Southern California Dreaming

When all the leaves turn brown and the skies are all grey, join us for a warm California getaway! Begin in sunny San Diego touring the city, visiting the USS Midway Museum, and taking a fun ferry ride across the San Diego Bay. Arrive in Palm Springs where we learn how the rich and famous turned this desert oasis into a playground for the stars, and visit the rugged and cactus-speckled landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Learn about the Franciscan friars and pioneers at Old Mission Santa Barbara and enjoy time at leisure to take in its jaw-dropping scenery. Later we feel the splendor of Hollywood at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, going on a Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour, and visiting Hollywood Boulevard with time to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the Dolby and TLC Chinese Theaters, and the iconic Hollywood sign.

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Hosted By: Paula Sands

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to California

We begin our adventure with a relaxing flight to sunny southern California and check-in to our accommodations in San Diego.

Day 2 : San Diego

A local guide joins us to explore the city. We drive by Petco Park, the home of the Padres baseball club, tour San Diego’s distinct neighborhoods, and visit the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

An included lunch at Peohe’s Restaurant on Coronado Island features a tropical interior with waterfalls and breathtaking views.

Following lunch, we board a ferry for a delightful crossing of the San Diego Bay.

Next we visit the USS Midway Museum. Spend time exploring this floating city and learn about the 225,000 sailors who have served on this vessel through the 60+ exhibits that bring the ship’s history to life.


Day 3 : Palm Springs

Enjoy a delicious included breakfast at the hotel before departing for Palm Springs.

Upon arrival, have lunch at “Palm Springs’ hippest restaurant,” Lulu California Bistro. You’ll love its stylish interior and delightful cuisine.

Next, explore the greater Palm Springs area with a local guide. During our tour we’re introduced to native geology, desert wildlife, and the role wind energy plays in this community. Discover how indigenous peoples and early settlers thrived on this desert floor, how the rich and famous transformed Palm Springs into a playground for the stars, and how this area became a home for aficionados of modern architecture.

Check-in to our Palm Springs hotel with the remainder of the evening at leisure.


Day 4 : Joshua Tree National Park

Today we visit Joshua Tree National Park. This unique park preserves nearly 1000 square miles of gnarled Joshua Trees which have adapted to the harsh desert climate. Watch for wildlife and migrant birds. Keys View lookout provides panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. On a clear day you may be able to see beyond the Salton Sea to Signal Mountain in Mexico.


Day 5 : Surf City

Tour the elegant Huntington estate in San Marino, now a library with botanical gardens and collections of fine art on display. This Georgian mansion was once the home of California railroad tycoon Henry Edwards Huntington, who was also a collector of 18th-century British portraits. Today the estate features over seven million items including 400,000 rare books and manuscripts from famous authors throughout history, photographs, prints, a hall of rotating exhibits, and so much more.

Next we travel to Santa Barbara, popularly known as the "American Riviera" thanks to its Mediterranean-like climate. We check-in to our hotel and then depart for tonight’s included dinner.


Day 6 : Santa Barbara

Take in a guided tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara where we’ll learn about Franciscan friars and California’s Mission system. Explore the Sacred Garden, cemetery, church, and museum with artifacts and interpretive displays. See heirloom and historic plants that once grew during the Mission era at La Huerta Garden.

Break for lunch at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Located in the city’s vibrant performing and cultural arts district, this colorful marketplace is home to a wide range of local food vendors and other merchants in a friendly, spacious atmosphere.

The rest of the day is ours to enjoy at leisure. Stroll scenic Stearns Wharf, visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, or simply relax at our comfortable hotel.


Day 7 : Motion Pictures Museum

We arrive in Los Angeles and have lunch at the LA Farmers Market. Active since 1934, this marketplace has more than 100 shops and eateries to explore with plenty of outdoor seating.

After, we visit the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Newly opened in 2019, enjoy six floors of exhibitions and programs celebrating the power of cinema from the past, present, and future. View galleries of artifacts from memorable films and learn all about the science of filmmaking. Altogether educational, entertaining, and inspiring, this brand-new Los Angeles museum is sure to rekindle the magic of movies in us all.


Day 8 : Hollywood

Enjoy a Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour by tram with an expert guide as we go "behind the lens" visiting film sets and working soundstages on the studio lot. The tour continues with an immersive look at how the magic of Hollywood is made at Stage 48: Script to Screen. Here you can lounge on the Friends set couch, build your own costume at the interactive design station, or view authentic headshots and audition reels on the high-definition touch screen casting table.

This afternoon explore Hollywood Boulevard with time to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the TCL Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and the Hollywood Sign.

Tonight we gather for a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, the perfect ending to our fabulous vacation.


Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home from Los Angeles with special memories of our time in California.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in San Diego
  • 2 nights in Palm Springs
  • 2 nights in Santa Barbara
  • 2 nights in Los Angeles

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Diego city tour
  • Coronado ferry crossing
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Palm Springs city tour
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Old Mission Santa Barbara guided tour
  • Leisure time in Santa Barbara
  • LA Farmers Market
  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
  • Warner Brothers VIP Studio tour
  • Hollywood Boulevard feat. the Hollywood Walk of Fame

10 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at Peohe's in San Diego
  • Lunch at Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Los Angeles

Tour Dates & Pricing

February 24th, 2020 - March 3rd, 2020

Category - Occupancy

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Final Payment Date: 12/11/2019

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Departure Cities

KWQC TV Pickup Locations:

Davenport, IA - Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn

Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

Maquoketa, IA - AmericInn (formerly Centerstone Inn & Suites)

Rock Falls, IL - Walmart

Paula Sands

A lifelong Quad Citian, Paula Sands is a two-time Emmy nominee for her work on the daily talk show Paula Sands Live, now in its 25th successful year.

Paula and her husband David have been married since 1984. They met at WQUA Radio in Moline where David was an on-air personality and Paula wrote commercials. They share two daughters and 5 granddaughters.

Travel is a passion for Paula and David. They’ve hosted multiple Holiday Vacations tours and are especially excited about the Blue Danube Tour. It will be their first European river cruise and look forward to sharing the adventure with KWQC friends and viewers.

Join Paula, David and KWQC-TV6 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.