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Train Tracks Across the Sierra: Sacramento to Reno and Return

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Elevation Note
Train travels over the Sierra (elevation 7,200') to Reno (elevation 4,400').

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Check in to hotel, register for the program, wine...
Check in to hotel, register for the program, wine social, dinner, orientation, get-acquainted

Afternoon: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration is available from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Wine social in the Vines Café at 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in the Vines Café.

Evening: Orientation / get-acquainted program in the Vines Café.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Field Trip to State Capitol, Old Town, Evening wi...
Breakfast: Enjoy our breakfast buffet in the Vines Café.

Morning: Guided by our onboard historian, explore the city by motorcoach- view Crocker Art Museum, Stanford Mansion, Sutter Fort and of course captivating “Old Sacramento.” Head over to the Capitol building for a field trip guided by our local instructor. The building was constructed in the neoclassical style between 1861 and 1874 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1973. View Sutter's Fort and visit historic Old Town.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the California State Railroad Museum.The transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroads began in Old Sacramento. The 100,000-square-foot museum is the finest and most visited of its kind in North America, displaying 21 restored locomotives and cars, 1,000 fantastic toy trains, all-new exhibits highlighting the human face of the railroad and the "Lost Spike."

Dinner: We enjoy dinner back at our hotel in the Vines Café.

Evening: “Widow Chambers” joins us this evening to give us insight into Sacramento’s historical past.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino is a complete destination with everything you want for fun.

Contact info:
219 Center St
Reno, NV 89501 USA
phone: 775-786-3232
web: www.harrahsreno.com

Room amenities: Rooms include a TV, hair dryer, and private voice mail.

Facility amenities: Harrah's Reno has a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness facility, salon, Spa at Harrah's offering massages, facials and other services (all for a fee). Casino offers slots and table games.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - All aboard! Train trek across the Sierra to Reno
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Vines Café.

Morning: Our bus transfers us to the Amtrak Depot to board the California Zephyr for our train adventure to Reno. Welcome Aboard! You're traveling on board Amtrak's Superliner train --- the California Zephyr. While on board, you'll be experiencing the utmost in train travel, along with some of California's most spectacular scenery.

Lunch: Eat lunch on the train with your choice of the dining car or snack bar.

Afternoon: We arrive in Reno at the newly renovated train depot across from our hotel. As early as the 1850s a few pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the Truckee River made its way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these early residents could pick up a bit of business from travelers along the California Trail, which followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards Donner Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierras began.

Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities both seasonal and year-round. In the summer, Reno locals can boat, fish, water ski and swim in one of the three major bodies of water: Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Winter brings opportunities for skiing-both downhill and cross country, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Dinner: We enjoy a buffet dinner at Harrah's.

Evening: Free time to relax after a busy day.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino is a complete destination with everything you want for fun.

Contact info:
219 Center St
Reno, NV 89501 USA
phone: 775-786-3232
web: www.harrahsreno.com

Room amenities: Rooms include a TV, hair dryer, and private voice mail.

Facility amenities: Harrah's Reno has a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness facility, salon, Spa at Harrah's offering massages, facials and other services (all for a fee). Casino offers slots and table games.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Field trip to Carson City (Nevada’s capitol), Nev...
Field trip to Carson City (Nevada’s capitol), Nevada State Museum, Virginia City, Lecture: The Donner Party

Breakfast: Catered breakfast in our conference room.

Morning: We board our motor coach for our field trip to Carson City, 33 miles away, where we enjoy a docent guided exploration of the Nevada State Capitol Building. For many years after its 1870 construction, the building stood a lonely vigil in the center of Carson City. Grounds for the Capitol complex had been set aside by town father Abe Curry, but Nevada started out small, and the need for big government had not developed. Now, more than 130 years later, the building is still used, standing as a testament to the foresight of Nevada's founding fathers.

The Nevada State Museum was originally erected in 1870 as the U.S. Mint, which coined more than $49,000,000 until 1893. The museum hosts about 250,000 visitors each year and has become famous for exhibits such as "The Chinese Experience," "the Dat So La Lee Washoe Indian baskets" and "Coin Press No. 1." Explore at your leisure your special areas of interest. Don’t miss the special displays of Nevada's wildlife: coyotes, mountain lions, majestic golden eagles, badgers and black bears. The silver dining service from the USS Nevada battleship, fashioned with silver from the Tonopah mine and gold from Goldfield, is also on display.

