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5 days / 4 nights, departing Friday December 30th 2016 with round-trip Flights from Rapid City, SD

Ring in the New Year with an exciting trip to southern California. Find Pasadena abuzz with preparations for the famous Tournament of Roses Parade and get a sneak-peek as final touches are put on the massive floats.

Celebrate the season with a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance, with live entertainment and a champagne toast to the New Year.

Enjoy prime viewing with reserved seating at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.
The popular Tournament of Roses Parade held on this day in Pasadena was started in 1886 by the Valley Hunt Club, whose members decorated their carriages with flowers, creating what was meant to be "an artistic celebration of the ripening of the oranges in California".

In the afternoon athletic events were held. The city of Pasadena later revived the sponsorship of the parade, and the city was in turn succeeded by the Tournament of Roses Association, which to date directs the activities.

Gradually the flower-decked carriages gave way to floats that by parade rules can be covered only with fresh flowers.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Rapid City to Los Angeles, California - Tour Begins
Ring in the New Year in style with the ever-popular tour featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade.  

Overnight The Westin Bonaventure
Day 2 – Float Viewing - Bandfest - New Year’s Eve Party
An early morning departure takes you to Pasadena for a day combining the excitement of the season with fun-filled activities surrounding the Tournament of Roses. You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the floats in their final stage of decorating. Next, attend Bandfest which features selected bands from all over the country that will perform in the parade, giving you a chance to see these talented musicians, dancers and auxiliary performers in action. Return to Los Angeles where the remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax at your hotel. Then, get ready for tonight’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance with live entertainment and a champagne toast to help ring in the New Year.

Breakfast & Dinner – Overnight The Westin Bonaventure
Day 3 – Touring
Happy New Year! Today we visit the Queen Mary And The Long Beach Aquarium
From 1936 to 1967, the Queen Mary was the world’s most elegant ocean liner. During her 31 years at sea, she transported the rich and famous across the North Atlantic and during World War II, she carried more than 800,000 soldiers some 600,000 miles...

Breakfast & Dinner – Overnight The Westin Bonaventure
Day 4 - Pasadena - Tournament of Roses Parade
Welcome to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, a grand tradition since 1890. When the parade debuted, 2,000 citizens were on hand to witness history in the making. Today, more than one million spectators line the parade route. As our guest, you will join them with reserved seating for prime viewing. After the parade, return to Los Angeles and enjoy time at leisure. Toast the end of a wonderful New Year’s getaway at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Breakfast & Dinner – Overnight The Westin Bonaventure
Day 5 - Los Angeles – to airport and return flight home


Book this great tour now!

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Itinerary at a glance

Starts: Friday December 30th 2016
Ends: Tuesday January 3rd 2017

What's included?

  • Round trip flights from Rapid City to Los Angeles
  • Transfers to the hotel Westin Bonaventure
  • 4 night’s accommodations based on double occupancy
  • View Floats being prepared
  • 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • 1 Gala Dinner Dance New Year’s Eve
  • Reserved Seating for Parade
  • Baggage handling and taxes


  • Price: $3,295 (pp based on double occupancy)


How to book

What you'll need

  • A passport is not required for traveling to California
  • Driving license or other means of identification is required for airport security


The weather in California is normally pleasant at this time of year - refer to weather.com for average temperatures.

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