2011 Conference and Convention Tours
All tours depart from the main exit.
Indoor facilities are air-conditioned unless indicated, but many tours include significant outdoor time. Dress appropriately and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and water bottle for your comfort and safety.
Space is limited on all tours. ACB reserves the right to cancel a tour should ticket sales fall below required minimums.
Tickets will be collected at the bus. Buses will not be delayed while forgotten tickets are retrieved.
All return times are approximate. If you have dietary scheduling concerns, bring a light snack in case we are unavoidably delayed.
If you use a wheelchair and require a lift-equipped bus, you MUST check the appropriate boxes on the pre-registration form in order for us to plan for necessary transportation.
A limited number of volunteers will accompany each tour. While they will help as much as possible, ACB volunteers are not personal guides or personal care attendants. If you need individual help, plan to attend the tour with a friend who can act as your guide or PCA, push your wheelchair, etc.
Friday, July 8
8:00am - 4:00pm Fallon Naval Air Station Tour - $48, $50
Remember the 1986 movie, "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise? Visit the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon. The US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, known as "TOPGUN," is today's version of the Navy Fighter Weapons School. Visit several locations on the base; have lunch at the Officers' Club. Touch 19 different naval aircraft at the Air Power Park; hear the action of the flight line from the observation room in the control tower. Be briefed about flight training, search and rescue, and more.
12:00pm - 6:30pm MS Dixie II Emerald Bay Cruise - $69, $72
Awestruck upon seeing Lake Tahoe for the first time in 1862, Mark Twain uttered, "It must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords." From the deck of the spacious paddlewheeler, the M.S. Dixie II, you'll be mesmerized by the beauty of Tahoe's crystal blue waters and towering peaks. Learn about the lake's formation and history on this two-hour narrated cruise. Lunch included; choose chicken pot pie, mushroom ravioli, or taco salad.
7:00pm - 9:30pm Louis' Basque Corner Restaurant - $37, $40
Please pass the potatoes! An all-you-can-eat family-style dining experience. A local favorite that comes highly recommended and is steeped in the rich history of Basque cuisine. The menu includes shellfish with rice, clam chowder, tossed salad, Basque beans, potatoes, and French bread. Main courses are fish of the day, top sirloin steak, roast leg of lamb, and sweetbreads. Save room for ice cream or cheese.
Saturday, July 9
8:00am - 6:00pm Virginia City Tour - $72, $75
A step back in time. Board a restored steam train to Gold Hill, take an exciting ride down a dusty road in a stagecoach drawn by four painted horses. Have lunch in the Victorian Banquet Hall at the Delta Saloon where you learn about the historic Suicide Table. Tour the Pipers Opera House where William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) once performed. Follow your senses down the wooden planked walkways to the sweet sensations of candy shops and the shimmer of gold and silver. Step back 160 years at The Way It Was Museum and the Virginia City Radio Museum. Narrated trolley tour carries you to major points of interest, sharing the historical and cultural backgrounds of the city and local people. This hands-on adventure will give you a new appreciation of the American West in the Gold Rush era. Lunch includes sandwich, chips, pasta salad, fresh fruit and cookie; choices are ham on wheat, roast beef, or turkey on wheat. Note: This tour includes historic sites from the 1800s; some parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.
1:00pm - 3:00pm Reno City Tour - $19, $22
Narrated motor coach tour of "The Biggest Little City in the World." Ride by the huge neon sign spanning Third Street that has made this town famous. Visit surrounding points of interest. NO STOPPING.
Sunday, July 10
10:00am - 12:00pm Reno City Tour - $19, $22
See Saturday's description.
12:30pm - 2:30pm Reno City Tour - $19, $22
See Saturday's description.
Monday, July 11
12:30pm - 4:30pm National Automobile Museum - $22, $25
Take a fascinating journey into the past. This museum houses the car collection of William "Bill" Fisk Harrah, as well as cars that belonged to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and many other famous people. Begin at the turn of the 20th century and walk through decades of industry evolution to the present day. Sit in the driver's seat of a Ford Model-T; examine the amazing tactile globe that was the trophy for the first round-the-world car race in the early 1900s. Some of the cars are hands-on accessible. Time for browsing the great gift shop, too.
1:15pm - 5:15pm Rocksport Rock Gym - $22, $25
You'll be climbing the walls! State-of-the-art facility provides the thrill and challenge of rock climbing in a professionally controlled environment for your safety and enjoyment. 7,500 square feet of sculpted terrain; walls up to 35 feet. Staff available to help as needed; no experience necessary. Wear comfortable loose-fitting or athletic clothing and socks; climbing shoes provided. Waiver forms required and will be included in your registration packet; forms must be completed and signed before you can board the bus.
Tuesday, July 12
12:15pm - 5:30pm Lake Tahoe Adventures (see options below)
Combine the beauty of a pristine mountain lake with the thrill of new adventures on this tour to Zephyr Cove. Choose one of the following adventures; be sure to bring swimsuit and change of clothes for all choices except sport fishing.
