After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers angling for oohs, aahs and cheers from the crowd. Be sure to visit the ‘Sea Lebrities’, the pier’s resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., get together at the hotel with your fellow adventurers and Travel Director at a festive Kick-off Party.

 Day 2: San Francisco & Eureka

What better way to get a taste of San Francisco than by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. If you and the family are up for a walk, grab your cameras and join your Travel Director for a stroll across this impressive feat of engineering. Learn all about the bridge and why it’s not painted gold—despite its name! Visit the Charles Schultz Museum, a charming reflection of the modest and much-loved cartoonist who created the Peanuts. Drive along the stunning Avenue of the Giants before arriving at Humboldt Redwoods State Park filled with some of the tallest trees you have ever seen! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

 Day 3: Redwood National Park / Coos Bay

This morning, view one of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, the Carson Mansion. Drive through Northern California’s Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with trees more than 1,000 years old and over 300 feet (90 metres) tall. Arrive in Coos Bay and enjoy the evening at leisure.

 Day 4: Oregon Dunes / Gleneden Beach

Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and lots of interesting creatures. Hop in a dune buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these expansive tracts of sand. Then stop at Heceta Head overlook and see the view of a beautiful 19th-century lighthouse that casts its beam out to sea, before continuing north to Gleneden Beach.

 Day 5: Newport

Kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and wade in the Yaquina Head tide pools for a captivating search for hermit crabs, sea urchins, anemones, sea stars and even the occasional octopus! Your next look at sea life is even cooler, because you’re headed to the Oregon Coast Aquarium — named one of America’s “Most Awesome Aquariums” by Forbes magazine. Come face-to-face with sharks and bat rays in Passages of the Deep—an acrylic walk-through tunnel surrounded by water. With your free time this afternoon, maybe explore Newport’s historic waterfront or join an optional Sea Life Cruise; keep an eye out for sea life and marine birds as the onboard naturalist tells you all about your surroundings.

 Day 6: Tillamook / Portland

Better get moo-ving, because you’re travelling to Tillamook, a city synonymous with the dairy industry. Get the scoop about this Local Speciality during a tour of the Tillamook Creamery and learn about dairy cows. Then you’ll be treated to a fresh waffle cone filled high with your choice from 35 delicious flavours of Tillamook Ice Cream. Next, journey to Portland, where you’ll enjoy an orientation city tour, complete with a stop at the International Rose Test Garden. This evening, walk through the art of glass blowing. This experience is the best way to enjoy the excitement of playing with fire and melted glass. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner, overlooking the workshop, with your host at the factory tonight.

 Day 7: Portland

Today you’ll discover some of Oregon’s most beautiful scenery along the historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Crown Point and the Vista House for panoramic views of the river from 733 feet (223 metres) above. Vista House’s octagonal building with its copper dome is home to an interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. Onward to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon’s tallest! Stop at Bonneville Dam to view this historic dam and lock. Also learn about a fish ladder designed to allow salmon to navigate the Columbia River during spawning. Return to Portland and enjoy some free time. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose to take an optional jet boat ride. And if you’re still in the mood to explore, an optional walking tour including dinner is available this evening!

 Day 8: Olympic National Park

Visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor’s Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire volcano that erupted in 1980. Learn about the legendary blast — an eruption so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states — as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. Venture west to the rugged coast of Olympic National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park contains no fewer than three distinct ecosystems. Then meet a Local Expert who shares with you the tribal legends and stories of the Quinault people who have long called the Pacific Northwest home.

 Day 9: Olympic NP / Seattle

Enter the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, one of the world’s few (as well as the largest) temperate rainforests and trek to the eerie “Hall of Mosses” with trees and branches dripping with moss. Then make a stop at dazzling Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. Sensational views of the Seattle skyline unfold before you as you make your way by ferry across Puget Sound into the Emerald City. Once ashore in this hip and vibrant town, stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the nation’s oldest farmers market, where the fish fly low — from one fishmonger’s hands to the next! Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore Seattle as you wish.

