EXPERIENCES - a TJ's Travel Club for Seniors
Promoting Friendship & Memorable Life Experiences through Travel
TJ's Travel Club for Seniors was founded in 1984, by Jeff Reed, a retired Gerontologist. Jeff has traveled more than one million miles on escorted tours with senior citizens since then. We have chapters throughout the State of Arizona.
We offer hundreds of one, two and three day tours throughout the Southwest, and several Extended Tours and Cruises every year. The Travel Club has chapters in the Phoenix area, the East Valley and the Sun City area. If you would like to know more about our shorter tours, click on "Newsletter" in the banner at the top of the page. You can download the latest E edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter.
If you would like, you can download the latest E Edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter by clicking on the tab "Newsletter" at the top of this web page. You will be directed to a PDF file download of the latest E copy. Once downloaded, you can print the newsletter, or you can send it to friends and family.
In addition to providing various trips and tours for our club members, we also customize tours to Arizona and the Southwest for senior groups from around the world.
TJ's Travel Club offers 1, 2 and 3-day tours throughout the Southwest.
We travel, on average, 12 to 14 days each month, visiting interesting destinations throughout Arizona and neighboring States. The Travel Club also sponsors several Extended Tours and Cruises every year to destinations worldwide.
You can download the latest E-issue of the monthly newsletter "Experiences" at the top of this page. Just click on the banner "Newsletter" You can download or email the newsletter to friends!
Why not join us, learning first hand why "we are off our rockers and traveling the world!"
It's easy. Call us at (480) 497-2478. You can also email us at the address on the home page of this web site.
Death Valley Days!
March 10th-12th Tuesday-Thursday
$399 (Double Occupancy) $85 (Single Supplement)
Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850. Even though, as far as we know, only one of the group died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave. They were rescued by two of their young men, who had learned to be scouts. As the party climbed out of the valley over the Panamint Mountains, one of the men turned , looked back, and said “goodbye, Death Valley.” This name, and the story of The Lost ‘49ers have become part of our western history.
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies, on our way to Wikieup, AZ and Luchia’s Restaurant, for lunch on self. Arizona Highways 2011 “best restaurants” issue calls Luchia’s one of the top 25 locally owned eateries. Famous for their kitschy southern charm, koi pond and roaming peacocks, their menu runs from burgers to Mexican food, but they are most famous for their black walnut cream pie. After lunch we’ll sightsee our way to Beatty, Nevada, the gateway to Death Valley National Park. Once in Beatty, we’ll check into the cozy Stagecoach Casino Hotel and we’ll enjoy dinner on self, and a free evening.
Day Two: After breakfast on self, it’s back on the bus, and we’ll make our way to Death Valley National Park. There is so much to see and do here, and we’ll explore historic mining sites, eerily beautiful canyons and the sun-baked salt flats that the Valley is so famous for. We’ll tour all of the notable locations; Artist’s Drive and Palette, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater Basin, Furnace Creek, and so much more. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, included and we’ll tour Scotty’s Castle, a window into the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. Walter Scott, better known as Death Valley Scotty, convinced everyone that he built this castle with money from his secret mines in the area. In truth, Albert Mussey Jonson actually built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie. Scotty’s Castle was an engineer’s dream house, a wealthy matron’s vacation home, and a man-of-mystery’s hideout. This is a fantastic living history tour! Later we’ll enjoy dinner on self, and a free evening.
Day Three: After breakfast on self, it’s bags out and we’ll head to Boulder City for lunch, included, at the Box Car Buffet. The lunch menu varies and each day brings a new menu theme, from Chinese, to Italian and so much more. After lunch we’ll explore the spectacular four-lane highway bridge arching across the Colorado River, at the Hoover Dam. Named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, construction began in 2005 and the bridge opened to traffic between Arizona and Nevada, in late 2010. What an impressive feat of engineering this bridge is—the supporting twin-rib arch, echoing the elegant curves of the dam itself. From here, we’ll hightail it back to the Valley, with plenty of great sightseeing along the way. This is always a fantastic tour, so don’t miss out—call in your reservations!