Tours & Traveling

The Council on Aging provides monthly trips or outings to local points of interest as well as vacation packages to places in other countries. These extended escorted travel trips are offered throughout the year. Any revenue made by these trips, help fund other programs and services. Please call (231) 873-4461 for more information or contact us online.

Painted Canyons of the West

May 7 – May 15, 2023 (9 Days)

 

Highlights: Colorado National Monument, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah’s Scenic Byway 24, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas

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Day-by-Day Itinerary
Trek across the Southwest as you take in the sienna-colored canyons, towering spires and desert landscapes found in Utah’s five national parks. Your journey begins in the mile-high city of Denver – an urban gateway to America’s natural beauty.
The Rocky Mountains are your traveling companions on the drive to Grand Junction. Look out at the natural scenery as you pass by Glenwood Canyon, a product of the Colorado River, carved more than 3 million years ago. Dine together at a family-owned vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting in the midst of Colorado wine country.
Set out to explore the Colorado National Monument this morning along Rim Rock Drive. Make your way to Utah on the Upper Colorado Byway, known by the locals as “River Road.” As the iconic Fisher Towers loom over breathtaking mesas, make your way to Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River. Relax tonight at a cowboy barbecue, where grilled steak is at the top of the menu.
Journey through the otherworldly oases of two national parks. Hike* along red rock features as you make your way through Arches National Park. Continue to Canyonlands National Park, resting in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, and discover a world of mesas and canyons. Close by, at the Island in the Sky, look out over a landscape of ethereal valleys and dreamy horizons. Today’s park pilgrimage ends atop the sheer sandstone cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park.
Travel through the dramatic Utah desert on Scenic Byway 24. Visit Capitol Reef National Park, named for the curved white walls that resemble the U.S. Capitol building. On the Million Dollar Road, take in views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, where layers of warm reds and oranges melt into smooth sided peaks. Spend the night in Bryce, your jumping-off point to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Spend the day in Bryce Canyon National Park and see the famous hoodoos – vibrant rock formations likened to fairy chimneys. Perhaps you’ll start your morning with a hike,* getting up-close and personal with the graceful geology. Take in the sprawling vistas as you walk along Sunset Point, leading into Sunrise Point Rim Trail. As the day draws to a close, settle into Springdale, a small town perched just outside of Zion National Park.
There are few places on earth that match the beauty of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion. Make the most of an entire day exploring this rock-ridden paradise. On Zion’s open-air tram, wind along the Virgin River through the 2,400-foot deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon. Choose how you spend the afternoon because it’s your choice! Hike* independently -OR- visit Zion’s Human History Museum.
Age-old nature is replaced with captivating energy, vibrant lights, and endless excitement in Las Vegas. Toast with your travel companions at a farewell lunch. Then, the evening is yours – spend your time along the neon-lit strip however you please.
Say goodbye to Las Vegas and the painted canyons of the west as you depart for home.

Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise

June 7 – June 18, 2023 (12 Days)

 

Highlights: Fairbanks, Sternwheeler Discovery, Music of Denali Dinner Theater, Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Luxury Domed Rail, Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Your tour opens in Fairbanks,* in the great state of Alaska, on an adventure that brings together the best of both land and sea.

Step aboard the popular Sternwheeler Discovery, an unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Make stops along the way to meet the people and get a taste of local life. Take a scenic motor coach ride to Denali National Park. Tonight, enjoy a musical performance that tells the story of the first brave men to summit Denali followed by dinner.

This morning, travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour** which affords the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Learn about the history of the park and see why Denali is one of the top three reasons that people visit Alaska. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Your day begins with a scenic train ride to Talkeetna. Savor every moment inside your luxury domed railcar. View the incredible landscape from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms as rail guides provide expert commentary. Check into the iconic Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, perched on a ridge offering unforgettable views of Denali.

Depart for your ship, stopping en route in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Continue with a scenic drive along the Alaska Range. Drive along the Turnagain Arm to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. With a local guide, discover where orphaned or injured bears, wolves, porcupines, and moose are cared for in a 200-acre rehabilitation site. Arrive in the port of Whittier where you’ll embark on your 7-night Holland America cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay on board truly memorable. You will be dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and a myriad of dining options. While on board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and nightly entertainment are included.

Your ship cruises past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s largest glaciers. Have your camera ready and take in the natural beauty of the glacier's stunning surface.

Cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic coastal islands. Its rich world of marine life and large concentration of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best.

Relive Alaska's Gold Rush days in this “Gateway to the Klondike” and home of the famed Chilkoot Trail. In historic Skagway, Alaska’s past lives on in a spectacular natural setting and cries of “gold in the Yukon!” can still be heard.

From massive scenic mountains to historic buildings, there is so much to explore in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau.

Your port of call today is Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems.” Located on the tranquil Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as your ship sails along the amazing Inside Passage.

Your cruise ends this morning in the vibrant Canadian city of Vancouver, leaving you with many wonderful memories of your tour to the last of the great frontiers.


Mount Rushmore, the Badlands & Black Hills of South Dakota

June 17 – June 25, 2023 (9 Days)

 

Highlights: Motorcoach transportation, Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, Deadwood, Deadwood Casino, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Unique Journey Museum

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

June 17, 2023: Tour start & Black Hills

Board your spacious, video and restroom equipped Motorcoach and set off for the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota. Tonight, check into an en route hotel for a good night's rest.