 Day 10: Seattle

This morning, enjoy a visit to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the creativity that inspires contemporary pop culture. No visit to Seattle would be complete without making the trip to the top of the Space Needle, the iconic landmark of the great Pacific Northwest. After some down time, head to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum featuring beautiful glass artwork by the same artist who created the famous glass ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. After a docent-led tour of the museum, join your newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner toasting to your exciting Northwest adventures!

 Day 11: Seattle

Time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your complimentary transfer to Seattle International Airport or extend your stay in Seattle.

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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains – with Cosmos

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14 days roundtrip from Washington DC

 Day 1: Washington DC area

Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

 Day 2: Washington DC / Gettysburg

Today begins with a guided sightseeing tour that shows you the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. Afterward, your guided tour of the capital continues, with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. Afterward, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania for a visit of the hallowed GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD, site of the decisive Civil War campaign and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Tonight we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavor of the area.

 Day 3: Harpers Ferry / Shenandoah NP

Head for HARPERS FERRY, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. En route to Shenandoah, stop at LURAY CAVERNS for a guided tour, then up to the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. (CB)

 Day 4: New River Gorge / Beckley

Through lumber and limestone country into wonderfully wild West Virginia. After a lunch break in Lewisburg, a Civil War battlefield, visit Babcock State Park and fully operable Grist Mill. Travel to Fayetteville and stop at New River Gorge Bridge, the world’s third-longest steel-span bridge, rising 876 feet above the river. Then, on to Beckley, the heart of West Virginia’s “smokeless” coal industry, for an overnight stay.

 Day 5: Charleston / Louisville

Before entering Kentucky we stop in the state capital of Charleston, West Virginia, the one-time home of Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to green pastures, white-board fences, and the columned estates of Kentucky. Make a stop at the LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM AND FACTORY for a guided tour. Overnight in Louisville, home to the “most exciting two minutes in sports”—the Kentucky Derby. (CB)

 Day 6: Louisville / Bardstown

This morning begins with a guided walking tour of historic CHURCHILL DOWNS. Learn about past Derby winners and the rich history. Next, experience Derby Day—from the starting gate to the finish line—at the KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM. Afterward, travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at SINKING SPRING FARM, where Abraham Lincoln was born. A replica of the original log cabin is preserved as a shrine to the best-loved of American presidents. Visit a true working WHISKEY DISTILLERY, and learn about the production of the very finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon, for which Kentucky is famous. Overnight in Bardstown, Kentucky’s second-oldest city and “Bourbon Capital of the World.” Evening is at leisure

 Day 7: Bardstown / Gatlinburg

This morning’s journey takes you along Kentucky’s scenic backroads. A mid-morning stop in Corbin for a short visit to COLONEL SANDERS’ original fried chicken restaurant, which is now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings—even a frontier privy! The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. (CB)

 Day 8: Gatlinburg

As one of America’s most popular mountain retreats, Gatlinburg offers something for everyone. You might want to spend a day at world-famous Dollywood, an 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains, family, and country music. Tonight’s optional outing features the Dixie Stampede dinner show, an action-packed evening filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, and phenomenal musical productions.

 Day 9: Great Smoky Mountains NP / Asheville

Drive right through the center of the Smokies along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road, peaking at 5,046 feet. Into North Carolina and a stop at the 7,500-acre grounds of BILTMORE ESTATE, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Then, on to dramatic CHIMNEY ROCK, where you can take an elevator carved through solid rock up to the granite monolith for views over Hickory Nut Gorge. Park Rangers provide an opportunity to view up close and personal some of nature’s top predators. Learn about the unique adaptations of raptors, challenges they face, and about the birds currently under rehabilitation. Overnight in the Asheville area, hometown of American author Thomas Wolfe.

