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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)

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Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2018

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

2018 & 2019 Single-Day Tours

Fillmore & Wester Railway MURDER MYSTERY TRAIN with Included Train Lunch - Saturday, November 17, 2018

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All aboard! Step back into a bygone era aboard a vintage passenger train as we travel on a 3-hour round-trip excursion through century-old citrus and avocado groves in the beautiful Heritage Valley. In Fillmore we’ll board the historic 1930s passenger cars of The Fillmore & Western Railway. This train has been known as the “Hollywood Movie Train” ever since it was owned by three major studios. The railway has been featured in over 300 television shows and movies including Criminal Minds, CSI, Seabiscuit and Inception. As we travel along the tracks, enjoy a hilarious, murder mystery comedy, “Viva Lost Vegas.” Hearty laughs, some less-than-serious sleuthing, and a three-course lunch, complete with green salad, orange-glazed chicken breast, rice pilaf, vegetables and dessert, will be served while actors commit mirth and murder aboard the only Murder Mystery Train in Southern California. Don’t miss this fun, vintage rail adventure! Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 . Depart: 9:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

SPARKLES & TREASURES Mission Inn Festival of Lights with Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Join us on this holiday classic as we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn during its nationally-recognized annual Festival of Lights. The Inn is adorned in thousands of beautiful holiday lights and draped in holiday splendor including intricate animated displays. Built in 1903, it has recently been restored to its original splendor. On an extensive docent-guided walking tour you’ll see the famed Court of Birds, President Lounge, Glenwood Tavern, the Rotunda, St. Francis’ Chapel’s Tiffany glass and more. Next, enjoy an included dinner with choice of entrée and dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Later, we’ll see a highly decorated Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood that goes all out during the holiday season, and is recognized as one of the prize locations in southern California to enjoy outdoor holiday lights! Suggested: walking shoes. Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 Depart 2:15 p.m. Return: 10:45 p.m. 

Walt Disney Concert Hall L.A. MASTER CHORALE'S FESTIVAL OF CAROLS - Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Ring in the Christmas season at the Disney Concert Hall with a traditional concert of your favorite carols sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world! The fantastic 115-member Los Angeles Master Chorale will be joined by the Disney Hall’s mighty pipe organ for a festive concert featuring traditional favorites sprinkled with new arrangements as well as a few audience sing-a-longs. Hear first-hand why the Chorale has gained international prominence over the past decade. Designed by architect Frank Gehry to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, being inside the Disney Concert Hall is an experience unto itself providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Terrace-level seating. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy lunch on your own at Olvera Street, or at Philippe The Original, famous as the originator of the French dip. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart: 10:45 a.m. Return: 5:45 p.m. 

GET YOU KICKS...ON ROUTE 66! WITH CRACKER BARREL- Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Take a journey with us down memory lane along the “Mother Road,” Route 66, to explore some of the California icons that were made famous along this Route. As we travel along Route 66, see landmarks, historical buildings and ‘mom and pop’ shops that contributed in making Route 66 the “Main Street of America.” In historic Old Town Victorville, enjoy a docent-guided tour of the California Route 66 Museum, which is devoted to the westernmost portion of the historic highway and complete with signs and memorabilia from different periods of the road’s history. This fun and interactive museum is full of nostalgia, complete with a 1950s style diner booth, a VW Love Bus, a 1917 Model T Ford and much more! Enjoy lunch on your own at the new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store that recently opened. This highway-iconic chain’s Victorville location is the only California location. In San Bernardino, we will visit the original site of McDonald’s (once owned by the McDonald brothers), which opened in 1948. Recently dramatized in the movie, “The Founder,” this was the site where Ray Kroc tried to sell Dick and Mac McDonald a MixMaster in 1954 and ended up buying their name. Now a Juan Pollo restaurant, the owner turned part of the building into a McDonald’s Museum that hosts a collection of pre-Ray Kroc McDonald’s items, dating back to the 1940s. Enjoy an included sweet treat at Logan’s Candies, where their family has been making signature candy canes, chocolates and ice cream by hand for almost 80 years. Member Price: $66. Non-Member Price: $76. Depart: 8:30 a.m.. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

JEOPARDY! TAPINGS - Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Lights! Camera! Action! Be in the studio audience and test your knowledge while two or three episodes of this award-winning trivia game show are filmed at Sony Studios in Culver City. See all the behind-the-scenes action that goes into taping a game show – from the nervous contestants and eagle-eye producers to what Alex Trebec does during commercial breaks (answer: he is very personable and usually answers audience questions). Prior to the tapings, 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 10 years of age. Member Price: $46. Non-member Price: $56. Depart: 10:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

RIDE THE RAILS The Golden State Train Ride & Pacific Southwest Railway Museum - Saturday, February 23, 2019

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We begin our railroading adventure with time at leisure for lunch on your own at the water-front shops and restaurants at San Diego’s Seaport Village and the “Headquarters.” We continue to the tiny town of Boulevard with time at leisure to browse and shop at the famous Wisteria Candy Cottage. At this “chocoholics paradise,” almost everything is handmade the same way it’s been done for almost 100 years! Their famous turtles, truffles and other chocolates are hand-dipped just as they were when it opened in 1921! 

Then it’s “all aboard” as we journey through the rugged back-country scenery of East San Diego County on a 45-minute roundtrip ride aboard The Golden State train. The vintage train travels on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway from the Campo Depot toward the Mexican border. Sit back and relax while the countryside rolls by during this pleasant ride that has been in operation since 1986. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and take in their living history approach to preserving the physical legacy, historical context, cultural landscape and experience of railroading in the Pacific Southwest. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:45 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m. 