Lunch: We eat a delicious lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Our motor coach heads for historic Virginia City, 12 miles away. Virginia City in its heyday was the most important city in the western United States, a place where you could still find fortune and glory. Gold and silver buried in the mountain at one time attracted people from the world over. Follow in the footsteps of the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy.

Step back in time on a guided visit of the 4th Ward School, an authentically preserved 1876 Victorian school building. Sit in the same wooden desks as the children and teachers did from 1876 to 1936 and learn about the unique features of this educational institution.

Round out the afternoon at Mary’s Art Center, a little hidden treasure. The building was constructed in 1876 and has 6 art galleries.

Dinner: We are served a delicious banquet dinner in the hotel meeting room.

Evening: Our evening speaker and author, Frank Mullen, tells the fascinating story of the Donner Party.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Motor coach returns to Sacramento with lunch stop...
Motor coach returns to Sacramento with lunch stop at Lake Tahoe and visit to Donner State Park Museum, dinner on the Delta King

Breakfast: Catered breakfast in our conference room.

Morning: Awe-inspiring scenery awaits once again today as we travel by motorcoach to the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe- an alpine lake with clear, azure-flue waters, the second deepest in North America. It was originally named “Dao w a ga” by a Washoe tribe of Native Americans. Pioneers who arrived later mispronounced the name as “Da ow,” which eventually evolved into Tahoe. “Dao w a ga” originally meant Edge of Lake.

Lunch: Time for a delightful lunch at a restaurant on the shores of the lake with a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Afternoon: Back on board our motor coach we head for Donner Memorial State Park for a visit to the museum to learn more about the heroic story of the Donner Party. Then follow the old highway over Donner Summit to imagine ourselves as pioneers crossing this formidable Sierra pass.

To reach California from the East, pioneer emigrants had to get their wagons over the Sierra. In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party followed the Truckee River up into the mountains. At the head of what is now called Donner Lake, they found a low notch in the mountains and thus became the first overland emigrants to use the pass. The pass received its name, however, from another group of California-bound emigrants.

In early November 1846, the Donner Party found the route blocked by snow and was forced to spend the winter on the eastern side of the mountains. Of the 81 emigrants, only 45 survived to reach California; some of them resorted to cannibalism to survive.

Continue onward on our return trip to Sacramento.

Dinner: Enjoy a bit of time to relax before dinner. Then we're off to the Delta King for a delightful dinner. The historic Delta King Riverboat is a completely renovated, historic 1920’s riverboat that plied the Sacramento River between Sacramento and San Francisco from 1927 to 1940. The Delta King and her sister ship the Delta Queen were the finest paddle wheelers of the day, offering charm, grace, elegance, fine dining and live entertainment. Today, the icon of Sacramento is permanently moored in downtown Old Sacramento.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Farewell breakfast, program ends
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Vines Café.

Morning: Program wrap-up and farewells followed by departure. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sacramento, CA
Governor's Mansion State Historic ParkOriginally built by a hardware merchant in 1877, the mansion became California's Executive Mansion in 1903. The mansion is an example of Second Empire-Italianate architecture. The interior design reflects a mixture of tastes, ranging from the original Victorian builder through all the various governors and first ladies who lived there. Address: 1526 "H" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 323-3047
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498
Old Town SacramentoExperience the Sacramento of the Gold Rush era. Enjoy museums, entertainment, restaurants, unique shops, and plenty of great places to stay at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre State Historic Park, on the river, in downtown Sacramento. Address: Old Sacramento Visitor Center, 1002 Second Street, Sacramento, CA Phone: 916-442-8575
For additional information, visit: www.oldsacramento.com
Sacramento Convention CenterLocated in the heart of downtown, the Sacramento Convention Center includes 134,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 31 meeting rooms, an outdoor garden terrace adjacent to an elegant 24,000-square-foot ballroom, and two separate 10,000-square-foot registration/pre-function areas. The complex also includes the 4,000-seat Memorial Auditorium and the 2,452-seat Community Center Theater. Address: 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916-808-5291
For additional information, visit: www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com
Sutter's Fort State Historic ParkJohn Sutter established this outpost in 1839, and the park, restored to its 1846 appearance, aims to recapture the spirit of 19th-century California. Exhibits include a blacksmith's forge, cooperage, bakery, and jail — a self-guided audio tour is also available. Demonstrations and reenactments in costume are staged daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Address: 2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816 ( between K & L and 26th & 28th) Phone: 916-445-4422
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=485

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