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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)
Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2019
Trip registration is available Monday—Friday 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Unless otherwise noted trips depart form the
HB Sports Complex parking lot on Goldenwest and Talbert next to the Central Library. You will be provided with a free parking pass for the day of your trip.
For any trip related questions please contact the resource room at (714) 374-1572
2019 Single-Day Tours
RIVIERA & REAGAN BY RAIL Coastal Train Ride & Reagan Ranch Center - Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Our adventure begins as we motorcoach to L.A.’s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera.” The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! In Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will take us to Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara’s downtown Mediterranean-style shopping district. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own here and along State Street. This afternoon we’ll visit the Reagan Ranch Center, located in downtown Santa Barbara. See a 20-minute introductory film about the Reagans’ time at Rancho del Cielo, their ranch located north of Santa Barbara coined “The Western White House.” Then embark on a docent-guided tour of the Center which features several unique collections including campaign memorabilia, commemorative items and letters written by Ronald Reagan over a 50-year period. See a massive 5,000 pound section of the Berlin Wall and President Reagan’s jeep that he used on the Ranch. The centerpiece of the gallery is a 28-foot-long “timeline” that allows you to interact with the history of the Ranch and the events that took place during Reagan’s Presidency. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. Member Price: $79; Non-Member Price: $89 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
ANACAPA ISLAND CRUISE With Channel Islands Visitor Center & Ventura Harbor Village - Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The perfect way to discover the natural environment of Channel Islands National Park, without going ashore! As we cross the channel to Anacapa Island, the journey may be highlighted by sightings of dolphins, sea lions and seals. Just 12 miles from the California coast, Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island and the closest of the Channel Islands. Our three-hour narrated wildlife cruise travels along Anacapa’s rugged and scenic north shore (this is a non-landing cruise). Prior to the cruise, enjoy time at leisure to browse the shops and enjoy an early lunch on your own in the scenic Ventura Harbor Village. We’ll also visit the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center. A truly relaxing, enjoyable and educational day. Sug-gested: rubber-soled walking shoes and a sweater or jacket as it can be cool on the water. The boat has shaded and unshaded areas, and a restroom onboard, for your comfort. Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 8:00 p.m.
L.A. MURDER, MYSTERY & SCANDAL With Step-On Guide Curt - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of L.A., who is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. On this fascinating guided L.A. tour, the old ghosts and memories that cling to the streets and structures of Los Angeles will come to life. From the founding of the city through the 1940s, Downtown L.A. was a lively and sometimes dangerous place, a so-called urban “wild west.” We’ll explore almost 100 years of murder, mystery and scandal and the influence that organized crime had on this city. We’ll visit fascinating neighborhoods as you are entertained by sordid tales of intrigue and tragedy related to The Los Angeles Times Bombing, the Chinese Massacre, the Black Dahlia, Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel and more. See the locations where the most famous and the most mysterious murders, suicides and cover-ups took place. Visit Olvera Street, the Biltmore Hotel, the Bradbury Building and a cemetery that is the final resting place of both the famous and the infamous. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at L.A.’s famous and eclectic Grand Central Market. Suggested: walking shoes. All visits subject to change. Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.
MYTHS & LEGENDS OF THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT With a Geographer-Guide & Included Boxed Lunch Picnic - Saturday, October 5, 2019
Embark on a unique adventure to examine the San Andreas Fault with a professor of geography. There are many myths and legends about the San Andreas Fault and on this exclusive tour your geographer-guide – who knows fact from fiction down to a “fault” – will share this knowledge as we follow the fault through the San Bernardino Mountains on a fascinating driving tour. Several stops will be made along the way as your geographer-guide explains how scientists study the fault to help predict earthquakes and discusses what’s really possible when we talk about “The Big One.” Your geographer-guide will present so much about fault activity, local geography and geology that you’ll never look at mountains, rocks and cracks in the cement the same way again! A truly unique and educational experience! Enjoy an included boxed lunch picnic in a serene lake setting. Suggested: walking shoes.
Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86 Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.