Parasailing - $72, $75
Fly away and experience the exhilaration of parasailing. Soar 800 feet above Lake Tahoe. Enjoy take-off and gentle landing from the back deck of the parasail boat. Tandem flights (two at a time).
Power Boat - $72, $75
Power across the lake in a 23 ft. Sea Ray speed boat, take a ride on an inflatable tube, or just relax and take a refreshing swim.
Sport Fishing - $127, $130
Anglers, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on America's premiere Alpine lake. Your captain and first mate are experienced in trolling, drifting, and jigging. Fish for mackinaw (lake trout), rainbow trout, brown trout, and Kokanee salmon ranging in size from 2 to 7 pounds; however, many 20- to 30-pound trophies are caught each year.
Pedal Kayak or Pedal Boat - $52, $55
Just enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. A two-person pedal kayak or pedal boat is the perfect way to spend an afternoon on the lake. Sighted volunteers will be on hand to lead you around Zephyr Cove.
Wednesday, July 13
12:15pm - 3:15pm Chocolate Nugget Tour $15, $18
Everyone knows the four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles. Visit this family-owned business whose claim to fame melts in your mouth. Choose from a wide variety of chocolate taffy, fudge, gummies, and sugar-free candies. The perfect place for the makings of a well-balanced meal!
12:15pm - 3:00pm Davidson Tea Company $15, $18
There's nothing like a cup of freshly brewed tea. Davidson Tea, a local favorite for the past 30 years, offers USDA organic loose-leaf teas and teabags and special blends. This small but very aromatic store takes you through the entire process of creating that special cup of tea. The gift shop has a variety of specialty brewing products and accessories.
12:15pm - 3:00pm Ultimate Rush & Sling Shot - $37, $40
Perfect for adrenaline junkies! Combine the thrill of sky-diving with the excitement of bungee jumping; the freedom of hang-gliding. The Ultimate Rush hoists you and one or two friends to the top of a 180-foot skycoaster; pull the ripcord and ... free fall, then fly through the air at over 65 miles per hour. Still want more? The Sling Shot is a bungee in reverse! Strap into a steel cage connected by four bungee cords to a pair of 160-foot towers. The cords stretch, the cage releases, and you experience 4 G's as you hurl into the air at over 70 miles per hour.
1:45pm - 4:45pm Chocolate Nugget Tour $15, $18
See above description.
2:00pm - 4:45pm Davidson Tea Company $15, $18
See above description.
2:00pm - 4:45pm Ultimate Rush & Sling Shot $37, $40
See above description.
Thursday, July 14
12:30pm - 4:00pm Nevada Museum of Art - $27, $30
Founded in 1931, this museum is the only accredited art museum in the state. Trained docents will present a bare-hands interactive tour of the outdoor sculptures, a white glove experience of some of the permanent collection, and a descriptive tour of the feature exhibition, "To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum."
12:30pm - 5:30pm Nevada State Museum & Mint - $27, $30
Take a walk through time at this museum in Carson City. Explore the museum's Native American exhibit, "Under One Sky," learn about a time when mankind first occupied the Nevada portion of the Great Basin. Hear about the natural foods they collected and the skills they used for survival. See the reconstruction of a Great Basin cave containing evidence of past cultures and climate. Other exhibits include the former Carson City Mint, a famous underground mine, and Nevada's Changing Earth Exhibit. Explore the state's geologic history and see America's largest Columbian mammoth. Meet some of Nevada's seldom seen creatures -- the desert bighorn, the black bear, and the Great Basin rattlesnake. The Nevada State Museum is also proud to host the exhibit, "Slot Machines: The Fey Collection," which highlights machines by the renowned designer Charles August Fey.
Saturday, July 16
8:30am - 2:30pm Tahoe Ridge Winery - $42, $45
Nestled in the picturesque town of Minden on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevadas lies Tahoe Ridge Winery, Marketplace and Bistro. Sample wines while discovering the rich history of this vineyard. Lunch at the Bistro; includes salad and warm wine brownie. Choose from shrimp pasta and salad or turkey sandwich and salad.
5:00pm - 11:00pm Woodwind II Sunset Sail - $72, $75
End your week with a sunset cruise on a catamaran, a custom-built twin-hulled sailboat. Sit in a beanbag chair on the front deck; take a seat in the fully enclosed main salon; or relax in a private booth. Complimentary domestic beer, house wines, and champagne. Great views of the lake and the surrounding snow-capped mountains; observe aquatic life from two underwater observation windows. Bring a light jacket; at 6,200 feet above sea level, it gets cool after sunset. Boat is not fully wheelchair accessible.
6:30pm - 11:30pm Dinner & Comedy - $100, $105
Wind up convention week with dinner and a show. No riding on a bus; just great fun right at the Nugget! Enjoy a delicious dinner in Captain Cook's at Trader Dick's, followed by the stand-up comedy of Dana Carvey. You've seen him as Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and the church lady from "Saturday Night Live" and Garth from the movie "Wayne's World." Dana's portrayal of President George Bush made the line "not gonna do it" a well-known catch phrase. One funny man with a long list of funny characters! Choose dinner - prime rib of beef, lemon or sweet & sour chicken, or coconut crusted halibut.