1st Day: We will be heading west to Meridian, MS for the night.
2nd Day: Have breakfast and depart for Shreveport, LA. Upon arrival, we will tour the Pioneer Heritage Center. At the Center, the buildings, exhibits and trained staff guide visitors through the structures that give insight into the diverse cultural history, the natural environment, and the daily lives of the settlers who lived in the region from the 1830s to the 1930s. Our home tonight is in Tyler, TX. (CB)
3rd Day: We depart for Waco this morning. Upon arrival, we will visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos. There’s a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market at the Silos - shopping, games, the garden, and even a bite to eat. The Market itself is staged and set up with one goal in mind: to inspire you to own the space you’re in. We will continue on to Austin for the night. (CB)
4th Day: This morning we head to San Antonio to see the Alamo and downtown sights. The Alamo was established in 1718 and was the site of the famous battle of 1836 where 189 brave men gave their lives for the freedom of Texas. You will also have some time at the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Stroll along the river and visit shops, restaurants, boutiques and view beautiful tropical foliage. Our overnight will be in Fort Stockton, TX (CB)
5th Day: Heading further west, we travel to El Paso, TX to tour the National Border Patrol Museum. Complementing the museum’s rich Border Patrol collection, the Memorial Library offers a range of materials on Border Patrol history from its inception in 1924 to the present. The library provides support to researchers at all levels interested in furthering their understanding of the nation’s first line of defense: the Border Patrol. After touring the Museum, we will head to Willcox, AZ for our night’s lodging.
6th Day: Today we begin our journey to the Grand Canyon National Park, crossing through Phoenix Arizona, where we will see the Coconino National Forest. Our home for the next two nights will be a Grand Canyon Lodge. The remainder of the evening is free for your enjoyment.
7th Day: The Grand Canyon...one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This is your day to visit all the look-outs and take pictures on a tram that picks up every 15 minutes, running from one end of the South Rim to the other. You may attend free Ranger Programs and learn more about the nature, science, history, and culture of the Grand Canyon. Visit an Information Center or Museum, which houses exhibits and provides park information. If you’re really adventurous, try a South Rim Mule Ride. The Canyon Vistas Ride is a 3 hour trip that travels along the canyon rim. The day is free to spend as you wish. (Any admission costs are each individual’s responsibility).
8th Day: This morning we head for Albuquerque, NM stopping enroute to see the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. The Painted Desert derives its name for the multitude of colors ranging from lavenders to shades of gray with vibrant colors of red, orange and pink. It is a long expanse of badland hills and buttes and although barren and austere, it is a beautiful landscape of a rainbow of colors. The Petrified Forest is like walking back through time in a place where dinosaurs once roamed and volcanic mountains erupted toppling the trees; these trees became entombed and petrified. Through gradual erosion, gigantic logs and remnant pieces became exposed for the world to experience. Now, it’s on to our home for the night. The remainder of the evening is free for your enjoyment. (CB)
9th Day: Today it is on to Groom, TX to see the Cross in the Woods. The sculpture was titled “The Man on the Cross” by the renowned Michigan sculptor Marshall Fredericks. It is made of bronze, it weighs seven tons, is twenty-eight feet tall from head to toe, and the outstretched arms span twenty-one feet. Next we will discover Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas: A sculpture made of 10 Cadillacs as a monument to the “Golden Age” of the American automobile. We will overnight in Shamrock, TX. (CB)
10th Day: This morning we will depart for some beautiful Oklahoma scenery. We will travel through Oklahoma City and then it is on to visit the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska. The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is a bustling bakery, a delicious deli, and a gorgeous general store owned and operated by Ree Drummond, star of the Food Network Show “The Pioneer Woman”. After the Mercantile, we’ll head to Tulsa, OK and our home for the night. Evening is free. (CB)
11th Day: After breakfast, we head across Arkansas on our way to Memphis, TN and then on to Jackson, TN. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at The Old Country Store Restaurant. One of the South’s great restaurants awaits you here, serving a delicious buffet meal. Pure, honest, Southern cookin’ brings back memories of Sunday dinner at Grandmothers before turning in for the night. (CB, D)
12th Day: What a wonderful tour this has been, and sadly we must say good-bye as we depart for home today. Arriving back approximately 9:30 PM. (CB)
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