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Join us in St. Cloud, Minnesota October 27th – 29th for the

2013 Itineraries Midwest group travel show & fam! Tour Operators, Bank Club Directors and qualified Group Leaders will have time for… • Appointment Session • Open Marketplace • Find Out What’s New and Plan Itineraries • Area FAM Tour Registration fees start at just $25 for a one day experience with no accommodations, to $125 for a full registration including transportation from the Twin Cities. Coach departs from Minneapolis/Saint Paul area Sunday October 27th to St. Cloud. More information coming soon so check our website after February for more details. You will not want to miss this event!

Call 877-832-7267 or visit today!

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Heather Lahren, Kathleen Somers, Lynn Gottwalt, and Mackenzie Lahren | ITINERARIES Inc. Britt Aamodt Kent Gustafson

We make every effort to be as accurate as possible, but assume no responsibility for errors or omissions found in this magazine or any other corporate publications produced by ITINERARIES Inc. Proud Members of: Tour Minnesota Association (TMA) & American Bus Association (ABA) POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ITINERARIES Inc. 56 South 33rd Avenue #234, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Dear Planner, Festivals, cruises, maple syruping, birding, state parks, orchards, wineries…the list goes on! You’d be surprised at all the year-round activities to experience in the Midwest without setting foot indoors – except, of course, inside a cozy motorcoach. This issue of Itineraries is full of ways to get your groups outdoors, from relaxing excursions to adventures in the wilderness! Ever considered ziplining? The Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve in Missouri offers supervised adventures for all ages and abilities. If your group would like to experience nature in a more relaxed setting, take a trip to one of the hundreds of state parks across the Midwest. Mandan, North Dakota’s Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offers a unique and historical experience with a trip back to 1875. Wineries and festivals are always a favorite among groups. Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery in Kimball, Minnesota guides visitors through a European style winery via trolley and will treat your group to a delicious catered meal. As for festivals, how about one of the biggest in the world? The Bon Soo Winter Carnival in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario hosts more than 75 events for all ages and has been named one of the “Top 100” festivals for several years. CENTRAL CANADA Finally, we want to thank everyone who participated in the 2012 Itineraries Midwest Group Travel Show & FAM this fall in Rapid City, SD. It was a huge success and could not have happened without the support of the tour operators & exhibitors. Next year’s show will take place in St. Cloud, Minnesota, October 27th – 29th. Keep an eye out for more details! We hope your 2013 is full of great tours and opportunities! MINNESOTA

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American Bus Association, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Austin CVB, Munsinger / Clemens Gardens, Council Bluffs CVB, Explore St. Louis, Fairmont CVB, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Herbert Migdoll, Historic Dayton House, Honey Creek Creamery, John Deere Historic Site, J. Sterling Arbor Day Farm, Mark O’Leary, Marquette Country CVB, Minnesota State Fair, Moore Longhorn Ranch, National Farm Toy Museum, National Grasslands Visitor Center, Owatonna CVB, Real Racine, Rhythm City Casino, Ron Schempp, Saint Paul CVB, Sioux Falls CVB, St. Joseph CVB, Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Tempel Farms, Tom Fletcher, Travel Dubuque, Travel Iowa, Utica IL, Visit Madison, Visit Milwaukee, Warroad Chamber, Wolfe Creek Preserve




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wisconsin - - - - - - - - - - - 46 Botanical Group Tours Find out what’s blooming across the Midwest with a group garden tour. Conservatories, greenhouses, parks and garden walks can be found all over— often in unexpected places. Take this opportunity to stop and smell the roses!

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Take your group outdoors with a hands-on tour of a Midwest operational farm. Meet the animals, feed them, or try your hand at some farm chores! Many of these farms offer convenient motorcoach parking and group rates. A fresh air tour is just what your group needs. Read ITINERARIES Midwest Online. Ads hotlinked to websites.


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FOR A TRIP YOUR GROUP WILL NEVER FORGET… When looking for quality group travel, think of Iowa! We’re located right between the mighty Mississippi and historic Missouri Rivers in the very middle of America. And because we’re already group-friendly, we can host your group with tours they will long remember. Whether your group is out for a daytrip, or on a longer tour, we are on the way to…everywhere! Destinations all over our state continually groom travel opportunities for tour groups, making us a state with many great travel trade partners!

HERITAGE… American heritage – Iowa-style - is alive all over the state. Your tour groups can enjoy ag tours and wine tasting at our many wineries. Looking for interesting industry tours? How about furniture building, crafts and wood carving, just as our ancestors did? No matter the heritage you select, we’re sure your group will go home talking about their great tour! FESTIVALS… Festivals are more than rides and cotton candy in Iowa. (Though tour groups love our State Fair, one of the largest – and best, we’ve been told – in the United States!) You’ll see first hand why Iowans are so proud of these traditions. Come celebrate everything from tulips (Orange

Masters (Charles City) - Surprised? Maybe a zoo trip that gives your group time with a lion trainer (and the lion!) Or lunch in a rain-forest setting (Blank Park Zoo)? Would your group like to see the fish that swim in the mighty Mississippi (National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium)? ENTERTAINMENT… Maybe a bit of Broadway? We can offer you exceptional entertainment during your group’s tour. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the symphony, laugh to your hearts content at the theater, discover unique shops all over the state, or try your hand at lady luck, at casinos on land or water! Let us entertain you!

City & Pella), to bridges, and our famous stars (tour groups love our ever-popular Glenn Miller Festival)!

EXCELLENT FOOD & LODGING… REST ASSURED You’ll find a taste that will suit every palate – from the great Midwestern “gimme” corn on the cob – to German, Dutch, Czech, Italian, Mexican, and more good ‘ol American fare (and everything in between). Enjoy tempting dishes in any setting, from casual to candlelight, even on a rolling dinner train! Plus, you, as a group travel planner, can be rest assured that your groups will rest well indeed in the many fine, group-friendly lodging facilities of our state, that includes historic boutique hotels, resorts and other exceptional properties.

ATTRACTIONS… Unusual attractions abound for unusual group experiences unique to Iowa. How about a great art collection by the

IOWA HELPED BUILD AMERICA… Iowa is blessed with an abundance of history, from Victorian homes, museums and landmarks, to entire towns – where


stepping back in time is as easy as walking through the front door. Created by people whose life journeys began in our great state, some of whom include: • Johnny Carson / TV entertainer, Corning • William “Buffalo Bill” Cody / Scout, LeClaire • Mamie Doud Eisenhower / U.S. First Lady, Boone • Bob Feller / Pro baseball pitcher, Van Meter • George H. Gallup / Pollster, Jefferson • Herbert Hoover / U.S. president, West Branch • Ann Landers / Columnist, Sioux City • Abigail Van Buren / Columnist, Sioux City • Cloris Leachman / Actress, Des Moines • Glenn Miller / Bandleader, Clarinda • Harry Reasoner / TV commentator, Dakota City • Donna Reed / Actress, Denison • Lillian Russell / Soprano, Clinton • Billy Sunday / Evangelist, Ames • John Wayne / Actor, Winterset • Andy Williams / Entertainer, Wall Lake • Meredith Willson / Composer, Mason City • Grant Wood / Artist, Anamosa REMEMBER…WE’RE ALREADY GROUP-FRIENDLY! Since we have been hosting groups for years, you can be confident that when we invite you to come for a day or a week, we mean it! Want to see Iowa for yourself first? Then come for a personal FAM and let us show you how we will treat your groups…coachload after coachload! 

For more information, call Iowa Group Travel Association at 641-420-9003, or go to

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ords like milkmaid, goat herder and farmer, probably conjure up a certain image, but probably nothing like the reality of meeting Sharon Oamek, owner of Honey Creek Creamery and certified cheese maker. Sharon makes a quality goat’s milk cheese customers clamor for. And yes, she is a goat herder… extraordinaire. “There is nothing like the tang of fresh Iowa goat cheese!” Even more special is the tour she offers to groups from March to November. Sharon says her “Dairy tale existence” began when she acquired two goats back in the 1990s. At that time, she was looking for hiking companions and comic relief. Her life and career with the Federal Reserve took an unusual turn when she and her husband purchased his great grandfather’s farm, established in 1891, and moved to Iowa. Her hiking goats, two boys, moved to the farm, and a whole lot of girl goats were purchased. Then the work started in earnest. Located just ten miles from the Omaha/Council Bluffs border and set in the geological masterpiece called Loess

Hills (pronounced Luss Hills and rhymes with bus), Honey Creek Creamery is the only certified dairy in Iowa west of Des

Moines. The unique landforms of the area are found only here and in China and offer rich, chemical free alfalfa and native plants on which to feed. The result is a fresh, lively cheese with a smooth and creamy finish. You’ll have to bring your group to experience it first hand. Moving into her third year of hosting groups at her century farm, Oamek is as good with her tours as she is with her cheese. There is a large U shaped driveway to accommodate the coach. No backing up required. Tours last about an hour to an hour and a half and can accommodate groups up to 60. “Everybody always likes seeing goats,” says Oamek, “they are so much fun.” So she begins by introducing the goats. Recognizing that people who come to this type of tour are lifelong learners, and generally appreciate experiencing an operational farm, she gives them what they want. There is some fun goat trivia interspersed with opportunities to touch a goat’s soft ears, learn about the different breeds, and interact with the goats in whatever way visitors are comfortable. You can even milk a goat if you like! There is a tour of the milk parlor which is really a 1911 bunkhouse. It’s been nicely renovated of course, but that explains the old fireplace inside. Next, it’s on to the processing center where you will gain an

understanding of the cheese making process. The processor came from the Netherlands, and the bulk tank from Italy.

Did you know goat’s milk is a complete protein and contains every essential amino acid? It’s the closest thing to human milk and more beneficial to health than cows’ milk. With great love and joy, Sharon turns the milk into chevre goat cheese, with its mild flavor derived from Loess Hills vegetation and enhanced by local fresh herbs & seasonings. From mom to cheese, the process takes four days, with something being required from Oamek every day. That means her traveling days are over. But Sharon doesn’t mind. “It’s a pretty nice life” she acknowledges. From the beauty of the Loess Hills tapestry of scenic views; “I see a ski resort off to my left,” to the relationship she has with her animals, to the excitement of getting to meet the very people she would have otherwise sought out back in her traveling days, to the support of a community that shows they want her to succeed, Sharon knows she has something very special. She loves that customers like to share how they are using the cheese and offer their own ideas. She loves that sort of Yes-I-like-it-and-I-wantmore attitude. And she loves that satisfying sense of creating something that comes with each day’s efforts. When groups come to the Honey Creek Creamery Oamek is completely in her element as she shares with them the wonder of this new life she has created. The challenges of the start up are all behind her and “now it’s just the fun part!” The tour is a treat for the senses as you will see as soon as you arrive. View the extraordinary setting; enjoy the smells of the processing room, like fresh bread. Touch the goat’s soft coat or milk one if you dare. Listen to the comforting sounds of the farmstead cheese crop, and taste the creamy chevre cheese, uniquely delicious. Like other members of the Living Loess collaborative, Honey Creek Creamery offers tours the third Saturday of the month from March to November. Naturally for a coach tour you will want to call the Creamery to set up your own private tour. The cost is $5 per person with the driver and escort being free. To arrange a tour for your group contact the Creamery at 402-690-9252. And here’s some news from a real goat herder: she’s thinking about expanding into goat’s milk ice cream. 




