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Cross Country by Bus - The Vacation of a Lifetime!

Cross Country Route
Cross Country Route St. Louis Gateway Arch; Photo credit Ben Sykes Grand Canyon; Photo Credit NPS Photo by Michael Quinn Chicago; Photo credit Yvonne Stepanow

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This incredible journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring the most memorable highlights and attractions of each destination as we drive across our beautiful country.

Duration:

26 Days/25 Nights

Meals Included:

19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

Rates:

$3,899.95 Per Person

NOTE: Itinerary subject to change

Day 1:
Travel to Dublin, OH
One overnight at Drury Inn Northwest, Dublin, OH

Day 2:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to St. Louis, MO
One overnight at Drury Plaza Downtown, St. Louis, MO

Day 3:
Breakfast
Check out
Admission to the Gateway Arch and Tram Ride to the top
Travel to Catoosa, OK
One overnight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Day 4:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to Dallas, TX
Admission and audio tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
One overnight at Holiday Inn Market Center
Dinner at El Fenix Restaurant

Day 5:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to Amarillo, TX
One overnight at Drury Inn & Suites
Dinner at the Big Texan Steak Ranch

Day 6:
Breakfast
Check out
Travel to Albuquerque, NM
Roundtrip Tram Ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway
One overnight at the Drury Inn

Day 7:
Breakfast
Check out of hotel
Visit the Petrified Forest National Park & the Painted Desert; Box lunch included
Travel to Flagstaff, AZ
Two overnights Holiday Inn Flagstaff

Day 8:
Breakfast
Travel to Grand Canyon
Guided Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
Lunch on own at Grand Canyon

Day 9:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to Sedona, AZ
Coyote Canyons Jeep Tour
Travel to Las Vegas, NV
Two overnights at New York New York Hotel & Casino

Day 10:
Free day on own

Day 11:
Check out and travel to Barstow, CA
Visit Calico Ghost Town for lunch on own
Two overnights at The Sportsmen's Lodge

Day 12:
Guided sightseeing tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood areas
Remainder of day on own

Day 13:
Check out and travel to Santa Barbara, CA
Guided tour of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Admission and self guided tour of the Mission at Santa Barbara
Travel to San Luis Obispo, CA
One overnight at Holiday Inn Express

Day 14:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to San Simeon, CA
Guided tour of Hearst Castle
Travel to San Francisco, CA
Two overnights at the Zephyr Hotel

Day 15:
Roundtrip Ferry service to Alcatraz including audio presentation, "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour"
Remainder of day and dinner on own

Day 16:
Check out
Travel to Winnemucca, NV
One overnight at Winnemucca Inn

Day 17:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to Salt Lake City, UT
One overnight at Hampton Inn
Dinner at Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill, Salt Lake City.

Day 18:
Breakfast
Check out and travel to Jackson Hole, WY
Two overnights at 49'er Inn & Suites

Day 19:
Breakfast
Guided tour of Yellowstone National Park

Day 20:
Breakfast
Travel to Deadwood, SD
One overnight at Mineral Palace & Casino

Day 21:
Breakfast
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Visit Badlands National Park
Free time on own at Wall Drug Store
Travel to Mitchell, SD
One overnight at Comfort Inn

Day 22:
Breakfast
Travel to Dubuque, IA
One overnight at Holiday Inn Dubuque, IA

Day 23:
Breakfast
Travel to Chicago, IL
Free time on own in Chicago
Admission to Skydeck Chicago
One overnight at Fairfield Inn Chicago Downtown

Day 24:
Breakfast
One overnight at Comfort Inn, Canton, OH

Day 25:
Breakfast
Check out
Admission to MAPS Air Museum
Visit Fannie May/Harry London Candies
Lunch on own en route to Pittsburgh, PA
One overnight at Doubletree Hotel
Farewell Dinner at Grand Concourse Restaurant

Day 26:
Breakfast
Check out and travel home

Every Starr trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation and overnight accommodations.
St. Louis Gateway Arch
A visit to the Gateway Arch Riverfront is not complete without going to the top of the tallest national monument in the United States, standing at 630 feet tall. At the highest point in downtown St. Louis, you'll experience unforgettable views of the city and the Mississippi River.

