Magnificent Midwest

Magnificent Midwest
Wed, Jul 21st, 2021
Tue, Jul 27th, 2021
  • • "Triple" : Two Beds: $1370
  • • "Quad" : Two Beds: $1350
  • • "Single" : One Bed: $1650

One or Two Beds: $1390

Featuring Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis & More!

*Riley's purchases the Group Deluxe Protection plan with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption on behalf of all participants*

Trip Highlights:

Scottish Rite Cathedral & Lunch
Rhythem Discovery Center
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center
Belle of Louisivlle
Frazier History Museum 
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Center
Payton Glass Activity Center
Muhammad Ali Center
Schimpff's Confectionery
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site
Grant's Farm
Gateway Arch & Boat Cruise
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Peoria Caterillar Center

Day 1 Schaumburg, IL
Welcome aboard! Our journey to the magnificent midwest begins as we make our way across Wisconsin and into Illinois. We'll arrive at our overnight in Schaumburg and a show at the Medieval Times Dinner Theater. Enjoy a delicious and a medieval jousting tournament with 6 competing knights, real weapons, beautiful horses and a live flight of the royal falcon. (D)

Day 2 Cincinnati, OH
Today we will travel south on I-65 to the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis. We will head downtown to the Scottish Rite Cathedral, a historic building owned by the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, an affiliated body of Freemasonry. It was built between 1927 and 1929 at the cost of $2.5 million. The Cathedral is one of the largest Masonic buildings in the world, and the largest Scottish Rite building anywhere. Lunch will be included here in the cafe. Next, we visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center. The world’s foremost drum and percussion museum featuring unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. We'll end our day at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. The monument stands 284 feet, 6 inches high, only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. Two hundred thirty-one feet above the balcony level of the Monument is a glass enclosed observation deck, providing a panoramic view of downtown Indianapolis. You may go to the observation deck if you would like if time allows, by walking 330 iron stairs or riding an elevator (there is a fee and it is not included in the cost of the tour), which will take you up to step 290, and walking the final flight. The lower level of the Monument houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. The museum portrays Indiana’s contribution to the American Civil War, the war that saved the union from being split into two nations and ended the institution of slavery. Get a glimpse into the lives of the Civil War Soldier, both at battle and on the home front. We'll continue south to Cincinnati, Ohio and check-in to our hotel situated on the Ohio River. (B, L)
Day 3 Louisville, KY
Experience Cincinnati today! First stop, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Bringing to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world, throughout history and today. Explore exhibits like The Slave Pen, Slavery Today and Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias. After lunch, we head over to Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. We end our day on aboard the Belle of Louisville's Riverboats for steamboat supper and cruise of Louisville's harbor. (B, D)

Day 4 Louisville, KY
Today we begin at the Frazier History Museum, featuring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit, the Charles W. Stewart Historic Miniatures Gallery and The German Gallery, which together house hundreds of the sets of toy soldiers and historical miniatures. Featured historical items here include the bloedner monument, president theodore roosevelt's "big stick and the family bible of daniel boone. We get an experience of a lifetime later at the Payton Glass Activity Center. A guide with show us around the studios and explain the art of glass. There will be artist there for us to watch fuse and blow glass. Then, it your turn! Everyone gets to make something to bring home. Don't worry, they will show you what to do! After lunch time, visit the Mahammad Ali Center to learn about his life and legacy. Our day will end at Schimpffs Confectionery where we'll get a guided tour of the Candy Museum as well as a live demonstration of a small batch of Schimpff's famous hard candy (generally Red Hots) being made on antique equipment. (B)

Day 5 St. Louis, MO
Our travels take us to St. Louis, Missouri this morning. Known as the Gateway to the West and located right on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Our first stop gives us some history at the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site. He was stationed with the U.S. Army at Jefferson Barracks, a military post just south of St. Louis. During that time, he met Julia Dent, who grew up nearby. They married in 1848. After serving for eleven years in the U.S. Army, Grant resigned his commission and decided to try his hand at farming at back at Julia's childhood home, White Haven. From 1854 to 1859, the Grant and Dent families, along with enslaved African American laborers, lived and worked at White Haven. We'll tour the property and its five buildings while learning about life in the 19th century while the Grants lived there. We head to the farm site nearby, Grant's Farm to finish our morning and have some lunch on your own. The farm is an animal reserve home to such animals as buffalo, elephants, camels, kangaroos, donkeys, goats, peacocks, the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales and many more. You can't go to St. Louis without visiting the iconic Gateway Arch. Check out the interactive exhibits in the at the Gateway Arch Museum and discover how the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis region became the Gateway to the West. Then take the tram to the top--First, your guide will lead you through interactive, pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s-era animations and Gateway Arch trivia,. Then board for the 4-minute Tram Ride to the Top where you will discover breathtaking views up to 30 miles in all directions. We will have the opportunity to view the Arch and downtown St. Louis on the Riverfront Boat Cruise. We will climb aboard a replica 19th century paddle-wheel riverboat and we travel through time along the "mighty" Mississippi River getting views of St. Louis and the Arch like you have never seen before. (B)

Day 6 Peoria, IL
Heading north this morning and cross into Illinois to Springfield, home of Abraham Lincoln from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President of the United States. A visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a must! It is the largest Presidential Museum and uses 21st century technology to bring you back to the 19th century to life. Then we will visit Lincoln's Tomb, the final resting place of the 16th President of the United States, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. Continuing north, we travel to Peoria, Illinois for our overnight. (B)

Day 7 Home
Our travels bring us back home to Minnesota today. (B)
2 dinners 
1 lunches and 
6 continental breakfasts

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