“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” Those were the words of 19th-century transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. In July of 1845, Thoreau undertook a two-year odyssey in “simple living” on the shores of Walden Pond. He lived alone in the woods, a mile from the closest neighbor, and recorded his observations in a journal. He wanted to get away to discover himself and to find the time to pen a book. Along the way he also uncovered a world of wonder that spread out beneath the canopy of heaven. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to give up modern conveniences to experience the great wide open. Land, water and air are only a motorcoach tour away, and your destinations don’t have to be limited to secluded cabins in the woods. A fresh air tour gives the tour operator an opportunity to intertwine the exterior with the interior experience. You and your motorcoach group can bump along a country road on a hay wagon, zip line over a forest canopy and pluck apples straight from the orchard. But you can also dip into a fine dining experience on a restaurant terrace, indulge your taste buds at a local vintage wine tasting and explore caves, ranchlands, tall grass prairie and historic sites through guided tours and interactive presentations. And like Thoreau at Walden Pond, you and your group may discover that the wonders of a vibrant, natural world engage not just your desire to look at, but also your capacity to experience the moment through all of your senses.

Under a Sky So Blue The swath that extends up through Central Canada and south through the borderland and America’s corn belt comprises a land of marvels. From Winnipeg, on the fringes of the Canadian Prairies, to Wichita, Kansas, your motorcoach can direct you to some of North America’s most stunning vistas. A step-on guide is a great asset to narrate landmarks and historical trivia, but these noteworthy ports of call speak for themselves. Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre in Stonewall, Manitoba, offers tour operators opportunities to bring nature to groups of all sizes. An experienced interpreter will introduce your group to the internationally significant marshlands through canoe excursions, indoor interactive programs, hiking trails and snowshoe treks. In December, you can help the center count the winter resident bird species in the Christmas Bird Count. One hour north of Winnipeg are the Narcisse Snake Dens, where spring and fall you can watch the native red-sided garter snakes transit to and from their underground dens. Kearney, Nebraska is home to more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes, while Kansas’ Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. Minnesota’s Itasca

State Park marks the beginning of the Mississippi River. And where better to embrace nature and the outdoors, but in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Tahquamenon Falls, the second largest falls east of the Mississippi, on a Twilight Walking Tour learning the history of voyageurs and trappers? Many nature destinations offer year-round and seasonal tours tailor-made to your group.

Tour and Taste Fresh air tours give you an excuse to feel like a kid again. Part of the adventure of being a kid is that “oh my gosh” reaction to experiencing something for the first time. You’ve had syrup on pancakes, but have you ever tramped in the woods and tapped a sugar maple? At the Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls, your group can collect sap and then watch it boil down to syrup in the Sugar Shack. Best yet, you can order a waffle with real maple syrup for lunch. Kids love to forage in the wild: blueberries, raspberries and honeysuckle. You can re-experience the thrill of fresh air foraging with a vineyard trip at North Dakota’s Red Trail Vineyards (check out their Harvest and Grape Stomp Festival) and Iowa’s Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard, where you can top off your orchard romp with fried peach or apple pie and an apple slushie. The

real bonus of sample tours is they curb your group’s snack attack when dinner is still hours away. Milwaukee offers food tours in an urban setting and Nebraska’s Arbor Day Farm invites you back in time to the estate of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, to pick heirloom apple varieties no longer available in grocery stores, go creek walking and assist at a commemorative tree planting. And when your group needs its sugar fix, you can take your pick of the Cupcake or Chocolate tour of Chicago.

A New Sense of Self The point of getting away is to appreciate spectacles and activities you can’t find in your own backyard. Through those experiences you realize something new about yourself. To give that self-discovery a nudge, it’s helpful to go beyond seeing to doing. “Do what?” you may be asking. Well, for starters, how about a hot air balloon ride in Stillwater, Minnesota? Or even more adventurous: A zipline trip over the Wolfe Creek Preserve in Branson, Missouri? Ziplining is one of those things you see on TV, but never thought you’d do yourself. But it’s a safe and thrilling activity that can be geared to the group trip. Pick your own gemstone on the Ouimet Canyon and

Amethyst Mine Panorama excursion in Ontario. In Illinois, witness a horse ballet at Tempel Farms, and summon ghosts in Alton. Never thought you’d experience a safari? Check out the Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Omaha. Participate in a Green Bay ritual, the tailgate party, at a home game in Lambeau Field and see wild horses roam a sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fresh air destinations will heighten your sense of wonder, while also entertaining, educating and connecting people of all ages. Many sites offer handicapped and limited mobility options, and tour packages are customizable to groups of different sizes and interests. Step-on guides bring the story right to your motorcoach, while immersive activities allow your group to actively participate in the voyage of discovery. Thoreau taught that nature helped you experience the present moment. With a fresh air tour, every present moment offers something new to see, taste, smell, touch and contemplate from a motorcoach window and at every destination between “oh my gosh” and home sweet home. 

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Successful Ag Tours Start Here . . . Ag tours can be a great attraction for your group, and a very memorable experience. They are often concentrated in three major areas: farm and ag industry tours related to crop and/or livestock products; agricultural-related attractions; and festivals or fairs with agricultural themes. Travel planners need to take into special consideration a number of items beyond the “usual” tourism attraction.

An agri-tourism experience can be fun and educational for a tour group. However, be prepared:

✔ Are tour groups welcome? Ask about any ag attraction’s receptivity and ability to handle tour groups. As you know, it takes special considerations for a venue to be “group friendly.” Is there room for the coach to maneuver and park? Is there a step-on guide or someone at the facility to provide assistance and answer curious questions?

✔ We’re going where?

FARM AND FARM INDUSTRY TOURS When you’re visiting a farm, you should consider the type of farm tour. They can range from an Amish farm tour, to crops (including fruits and vegetables, such as apple orchards, etc.) to diverse types of livestock (dairy, bison, sheep, etc), and the season of the year (is it planting time?) The farm tour itself may be an important part of the agricultural enterprise or may merely be an occasional activity provided on a special-request basis. Planners can usually expect direct “hands on” experiences from their farm tours. For example, watching cows being milked, picking fresh strawberries, watching a sheep being sheared, or standing in the middle of a bison herd can make the experience come alive! Farm tours can go hand in hand with agricultural processing tours, which should continue to tell the story of how food and fiber move from the farm to the table. Both of these types of tours, when available, will most likely require a reserved time for the visit and may require tour groups to meet certain criteria (i.e. safety, security, etc.). Most importantly, drop-ins are never welcome.

SPECIAL AG TOUR STOPS Agricultural related attractions include working farms, living history farms, ethnic or cultural facilities, ag museums, and even zoos. These facilities strive to interpret different aspects of agriculture in a variety of time periods and different types of production methods, and welcome tour groups.

FESTIVALS, FAIRS, AND EVENTS WITH AGRICULTURAL THEMES You’ll find a great variety of annual and seasonal fairs and festivals of all sizes with agricultural and food themes all across the states. As a planner, you are well aware of the details and considerations that go into preparing your group for a visit – no matter the venue. We want to encourage you that visiting an ag or food industry attraction can be fun, educational and help create fond memories of their tour. And give them insights into…“so, where DOES our food come from?” 

Have a good idea of what type of agri-tourism attraction you are visiting. There are many different definitions of what a “farm” is and what it offers.

✔ Get specific directions, and maybe even meet your Guide in Town. Have a good idea of the specific location of the agri-tourism attraction. Address numbers have replaced fire numbers for rural locations, but tour destinations on rural roads can be hard to find if you’re not prepared.

✔ Get advice and suggestions. Have a good idea of who to turn to for help. Local tourism officials, such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau or Chamber should know the area.

✔ Watch your step! Have a good idea of what to expect, facility-wise and weather-wise. Ag tour activities, whether on a farm, county fair or museum, require special considerations. Natural hazards, such as a sudden dip in the terrain, could cause a fall. A recent rainstorm could turn the barnyard into a mess. And all animals, tame or not, should definitely be treated with respect.

✔ Leave the germs on the farm! Have a good idea of bathroom and hand washing availability. Not all agri-tourism facilities have public restrooms.

✔ I’ll take two of those, please! Since tour group members often want to shop, have a good idea if there are products for purchases. It may be a fresh apple pie or a bison burger or a newly woven sweater. Whatever the product, it will enhance the experience and provide “Bragging rights” for when the group gets home!


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With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2013 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 31 years of the Top 100 Events. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new products into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public. Every year the list is unveiled in September. ABA’s Top 100 Events Committee selects events from hundreds of U.S. and Canadian events nominated by state and provincial tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, plus a variety of other relevant criteria. Listed below are the events from the list, found in the regions Itineraries Midwest Magazine covers. To view the complete list visit

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

Custer, SD | September 28-30, 2013 Wade Lampert | 605-255-4541

Enjoy three days of entertainment along with numerous arts & crafts booths near the State Game Lodge. Start with a hearty pancake breakfast, then visit artisans and craftsmen from throughout the Midwest as they exhibit and sell their wares ranging from Native American to Western and South Dakotamade products. Listen to cowboy poets yarn tall tales, share the beauty of Native American dancers, or enjoy some of the top musicians in the area.

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, KS | July 26 – Aug 4, 2013 Sandie Masden | 620-225-8186

 Experience western heritage come to life at the

annual Dodge City Days. This 10-day festival hosts more than 50 events including a kick-off concert, parades, Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest, classic car and arts and crafts show, and more. Embrace their new western culture at the Doge City Roundup Arena where they host a top 10 PRCA rodeo. At high noon head over to the Boot Hill Museum to watch the gunfight or see Miss Kitty and her CanCan dancers at the Long Branch Saloon. With so many activities, come “Get the heck INTO Dodge!”

Medora Musical Medora, ND | June 7 – Sept 7, 2013 TR Medora Foundation | 701-623-4444

 The Medora Musical is a professionally produced,

high energy Western style review, which takes place in the 2,852-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre situated in the North Dakota Badlands. The show is dedicated to the legacy of America’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt and the time he spent in North Dakota. Each show pays tribute to American patriotism and the old-west way of life. Audiences are treated to an array of songs and dance routines performed by the Burning Hills Singers and accompanied by the Coal Diggers.

National Centennial Celebration of the Lincoln Highway Kearney, NE | June 30 – July 1, 2013 Ronnie O’Brien | 877-511-2724

 The Lincoln Highway, America’s first coast-to-

coast highway connected New York to San Francisco, spanning 3,380 miles through 13 states. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of this famed highway in summer 2013. Twin tours of antique, classic, and contemporary cars will leave San Francisco and New York City on June 22, 2013 and travel cross-country on original sections of the Lincoln Highway.

Kansas State Fair

North Platte Rail Fest

Hutchinson, KS | September 6-15, 2013 Valerie Harper | 620-662-3391

North Platte, NE | Sept 20-22, 2013 David Harrold | 308-534-3648

 The Kansas State Fair never gets old. The worldclass Midway, blue ribbon animals and family friendly activities make it pure Americana, an event not to be missed. Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the U.S Cellular Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displays. Win prizes, brave heart-pounding carnival rides or leisurely enjoy the train, boat and Ye Old Mill journeys. Don’t miss the enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts, and the infamous butter sculpture, for there is truly something for everyone.

 North Platte is the home of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, the world’s largest railroad classification yard. Rail Fest is a celebration of the Union Pacific Railroad to this community and our nation. The celebration includes tours of the yard, railroad equipment exhibits, locomotive simulators and Union Pacific Family Days. Unique to North Platte’s history is the North Platte Canteen, which extended hometown hospitality to 6.5 million service men and women during WWII.  11

tour illinois outdoors… Rendleman Orchards Farm Market | ALTO PASS Learn about the fruit business at this 130 year old family farm. The farm market offers the finest southern Illinois fruit, including over 20 varieties of peaches, 5 of nectarines and more than 13 apple varieties. Other seasonal produce is available along with old fashioned jams, jellies, pickled items, sauces and salsas, fruit ciders and gift baskets. Sample a fresh peach smoothie. The Rendleman family looks forward to sharing their traditions with you.