Trams travel at an average speed of 4mph and are very quiet and completely safe. At this speed, most people do not experience discomfort in the short ride.

The top of the Arch is not fully accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
A dramatic audio tour of The Sixth Floor as told by the people who were there is available to guide visitors through the exhibition. The recorded tour incorporates excerpts from historic radio broadcasts and the voices of reporters, police officers, eyewitnesses and others commenting on President Kennedy and his place in history. Narrator for the audio tour is Pierce Allman, the first journalist to broadcast from the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963.

Audio Tours are available in seven languages.

El Fenix Restaurant
For over 90 years, the Martinez family has been dishing up enchiladas, tamales, rice and beans. As the oldest family-owned Mexican chain in the country, they claim their first El Fenix on McKinney Avenue was "where the Mexican food revolution started."

El Fenix Restaurant's famous Sizzling Fajitas Rancheras are served "family style" with a combination of marinated steak and chicken and accompanied by rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, grated cheese, pico de gallo, and fresh flour tortillas. Your servers will keep the fajitas and sides coming until you say stop.

Big Texan Steak Ranch
Step into the Big Texan Steak Ranch and you're taking a giant step back to the rowdy, rip-roaring days of the late 1800s.

As you cross the threshold you will feel the excitement shared by thousands of visitors each year. Laughter echoes above the sizzle of steaks on the open grill and the buzz of conversation. The strolling musicians may be strumming "The Yellow Rose of Texas," or "Amarillo By Morning." Mouths begin to water as the savory smell of smoke and good beef fill the air. Eyes open wide as they take in the old-fashioned bar, the giant rocking chair, the Magician entertaining in the lobby and the lure of thousands of intriguing items in the gift shop.

Dinner Menu

16oz. Flat-iron (cooked medium to medium well)
Served with Fresh Tossed Salad with homemade Ranch Dressing, Baked Potato with loaded sour cream, Vegetable, Ranch Roll, Dessert and Iced Tea (Coffee is served on request)

Chicken can be substituted for those who do not eat steak.

Children's Menu (10 and under)
Chicken Strips, Steak Fries, Soda & Dessert

Menu is subject to change

Sandia Peak Tramway
A trip on the world's longest aerial tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature's more dramatic beauty unfold before you.

From the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest you'll be rewarded with an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.

Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road.

Petrified Forest National Park
One of the most colorful and fascinating places to be found in Arizona is the Petrified Forest National Park. Located in the northeastern part of the state, it is abundant with geological history and can offer you the chance for an experience of a lifetime.

Grand Canyon National Park
Located entirely in northern Arizona, the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

Coyote Canyons Jeep Tour
For more than 40 years, Pink Jeep Tours has provided unrivaled excitement and adventure with guided Jeep tours over and around the beautiful red-rocks of Sedona.

Escape to the astonishing trails of Sedona's hidden canyon lands where flora, fauna, and geological history take center stage. Soaring red rock formations and cobalt-blue skies are the backdrop for this beautiful, information-packed tour.

Tours are not recommended for pregnant women, persons with back or neck problems, or persons with serious injuries.

Ice water is provided on all tours. Food & glass containers are not permitted. Wear comfortable walking shoes and outdoor clothing. Sunscreen & hats are recommended. Contact lens wearers may wish to switch to eyeglasses. Feel free to bring cameras and camcorders.

Sightseeing tour Los Angeles & Hollywood, CA
Tour will include Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl, Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Rodeo drive (if parking is available).

Time to stop for lunch and shopping at the world famous Farmers Market.

Santa Barbara Courthouse
The courthouse, in the center of downtown, has all of the grandeur of a Spanish palace. As you wander the halls, admiring the brilliant hand-painted tiles and spiral staircase, you almost forget you are in a public courthouse. Building was completed in 1929 and it is superbly maintained both inside its walls and in the outside gardens surrounding it.
An elevator to the tower takes visitors to a panoramic view of the city and a fine place to take photos. The second floor Supervisors' Ceremonial Chambers contain murals painted by the artist who did backdrops for Cecil B. Demille's silent films.

Mission at Santa Barbara
A short distance from downtown, at the base of the hills of Santa Barbara, stands the Mission. A gem of 21 missions established in California by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s. This Mission is considered one of the best preserved of all the 21 Missions and still functions as a Catholic Church.

