Gadabout Vacations offers day tours with pickup points in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Banning. Departure times are listed for each tour. More information on pickup locations below.
*SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY* Huntington Library & Gardens
Saturday, March 23,$82 per person
There's so much to see at this Southern California gem. Browse the galleries of European and American masterpieces from Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol and more. Or, stay outside and wander the lush gardens, such as the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, or Desert Garden. A handy shuttle can help you navigate the grounds. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
*ALMOST SOLD OUT!*
Treasures of Pompeii at Reagan Library
Monday, April 8, $77 per person
Travel back in time to the Roman Empire as you explore the frescoes, mosaics, sculpture and jewelry of the ill-fated ancient city. In addition, you’ll have time to explore the permanent exhibits of the impressive presidential library and museum, including a full-scale replica of the Oval Office and Air Force One. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
San Diego Zoo & Balboa Park
Tuesday, April 9, $126 per person
Calling all animal lovers! Explore the beautiful habitats of the zoo in historic Balboa Park, meeting the gorillas, tigers, leopards, pandas, and other creatures that make the facility their home. Complimentary shuttler service within the park is available. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
The Broad Museum
Wednesday, April 10, $58 per person
Finally visit the museum that everyone is talking about. Take in the incredible modern art collection, including pieces by Takashi Murakami, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons and more. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
*ALMOST SOLD OUT!*
Joshua Tree Wildflowers
Thursday, April 11, $85 per person
Venture into the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, in the High Desert. Sit in air-conditioned comfort as you roll past spiky Joshua trees, breathtaking rock formations, and sweeping desert vistas. We’ll stop for optional photo and exploration time! After that, head to funky Pioneertown for a no-host BBQ lunch at Pappy & Harriet’s Saloon, with time to explore the adjacent Old West movie set. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
Tuesday, April 16, $129 per person
Escape the desert for a day by the sea! We’ll bus to Long Beach and board the Catalina Express for a one-hour ferry ride to charming Avalon. Then, the day is yours! Take an optional tour, shop, or just relax by the water with an ice cream cone. We’ll leave Avalon pier after dinner time, and return to Long Beach for the journey home. Departing Palm Desert @ 6 am; Palm Springs, 6:30 am; Banning, 7 am.
Modern Art Sampler
Tuesday, April 23, $69 per person
Make it a one-two punch of powerful modern art as you visit both the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Street and the MOCA Pacific Design Center. The provocative and rule-breaking pieces will definitely give you a lot to think about – and to discuss with your fellow travelers! Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Japanese American National Museum
Thursday, April 25, $55 per person
Experience one of the most powerful museums in Los Angeles. Dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans, this museum in the heart of Little Tokyo features exhibits on the legacy of origami art, internment camps, and other aspects of the Japanese American experience. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Monday, April 29, $68 per person
Spend the day by the water in San Diego, at one of the most impressive maritime museums in the nation – located onboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier. Explore the ship and get up-close and personal with several historic aircrafts as you take in the beautiful views of the bay. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
Wednesday, May 1, $75 per person
Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the incredible flower fields of Carlsbad. More than 50 acres of gorgeous ranunculus blossoms are yours to explore. Walk the paths, or take an optional tractor-pulled wagon ride for an extra $5. You can even purchase bulbs to take the beauty home with you! Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Dolphin & Whale Watching at Dana Point
Friday, May 3, $134 per person
Climb on board your vessel for a 2-1/2 hour cruise. From bow to stern the high-tech boat has been specially outfitted to provide the best dolphin and whale watching experience possible. A hat, light jacket and rubber soled shoes are suggested. No-host lunch in Dana Point Harbor. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Cinco de Mayo in San Diego
Saturday, May 4 – $55
Join the fiesta as historic Old Town San Diego is turned into the largestCincodeMayocelebration north of the border. We’ll go one day before the big party, so the crowds aren’t as crazy, but you’ll experience the same music, entertainment, world-class food and cultural and historic exhibits. Departing Palm Desert @ 7:30 am; Palm Springs, 8 am; Banning, 8:30 am.
Sunday, May 5, $198 per person
Experience the longest-running outdoor play in the United States! Written by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884, the dramatic novel Ramona will be performed in a natural amphitheater with a cast of more than 300. BBQ lunch included. Departing Palm Desert @ 12 pm; Palm Springs, 12:30 pm; Banning, 1 pm.