Haunted Alton Tours | ALTON For a ghoulish good time, the ghosts are always ready to come out and play in “One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America,” according to the Travel Channel and Fate magazine. Alton is your one stop shop for haunted tours anytime in the area. Guides are available for prearranged tours year round during the day or in the evening.

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Illinois: Mile after Magnificent Mile.

Cupcake tour: Walk to Chicago’s best cupcake shops and bakeries to sample many forms and flavors of this wonderful treat! Learn the history of the cupcake, what catapulted cupcakes to massive popularity in recent years, why red velvet cupcakes are red, and other clever cupcake facts. Enjoy lots of samples on the spot! Set up a private tour exclusively for your group or join a public tour. Chocolate tour: Experience a fun and educational 2 ½ hour guided walking and tasting tour of amazing chocolate shops, bakeries, cafés and some of the city’s secret chocolate treasures, for samples of America’s favorite flavor in many different forms.

Navy Pier | CHICAGO Tall Ship the Windy sails from Navy Pier all summer! The WINDY is a 148 foot traditional four masted gaff topsail schooner/Tall Ship. Windy can accommodate up to 150 passengers. These educational cruises are offered to school, churches, scouts, corporations, and other groups. This program provides a variety of hands-on activities and several talks on topics including maritime history, sailing, maritime arts, physics, navigation, marlinspike, seamanship, marine wildlife, group dynamics and the like. Galena On The Fly | GALENA The whole group can cross this off their bucket list with just one visit! Get ready to lift off in one of the largest hot air balloons in the country. Drift above the historic Galena countryside while taking in views of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin from your 3,000-foot-high perch. (One balloon holds up to 14 people!). Upon landing you will be whisked away in one of their new passenger vans and returned to the resort, where you’ll experience a champagne celebration.

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The Biggest Backyard in the Nation This sample itinerary is best during the spring and summer months, but can be customized for any time of year. Experience the biggest backyard in the nation for group tours! The Chicago Southland, Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs, is conveniently located 30 minutes from Chicago and offers affordable amenities with FREE coach parking! Discover the Chicago Southland advantages. They offer easy travel with close proximity to Interstates 57, 80, 90, 94 and 294. In fact, many of their 6,000 hotel room accommodations are located just minutes from these and other major roadways.

day one 10 – 12:00 pm Start off by checking in to one of the Chicago Southland’s many wonderful and affordable hotels. With over 60 lodging facilities, you will find the amenities, comfort, and service every traveler is looking for and within your budget too. Make your way to beautiful and historic downtown Frankfort. A variety of small boutique shops along tree-lined streets offer personal service and selections you won’t find at the local mall. 12 – 1:00 pm Stop off at the Pickwick Society Tea Room and try one of their many varieties of tea served with a light lunch. 1 – 3:00 pm Next, travel north to Tinley Park where a variety of small shops and restaurants line Oak Park Avenue. Also on display from May through September: Benches on the Avenue, an art display of highly themed and colorful benches that bring to life the chosen theme of the season. 3 – 5:00 pm If you haven’t shopped until you dropped yet, head north to the Orland Square Mall and the surrounding shopping plazas with over 200 stores. 5 – 7:00 pm For dinner, try nearby Cooper’s Hawk Winery with its deep collection of hand-crafted award-winning wines and food. If seafood is more your style, try Tin Fish in Tinley Park where fresh seafood and simple preparations are served in a 1940s Atlantic shore-style seafood house.

Manilow Sculpture Park. Some 27 monumental statues from masters of contemporary sculpture are scattered throughout the pristine landscape. 5 – 8:00 pm For an exciting evening of racing, head over to Balmoral Park Race Track in Crete, a Premier Harness Racing Facility. Have dinner in the cheerful ambiance that prevails throughout the Balmoral Club Dining Room overlooking the spectacular 1-mile track. For more information about this itinerary or the Chicago Southland, contact Kristy Stevens, CTIS, Group Tour Sales Executive, at (708) 895-8200 or

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day two 8:00 – 2:00 pm Start your day on one of the 36 golf courses in the Chicago Southland. From municipal courses to courses that hosted PGA events, there is a golf course that will challenge you in the Chicago Southland. 2 – 4:00 pm After recovering from a long day on the links, find a bit of peace and tranquility among the wild prairie swales around Governors State University in the Nathan

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tour iowa outdoors… Hartman Reserve Nature Center | CEDAR FALLS Choose your time of year to visit Hartman Reserve Nature Center! In early spring (March) your group can experience collecting sap from a maple tree and visit the Sugar Shack to witness the change from sap to syrup as you learn about the entire process. Savor waffles with real maple syrup for lunch. Or - Visit in September to experience making apple cider with a traditional press. Some options include nature hikes, tram rides, Dutch oven cooking and talks on pollination and photosynthesis. Come with your sense of adventure and enjoy what this eco-friendly area has to offer.

Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard COUNCIL BLUFFS Always a favorite with the young and young at heart, there’s nothing quite like a ride through the orchard for some good old fashioned fun. Along with acres of apple, peach, and apricot trees, you’ll also catch sight of their new vineyard and pumpkin patch as you enjoy the fresh orchard air. Learn how they invented their very own apple and apple cider donuts. Relax with a glass of their wine and a light supper in their Orchard Café. Top it off with homemade fried apple pie and ice cream or an apple cider slushy. Don’t forget to take a taste of the orchard home with you.

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Try something new with a high-velocity, high-altitude ride with a Sky Tours excursion! From the hills and bluffs of historic Union Park, experience all 7 ziplines on your guided tour. Your highly trained guides will tell you what to expect and how to safely navigate the course. Take flight through dense treetops and over tree-lined ridges. Step off a 45-foot tower into thin air soaring over valley and creek before landing on solid ground. Hike through wooded hillsides with your guides pointing out flora and fauna along the way.

ake a step back in time with your group to this 500-acre interactive outdoor museum that educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. Try tour options for those who want to see it all (General Tour) or for those less mobile and only want to do a portion. (Step Saver or Town Only)

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Touch, play and engage at each of the three working sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; 1900 Horse-Powered Farm — and the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, complete with a Blacksmith, General Store, Print Shop and Flynn Mansion & Barn. History comes to life as the friendly, informative staff provides a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations. They’ll show you how Native Americans grew crops in the 1700s, how farmers used oxen to open the prairies in the 1850s, and how horses were used to revolutionize agriculture in the 1900s. Don’t miss the hustle & bustle of the prospering 1875 Town of Walnut Hill. The sounds of the Midwest fill your ears from the moment you arrive at Living History Farms.

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LEIGHTON Visit Tassel Ridge Winery at the heart of Iowa’s Wine Country in Leighton, Iowa. Tour the winery and learn how the grapes grown in their vineyards become awardwinning wines. Weather permitting, take a tour of the vineyards on their “Grapemobile.” Taste wines, ranging from dry to sweet, and shop for wine-related items, local cheese, chocolate and more in the gift shop.

MISSOURI VALLEY Owned and operated by the Conservation Board, the Harrison County Historical Village and Iowa Welcome Center is located 3 miles northeast of Missouri Valley on Highway 30 (five miles east of Interstate 29, Exit 75). This museum complex is straight out of the 1800s, with an original log cabin, general store, and school. The Iowa Products Store offers food, beverage, clothing, crafts, and a wide variety of souvenirs.

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Head for the Hills in Council Bluffs! day one 9 – 10:00 am Marvel at the handcrafted quality furniture and custom cabinetry built with locally harvested hardwoods at the Loess Hills Woodworks showroom. 10 – 12:00 pm Visit Honey Creek Creamery, the only certified goat dairy west of Des Moines, situated in a renovated historic bunkhouse on a century farm. Goats are fed rich, chemical-free alfalfa raised on the farm along with native plants from the Loess Hills. Using time-honored farmstead techniques, the milk is crafted into a mild, dense and smooth Chevre with a wonderful range of flavors your groups are sure to love. 12 – 1:30 pm Sawmill Hollow Family Farm is the first aronia berry farm in the country and has a naturally spring fed lake visible from the comfort of the lodge. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich and food made from the aronia berry. 1:30 – 2:30 pm In 2009 ground broke for the Loess Hills Lavender Farm. The farm has over 1,100 acres and provides a peaceful experience centered on the mystical and magical herb Lavender. A series of food, lotions and bath products are produced allowing you to experience a piece of the farm in your home. 2:30 – 4:30 pm Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center includes the new Lincoln Highway/Loess Hills Interpretive Center featuring films, a scenic overlook, road demonstration area and trail. Shop the gift area with Iowa products. 4:30 – 7:00 pm Freshen up for dinner. A locally owned favorite is Tish’s with private rooms for groups. Council Bluffs has many dining options for your group.

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This sample itinerary is best spring through fall. & Winery. This winery truly believes that a great wine starts in the vineyard. Both the vineyard and winery offer spectacular views and indoor and outdoor seating. Your group will enjoy the opportunity to spend some time in the gift shop. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Council Bluffs CVB, 800-228-6878 x109.

day two 10 – 11:30 am Tour the Pottawattamie County Courthouse where Grant Wood corn murals from the Chieftain Hotel have been restored to their former glory. The murals have been placed in the lobby of the courthouse and were designed to make viewers feel as if they were sitting in an Iowa field with tall stalks of corn, rolling hills and barns dotting the horizon. 11:30 – 1:00 pm Marvel at this lavish Victorian mansion, the Historic General Dodge House. This 14-room mansion, built in 1869, is one of Iowa’s premier historic homes and is considered a National Historic Landmark. General Grenville M. Dodge, a Civil War veteran, dubbed “the greatest railroad builder of all time,” built the home. The mansion is historically authentic, complete with a majority of the Dodge family’s original furnishings. After your tour enjoy lunch in the third floor ballroom, where the Dodge’s entertained many prominent historic figures. 1 – 2:30 pm Spend the afternoon at the Prairie Crossing Vineyards

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Get Your Rhythm in Davenport This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of the year.

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9 – 10:30 am Begin your day at the John Deere Historic Site, where it all began. Experience the history of farming on the prairie. Take a trip back in time to the days when John Deere worked in his blacksmith shop in Grand Detour, Illinois. Stroll through his restored home and the grounds. See the sparks fly in a working replica of his shop. And, be sure to visit the gift shop. 10:30 – 1:00 pm Travel approximately an hour to Davenport, Iowa to the Isabel Bloom Studio Production Tour. The sculptures of Isabel Bloom have found their place in homes and gardens throughout the U.S. with her artistic subjects ranging from playful children to friendly creatures of the air, land and sea. The sculptures are cast in concrete and hand-finished to resemble weathered bronze



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garden sculptures of the Victorian era. The tour is a free, one-hour-and-fifteen minute guided tour with behind-the-scenes access to every step in the making of each sculpture. Visitors can even offer opinions on future sculptures, and purchase exclusive sculptures available only to tour guests. 1 – 2:30 pm Lunch is at The Machine Shed serving traditional, home style, made-from-scratch dinners in tribute to the American farmer. 2:30 – 7:00 pm Head over to Rhythm City Casino for some ChaChing fun! Located in the heart of downtown Davenport, Iowa and on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, the team at Rhythm City Casino makes group travel planning easy. With most groups qualifying for a free buffet meal with a four-hour minimum stay, there’s not a smarter

choice, or a more fun location for a planner to bring their group. Rhythm City Casino offers an exciting gaming experience with more than 900 slot machines and video poker, including Super Times Pay, Spin Poker, and Multi-hand play and 14 table games. Entertainment, gaming, food and the sweet sound of ChaChing – it’s all at Rhythm City Casino! 7:00 pm Time to wind down and spend the night at Rhythm City’s sister property – The Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf. Located a mere four miles away, offering over 500 rooms and suites. For more information or to customize this itinerary, contact your tour operator or Rhythm City Casino at 1-800-THE-ISLE or


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Masterpiece on the Mississippi!


