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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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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 : Los Angeles

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.

Afternoon finds us at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Discover over 250 vehicles and learn about the automobile’s impact on life and culture around the world.

Later, we check-in to our Los Angeles hotel for a two-night stay.


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
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit 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
  • The Petersen Automotive Museum
  • 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

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Final Payment Date: 08/05/2020

Tour Map for Southern California Dreaming

Departure Cities

WSAW TV Pickup Locations:

Colby/Abbotsford, WI - Hardees/Shell Truck Stop

Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center

Merrill, WI - Walmart

Stevens Point, WI - Dunham's Sports

Wausau, WI - The Plaza Hotel & Suites

Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Walmart Supercenter

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP International Airport

Holly Chilsen

Holly Chilsen joined the NewsChannel 7 team in August 2012 as a producer for the 6 and 10 evening weekday newscasts. Since then, she’s anchored Sunrise 7 Sunday and NewsChannel 7 Weekend. After two years working weekends, she moved on to produce and anchor NewsChannel 7 at 4, on our Fox affiliate, WZAW. She also is a general assignment reporter for WSAW, our CBS affiliate.

Holly is a native of Appleton, Wis. She graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She majored in Radio/TV/Film and has a minor in Journalism. During her first two years as an undergrad, Holly spent much of her time working at the campus radio station, 90.3 WRST. It wasn’t until Holly’s third year as an undergrad that she got her chance at everything that is TV news. She started up Titan TV News, an all student-run, once a week newscast, as a producer, anchor, reporter and director.

During her last semester, Holly interned at WLUK- Fox 11 in Green Bay, Wis.

When Holly isn’t at work, you’ll likely find her at home in the kitchen, cooking up a delicious creation, watching HGTV or cuddling up with her cat, Grayson.

Join Holly and WSAW TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.

Local Travel Shows Suspended!

In the interest of protecting the health and peace of mind of our guests, we have decided to suspend our local travel shows until May 1, 2020. The good news is you can still earn your $100 Travel Show Credit right now by viewing an online travel show. Click the button below to watch the show. At the end, you’ll simply provide your name and email address to receive the credit which you can apply immediately to this or any future Holiday Vacations tour!