IF YOU BUILT IT, WE WILL COME L.A. Architectural Tour With Step-On Guide Curt - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. Journey into L.A.’s past with this tour highlighting the old, new and most unique buildings that make this city’s architecture so iconic. If there’s a place in Los Angeles where you can hear the past, it’s the historic Union Station. Follow Curt through the last major train station built in this country to see its gorgeous Spanish revival and art deco style which is a true reflection of the rich Los Angeles culture that surrounds it. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and its unexpectedly ultra-modern construction. In stark contrast is the architectural triumphs of the 1893 Bradbury Building with its staggeringly complex iron work illuminated by the beautiful skylights. Visit the brilliantly constructed Walt Disney Concert Hall with 22 million tons of steel in sweeping, graceful curves that mimic the music played inside its walls. We’ll go back in time as Curt highlights the beautiful buildings and homes in and around downtown that embody turn-of-the-century charm. Enjoy a docent-guided tour at Heritage Square, a living history museum reflecting the development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century. The eight historic structures located here were all constructed during the Victorian Era and were witnesses to the everyday lives of Angelinos during the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. See one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A. on Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights. It consists of Victorian-era houses and has served as the backdrop for countless movies from the earliest days of cinema to the present. We’ll take a ride on historic Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world, that was built in 1901 to transport people to the top of Bunker Hill. Enjoy time for lunch on your own at Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917, it brings together the eclectic cuisines and cultures of L.A. Suggested: walking shoes. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:15 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m. 

WISTARIA VINE FESTIVAL & OLD TOWN PASADENA - Sunday, March 17, 2019

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Here’s your opportunity to see this enormous wisteria vine, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Blossoming Plant.” Holding over one million blooms at its peak and weighing over 250 tons, people from all over the world come to Sierra Madre on this day to see the vine and attend the festival. Sierra Madre’s Wistaria Festival has a well-earned reputation as a world-class event, featuring works by nearly 150 artisans and craftsmen, dynamite music along with fabulous food and drink. The charming downtown village becomes an art faire where you’ll find hundreds of hand-crafted items by the very best artists and craft makers. Browse amongst 150 booths featuring original work in clothing, jewelry, paintings, wood objects, fiber arts, garden art and other gift items. Also, enjoy some time for browsing and lunch on your own at the shops and eateries in Old Town Pasadena. The intensity and duration of the Wisteria Vine bloom varies from year to year and blooms are never certain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed as we cannot control Mother Nature! Member Price: $56; Non-Member Price: $66. Depart: 8:45 a.m. Return: 4:45 p.m. 

POPPIES & PUSSYCATS Poppy Reserve & Feline Conservation Center With Included Boxed Lunch Picnic - Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Join us as we venture to the Antelope Valley in search of nature’s beauty…bountiful wildflowers and some of the biggest cats on Earth! First, a visit to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve – a protected California State Natural Reserve established to protect California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. Each spring the Reserve comes alive with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color and fragrance. In addition to poppies, we may see owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few. The intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies from year to year and blooms are never certain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed as we cannot control Mother Nature! Enjoy an included boxed lunch along with time at leisure in the Reserve to explore the Interpretive Center and nature trails. This afternoon enjoy a docent-guided tour of the Feline Conservation Center, better known as “The Cat House” – dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world’s most endangered felines. This breeding zoo and research facility is home to 18 different species: tiger, leopard, jaguar, bobcat, snow leopard, fishing cat, serval, ocelot, Eurasian lynx, Canada lynx and others. You’ll see many of these cats and learn about the efforts made here to preserve these species. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

2018 Multi-Day Tours

CAMBRIA & HEARST CASTLE BY RAIL - November 7-9, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

One of our all-time most popular tours is offered at what is normally a delightful time of year in this region. Embark on a relaxing three-day getaway to explore California’s Central Coast while enjoying a stay at a quaint inn on the beach along Cambria’s Moonstone Beach. We’ll travel by train, explore the backroads and keep a relaxed pace as we explore the region and get a first-hand look at what makes the California Coast so special.

ARIZONA’S VALLEY OF THE SUN - November 11-15, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Double Price: $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

SANTE FE “CHRISTMAS” - November 27-December 1, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,299 / Deposit $150 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395 "WAITLIST!"

Single-hotel stay, Taos, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument

RED ROCKS, CANYONS & RAIL HOLIDAY - December 2-7, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature’s most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays. With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to a chuck-wagon dinner, you’ll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature!

YOSEMITE “CHRISTMAS” - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $769 / Deposit $100

Yosemite is magnificent in the Winter! Renowned for its majestic valley, great granite domes and peaks, water-falls and giant trees, Yosemite National Park is a national treasure. This 3-day holiday getaway offers a truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with two nights at the secluded, 4-star Tenaya Lodge beautifully decorated for the holidays at Yosemite.

APPLE FARM INN “CHRISTMAS” BY RAIL - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $759 / Deposit $100

On this holiday getaway we’ll travel by train to San Luis Obispo and enjoy a two night stay at the charming Apple Farm Inn while we tour the Central Coast. Enjoy lunch and tour at Point San Luis Lighthouse, known as the “Jewel of the Central Coast.” Tour two of California’s missions and visit a decorated Hearst Castle at night to see what Christmas was like here in the 1930s. Travel by train, explore the backroads and see first-hand how spectacular the Central Coast is at Christmas time.