June 18, 2023: Des Moines Botanical Center

After enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will depart for the Des Moines Botanical Center. Later in the day, enjoy Dinner and check into your en route hotel.

June 19, 2023: Badlands National Park

Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will depart for a visit to the spectacular Badlands National Park. Then, you will go to the amazing Wall Drug Store before having Dinner and checking into your South Dakota area hotel.

June 20, 2023: Mount Rushmore

Start the day with a Continental Breakfast before heading to the BORGLUM HISTORICAL CENTER, where you will learn the story of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. Afterward go to the MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, America's “Shrine of Democracy” and a symbol of the nation's rich history, rugged determination, and love of freedom. Then enjoy a TOUR OF WILDLIFE LOOP ROAD at CUSTER STATE PARK. The Wildlife Loop Road takes you through rolling prairies and pine covered hills, offering one of the best spots in the region to view native animals in the wild. This evening, enjoy Dinner and entertainment.

June 21, 2023: Deadwood

After enjoying Continental Breakfast, you will go to the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Then, you'll head for Deadwood, South Dakota, the former home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane - now the location of gaming establishments in beautifully restored historic hotels and saloons. Enjoy a GUIDED TOUR OF DEADWOOD, have some gaming excitement and later, enjoy Dinner.

June 22, 2023: Journey Museum & Crazy Horse Memorial

Today after Continental Breakfast, your tour takes you to the unique JOURNEY MUSEUM, which tells the complete history of the mystical Black Hills. Then, prepare for an inspirational sight at the magnificent and spectacular CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, destined to be the world's largest memorial upon completion. You'll also learn about the sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, his vision, and the loving family who continues his life's work. This evening enjoy Dinner and entertainment.

June 23, 2023: Corn Palace

Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before leaving for the famous Corn Palace. Later that day, after a relaxing Dinner, you'll check into your en route hotel.

June 24, 2023: Amana Heritage Museum

Today after Continental Breakfast, you will visit the Amana Heritage Museum in Amana, IA. Tonight, relax in your en route hotel.

June 25, 2023: Heading home

Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you depart for home... a perfect time to chat with your friends about all the fun things you've done, the great sights you've seen and where your next group trip will take you!

Shades of Ireland

September 6 – September 15, 2023 (10 Days)

 

Highlights: Dublin, Irish Evening, Choices on Tour, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Jaunting Car Ride, Ring of Kerry, Farm Visit, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Castle Stay

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Anticipation mounts as you wind your way toward the Emerald Isle and its many wonders. Rich history, rolling hills and warm smiles lie ahead in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. With tomorrow comes quintessential Ireland.

Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.

Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the National Gallery, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the General Post Office. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Later, you may join an optional tour to the Guinness Storehouse, followed by dinner at a contemporary restaurant showcasing Irish cuisine.

Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.

Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. Enjoy a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park before boarding a boat* and sailing through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice… choose your included dinner from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants.

Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture.

Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Continue to Limerick, where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." This evening you may join an optional tour to a Medieval Banquet dinner, which is hosted in a castle.

Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration. Continue on to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes.” Return to Limerick to relax over dinner.

You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.

Your journey ends in Kingscourt.


Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, & Plymouth

September 24 – September 30, 2023 (7 Days)

 

Highlights: Plymouth, "Plymouth Rock", Martha's Vineyard, Hyannis, Sandwich, JFK Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, "Outer Cape", Provincetown, Chatham

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

September 24, 2023: Tour starts

Board your spacious, video and restroom equipped Motorcoach and set off for beautiful Cape Cod! Tonight, you will check into an en route hotel for a good night's rest.

September 25, 2023: Cape Cod

Enjoy a Continental Breakfast at your hotel, before arriving in Cape Cod - the perfect example of all that is New England! This evening you will have Dinner and check into your Cape Cod area accommodations.

September 26, 2023: Hyannis and Sandwich

Enjoy a Continental Breakfast and embark on your GUIDED TOUR OF HYANNIS and SANDWICH. Start off with a visit to the lovely Village of HYANNIS where you'll stop at the JFK MUSEUM - an exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod. Next, you'll visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial in HYANNIS. Lastly, you'll head to the quaint and historic village of SANDWICH. Tonight, end your day with a relaxing Dinner.

September 27, 2023: Martha's Vineyard

After a Continental Breakfast, a Guide will accompany you on a ferry ride to the famous getaway island - MARTHA'S VINEYARD. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to soak up the charm of this lovely island with its unique shops, quaint restaurants, and historical sites. Later this afternoon, you'll depart Martha's Vineyard and enjoy Dinner at a local restaurant.

September 28, 2023: Outer Cape & Provincetown

After a Continental Breakfast you will depart for a GUIDED TOUR OF THE OUTER CAPE. Visit the Eastham Windmill, the Cape Cod National Seashore Race Point Visitor Center, and the Marconi Station area with its spectacular "ocean to bay" view across the entire cape. Then, you'll make a stop in colorful PROVINCETOWN - home to artists, great galleries, stores and boutiques. Next, you'll breathe in the sea air in CHATHAM with its panoramic views of the Atlantic and rustic barrier beaches. Tonight, enjoy Dinner and entertainment.

September 29, 2023: Plymouth Rock

Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before departing for a visit to Plymouth, MA - "America's Hometown!" See the famous "Plymouth Rock." This evening relax at your en route hotel.

September 30, 2023: Heading home

Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will depart for home... a perfect time to chat with your friends about all the fun things you've done, the great sights you've seen, and where your next group trip will take you!