- Free home or local pickup and return
- 18 Meals (6 dinners, 1 lunch and 11 breakfasts)
- Dinner at the Big Texan Steakhouse
- See the gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument
- Spend 2 nights in Las Cruces, the crossroads of Hispanic, Indian and American cultures
- Visit the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
- Included lunch and time for shopping in historic Old Mesilla
- Visit Tombstone, home of OK Corral and Boot Hill Cemetery
- Spend 4 nights in Tucson and take a narrated tour with a local guide
- Visit Saguaro National Park and Old Tucson Studios
- Tour the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
- Take a narrated tram ride through Sabino Canyon
- Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum
- See a show at Gaslight Theatre, Tucson’s authentic foot-stomping musical comedy melodrama
- Visit Tubac Artisan Village and the Mission San Xavier del Bac, “the Dove of the Desert”
- See the St. Joseph Apache Mission
$60 in Mayflower Money
Days One and Two — Travel to Amarillo
Our journey west begins with dinner and overnight in Missouri before coming to the Lone Star state of Texas. Dinner is at the Big Texan Steakhouse, home of the 72oz steak challenge.
2 Dinners and breakfast
Day Three — White Sands National Monument
Some of the most diverse landscape of New Mexico lies before us. The Rio Grande cuts a wide green path of tall trees and fertile fields through the Mesilla Valley and leads us to White Sands National Monument. This awesome expanse of snow-white gypsum sand dunes covers 275 square miles. We travel the 16-mile Dunes Drive before coming to the picturesque town of Las Cruces.
Day Four — Explore Las Cruces
Set against the majestic spires of the Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is a crossroads of Hispanic, Indian and American cultures. At the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, we climb aboard specially designed trams and learn the history of New Mexico’s farming and ranching through both indoor and outdoor exhibits, live animals and demonstrations. Our included lunch is in Old Mesilla where you can explore the beautiful plaza and see over 400 years of its past come to life through traditional architecture.
Breakfast and lunch
Day Five — Tombstone and Boot Hill Cemetery
In the boardwalk-laden, wild-west mining town of Tombstone, we hear how the town has survived booms, busts and some of the territory’s most notorious gunslingers and was the site of the real gunfight at the OK Corral. Take a stroll through Boot Hill Cemetery. Later, we arrive in Tucson, our home for the next four nights. Tonight, dinner is served at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and Saloon, known for their mesquite-grilled cowboy steaks.
Breakfast and dinner
Day Six — Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon Tram
A local guide shows us Tucson, whose downtown Presidio District includes a colorful mix of Moorish, Spanish and Southwestern architecture as well as the historic Hotel Congress, where John Dillinger’s fate was sealed. Then take a leisurely drive through Saguaro National Park to see these amazing giants of the cactus world. In Sabina Canyon a narrated tram ride takes us to see where mammoths once roamed and Hohokam Indians found swimming holes.
Day Seven — Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a mix of zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden with a range of local flora and wildlife. Nearby is Old Tucson Studios, an old west town made famous as a location for more than 300 movies and TV shows. In the evening, the Casino del Sol’s remarkable architecture transports us to a Mediterranean Resort with an included dinner.
Breakfast and dinner
Day Eight — Pima Air & Space Museum and Tubac
This morning we tour the Pima Air & Space Museum, featuring over 300 historical aircrafts from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. At the lovely village of Tubac, first established by the Spanish in 1752, we stroll the meandering streets filled with numerous galleries, studios and gift shops. Later, we visit Mission San Xavier del Bac, the 17th-century Spanish mission known as “The White Dove of the Desert,” with its imposing dome, lofty towers and graceful spires. In the evening, “cheer” the hero and “boo” the villain at Tucson’s authentic musical comedy melodrama, the Gaslight Theatre.
Day Nine — St. Joseph Apache Mission
We make a stop at the St. Joseph Apache Mission. This inspiring Romanesque church stands as a tribute to the faith, patriotism and is dedicated to the memory of veterans from WWI and WWII.
Breakfast and dinner
Days Ten through Twelve — Oklahoma City and Home
A panoramic tour of Oklahoma City shows us the Stockyards and Capitol Building followed by a final overnight and farewell dinner in Missouri.
3 Breakfasts and dinner
La Quinta Inn, Springfield, Missouri
Country Inn, Amarillo, Texas
Days Three and Four
La Quinta Inn, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Days Five through Eight
Country Inn, Tucson, Arizona
Best Western Sally Port Inn, Roswell, New Mexico
Ramada Limited, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pear Tree Inn, Rolla, Missouri