This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of the year!

attractions 1 – 5:00 pm Welcome to Dubuque! Known as the “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque welcomes groups with open

National Farm Toy Museum . . 877-457-2727 1110 16th Avenue Court SE – Dyersville, IA 52040 The National Farm Toy Museum features thousands of toys and exhibits between its two floors. Tractors, implements, trucks, miniature farm dioramas, toy manufacturing information, and pedal tractors are on display around the museum!

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arms! Let one of their excellent tour services escort your group by trolley, bus or boat to see the history, natural beauty and exciting destinations in this lovely Midwest river town. Plus enjoy a little shopping in and around Dubuque, offering unique stores with items ranging from lovely baby gifts to home décor, and keepsakes and jewels that please the eye. 5 – 6:00 pm Check in to a local hotel. 6 – 7:30 pm Enjoy dinner at L. May Eatery, one of Dubuque’s shining stars! You’ll enjoy an excellent menu, with everything from seafood and steak, to famous pizzas and wine recommendations that fit every meal. Note, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. 7:30 – 10:00 pm An outstanding performance awaits you at the Bell Tower Theater, Dubuque’s hometown theater. Located in an historic church, and producing quality performances since 2003, their focus is to make you

149 W. Broadway – Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Allow the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau to make planning your next group tour a little easier! Designing itineraries, suggesting dining options, organizing entertainment, and coordinating lodging are just a few of the services offered through the CVB.

Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . 800-728-8431 laugh, so all of their plays and musicals are comedies. The intimate 170-seat theater is newly renovated with large comfortable seats, lots of leg-room and great views of the stage from every seat. So grab a beer, a soda or a glass of wine at the concession stand and sit back and let them entertain you...Bell Tower style. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, 800-798-4748.

500 Jefferson Street – Waterloo, IA 50701 / Free trolley tours of John Deere Tractor Assembly, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Galleria de Paco “Sistine Chapel”, AG Tours, live theatre, creative itinerary planning, free step-on guide with overnight.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 563-556-0505 1072 Main Street - Dubuque, IA 52001 Discover the historic “1000 Block” of Main St. at L. May Eatery. Enjoy our warm comforting atmosphere over fresh salad, gourmet pizzas or upscale entrees. Finish your experience with one of our homemade desserts.

National Farm Toy MUSEUM estled among the fields of Dyersville, Iowa, the National Farm Toy Museum displays thousands of replicas, scale models and toys inspired by farm equipment throughout history. Due to the growing awareness of farm-toy hobby enthusiasts, the museum was established in 1986 by the founders of the Ertl Company, the world’s largest farm toy manufacturer that is also headquartered in Dyersville. Groups can spend hours exploring the museum’s two floors, viewing trucks, tractors, miniature farm dioramas and other farming equipment. Also displayed are plaques honoring inductees into the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame and honoring the founders of the Ertl Company. Wall to wall there is something to be appreciated or learned. City folks will enjoy learning about farm life, while those who grew up in the country will love to reminisce. For details on scheduling a group tour please call 877-475-2727 or visit


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tour kansas outdoors… Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and Buffalo Tour | CANTON Bring your group and step back in time to the 1800s for a unique tour aboard this modern day covered wagon (tram). The tour features buffalo up close, native wild flowers and grasses. Exploring some of the 2,800 acres of native prairie in the beautiful Smokey Hills is a great Kansas adventure to visitors year round. The refuge features roaming buffalo and elk, over 100 species of birds, an observation tour and tour center with a gift shop to boot.

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge | GREAT BEND Cheyenne Bottoms is the largest marsh in the interior of the United States, designated a Wetland of International Importance in 1988. Bring your groups to this complex of marshy basins in a 41,000-acre lowland – the richest wetland feeding grounds in the central flyway. The area is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. Approximately 45 percent of the North American shorebird population stops at the Bottoms during spring migration. Some 320 species of birds frequent Cheyenne Bottoms, including the Bald Eagle, Whooping Crane, Peregrine Falcon, Least Tern and Piping Plover.

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Moore Longhorn Ranch uests are welcome to spend a couple of days, or just a couple of hours, to find out what a real longhorn cattle ranch is all about. This is an authentic working ranch, not a dude ranch. You are invited to come along for their daily work and to try your hand at ranching. Those who stay a few days will likely get a chance to help with chores, such as milking a cow, feeding sheep and chickens, bottle-feeding calves, gathering eggs and more. They ride almost every day and have horses for all ranges of experience. New to riding? Don’t worry, they have horses just for you and will take the time to give you the confidence you need to have the experience of a lifetime! (Note: for small groups)


The following is an excerpt from Irish Professional Photographer, Siobhan English: “Many are repeat visitors, and one gentleman from Switzerland has been there five times. He is hooked I would think! One of his trips was documented on camera and produced as an album - I got goose bumps looking through some 400 images. It was simply stunning.”

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KANSAS CITY Get a behind the scenes look at Kauffman Stadium – home of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. In addition to having the largest hi-definition video board in the game, “The K” features a unique Outfield Plaza, Royals Hall of Fame, and Rivals Sports Bar. As one of the most spacious parks in Major League Baseball, the left-field area is home to the 7,000-square foot Hall of Fame, featuring numerous exhibits. The park’s best-known feature is the Water Spectacular, behind the right-field fence. At 322 feet, it is the largest privately funded fountain in the world.

Embracing Nature and the Great Outdoors | WICHITA A great city for your group to stretch their legs and grab some fresh air! The city of Wichita’s 117 parks and greenways cover 4,347 acres. Hikers will find 127 miles of trails. Stroll through a formal rose garden, watch butterflies or enjoy the graceful fountain in the Shakespearean Garden at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. Just a 35-minute drive east of Wichita, the Flint Hills of Kansas are the home to the largest remaining stand of the tallgrass prairie in North America.

Pome on the Range Orchard & Winery | WILLIAMSBURG Tour their marketplace and orchard, all planted by hand by the Gerhardt family in 1983. Today the orchard boasts 25 acres of apples and 12 acres of peach trees. They also produce cherries, plums, pears, blackberries, pumpkins, asparagus and other vegetables. The country store sells fresh apple cider and wine from its own apples. Enjoy special events on various weekends especially during fall harvest, including pick-your-own apples, horsedrawn wagon rides, the pumpkin patch, and much more!

tour minnesota outdoors… Caponi Art Park | EAGAN Discover sculptures of earth, stone and metal as a guide leads your groups through the winding trail system. Learn the history of Caponi Art Park and its sculptures. See manmade creations harmonizing with the beauty of nature, and highlight the Minnesota landscape that provides the backdrop for this one-of-a-kind museum. The park is also home to Theatre in the Woods, a large outdoor amphitheater nestled in the hilly landscape under a canopy of trees. It boasts a large brick open-air stage, near perfect acoustics and the feeling of the North Woods right in the middle of Eagan.

Source of the Mississippi River | ITASCA STATE PARK Itasca State Park, established in 1891, is Minnesota’s oldest state park. Totaling more than 32,000 acres, including more than 100 lakes, your group can walk across the mighty Mississippi where it starts its journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1832, Anishinabe guide Ozawindib, led explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery, Wegmann’s Cabin, and spend a night at the historic Douglas Lodge.

Your group is invited to experience this European style winery. Tour the vineyard via trolley, take a guided tour of the winery, and experience the wine making process from fresh grapes to completed wine, and follow it up with wine tasting. Groups will have an entertaining experience while learning more than they imagined about Minnesota wines. As quoted by a recent visitor, “If you are looking for outstanding old world wine and a wonderful atmosphere, this is the place to go.” Groups can also enjoy a panoramic view of the nine-acre vineyard while enjoying a catered meal.

Arts & Craft Sale LITTLE FALLS Wildly popular with groups! They love to stroll along the streets of historic downtown Little Falls, located along the banks of the Mississippi River, while taking in one of the largest craft fairs in the upper Midwest. 2012 marked its 40th year. It features over 650 juried artisans, food vendors and commercial vendors. Plus a Farmer’s Market, Antiques & Collectibles Fair, and an Auto Show and Swap Meet compliment this event. Held rain or shine, and always held the weekend after Labor Day.

Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloons & Apple Tree Farm | STILLWATER At Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloon Rides in Stillwater, they are committed to providing a flight option for every group budget. The Standard Flight is extremely affordable and fantastic for groups. The larger balloon basket is sectioned into four passenger compartments with lots of room in each. During apple season, show up a little early for your flight and have a piece of hot apple pie from the bakery. Follow that with a sample of award winning wine in the winery or simply take a stroll through the orchard.

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Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery | KIMBALL


Minnesota State Fair


oard that bus and head on down to the Great Minnesota Get Together! The Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the U.S. in terms of average daily attendance. Let their hospitality staff show you all their secrets! They will help your group organize a fairgrounds scavenger hunt or trivia contest, provide self guided tour maps for the fair’s beautiful gardens and tree sculptures or help you plan other group activities as well. Squeeze in a visit to the animal barns and the new AgStar Arena. Grab a seat for the daily entertainment, exhibits, midway, International Bazaar and the food – oh yes, the food! Over 350 different kinds and much of it can be found on a stick! Take a walk through The Mighty Midway under the stars and twinkling lights while you wait for the nightly Fireworks Spectacular. You’ll be able to “ooh and aah” from almost anywhere on the fairgrounds, what a way to end the day!

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It’s Easy to Enjoy Eagan! This sample itinerary is best in the summer months.



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Eagan welcomes your groups with 15 hotels all offering free on-site motorcoach parking, close proximity to both downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis and easy freeway access. All hotels are within a 10 minute drive to Mall of America® and many other Twin City attractions. The Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau offers Meet & Greet service and gift bags for each person in the group and also groups booking 20 or more rooms receive a rebate up to $250!

day one 1 – 2:30 pm Begin your tour at Caponi Art Park/Learning Center, located on 60 acres of rolling wooded hills in Eagan. Caponi Art Park is unique in the way it blends the beauty of nature with art to create a symphony of all the physical elements and creative activities that take place in the park. The Art Park’s most prominent features include miles of wooded walking trails, a one-of-a-kind Sculpture Garden and the Theater in the Woods outdoor amphitheater. 2:30 – 4:30 pm Take a ½ hour ride to Como Park and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Tropical

Encounters is one of their many exhibits and offers a total emersion experience, which allows guests to visit an authentic neo-tropical rainforest and explore the relationships between plants and animals. The conservatory is home to the beautiful sunken gardens and seasonal flower displays making this a must-see anytime of the year. Next, take a step back in time and ride Cafesjian’s Carousel located in a 1.1 million dollar copper-roofed pavilion just steps from the entrance to Como Zoo. 4:30 pm Enjoy dinner at one of Eagan’s many dining establishments. One to consider is Doolittles Woodfire Grill. Check into your hotel for the evening.