 Day 10: Asheville area / Lexington area

Blue Ridge Parkway runs from the Great Smokies to Shenandoah National Park without a single traffic light along its 470-mile route. Take in a portion of the parkway today, from Fancy Gap to Roanoke. Stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next up: a visit to Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high arch in a wooded setting, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington’s initials are still visible on the cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor. (CB)

 Day 11: Richmond / Williamsburg

The day begins with a guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House that lets you experience the pre-war life of Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and introduces you to the man who became a legend. Visit Lee Chapel & Museum, preserved as Robert E. Lee left it for the last time on September 28, 1870. This afternoon’s highlight is the graceful home of the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson. The MONTICELLO ESTATE reflects Jefferson’s skills as an artist, architect, and designer. It is the only house in the U.S. that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List of international treasures. We follow with a short sightseeing tour of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies. (CB)

 Day 12: Williamsburg

This morning, visit the nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Then, enter COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Take a stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops, and exhibits. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence. (CB)

 Day 13: Mount Vernon / Washington DC area

This morning, visit MOUNT VERNON, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Time to explore the most popular historic estate in America. The final leg of your journey takes you back to Washington DC. This evening, join an optional evening outing featuring a delicious dinner followed by an illumination tour of Washington’s famous memorials. (CB)

 Day 14: Washington DC area

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Dulles or Reagan International Airports are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Washington DC further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

hassle-free group travel across America with Cosmos

Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

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 Tournament of Roses

5 days roundtrip from Los Angeles.
With Globus the details are done.

Go behind the scenes in Los Angeles to experience the Tournament of Roses, America’s most famous New Year’s celebration. Ring in the New Year with a festive dinner and dance gala complete with hats, live music, party favors, and champagne. Celebrate New Year’s Day by watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in reserved grandstand seats, only minutes from the beginning of the parade route. Later, get up close and personal with the parade floats at the post-parade viewing—a highlight of the trip for many—and smell the roses and other flowers that adorn the floats. Other highlights of the trip include a farewell dinner on board the RMS Queen Mary and a visit to the Getty Museum to see its extensive art collection and the Ronald Regan Presidential Library, celebrating the life of the 40th U.S. President. This year, don’t just watch the Tournament of Roses parade on TV; see it live with prime viewing seats!

 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

5 days roundtrip from Albuquerque.
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See the mass ascension of balloons and more during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the largest ballooning event in the world and one of New Mexico’s most dazzling spectacles. Experience the pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable mass ascension of hundreds of hot-air balloons, where the sky transforms into a rainbow of colors. In the evening, see the dramatic Balloon Glow, when all the balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and After-Glow Fireworks Show. There’s also time for sightseeing with visits to the International Balloon Museum and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a fascinating museum and crafts market operated by New Mexico’s 19 pueblos. Experience a traditional lunch with a demonstration on corn grinding, and enjoy a guided trolley tour in Santa Fe, including the San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel’s “Miracle Stairway.” Without a doubt, this is the best way to experience the wonder of the spectacular Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!

 America's Musical Heritage

10 days from Nashville to New Orleans.
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On this vacation, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, soul, blues, and jazz with Elvis Presley also thrown into the mix. Start in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most important recording studios; and the Grand Ole Opry, where you have reserved seats. In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, celebrating Memphis soul music; Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more; and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues,” and visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the blues.

Other musical landmarks on this tour include the B.B. King Museum and the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, where you will learn more about Louisiana Delta musicians such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and more. In New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

But that’s not all…in addition to musical heritage, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about life on a plantation and cruise through the swampy waterways of Atchafalaya Basin. It’s a trip no music lover should miss!

 Classic Fall Foliage

9 days roundtrip from Boston.
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New England is steeped in history and known for its amazing fall foliage, and on this vacation you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular beauty and historic places. A couple of living history museums will show you what life was like in New England’s past, including a living museum simulating life in a 1800s New England coastal village, a living history museum of Vermont’s rural past, and a living history museum showcasing 19th-century New England. A sightseeing tour in Boston highlights landmarks that were pivotal to the United States’ history, and a visit to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s mansion gives you a taste for life in a bygone era.