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle is one of the largest of approximately 5,000 historic house museums in the U.S., with one of the most sophisticated guided tour programs in the country.

Visitors board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center as they begin their journey for the five mile trip to the top of the hill. The view out of the window shows the natural beauty that attracted William Randolph Hearst to this spectacular location.

View the magnificent ground floor rooms of La Casa Grande (big house) where Mr. Hearst's guests met their host and were entertained during their stay at La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill). See the Assembly Room, where guests met for cocktails, the Refectory, where meals were served, the Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater. Your knowledgeable guide will bring this estate to life by sharing stories about Mr. Hearst and his many guests who visited for nearly three decades in the early part of the last century. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.

Snack Bar
The Snack Bar offers hot and cold meals from hamburgers & fries to salad, soup, and sandwiches. Cold drinks, hot pretzels, and other treats will satisfy guests of all ages. Vegetarian entrees, including veggie wraps and garden burgers, are available. The Snack Bar features a kid's meal with a hot dog, chips, and small drink.

Alcatraz Cruise
Step back in time and experience the legendary island that has been a civil war fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history. This memorable tour includes: 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour," featuring actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked on the Island; orientation video by Discovery Channel; ranger and docent tours; historic gardens and abundant wildlife.

Much of Alcatraz is steep and hilly, so be prepared for walking on hilly terrain. The distance from the dock to the prison at the top of the island is about 1/4 mile (.4 km) and the elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters). This is roughly equivalent to climbing a thirteen story building, but spread out over 1/4 mile.

Visitors unable to make the climb up Alcatraz's steep road due to mobility needs can take advantage of SEAT - Sustainable Easy Access Transport - an electric shuttle that runs once an hour (at 40 minutes after the hour) from the dock to the prison building, and once an hour (at 15 minutes after the hour) from the front of the prison back to the dock. Boarding is available on a first come, first served basis. SEAT can accommodate wheelchair users. Only individuals with mobility needs may ride the shuttle - other members of your party cannot be accommodated.

As the island is otherwise accessible, strollers are not permitted on the shuttle, but can be easily used on the island.

There are no wheelchairs available for loan on Alcatraz Island.

Yellowstone National Park Tour
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The faces of 4 great American Presidents; Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, stand out on a 6,000 foot mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is host to almost three million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. They come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and to learn about the birth, growth, development and the preservation of our country. Over the decades, Mount Rushmore has grown in fame as a symbol of America - a symbol of freedom and a hope for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Wall Drug Store
America's Favorite Roadside Attraction, Wall Drug Store, is a 76,000 square foot wonderland of free attractions including the Backyard with its Branding Iron Arcade, animated T-Rex,
panning & mining experience for fossils and gemstones, Train Station Water Show & fun picture-taking props in a picnic area.

Browse the shopping area to find a great selection of Western items, authentic
native South Dakota Jackalopes, exquisite fine art, and a unique assortment of souvenirs.

Wall Drug Store is known for its Famous Homemade Donuts and Rolls, Hot Beef Sandwiches, Buffalo Burgers, and 5 cent coffee!

Badlands National Park
This fantastic painted landscape of steep canyons, spires and razor edged ridges was made a national monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and became a National Park in 1978. Soft clays and sandstones deposited as sediments 26 to 37 million years ago by streams from the Black Hills created vast plains which were inhabited by the saber-toothed cat, the rhinoceros, and ancestors of the present day camel and horse.

The Visitor Center contains exhibits and an audiovisual program and is open all year at Cedar Pass.

Chicago Navy Pier
Spend free time on your own at Navy Pier, Chicago's "playground on the lake." Navy Pier has been a treasured Chicago landmark since its construction in 1916. It boasts dozens of restaurants and shops, special exhibits, strolling entertainment, and gardens.
Activities can include a ride on the incredible fifteen story Ferris Wheel, giving one of the best views of the Chicago Skyline, and the turn of the century style carousel which features 36 hand painted animals.

Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago offers an unsurpassed view of Chicago and 4 surrounding states. Take an elevator to the 103rd floor and see the breathtaking panorama.

"The Ledge" dares visitors to attempt a new Chicago experience: stand on The Ledge and feel the city from 103 floors over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River.

Admission also includes interactive exhibits and signature photo opportunities.