Questionable Medical Devices and a rotating dual-screen IMAX/Omnimax theater. Known worldwide for its interactive exhibits and dynamic traveling exhibitions. 11 – 3:00 pm Climb aboard for a special four-hour trip, including lunch, from Harriet Island, Saint Paul, up river through Lock and Dam #1 into Minneapolis and back. Groups are entertained by lively banjo music and spectacular scenery and historical narration. You will pass through one of America’s deepest locks. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary, please contact your tour operator or Denise Olsen at the Eagan CVB, 651-675-5542 or

day two 8 – 9:00 am Rise and shine to breakfast at your hotel before getting back on the road to Saint Paul. 9:30 – 11 am Arrive at the Science Museum of Minnesota, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. This museum offers visitors of all ages a Cell Lab, a Physics Lab, an Exhibit of

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he Minnesota State Fair’s mission is to educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun. From 6 am to midnight, there’s always something different to see all 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Morning is the best time to… • schedule a breakfast and welcome session for your group at the Blue Ribbon Picnic Area. • learn about renewable energy and sustainability at the award-winning Eco Experience. • experience the Miracle of Birth Center where lambs, calves and piglets are born.

• choose a snack from the menu of 350 foods, including more than 50 foods on-a-stick. • stroll through Minnesota’s largest juried art show in the Fine Arts Center.

hot • see big-name entertainers STOP at the newly-restored 1909 Grandstand. • watch the nightly fireworks spectacular.

Evening is the best time to… • go to extremes on Adventure Park’s rides.

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Mid-day is the best time to… • catch one of more than 75 acts on seven free entertainment stages. • check out nearly 70 rides from around the globe at Mighty Midway and Kidway. • browse through the shops at Heritage Square or the International Bazaar. Afternoon is the best time to… • meet Princess Kay and see the famous butterhead sculptures.

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We are the “ORIGINAL!” he Saint Paul Gangster Tour at Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul (as seen on the History Channel’s “Secret Passages”).


Come see and hear the history of these sandstone caves. Explore the raw history of the original mined caves and see the finished caves (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal). Jaws will drop at the shocking tales of massacres and ghostly lore from Chicago to San Francisco—all in the most unique setting.



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Other Seasonal Tours Include… Winter Lights Tour – December If the festive lights of the winter season are more your speed, then you’ll love our Winter Lights Tour. This familiar 2-hour deluxe motorcoach tour shows off the biggest and brightest displays of holiday cheer in our chilly capital city. Your guide is a member of winter lore, who will lead you on your fun-filled tour. The No Blarney Tour Are the streets of Saint Paul really strewn with drunken Irishmen? Why are Saint Paul’s most notorious figures of Irish descent? See how Irish immigrants influenced the architecture, politics, and religion of Saint Paul’s past. Twin Town Tacky Tour Join the Gunderson girls, Gloria and Gladys, on a journey to the tackiest places in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. How often do you get a chance to see the very spot where shopping bags with handles were invented? The Uff Dah!! Tour Set out to discover how and why immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland came to settle in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Why did Ole & Lena settle here and what exactly is Lefse? Mill City Mobs Tour This tour shows you the MiniApple when it was rotten to the core. Yes, there were gangsters in Saint Paul, but Minneapolis had its own lot of mobsters and racketeers. Rivers & Roots Tour Journey with us and learn about the formation of the Twin Cities around the Mississippi River. Have you ever wondered how Minneapolis & Saint Paul got their names? Why are there two cities? Why did the state capitol building end up in Saint Paul? Caves & Graves Tour – October This tour is designed to give you a shiver and not a heart attack. Hear stories of haunted sites and historic murders, or visit a haunted cave and learn about the history of a local Saint Paul cemetery. Keep an eye on your hosts however; your tour guide might be a mad nurse, a fortune-teller, or even a vampire! Call to make your group reservation 651-2921220. See you underground.




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Bloomington – In the Middle of Everything! This itinerary is best spring through fall, but can be customized for any time of the year.

day one 4:00 pm Arrive at your Bloomington hotel just minutes away from the Mall of America with free shuttle service. Bloomington offers 36 hotels with exceptional accommodations to suit every group’s needs. If your group wants to be ‘outdoors’ and still in the city, Bloomington has got you covered! 7:00 pm The Minnesota Twins Baseball team plays at the new Target Field. The light rail will take fans from Bloomington to the main entrance of Target Field. Grab a blanket and settle in for the 9 innings of baseball fun in the heart of Minnesota. Before or after the game, stop in at one of the many sports bars located on First Avenue, just outside of the stadium. Walk from Target Field to Nicollet Mall for some shopping fun, great dining and entertainment options for every fan.

day two 8 – 9:00 am Enjoy your hotel breakfast before a day of exploration! 9 – 11:00 am The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the United States. Visitors here may enjoy a variety

of year-round recreational opportunities less than 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. Because of its location along the Mississippi Flyway, the Minnesota Valley NWR makes an excellent bird watching destination. Among one of the most unique national wildlife refuges in Minnesota, visitors can find more than 200 bird species, among them, nesting bald eagles. Other Minnesota Valley NWR wildlife includes white-tailed deer, muskrats, red foxes and snapping turtles. They also feature a variety of habitats, such as lakes, marshes, oak savannas and floodplain forest. Special programs offered at Minnesota Valley NWR include beginning bird watching workshops, wildlife walks and orienteering classes. 11 – 1:00 pm Have the staff with Destination Bloomington help you set up the perfect lunch location! 1 – 3:00 pm Hop on a Twin City Trolley for an afternoon of sightseeing – a unique way to experience the Twin Cities. Join their newest tour guide, who has come aboard to lead their Architecture Tours. This man has spent decades studying the Twin Cities’ architectural past and present, the distinguished Larry Millett. Mr. Millett’s intricate knowledge of the history of the area, married with the chance to see it up close from the comfort of these period-designed Trolleys

will be an illuminating and unforgettable ride. Now you’ll be able to ride along, taking in the sights and sites through the expansive Trolley windows, as Mr. Millett points you to the warehouses, mansions, and structures that once were, as well as expanding your knowledge about the ones that remain. 3 – 5:30 pm Board the coach and travel the short distance to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Enjoy a narrated tram tour of the 100+ acres of trees, shrubs and gardens. Take a Docent-guided walking tour focused on some of their popular gardens and plant collections near the Oswald Visitor Center. 5:30 pm Enjoy dinner on your own inside the Mall of America. From their wide variety of restaurants to choose from there is something for everyone. Mall of America has been described as a city within a city. Along with an extensive range of retail, restaurants and entertainment, there are many unique features to Mall of America likely to thrill every guest. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau 952-858-8500 or

TMA and YOU! stablished in 1974, Tour Minnesota Association is dedicated to the Minnesota tourism industry. TMA is a professional organization with members from both the public and private sectors, united to represent the very best that Minnesota has to offer.


As a Group Tour Director: Together, TMA and its members provide exciting and beneficial services to tour groups and leisure travelers. Check out the website at for a list of members, including Convention and Visitors Bureaus, that will help you with itineraries and accommodations. In addition you will find a list of Coach/Tour companies for your transportation or guided tour needs. As a Member: TMA strives to satisfy the needs of its members through support, promotion, networking, partnerships, and education. They also provide a voice for tourism to the legislature, encouraging vision and direction that will ensure the successful future of tourism in Minnesota. Visit for membership information.

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or a taste of Broadway, visit Chanhassen Dinner Theatres -- the nation’s largest fully professional dinner theatre and “Minnesota’s leading professional musical theatre,” –Star Tribune. Over the past 44 years, Chanhassen has entertained more than ten million guests and is considered a premiere entertainment establishment offering warmth, charm and elegance to all its guests!


One third of Chanhassen’s annual business is comprised of groups of 12 or more that attend from schools, clubs, churches, communities, corporations, and a variety of tours. Offering an array of package plans and discounts, guests are entertained at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre year ‘round. A very popular one-stop group destination, Chanhassen is located just minutes from the Twin Cities metropolitan area. This adds to its attractiveness as a group destination since the area is rich in culture, entertainment, shopping and a myriad of visitor attractions. Now playing on the Main Stage through March 30th, 2013 is the popular Broadway musical revival, BYE BYE BIRDIE. Opening April 5, 2013 is the return of Chanhassen’s all-time audience favorite, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and finishing up the year on the Main Stage will be the Broadway blockbuster, HELLO, DOLLY! In the Playhouse Theatre laugh along with STEVIE RAY’S COMEDY CABARET. Guests toss out suggestions to the comics, who create songs and sketches right on the spot. The comedy cabaret is featured year-round. Throughout 2013, Chanhassen will continue to showcase a variety of timeless live tribute concerts that are loved by audiences including TAKIN’ IT TO THE LIMIT –Tribute to The Eagles, and RUMOURS & DREAMS – a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and many others. Each holiday season Chanhassen Dinner Theatres presents an original holiday revue from mid-November through December that charms and delights audiences. In addition, the building is festively adorned for the holidays, a feast for the eyes in itself. Treat your group to a unique dining and theatre experience that everyone will be certain to remember. Leave the planning to us so you can be a guest at your own party. Guests relax and enjoy tableside service with entrees selected from a delicious menu. Specialty appetizers, cocktails and desserts are also available. A gluten-free menu is now also available upon request. Arrangements can be made for pre-theatre private gatherings, cocktail receptions or post-show gatherings. Groups can also add theatre tours at no additional cost upon advance request. For group reservations and information go to or call (952) 934-1547 or toll-free (800) 355-6273.




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Industry and Beauty in the North Woods

ST. CLOUD’S “Eye Candy”

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of the year.


day one 4:00 pm Warroad, MN is the only American Port on beautiful Lake of the Woods, home to trophy fishing, excellent hunting, and great outdoor activities. Warroad’s Point Park marks the beginning of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Check into your hotel, or one of the many resorts in the area that would really give your group the up-north experience. Dine at a local diner or supper club. There are many wonderful choices for groups.

2 – 3:30 pm Visit the Warroad Heritage Center & Museum and enjoy a variety of historic items that have shaped this area. View Indian artifacts from the Warroad area, the local commercial fishing industry, the Northwest Angle, early pioneers, Christian Brothers Hockey Stick factory, and sports. Plus, works by area writers, genealogies, old photographs, and much more. 3:30 pm Spend the rest of your time exploring the beautiful north woods of Minnesota, taking in the fresh air in this relaxing setting.

day two 8 – 9:00 am Enjoy breakfast with a view. No matter the season, it’s always sure to please. 9 – 10:30 am Tour HEATMOR™. Their mission is to honestly manufacture a quality product at a fair price. See how they make the best outdoor furnaces in the industry. Tours available Monday through Friday. Just call ahead for an appointment. 10:30 – 12:00 pm Experience the rich history of Marvin Windows and Doors at the Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center, the world’s largest manufacturer of made-to-order wood windows and doors. Their museum and gift shop are open to the public with free admission. The exhibits include a combination of artifacts and interactive presentations that will wow visitors of all ages. 12 – 1:00 pm Grab some famous walleye cheeks (or a burger) for lunch at one of the local hot spots. 1 – 2:00 pm Here is a little reminder of days gone by: Visit The Shed, a Classic and Muscle Car Collection displayed in a 24,000 square foot building, with approximately 70 cars available for your viewing enjoyment. Hours vary, so please call ahead to make arrangements.

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aint Cloud, Minnesota’s coolest hot spot in town is Mr. Twisty. Serving up delectable ice cream creations all summer long, this walk-up shop is reminiscent of the ones you rode your bike to as a kid. The low prices and friendly atmosphere are what keep guests coming back again and again. Not to mention the one-of-a-kind soft serve used in their banana splits, parfaits, sundaes, cones, shakes, and twisters!