History is not all you’ll experience on this marvelous tour. You’ll also see spectacular beauty and amazing fall foliage. In Maine, you’ll visit Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited national parks, where you’ll take a carriage ride. In New Hampshire, travel to the scenic White Mountains, New England’s greatest range and premier outdoor playground, and enjoy the Raven Interpretive Program. Throughout your tour, marvel at the scenic drives and stunning fall colors full of blazing red, orange, and yellow leaves (if Mother Nature permits). It’s a trip not to be missed!

 Yellowstone Winter Wonderland

7 days roundtrip from Jackson, WY.
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The only thing more impressive than Yellowstone in the summertime is Yellowstone in winter—a time when the place seems magical! See Old Faithful without the crowds, marvel at the snowy landscapes, admire the bison as they shake off the snow, and be amazed by steaming geysers. Winter offers some of the best wildlife viewing because of the color contrasts between the animals and the snow, so have your cameras ready for animals such as bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, and coyote.

Enjoy a walking tour of the Upper Geyser Basin, the greatest geothermal basin on Earth. Travel via snowcoach to some of the famous places in the park, and take an excursion to Lamar Valley, known to locals as the Serengeti of Yellowstone. On this magical vacation, you will also tour Grand Teton National Park and take a sleigh ride in Jackson’s National Elk Refuge, where as many as 10,000 elk congregate each winter. You’ll have leisure time to participate in some of the outdoor activities, such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or you may choose to relax with a warm drink by a crackling fire. Regardless, you’re sure to come away from this vacation with some amazing stories, fond memories, and unique photos.

 Yosemite National Park in Winter

6 days roundtrip from San Francisco.
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Experience one of America’s most impressive national parks during the most magical season. Yosemite in Winter provides a truly unique experience, when the air is crisp, snow blankets the cliffs and trees, and there is a distinctive quiet all around you. You’ll start your vacation in San Francisco where you’ll have two days to explore and enjoy the festive season. Then head out to Yosemite National Park for two nights and the privilege to stay at the area’s most historic and luxurious hotel – the Ahwahnee Hotel. From the impressive grand lobby to the comfort of your room, fantastic cuisine and entertainment, all surrounded by stunning views of Yosemite in Winter, this will be an unforgettable adventure you’re sure to recall for a lifetime. Not to mention the photos you’ll have as a memoir! Your vacation includes a Photography Tour with the Ansel Adams Gallery. Walk in his footsteps and see Yosemite through the lens, learning photography tips along the way. Warm up at night around a crackling fire and hear stories from the staff at your hotel. Finally, return to San Francisco for one final night and the opportunity to enjoy one last dinner with your companions and talk about the great experience of the park in its winter beauty.

 Alaska's Iditarod

8 days roundtrip from Anchorage.
With Globus the details are done.

The Iditarod, Alaska’s best-known sporting event, is the focus of this fabulous tour to Alaska. Meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his kennels and visit the Iditarod Headquarters. Enjoy the festivities at a Musher’s Banquet, see the musher’s draw for starting position in the race, and perhaps meet them for photos and autographs. You’ll get a chance to be at the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and at the official restart of the race in Willow, where you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite mushers as they head off into the Alaska’s wilderness on this 1,131-mile journey to Nome.

You’ll also spend time in Anchorage and at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, located in the ski resort community of Girdwood. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, taking an aerial tram ride for breathtaking views, or simply relaxing at the hotel’s spa. For a chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, and more, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

This is a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure not to missed.

Seasonal & Special Event Trips with Globus
For up-close views and behind-the-scenes glimpses of famous celebrations, Globus Special Event vacations are the way to go. From Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and Alaska’s Iditarod race to Albuquerque’s famous Balloon Fiesta, you’ll not only witness exciting events, you’ll take part in them as well. See the start of Alaska’s famous Iditarod race. Experience the thrill of witnessing the mass ascension of balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, where the sky turns into a rainbow of colors. But that’s not all. Globus doesn’t just bring you to the special events, we also include special treats, such as the Musher’s Banquet, where you’ll see the mushers draw for starting positions in the Iditarod; a special authentic Southwestern dinner in Santa Fe; or dinner on board the historical RMS Queen Mary in Los Angeles. These are just a few of the highlights offered with Globus.

Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.