Tuesday, May 7, $55 per person
Pay a visit to the famous Hotel Del, which starred in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. You’ll have time to stroll around and see the hotel decorated for the holidays. Then, head to the Coronado Ferry Landing for a no-host lunch. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Santa Anita Races
Saturday, May 11,$85 per person
Enjoy a day at the races at beautiful, historic Santa Anita Park. Lunch included. Departing Palm Desert @ 8:30 am; Palm Springs, 9 am; Banning, 9:30 am.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Sunday, May 12, $75 per person
Spend the day at Southern California’s most famous outdoor market. More than 2500 vendors will gather at the iconic Rose Bowl to sell their wares. Sample smoothies, beer, wine, cocktails, gourmet pretzels, sushi, Cinnabon rolls and more as you shop. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Dogs! A Science Tail at The California Science Center
Friday, May 17, $76 per person
From lovable companions to loyal protectors, dogs live and work alongside us. They can rescue us from peril, sniff out danger, or provide help to people in need. Through engaging and fun hands-on exhibits, explore the science behind the bond between humans and dogs. And don't miss the live demonstrations of working dogs in action! Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Wednesday, May 22, $65 per person
Experience one of California’s famous missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano. A docent dressed in historic attire will show you the mission known as "Father Serra's church.” No-host lunch in San Juan Capistrano following the tour. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
La Brea Tar Pits
Saturday, May 25, $78 per person
Travel to the newly renovated La Brea Tar Pits & Museum in Hancock Park. Natural asphalt seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years and over many centuries, the bones of animals were trapped in the tar and preserved. Learn more about the tar pits and view some of the animals that died there. Also see the 30 minute exciting 3-D film, Titans of the Ice Age, which brings to life the mammals that lived during the Ice Age, showing how they became trapped in the tar and how they are being excavated today. No-host lunch at the Grove & Farmer’s Market. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Memorial Day at the USS Midway
Monday, May 27, $80 per person
Begin the day with a trip to the USS Midway where the lineup of activities range from a wreath memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage. On the way home, stop at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial to experience the sunset from the picturesque overlook. Departing Palm Desert @ 9 am; Palm Springs, 9:30 am; Banning, 10 am.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
Friday, May 31, $75 per person
For over 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills in Carlsbad into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly 50 acres of flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in full bloom and a wagon tour will show you some of these vibrant flowers. Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Newport Beach Holiday
Thursday, June 6, $55 per person
Have the day free to enjoy the sea air. You may wish to shop, enjoy lunch on your own or take an optional cruise on the harbor or ride the ferry over to Balboa Island. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
Saturday, June 8, $55 per person
Visit Roger’s Gardens for 2 hours in Corona Del Mar to see both indoor and outdoor ideas for landscaping and decorating your home. Then, head to nearby South Coast Plaza for shopping and a no-host lunch. Departing Palm Desert @ 7:30 am; Palm Springs, 8 am; Banning, 8:30 am.
Monday, June 10, $96 per person
Travel to the newly renovated Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. You will begin your visit by viewing a multi-media presentation that introduces Richard Nixon and his 50-year career in public service. Then explore the various galleries highlighting his career as well as that of Pat Nixon. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Departing Palm Desert @ 8:30 am; Palm Springs, 9 am; Banning, 9:30 am.
San Diego Seaport Village
Friday, June 14, $55 per person
Spend the day at Seaport Village, where you may wish to enjoy a no-host lunch, shop or stroll along the boardwalk by the bay. You may wish to explore the Headquarters, the new complex in the former Police Station behind Seaport Village with shops & restaurants. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 8:30 am.
Lake Arrowhead Cruise
Tuesday, June 18, $77 per person
Enjoy a narrated cruise aboard the Arrowhead Queen on Lake Arrowhead where many movies have been filmed. Before the cruise, you’ll have time to stroll and enjoy a no-host lunch in Lake Arrowhead village. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
The Grove + Farmers Market
Saturday, June 22, $55 per person
Have a free day for shopping and lunch on your own. There are many restaurants scattered throughout both the Farmers Market and the nearby Grove, an outdoor shopping mall. No escort. Departing Palm Desert @ 8 am; Palm Springs, 8:30 am; Banning, 9 am.
Friday, June 26, $61 per person
Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Special exhibits include: "The Renaissance Nude," "Underworld; Imagining the Afterlife," "Monumentality," and "Sally Man; A Thousand Crossings." Departing Palm Desert @ 7 am; Palm Springs, 7:30 am; Banning, 8 am.
Nethercutt Collection & Museum
Friday, June 28, $87 per person
Head to Sylmar to tour both the Nethercutt Collection & the Nethercutt Museum. Among the treasures is an assortment of antique automobiles showcased in a grand automotive salon, a collection of automobile mascots, antique furniture, clocks and watches. Mechanical musical instruments are displayed, and during the tour some of these instruments are demonstrated including a mini-concert on the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. In another building, there are over 250 automobiles (1898-1997), plus cars once owned by movie stars, royalty and other notable personalities. Outside is a steam locomotive and a private car, once owned by the eldest daughter of Santa Anita Race Track founder “Lucky” Baldwin. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Departing Palm Desert @ 6:30 am; Palm Springs, 7 am; Banning, 7:30 am.
Laguna Beach Getaway
Sunday, June 30, $55 per person
Spend a cool day away in Laguna Beach. You are on your own to explore the unique galleries, the Sawdust Festival, specialty stores & restaurants, or the beach. Departing Palm Desert @ 7:30 am; Palm Springs, 8 am; Banning, 8:30 am.
Day Tour Pickup Points
Kohl's on Monterey & Dick Kelley
Dollar Tree Store, at Vista Chino & Sunrise
Sun Lakes Shopping Center Near Carl's Junior
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