Tribute to Huell Howser JULIAN’S CAMELS & PIE Thursday, October 17, 2019
On this tribute to Huell Howser and his uncanny ability to uncover amazing hidden secrets in the unlikeliest of places, we'll see clips of California’s Gold and Visiting…With Huell Howser onboard, and walk in his footsteps when we visit the sights ourselves. We begin our day with a visit to “America’s First and Only Camel Dairy,” for a unique tour to meet, pet and learn about these exotic creatures. Learn about the adaptations and behavior of the camels as well as the history of this dairy and techniques borrowed from the nomads. There will be time to purchase camel milk skincare, camel hair products, camel milk chocolate and other unique items. We continue to the charming gold-mining town of Julian, nestled among oak and pine forests in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains (elevation 4,200 feet). The entire town is a designated historic district and the shops and restaurants are housed in Victorian-style buildings dating back to the 1870s. Enjoy approximately three hours at leisure to browse the unique boutiques, have lunch on your own and taste their fresh apple pie and cider.
Member Price: $69; Non-Member Price: $79. Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE With NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Friday, October 25, 2019
An exclusive opportunity to take a docent-led behind-the-scenes tour of Edwards Air Force Base. Located in the western Mojave Desert, the Base is strategically situated next to Rogers Dry Lake, a desert salt pan which provides a natural extension to Edwards’ runways. The perfect site for flight testing, it has subsequently been home to many of aviation’s most important and daring flights: Chuck Yeager first breaking the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, test flights of the X-15, Space Shuttle landings and more recently, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The newest, fastest and the highest aircraft – whether for the military, NASA or commercial purposes make their debut here. Onboard an Air Force bus, a step-on guide will provide an extensive, narrated driving tour of the base to see the hangars, aircraft along the flight line and the lakebed which is home to 22 runways. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center cafeteria, as well as a visit to the NASA gift shop (pending availability) and a visit to the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued identification that you will be presenting to Base Security on the day of the tour. Non-U.S. citizens must register early and have proper documents. Note: A roster of names, and related security info, must be submitted on October 2nd and no additions or changes may be made after that date.
Member Price: $66; Non-Member Price: $76. Depart: 7:30 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
Temecula Valley GRAPE EXPECTATIONS & MORE Chocolate, Wine & Exotic Animals Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Although many people think of Temecula as only a place to taste wine, on this new adventure we’ll discover other unique sights which are true hidden gems tucked into this picturesque valley. We begin at an alpaca ranch that is a truly magical place in the heart of Temecula where they celebrate all things alpaca! On a guided tour, you’ll get a chance to meet these inquisitive and friendly creatures that have luxurious fleece, captivating faces and gentle nature – you will fall in love! You'll learn lots of interesting facts and some of the quirky things alpacas do. Your visit includes a bag of alpaca treats to feed them – and since alpacas don't have top front teeth, they don't bite and are eager to eat from your hand. Enjoy time to shop in The Alpaca Shoppe, where you'll find many items made from alpaca fleece such has hats, scarves, and gloves, as well as other alpaca-themed items. Then, imagine a dreamy destination where you can find artisanal chocolates and exotic animals all in one setting. Well, dream no more because we found it at Sugarplum Farm! At this wonderful location, we’ll enjoy time in the petting zoo which is home to friendly, photogenic therapy animals including ducks, goats, pigs, miniature horses, a zebra and Zeus the camel. The exotic animals at this intimate animal sanctuary welcome children with special needs, Wounded Warriors and some even make regular visits to children hospitals. Meanwhile, chocolates here come in wide variety of concoctions including peanut butter and jelly, milk chocolate chili, and even key lime pie. These chocolates are sold to Fortune 500 clients, major hotel chains and private-labeled via other chocolate retailers. But on our guided tour you’ll get the exclusive opportunity to sample and buy these elegant chocolates direct from the chocolatier. Enjoy an included boxed lunch picnic on site and time to shop in the store which features chocolate, hand-made soaps and farm products like honey and farm-fresh eggs. We top off the day with an included wine tasting at an award-winning boutique winery that is surrounded by 109 acres of carefully tended vines. Experience exquisite charm at this upscale winery that elevates the Southern California wine tasting experience to Napa levels and beyond. We’ll make a stop at Tom’s Farms enroute. Suggested: walking shoes as there is uneven terrain on these working farms.
Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m.
