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BEGINS IN: TUCSON, ARIZONA

On the Road: America’s Great Deserts and Their National Parks

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Program #13480ENZ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Deserts are this nation's unexplored wilderness, harboring rare and endangered plants and animals and sheltering hidden oases. And deserts are landscapes changed by humans — to be made to bloom, to be mined for wealth, to tame its wild rivers. With stories of fortunes won and lost, conflict and controversy, these landscapes have been formed and reformed by nature's time and human struggle. Explore these great American deserts — the Sonoran and Mojave — cut by the life-giving Colorado River, and experience their warmth and richness in a journey of a lifetime.


Highlights

• Experience these dramatically different National Parks and American deserts with in-depth exploration of Saguaro, Joshua Tree and Death Valley.
• Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Yuma's Territorial Prison, and historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley.
• Ride the thrilling Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy a festive Palm Springs street fair.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Tucson, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Yuma, 1 night; coach to Palm Springs, Calif., 3 nights; coach to Death Valley National Park, 3 nights; coach Las Vegas, Nev., departure.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.


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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
9 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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