What makes Mr. Twisty so unique? • Italian Ice: This dairy-free dessert comes in hundreds of flavors; a different one highlighted each week, and a refreshing cure to those hot summer days. • Eye Candy: You heard right! Each of Mr. Twisty’s signature cones is adorned with two little sugary eyeballs for that extra touch of character. Eat them right away or save them for later. • Hot Food Options: Hungry for more? The shop also serves popcorn, hotdogs, pulled-pork sandwiches and the ever-popular “walking taco”- a small bag of Doritos™ topped with your favorite taco fixings.


STOP Open mid-March through mid-October (weather permitting). Groups of 15 or more, please call ahead to maximize your visit: 320-310-0314.



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Birds and bees. Flowers and trees. Naturally in St. Cloud. This sample itinerary works best in the spring, summer or fall. It is all about taking your groups outdoors!

10 – 11:30 am Witness the wonders of more than 150 species of prairie and wetland plants at the Sand Prairie Wildlife Management Area. Sand Prairie features trails, a marsh boardwalk and an elevated deck with a striking view of the wetlands. During spring, watch migrating birds on their way, in the summer marvel at the monarch butterflies busy siphoning nectar from wild flowers and when autumn happens, observe the fascinating fall migration of birds. Take a short walk or don your hiking shoes to make the one-mile trek across the prairie, and onto the boardwalk to the observation deck that overlooks the wetlands. Uncommon species include the red-shouldered hawk, and yellow rail. You’ll also see wood ducks, blue heron, robins, finches and a host of other species, including the occasional sighting of Sandhill Cranes. 11:30 – 12:30 pm The restaurant at Territory Golf Club is Coyote Moon Grille and features distinctive Minnesota lodge-style architecture. A favorite lunch stop, the “Fast Lane Lunch Buffet” has become quite popular with motorcoaches. Enjoy the view with extensive decking overlooking the course and wetland valley. 12:30 – 2:30 pm Explore another famed area to see fantastic birds and exotic wildflowers at Quarry Park and Nature



Preserve. The park currently boasts 643 acres of scenic woodlands, prairie and wetlands that include 20 old granite quarries. More than 68 species of birds and an impressive 275 varieties of trees, plants, and wildflowers have been identified at the park including cactus (yes, cactus in Minnesota). Visit one or both unique nature preserves, and be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring your binoculars, camera and field guide. 2:30 – 3:30 pm Get to know how to attract the right birds to your yard with bird products from Wild Birds Unlimited. They don’t just sell bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and bird food. They pride themselves on providing the most accurate information and knowledge about your local birds, including hummingbirds. Backyard bird feeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and exciting hobby that anyone, young or old, can enjoy. 3:30 – 5:30 pm A visit to St. Cloud would not be complete without a visit to Munsinger / Clemens Gardens. Visitors are invited to stroll the winding paths and brick pathways as they experience this dazzling St. Cloud treasure. Immerse yourself in a truly unique botanical experience and delight in the natural beauty. Located along the Mississippi River, Munsinger’s

winding flower-bordered paths sit under tall pines, and date from 1915 when the city purchased the former site of a sawmill as a park. A true love story accompanies the Clemens Garden. Mrs. Clemens suffered from multiple sclerosis. Unable to travel because of the disease, she was able to enjoy the beauty of the gardens from her window. While most men give their wives flowers, Mr. Clemens gave his wife and the St. Cloud community the gift of this glorious public garden. Created in the tradition of the great gardens of Europe, Clemens Gardens is a spectacular display of colors, scents, sights, and sounds. There are as many as 1,100 roses and over 70 varieties bloom from June through September. The “Jenny Crane” fountain was chosen by Mrs. Clemens and was the first fountain in the Gardens. Visit their gift shop before you leave. 5:30 pm St. Cloud has an abundance of restaurants to enjoy before departing for home. For more information or to customize this itinerary contact your tour operator or Jean Robbins at the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-264-2940 ext. 129.


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2013 Itineraries Midwest Group Travel Show & FAM will be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

October 27th–29th, 2013 St. Cloud is located 65 miles NW of Minneapolis, right off of either I-94 or U.S. Highway 10. It’s the perfect location for a hub-n-spoke tour to the Twin Cities. Stay in St. Cloud and let the CVB plan your two or three day tour in Granite Country. If you have exhausted all the big city attractions, it’s time to discover Granite Country! What a perfect way to make your discovery! Find information on page 2 or

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“Paint the Town Pink” 2013 n a drive through Austin, MN in February, you will see pink flags lining the streets, pink storefronts, lights, and decorations. But this isn’t just an early Valentine’s Day celebration; the city of Austin is extending breast cancer awareness into February for the second annual Paint the Town Pink. In 2012, over $62,500 in donations was raised for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research. Pink events include Paint the Gym Pink girls’ basketball game on February 1st, Fishing for a Cure on February 2nd, Pink Pancakes and SPAM™ breakfast at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on February 3rd, and Plunging for Pink on February 9th. February 2nd is also Paint the Rink Pink at Riverside Arena. The




Austin Bruins hockey team will be taking on the Brookings Blizzard that evening. Paint the Rink Pink started in 2011, and raised over $22,000 for the Institute’s breast cancer research that year. The community saw the great success of Paint the Rink Pink, and extended it to include the whole town to raise donations. 100% of the funds raised during Paint the Town Pink goes to The Hormel Institute, and supports their research to make progress against breast cancer. The Hormel Institute is a world-renowned medical research center that focuses on cancer prevention and control. A special effort is put forth with this event to raise money for breast cancer research. Spreading awareness and prevention is equally important with this citywide fundraiser. The whole community embraces the fundraiser, and businesses all over town participate by holding contests, raffles, having special discounts, and in some cases, serving pink food! At the end of the week there will be a Gala concert at the Historic Paramount Theatre, where the amount raised will be publicly announced. For more details on events, contact the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 507-4374563, or




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7:15 – 9:15 pm Catch an evening show at the Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Constructed in 1931, the renovated and newly restored building is one of the largest auditorium facilities in a wide region of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Memorial Auditorium is a classic art deco performance center owned and operated by the City of Worthington. 9:15 pm After a fun day of experiencing what Worthington

has to offer, travel back to one of the city’s seven fine lodging facilities. Places of lodging include, AmericInn, Days Inn, Historic Dayton House, Holiday Inn Express, Sunset Inn Motel, Super 8 Motel and Travelodge. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact the Worthington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-279-2919 or

Welcome to Worthington! This itinerary may be customized for any time of the year. 1 – 2:00 pm Begin with a city tour and get excited for your fun-filled day in Worthington. 2 – 2:30 pm Freedom Veterans Memorial Park, located in Freedom Shore Park on Lake Okabena, honors past, present and future veterans. Walk among the granite pavers, which include the name, branch of service, dates of service and medals earned by each soldier. Special colored pavers are placed to honor and remember those veterans who were killed in action. 2:30 – 4:00 pm Learn about the early years of Worthington at Pioneer Village – a collection of 40 buildings telling the story of early Worthington and Nobles County. The village is the scene of many activities and celebrations. Special entertainment may be arranged for your group in the town hall, saloon or on the grounds. 4 – 6:00 pm View displays of over 300 advertising items of automobiles, implements, oil, gas and more at Spomer Classics Tour/Car Show. See the lost art of porcelain & neon signs and clocks. All are restored in working order. Also on display are pedal cars and 20-30 classic cars. 6 – 7:15 pm Enjoy a wonderful evening meal at BenLee’s Café in the heart of downtown Worthington. Enjoy your meal in a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere with fun entertainment.

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Enjoy a Hometown Holiday Weekend This sample itinerary is best during Owatonna’s annual Holiday Kick-off in November.

day one 1 – 3:00 pm Shop your way to Owatonna with a stop at the Medford Outlet Center for the best prices south of the metro! Check out stores like Old Navy, Columbia Sportswear, Bass, Nike Clearance Store, Levi’s, Toys R Us Express, and many more. 3 – 6:00 pm Next stop is downtown Owatonna to enjoy the kick-off festivities for the Hometown Holiday Weekend. Bundle up and line the sidewalks for the Hometown Holiday Lighted Parade – Their version of the popular Twin Cities Holidazzle Parade! Window shop or pop in to the stores for their holiday open houses. Stores are open until 8:00 pm. 6:00 pm Central Park offers a free cup of hot cider and Christmas cookies as you watch the twinkle lights come alive while listening to the Owatonna HS Carolers singing carols.

day two 10 – 1:00 pm Take to the streets of downtown Owatonna for “Santa Specials” at Owatonna Shoe – a “REAL” Shoe Store, and Kristi’s Clothing for something unique and different to fit into your wardrobe! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your shopping list with all the retail shops in downtown Owatonna. 1 – 2:30 pm Enjoy lunch and treat yourself at Costas’ Candies and Restaurant. Everyone will enjoy the handmade/ hand-dipped candies in their stockings this year! 2:30 – 3:30 pm Owatonna’s attractions are all dressed up for the holidays, including the National Farmers’ Bank in downtown designed by world-renowned architect Louis Sullivan. 3:30 – 7:00 pm Step back in time for a Victorian Christmas in the Village at the Village of Yesteryear! Horse-drawn sleigh rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, their famous fancy cookie sale, music, and more. Wassail is served in the General Store, and the Dunnell House is lavishly decorated for the holidays. Complete your visit by enjoying their Soup & Chili Supper. Admission is free. 7:00 pm This evening your group will attend “The Best Christmas Pageant” production at the Little Theatre of Owatonna, an organization dedicated to providing quality theatre to the Owatonna community and the surrounding areas. For more information on Owatonna’s Holiday Shopping and Attractions Itinerary contact Lisa Havelka, Tourism Director at (507)451-7970 or go to




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tour the candle and soap making facility, sampling the many different smells and shapes of their soaps, plus lotions, gels, and hair products. Each person will get to make his or her own bar of soap and a candle to take along home. 12:00 pm Before leaving, enjoy lunch at one of Albert Lea’s fine eateries, and consider visiting again for their Winter Festival – the Annual Big Freeze each February.

9 – 10:00 am Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. 10 – 12:00 pm Enjoy a tour of Minn-e-soy-ta Nice. Your group will

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This sample itinerary is best spring through fall, but can be customized for any time of year.

day one 9:30 – 11:30 am Visit the Freeborn County Museum and Historical Village, one of the finest historical museums in Minnesota and currently undergoing a massive addition, scheduled for completion in Spring 2013. The museum houses the displays of Eddie Cochran and Marion Ross. The village is closed during the winter months. 11:30 – 1:00 pm Enjoy lunch at the beautiful Wedgewood Cove. The view over the golf course is beautiful even when covered with glistening snow. 1 – 3:00 pm Tour Lou Rich, a mechanical assembly services company consisting of medical device manufacturing and custom aluminum extensions. You’ll see the product produced from the beginning, through the paint process, to packing and shipping. 3 – 5:00 pm Shop Albert Lea’s historic downtown. Browse antiques, floral & gift boutiques, jewelry, shoes and furniture stores. 5 – 7:00 pm Dine at the delicious Crescendo. They feature exquisite food, an extensive wine list and live piano music. 7:30 pm Spend the evening at the Marion Ross Performing

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Arts Theater. They feature plays, concerts, tributes and comedy specials. New at the theater is Met Opera Live on Screen from the Metropolitan Opera. These are scheduled on different Saturdays.



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“City of Lakes” This itinerary is best spring through fall, but can be customized for any time of the year. Fairmont has a picturesque setting amidst a chain of five lakes, thus offering your group a wide array of recreational activities and small town hospitality. With comfortable group friendly hotels, Fairmont is a great place to stay, dine, and enjoy.

