Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on our adventure to Southern California to enjoy the culture, climate and visit the observatories. We will have an opportunity to visit the California Space Museum,
where the space shuttle Endeavor is exhibited. In Pasadena the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where many
of today’s space exploration is happening.
Then the piece de resistance will be to visit the two observatories in the
Southern California mountains: Mount Wilson and Palomar.
This is a one of a kind tour and I hope you will join me next November for sunny California. - Randy Atwood
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Arrive in Los Angeles
Welcome to the City of Angels for three nights. Join your Tour Director for a welcome orientation dinner tonight at the hotel.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Los Angeles Highlights
Today a local guide joins us for a tour of Los Angeles. From Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral to the new Disney Concert Hall. A blend of the old and new. This afternoon we will visit the Griffith Observatory where you can look through the telescopes, catch a star show in the planetarium, visit the latest exhibits and enjoy the view over Los Angeles.
Thursday, November 5,2015 Pasedena
Begin your experience in Pasadena to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. JPL is the leading U. S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science and space-based astronomy missions.
Friday, November 6, 2015 California Space Museum
Begin your experience in Endeavour: The California Story, a companion exhibit featuring images and artifacts that highlight the shuttle program's ties to California, here the orbiters were built. Then see Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Tonight enjoy pure Hollywood at the Magic Castle, the Academy of
Magical Arts, for dinner and magic shows.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Pasadena - San Diego
Today our tour moves to San Diego where Fr. Junipero Serra
established the first of twenty-one Missions. Travel into the
scenic mountains for a visit to Mt. Wilson Observatory where
Edwin Hubble used the facilities to alter humankind’s view
of our place in the expanding Universe.
Continue on to San Diego for two nights.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 San Diego
Today our final observatory visit takes us up the picturesque
Palomar Mountains to Palomar Observatory. The Observatory
is home to three active research telescopes: the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope, the 48-inch (1.2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope, and the 60-inch (1.5-meter) telescope.
Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight.
Monday, November 9, 2015 Home
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight homeward or extend your stay.