Grand Concourse Restaurant
Known as the premier restaurant of Station Square, this is like no other restaurant you've ever seen. This Chuck Muer restaurant is a true testament of grandeur and elegant dining. It is set in the Edwardian splendor of the beautifully preserved Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, built in 1901, and is part of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks' Station Square restoration project, which is on the National Register of Historic Sites. With a cathedral stained-glass vaulted ceiling, marble columns, and a dramatic staircase, guests are quickly transported to the glamorous side of the Progressive Era with the luxury of a modern day menu. The restaurant is located on the Monongahela River just across the bridge from Pittsburgh's downtown "Golden Triangle."

This is not a casual restaurant. Appropriate attire - dressy casual - is required.

MAPS Air Museum
The MAPS Air Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of aviation and its impact upon society. It accomplishes this mission by acquiring, restoring, preserving, and exhibiting the impact of aviation on the culture of man.

MAPS Air Museum is currently restoring some of the world's greatest military aircraft, and hangaring privately owned warbirds.
In addition to the aircraft that they house, MAPS is constantly building new displays and exhibits relating to aviation history.

Fannie May/Harry London Candies
Be overwhelmed by the selection of over 500 varieties of gourmet chocolates and candies, ready for gift-giving or self indulgence.

During your guided tour you will learn about the rich heritage of making fine chocolates. Your Fannie May/Harry London chocolate journey begins with a short video presentation highlighting key moments in the Fannie May and Harry London history. Stroll past the Fannie May/Harry London heritage wall for a celebration of their rich history. As you explore the facility you can not help but see and feel the pride they take in making their fine chocolates. You will get an in-depth look at how humble cocoa beans transform into chocolate, as they are blended with real sugar and fresh local cream to make over 500 varieties of chocolate and gourmet candies.

Fannie May makes hundreds of unique confections producing 10 million pounds of chocolates each year. In making their amazing array of chocolates, they use an average of 30,000 pounds of chocolate and 10 gallons of real vanilla - every day! You will likely see Pixies, Buckeyes, Trinidads and the like being created.

Calico Ghost Town
Calico is an authentic 1880's Silver Mining Ghost Town located midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Visitors have the opportunity to visit the Town, which had one of the richest silver strikes in California History. Visit Maggie Mine, the museum, gold panning, take a train ride, or see a gunfight on Main Street. Calico Ghost Town also has shops and restaurants.

Day 1: Drury Inn & Suites Northwest, Dublin OH

Day 2: Drury Plaza Downtown, St. Louis, MO

Day 3: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, OK

Day 4: Holiday Inn Market Center, Dallas, TX

Day 5: Drury Inn & Suites, Amarillo, TX

Day 6: Drury Inn, Albuquerque, NM

Day 7 & 8: Holiday Inn Express, Flagstaff, AZ

Day 9 & 10: New York New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Day 11 & 12: Sportsmen's Lodge, Hollywood, CA

Day 13: Holiday Inn Express, San Luis Obispo, CA
Day 14 & 15: Hotel Zephyr, San Francisco, CA

Day 16: Winnemucca Inn, Winnemucca, NV

Day 17: Hampton Inn Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT

Day 18 & 19: 49'er Inn & Suites, Jackson Hole, WY

Day 20: Mineral Palace & Casino, Deadwood, SD

Day 21: Comfort Inn, Mitchell, SD

Day 22: Holiday Inn, Dubuque, IA

Day 23: Fairfield Inn Chicago Downtown, Chicago, IL

Day 24: Comfort Inn, Canton, OH

Day 25: Doubletree Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

-Day 3- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
*Hotel requires names and addresses of each passenger with valid photo ID. Must be 21 years of age for package which includes breakfast voucher.

-St. Louis Gateway Arch - The top of the Arch is not fully accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Sixth Floor Museum - The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is wheelchair accessible. Barrier-Free access to the museum and a limited number of wheelchairs are available upon request. All films are closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Hearst Castle - Consists of approximately 170 stairs (up and down) and 2/3 mile route to walk. Duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes with a considerable amount of standing. Must request assistance ahead of time to reserve cart for shuttling up to castle. Passengers with limited mobility (even walkers) need to request a special abilities tour ahead of time.

There are no wheelchairs available for loan on Alcatraz Island.

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we osuggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

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