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Martin County Courthouse

3 – 4:45 pm Begin with a drive through the city with your step on guide, and stop at the Martin County Courthouse, originally a stockade to provide safety to the locals against Indian uprisings and was called Fort Fairmont. The present Courthouse was built in 1906. It is considered one of the Top 10 most beautiful courthouses in Minnesota. Especially noteworthy are the upper level murals and artistic construction. 4:45 – 6:45 pm Built in 1867 on a hill overlooking Lake Sisseton, The Chubb House is the oldest

surviving house in Fairmont, built in Greek Revival style, where square nails can be seen in places throughout the house. Your group will enjoy dinner relaxing around the warm and friendly fireplace, or the backyard is suitable for picnics overlooking Lake Sisseton. Food service can be arranged. 6:45 – 10:00 pm An evening performance at the Fairmont Opera House awaits you, a unique building, which has enriched the architectural, cultural and commercial life of the region for over 100 years. The atmosphere, ghosts, memories of great actors, entertainers and shows are all here.

day two 9 – 11:00 am Heritage Acres is an Agricultural Interpretive Center with community events and festivals celebrated throughout the year. Enjoy taking a stroll through yesterday on “Old Main Street” with its one room schoolhouse, country church, depot, blacksmith shop and more. Tours by appointment are conducted through yesteryear’s Pioneer Village. For more information on this sample itinerary please contact your tour operator or Fairmont CVB 800-657-3280.




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Holiday Inn MPLS NW Elk River . . 763-656-4400 9200 Quaday Avenue NE – Otsego, MN 55330 / Minnesota’s favorite water park resort! Stay, Play, Shop and Experience local history all within a 5-mile radius! On the banks of the Mississippi River you’ll find local hospitality at its best beckoning you and your group. Four story waterslides, lazy river, and separate zero depth entry pool; fun for absolutely all ages!

Just For Me: the Spa

. . . . . . . . . . .651-439-4662 110 South Greeley Street – Stillwater, MN 55082 /

Lexington Inn & Suites

. . . . . . . . .651-275-1401 2000 Washington Avenue – Stillwater, MN 55082

Mystic Lake Prior Lake . . . . 800-262-7799 ext 665 northern

AmericInn Silver Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-254-1827

AmericInn Lodge & Suites & Event Center of Moorhead . . . 218-287-7100 600 30th Ave S – Moorhead, MN 56560 877-287-7100 Our two-story waterfall cascades into a tropical courtyard featuring an indoor 9-hole championship, miniature golf course, swimming pool, children’s pool, & whirlpool. We have a lounge, fitness center and free deluxe hot continental breakfast.

AmericInn of Sartell . . . . . . . . . . . .320-259-0877 119 LeSauk Drive – Sartell, MN 56377 Stay at the hottest spot in the St. Cloud area, the AmericInn of Sartell, we’re on the border to everywhere. Experience a quiet night’s sleep with our soundguard guestrooms and wake up to our free enhanced continental breakfast.

Wabasha Street Caves . . . . . . . . . . . 651-292-1220


Microtel Inn & Suites Mankato

. . . .507-388-2818

Microtel Inn & Suites Springfield . . .507-723-8200




Lutsen Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-406-1319

. . . 800-355-6273 501 West 78th Street – Chanhassen, MN 55317

Lutsen / The highest peak in MN. Stunning views of Lake Superior. The 200-mile Superior hiking trail and some of the finest accommodations on the North Shore. Ski it in the winter, see it all from the gondola in the summer, plus so much more.

Foodies on Foot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855-236-6343


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425 East Nelson Street – Stillwater, MN 55082 . . . 651-259-3444 345 W Kellogg Blvd – Saint Paul, MN 55102 Chief caretaker of Minnesota’s story and the History Center is home to the Society’s vast collections. Within our archives reside artifacts ranging from American Indian moccasins and artwork to furniture and photographs. Civil War-era flags and a wealth of genealogical information.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

. . . . . . . . . . . . 952-445-7361 1244 Canterbury Road South #306 – Shakopee, MN 55379

Mystic Lake Casino - Hotel Prior Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-496-7345

Northland Visions

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-872-0390 1113 E Franklin Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 55404

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior. . 800-258-8736

6428 Manning Avenue North – Stillwater, MN 55082 /

Odyssey Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-728-8060 Barb Oswell (contact) / A Collection of Minnesota’s finest resorts. Outdoor beauty to indoor luxury. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the banks of Leech Lake, the outdoors offers something for every group.

Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-227-1100

Paradise Charter Cruises . . . . . . . . 888-559-8058 PO Box 563 – Excelsior, MN 55331

Saint Croix Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-430-3310

Science Museum of Minnesota . . 800-221-9444 120 West Kellogg Blvd – Saint Paul, MN 55102 One-of-a-kind exhibits, larger-than-life Omnitheater films, and a priceless collection of nearly two million artifacts from around the globe. It’s no wonder that the Science Museum is the Upper Midwest’s must-see, must-do museum.

Stillwater Trolley Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-430-0352 400 Nelson Street – Stillwater, MN 55082

Sawmill Inn

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Padelford Packet Boat Company

5700 W Hwy 61, PO Box 9 – Lutsen, MN 55612 / Historic property, located on Lake Superior’s shore, a spectacular stop for any group. Great lakeside restaurant, pub, massage services and beautiful grounds. There is a large beach, with evening campfires and frequent guest programs.

Wanda Gag House New Ulm. . . . . . . 507-359-2632

Gondola Romantica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-439-1783

. . . . .218-727-1378 408 Canal Park Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 The Comfort Suites Canal Park is located on beautiful Lake Superior in Historic Canal Park. Enjoy dining, museums, shopping, and the boardwalk within walking distance. We will make your group tour successful and memorable.

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215 Wabasha Street South – Saint Paul, MN 55107 Down In History has exciting historic tours done by costumed characters. Historic Walking Cave Tours in Saint Paul and Stillwater. Motorcoach Gangster Tours, Irish Tours, Tacky Tours, Ghost & Graves Tours, & More! We make history fun!

Twin City Model Railroad Museum Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-647-9628

Burnsville CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .952-895-4690 12600 Nicolett Avenue Suite 100 – Burnsville, MN 55337 Discover vibrant Burnsville where everything under the sun is right under your nose. Enjoy a variety of affordable, comfortable and uncomplicated lodging options. Explore Minnesota’s signature venues and regional attractions, unique shops, diverse dining, fine arts and much more.

Eagan Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-675-5546 1501 Central Parkway – Eagan MN 55121 / Eagan makes planning your next group outing easy! Personal service includes custom and creative itineraries, FREE welcome bags and FREE Mall of America coupon books ($9.95 value) You’ll also enjoy our low 3% lodging tax. Ask how to qualify for our $250 cash rebate.

Saint Paul Convention . . . . . . . . . . .651-265-4906 & Visitors Authority 800-627-6101 ext 4906 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Suite 502 – Saint Paul, MN 55102 A classic group tour destination. In addition to offering a variety of group-friendly activities, we provide unparalleled service for tour operators and group leaders. Take advantage of our group services such as itinerary planning and meet & greet programs.

Stillwater & Oak Park Heights CVB . . . . . . . .651-351-1717 PO Box 2025 – Stillwater, MN 55082 Historic Stillwater, Minnesota is located along the banks of the scenic St. Croix River. Our many unique shops, restaurants, lodging establishments & attractions make a perfect group destination. Located within 30 min. of most major Twin Cities metro attractions.

Tour Minnesota Association . . . .952-406-8832 PO Box 11682 – Saint Paul, MN 55111 / TMA members provide exciting destinations and top quality services for tour groups. Our member organizations include Attractions, Lodging, Dining/Catering, CVB’s, Transportation and Tour Operations. Check out the website for a full list of members. ITINERARIES MIDWEST WINTER 2012-13


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St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-251-4170 525 Hwy 10, Suite 1 – St. Cloud, MN 56304 800-264-2940 Among the many attractions are world-class gardens, history, granite, and great places to stay and eat. The St. Cloud CVB takes pride in helping you plan the perfect getaway. Creativity is key to the success of your group tour.

Willmar Lakes Area CVB . .800-845-8747 ext 79

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2104 Highway 12 East – Willmar, MN 56201 Visit the Willmar Lakes Area. Only 2 hours west of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. 360 lakes, 36 parks, 81 holes of golf – and that’s just on the drive in! Let our staff help put together a getaway for your group.

Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-227-2192

. . . . . . . . . . . 218-686-9785 PO Box 176 – Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Warroad Area Chamber . . . . . . . . . 218-386-3543 311 State Ave North – Warroad, MN 56763


Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-373-2316 102 W Clark Street – Albert Lea, MN 56007 800-345-8414 Located 90 minutes from Minneapolis, where I-90 & I-35 intersect, featuring small town hospitality with big city amenities. Plus additional lakes and 38 city parks hosting various outdoor activities.

Austin CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-437-4563 104 11th Ave NW Ste D – Austin, MN 55912 800-444-5713 SPAM Town, USA. Southern Minnesota Tourism at its best! Home of Fortune 500 Company Hormel Food Corporation. Tourists will be delighted with the SPAM Museum, Historic Hormel Home, Paramount Theatre, & other exciting attractions.

Explore Southern Minnesota Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-868-7476 ext 162 115 East Hickory #403 – Mankato, MN 56001 You’ll be surprised…at what you’ll find in southern Minnesota! With many scenic byways, festivals, parks & trails, historic sites, caves, bluffs, waterfalls & so much more, it makes a perfect destination for any group.

Fairmont Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-3280 323 East Blue Earth, PO Box 976 – Fairmont, MN 56031 Fairmont the “City of Lakes” awaits your arrival. Located in southern Minnesota on Interstate 90 we have a range of lodging and dining options to fit your needs. Lakes, history, open spaces, discover Fairmont!

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce

. . . . . . . . .507-451-7970 320 Hoffman Dr – Owatonna, MN 55060 800-423-6466 Located in south central MN, 45 minutes from Mpls/Saint Paul on I-35. Come “discover our faces & places” - filled with historical, recreational & cultural opportunities as well as nearly 700 guest rooms to accommodate any group.

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. . . 952-934-1547 501 W 78th St – Chanhassen, MN 55317 800-355-6273 Since 1968 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres have been recognized for quality theatre entertainment & fine dining. The nation’s largest professional dinner theatre is AAA Magazine recommended, “Any Twin Cities visit should include an evening at Chanhassen!”

History Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-292-4323 30 10th Street East – Saint Paul, MN 55101 /

. . . . .320-258-4653 ext 113 480 55th Ave SE – St. Cloud, MN 56304 Overlooking the beautiful Territory Golf Course with a view second to none. Conveniently located on the East side of St. Cloud near the Paramount Theater, Munsinger Gardens, and other local attractions. Inclusive group pricing on lunch buffet and plated dinner menus. Private rooms available.

Mr. Twisty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-310-0314 5821 Ridgewood Road – St. Cloud, MN 56303 St. Cloud’s coolest hot spot! Serving up delectable ice cream creations, this walk-up shop is reminiscent of the ones you rode your bike to as a kid. The treats, low prices and friendly atmosphere keep guests coming back.


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GREAT Theatre

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-258-ARTS 919 W Saint Germain Street – St Cloud, MN 56301 The premiere community theater in Central Minnesota. GREAT has produced over 100 shows since 1998, including 5 World Premiere productions. Provides School Performances.

Pub 500 Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-625-6500

Veigel’s Kaiserhoff New Ulm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-359-2071

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival

. . . . . . . . . . 952-445-7361 1244 Canterbury Road South #306 – Shakopee, MN 55379

Minnesota State Fair . . . . . . . . . . . 651-632-2689

Northland Visions

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-872-0390 1113 E Franklin Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 55404 Specializing in Native American art from the Woodlands and Plains tribes. Sculptures, paintings, beadwork, jewelry, native foods, original native and traditional art, gifts of the northlands, offering unique, all Minnesota gifts.