WE LOVE LUCY! Paramount Studios & Hollywood Museum Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Today we pay homage to that funny, mischievous redhead whom we all adore! On this fun, celebrity-themed adventure, your guide is Jasmin, a former actress and Old Hollywood aficionado who also leads our tours focused on Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Today we travel to Hollywood and visit the Hollywood Museum – featuring the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. On display are more than 10,000 authentic Hollywood treasures including
one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ cars and personal artifacts. The museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s “Make-Up King,” created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. A highlight will be the opportunity to stand in the Redheads Only Room, where stars like Lucille Ball and Rita Hayworth became Hollywood’s leading redheads! See Lucy’s personal makeup and accessories, and Rita’s personal vanity set. After time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Hollywood & Highland shopping and dining complex, we will walk in the footsteps of Lucille Ball and other legends at Paramount Studios, while we explore over a century of Hollywood history and witness more in the making at this famed studio. During our visit, a knowledgeable guide will lead us on an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood – where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and TV shows have been made. Paramount absorbed the former Desilu Studios that once produced I Love Lucy, and is still home to “Lucy Park” and Lucille’s Ball’s office and dressing room when she worked at the studio filming The Lucy Show. From the comfort of a shaded tour cart and plenty of time to also get out and stretch your legs, explore sound stages, the backlot, iconic Hollywood landmarks and more on this two-hour tour, as well as time to browse the Studio Store filled with wonderful souvenirs. Also during this unique Hollywood tour, enjoy additional “Lucy” surprises, as well as fun “Lucy” stories and anecdotes. Suggested: walking shoes.
Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 Depart: 7:30 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE TAPINGS Thursday, November 21, 2019
Lights! Camera! Action! Be in the studio audience and see live tapings of Wheel of Fortune at Sony Studios in Culver City. One of the world’s most popular game shows, it has featured Pat Sajak and Vanna White for over 35 years! See all the behind-the-scenes action that goes into taping a game show – from the nervous contestants and eagle-eye producers to what Pat and Vanna do during the commercial breaks. Prior, enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the famous Original Farmer’s Market or the Grove offering a variety of eateries. Suggested: sweater or jacket as the studio is kept cool. All audience members must be at least 18 years of age and have picture identification. Note that all studio tapings usually involve various amounts of standing and/or sitting while waiting for the taping to begin. Member Price: $56; Non-Member Price: $66 Depart: 10:30 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
2019 ROSE PARADE Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Join the Huntington Beach Community Services Department for the spectacular 2020 Rose Parade. Begin the day off bright and early with a motorcoach ride up to beautiful downtown Pasadena. The bus parks approximately ½ mile from the parade route. The group will enjoy elevated grandstand seating on Colorado Blvd so you can easily view the parade. Restroom facilities are located directly behind the seating area. There will be time before the parade to enjoy snacks on your own from local vendors near the seating area. All registrants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy an included gourmet box lunch on the ride home. Suggested comfy shoes, seat cushion and warm clothing as the parade route can be chilly in the morning.
Depart 6a.m.. Return 3p.m. Price $130.
2019 Multi-Day Tours
BLACK HILLS & BADLANDS Featuring Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park & Single-Hotel Stay August 17 – 22, 2019 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1599 / Single $2099 / Deposit: $200 Roundtrip group airfare available from $645 p.p.
Embark on a journey highlighting some of the West’s most famous sites and monuments. Wonder at the magnificent Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials. Enjoy the Wild West atmosphere of Deadwood, and marvel at the spectacular landscape at Badlands National Park. All-the-while, unpack once and enjoy a single-hotel stay in the heart of Rapid City.
YELLOWSTONE, GLACIER & GRAND TETON Featuring Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton National Parks & National Park Lodge Stays August 28 – September 4, 2019 (8 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $2399 / Single $3499 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
Embark on a spectacular journey to discover three of our nation’s most spectacular National Parks. From majestic glacier-formed lakes and rivers beneath snow capped mountains, to the incredible bubbling mud pots and explosive geysers of Yellowstone National Park, this exploration of Montana and Wyoming provides spectacular scenery every day! In addition to the incredible sights, this unique itinerary also features spectacular lodge stays to maximize our time in the Parks.
VANCOUVER, VICTORIA & SEATTLE Featuring Premier Downtown Hotels, Butchart Gardens, Chihuly Gardens and Glass and Museum of Flight, September 4 – 10, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $2299 / Single $2899 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p. / A valid passport is required for this tour
On this two-nation exploration of the Pacific Northwest we’ll experience the best of Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle while traveling by ferry between each city. Each of these cities is unique in its own way but each is culturally enriching, charming and remarkably beautiful. While enjoying multiple night stays in upscale downtown hotels in each city, we’ll join local guides for in-depth sightseeing and enjoy adequate time at leisure for individual exploration.
COLORS OF NEW YORK & NIAGARA Featuring Niagara Falls, Fingers Lakes, Berkshires, Norman Rockwell Museum, Corning, Toronto September 25 – October 1, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $2099 / Single $2699 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p. / A valid passport is required for this tour
Experience the magic of fall foliage in New York and Niagara on this comprehensive seven-day itinerary featuring the Finger Lakes, The Berkshires The Catskills and two nights at The Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. As we travel through The Berkshires in western Massachusetts, New York’s Catskills and Finger Lakes regions along with Ontario, Canada, we’ll visit the historic landmarks, the quaint villages, the nostalgic and unique sites and take part in exhilarating experiences all while nature’s dramatic shift in color descends on this picturesque and distinctive region.
NEW MEXICO ENCHANTMENT Featuring Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier National Monument & Los Alamos October 10 – 16, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1899 / Single $2599 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $445 p.p.
Embark on a spectacular journey following the colorful trails of the Southwest. Inside New Mexico’s borders you’ll find ancient cultures, world-famous Southwestern cuisine, diverse landscapes, renowned museums, and a hot air balloon festival like no other on Earth. From Albuquerque to Santa Fe and Taos, this journey will allow you to see first -hand why it’s called the “Land of Enchantment.”
SAN ANTONIO “CHRISTMAS” Featuring a Single Hotel Stay, River Walk Festivities, The Alamo, Austin & LBJ Library and Ranch December 10 – 14, 2019 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1199 / Single $1649 / Deposit: $200 Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.
On this journey through Southern Texas, the flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, and the Deep South mingle and merge. And this time of year is a perfect time to visit San Antonio, with its festive holiday decorations and its magnificently lit River Walk. Join us on this five-day journey featuring a single-hotel stay in the heart of the River Walk and the best sightseeing in Texas’ Hill Country and capital city.
MONTEREY & CARMEL “CHRISTMAS” Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay in Monterey, Coast Starlight Train, 17-Mile Drive & Steinbeck Home December 15 – 18, 2019 (4 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1159 / Deposit: $100
The Monterey Peninsula has been described “the greatest meeting of land and sea...” For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here; from the crashing surf to the towering redwoods and unspoiled wildlife. The Monterey Peninsula is the embodiment of the quintessential California s pirit, and when it’s charmingly decorated for the holidays, these exceptional qualities join together, delivering a sense of timelessness and re-connection. We invite you on this unique and festive coastal escape to California’s Central Coast to explore with us the cypress groves, historic towns, world-renowned aquarium and exceptional stories that make the Monterey Peninsula so special.
A CAPITAL “CHRISTMAS” Washington, D.C., Gaylord National Resort Stay, Williamsburg, Jamestown December 4-9, 2019 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1999 / Single $2599 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
Join a local guide for a tour of a holiday-decorated Washington, D.C. including visits to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Hillwood – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate. Two night stay at the Gaylord National Resort to experience a “Christmas on the Potomac” – this winter wonderland has 2 million Christmas lights and ICE! – the holiday attraction with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures. Enjoy a live performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, tour George Washington’s plantation home with an included lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. Embark on guided tours of the Jamestown Settlement – the first permanent English settlement, and Yorktown – site of the final Revolutionary War battle. Three night stay in Colonial Williamsburg with a ghost tour, tavern dinners and attend the one-day-per-year event, “Grand Illumination”. Experience “Christmas in Old Virginia” while in Alexandria and Richmond with an included tour of a historic house museum
COASTAL “SAFARI” BY RAIL Oceanfront Stay in Pismo Beach, Coast Starlight Train, Morro Bay & Cambria February 5 – 7, 2020 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $799 / Deposit: $100
Welcome aboard for a getaway that showcases the wildlife and treasures of California’s Central Coast with a memorable coastal train ride. From Pacific Coast Highway to the back roads of the Santa Ynez Valley, this tour features a variety of animal farms, sanctuaries and ranches. All the while we’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at a charming
oceanfront inn on a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach. Sit back and relax as we embark on a “safari” by rail to see the cuddly critters along the coast.
DESERT BLOOM Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Pala Resort Casino Stay, Temecula Valley Wine Tasting & Julian March 22 – 23, 2020 (2 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $329 / Single $389 / Deposit: $75
Travel over the mountains and into the desert to discover a wide variety of geography and landscape fea- tures – from blossoms and boulders to historic towns and grape vines, this journey to Julian, Anza-Borrego State Park and the Temecula Valley at a delightful time of year will leave you in awe of California’s unique mountain and desert land-scapes.