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1265 Snelling Avenue North – Saint Paul, MN 55108 The great Minnesota Get-Together. Local, national and internationally-known entertainers, horse show and rodeo performances, Mighty Midway and Kidway rides, competitions, exhibits, attractions and concessions.

Foodies on Foot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855-236-6343


Valley Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-439-6110

Wilder Pageant Walnut Grove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-859-3102

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Cherokee Tavern Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-457-2729 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-430-3770 425 Nelson Street East – Stillwater, MN 55082


Coyote Moon Grille

Minnesota Centennial Showboat

The Dock Café


. . . . . 651-439-7128 8390 Lofton Avenue North – Stillwater, MN 55082



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101 Pine Street West #4 – Stillwater, MN 55082 /

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tour missouri outdoors… Wolfe Creek Photo Safari Guided Walking Tour | BRANSON Your group’s journey begins with a ride to the top of Wolfe Mountain aboard one of the Pinzgauer Swiss Army Troop Carriers. Then follow your guide, on foot, through the beautiful Ozarks landscape and learn about the region while discovering everything that makes Wolfe Creek Preserve so special. The first leg of the walking tour ends at Homestead. Here, you will enjoy a refreshing snack and beverage before resuming your downhill hike back to Wolfe Station. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is suitable for people of all ages and sizes.

Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium Tours | KANSAS CITY Kauffman Stadium is home to the Kansas City Royals. The stadium boasts one of the largest high-definition video-board in the major leagues. Tours offered may include the dugout, press box, interview room, Crown Club, the visitor’s locker room (subject to availability) and other interesting behind-the-scenes locations. Tour times vary. They also offer an “All-Access Tour” that includes a trip onto the field and other unique game day experiences.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS Welcome aboard! Your turn of-the-century style cruise has begun. Journey back to the days when grand old riverboats carried adventurous souls from town to town along the river. It was a time when folks were friendly, and good times were waiting around every turn. The 90-minute cruise will allow your group to enjoy a scenic delight on the Lake of the Ozarks! As the Tom Sawyer paddles the main channel and some interesting coves, you will be given facts and trivia along with local points of interest.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield | REPUBLIC It’s one of only two national parks in the state of Missouri, and a perfect stop for an entertaining and educational experience. Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek was a pivotal battle in Missouri and the second major battle of the Civil War. The visitor center features a new 27-minute film, a museum and changing exhibits. A five-mile self-guided tour road allows visitors to explore the battlefield at their own pace.

Double Key Treasure Hunts | ST. LOUIS Experience treasure hunt packages using real antique items from the 1800s and early 1900s. To solve these hunts, your group will visit St. Louis locations to solve the mystery of the treasure chest’s missing key. This treasure hunt is for 8-24 people. They offer another option for larger groups as well. One Option: Victor Wellington’s Antique Treasure Hunt: Have fun seeing and learning about the history of a city while searching for treasure. Your group can stay together or split up into teams.

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Tom Sawyer – The Paddlewheeler


Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve


levate your next tour to new heights. For those groups looking for a more exhilarating experience, Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours is the ultimate place to go! The zipline courses provide a bird’s eye view of the Ozarks landscape. With one of the only themed zipline courses in the world, they ensure that your entertainment is multi-faceted. Everyone will love mining for gemstones, shopping at Wolfe Creek Station, and of course - ziplining! The canopy tours are a world class experience and consist of ziplining from platform to platform and traversing multiple sky bridges through the tree canopy - all under the supervision of certified guides. Several options are available, such as: Flying Prospector Canopy Tour - 4 ziplines, 7 sky bridges Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour - 7 ziplines, 10 sky bridges Canopy Adventure Combo - 8 ziplines, 10 sky bridges, 1 freefall Additionally, your guide will provide fascinating information on the sights seen and general ecology of the Ozarks for an outdoor experience that is both adventurous and educational.

Missouri: Close to home. Far from ordinary.

Close to home. Far from ordinary.

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Missouri Division of Tourism Jefferson City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-519-2100

St. Joseph CVB . . . . . . . . . . . 800-785-0360 109 South 4th Street – St. Joseph, MO 64501 An All-American city born of the fur trade and brimming with a spirit of adventure. Recently named America’s “Top Ten Western City” by True West Magazine, we are a city abounding in 19th century charm and timeless beauty.

Winter Along the River St. Joseph, Missouri This sample itinerary may be customized for any time of the year!

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1 – 2:30 pm Mount up and head for the Pony Express Museum. The famous mail delivery service started within these walls on April 3, 1860 (150 years ago). Your guide will give a personalized tour of exhibits covering the creation, running and demise of the Pony Express. 2:30 – 4:00 pm The Patee House was the headquarters for the Pony Express in 1860 and the finest hotel west of the Mississippi. Today, it offers a “hands on” look at St. Joe’s colorful history. Stroll down Old Main Street, climb aboard a steam engine and visit the little house where Jesse James was shot and killed. Enjoy the Wild Thing Carousel, which is fun for all ages. 4 – 5:15 pm Welcome to the Remington Nature Center, where history and nature collide. As your journey begins, you are greeted by a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth. Follow the indoor “river” past a 7,000 gallon aquarium teeming with native Missouri river fish. Wild animals abound as you pass a howling wolf. A beaver lodge blocks a creek and forms a habitat for many animals. Learn about Missouri animals as you watch their tracks appear before you. 5:15 pm Hotel check-in. 6 – 8:00 pm In the spirit of Cal Wyatt’s hospitality and warmth, the J.C. Wyatt House offers guests the same gracious, accommodating style. The owners’ expertise in Victorian protocol and decorum, combined with their fascination of this highly ornamental age, allows for the creation of a one-of-a-kind dinner event.

9 – 10:30 am Tobiason’s Studio has over 50 years of experience designing, fabricating, installing and restoring church windows throughout the country. Restoration is a difficult and tedious task, but it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects for owner Rick Rader. He specializes in all styles whether traditional or contemporary, executed in stained glass, faceted glass or etched and carved glass. Come and see how they create these timeless, beautiful and architecturally harmonious windows. You also have the experience of creating your own stained glass “angel.” 10:30 am One Hour Driving Tour 11:45 am Enjoy lunch at The Gothic House Tea & Eatery, with soups, entrees and desserts made from scratch with menus differing from week to week. Pony Express Museum 9th & Penn / Cindy Daffron / 816-279-5059 Patee House & Jesse James Home 12th & Penn / Amy Neely / 816-271-5499 Remington Nature Center 1502 MacArthur Dr / Barbara Russell / 816-271-5499 J. C. Wyatt House 1309 Felix Street / Jim Palone / 816-676-1004 Tobiason’s Studio 302 S 8th Street / Rick & Teri Rader / 816-676-1077 The Gothic House Tea & Eatery 720 S 10th Street / Pat McNaughton / 816-232-8115

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please call the St. Joseph CVB at 800-785-0360 or visit




tour nebraska outdoors… Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center | GRAND ISLAND The step-on guided bus tours put you in touch with one of the greatest bird migrations in the world. After a 30-minute presentation at the Nature & Visitor Center on crane behavior, habitat and biology, they accompany your group to crane viewing hotspots, answering questions and providing insights along the way. After, return to the center where you’ll be free to hike the trails and browse the gift shop, art gallery and display. Presentations tailored to meet your group’s interests and needs. Advance reservations required.

Sandhill Crane Capital of the World | KEARNEY Calling all bird watchers. From late February to early April, something magical happens in the heart of Nebraska. More than 80% of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River. Traveling from southern wintering grounds to northern breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Stopping to rest and gain body fat as they prepare for their journey. Fossils of wing bones dating back nine million years have been discovered in Nebraska. Whooping Cranes, eagles, ducks & geese are among the wildlife that migrates through Nebraska, an amazing sight and one that can only be truly appreciated in person.

Located northwest of Lincoln, the vineyard is one of the finest wine production facilities in the state and welcomes visitors. While at the winery, groups may enjoy specialty wines, cheeses, meats and breads in the peaceful setting of the Nebraska countryside or in the tasting room, which features a stone fireplace and an observation deck overlooking the production facility. Tours are offered through the vineyards via the walking trail or by surrey (trolley) ride by special arrangement. The gift shop offers wine and wine related accessories that will compliment any wine purchase.

Henry Doorly Zoo / Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari | OMAHA Bring your group on a WILD adventure to Wildlife Safari Park! A step on guide will accompany you as you explore this four-mile, drive-through North American wildlife adventure. You will feel like you are on an actual safari, coming face-to-face with North American animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison and waterfowl. In addition you can experience the world’s largest indoor desert and nocturnal exhibits along with one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests. Group rates are available.

Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge and Cultural Learning Center | WELLFLEET Your group can explore this unique blend of educational and recreational treasures. See the reconstructed earthen lodge from the time period of 800-1300. Located on 115 acres of cedar-covered canyons along the Medicine Creek with a spring fed lake, scenic trails, natural springs and archeological artifacts, all covered in a 90-minute daily tour, which can include bison stew meals and overnight accommodations available by reservation.

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James Arthur Vineyards | LINCOLN


Arbor Day Farm


njoy a guided tour of the 260-acre Arbor Day Farm, the original estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. Groups love the Tree Adventure, where you can climb a 50-ft-tall tree house, hike miles of forested trails, journey deep into the woods on board the Discovery Ride and compose a forest melody on the marimba. Tour the greenhouse, where thousands of tree seedlings get their start. Each fall, pick apples in the orchard and enjoy fresh apple pie, cider and sip hand-crafted Arbor Day Farm wines, made with grapes grown at the Farm. Sample red, white, and fruit wines and take home your newfound favorite. After your exciting day, visit the Lied Lodge Signature Gift Shop, the Tree Adventure Gift Shop or the Apple House Market for those farm fresh goodies to take home. Then kick back for a relaxing night at Lied Lodge, with its Olympic-sized pool, full-service spa and award-winning dining.

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tour north dakota outdoors… Pioneer Trails Regional Museum | BOWMAN Come and spend the day with the museum personnel as you search for and collect specimens and scientific data for the museum. The museum is currently working on fossils ranging in age from 28 to 73 million years old. Tour participants will be allowed time for some supervised collecting at certain sites during the tour, but since all sites are current scientific studies, no personal collecting is allowed. All collections belong to the museum and will be used to further the scientific studies being completed there.

Red Trail Vineyards | BUFFALO Nestled along the Buffalo Creek on the outskirts of Buffalo, ND this family vineyard takes its name from the rich history of the Old Red Trail, one of the first established trails guiding settlers through Dakota Territory. Bring your groups out to explore the vineyard and taste the wines, and if you plan your visit during their annual Harvest & Grape Stomp Festival, they will welcome your group to the party complete with Walking Tours of the Vineyard, ND Wine & Cheese Tasting Tent, Wine & Beer Garden, Wagon Rides, Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors.

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Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site | COOPERSTOWN


Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park


istory comes to life at historic Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Take a trip back to 1875 and the home of General George and Libbie Custer on Cavalry Square, where their staff still entertains guests with stories of Libbie, the General, and the time they spent in Dakota Territory. The hills above Fort Abraham Lincoln provide a great view of the Missouri River Valley with blockhouses standing guard over both the fort and an ancient Mandan Village. On-A-Slant Village, dating back to the 1500s, features six rebuilt earthlodges with exhibits and guided tours. The park’s Visitor Center houses the nation’s best display of Mandan artifacts and history, along with items of interest on Lewis and Clark and General Custer. (While your group is in the area, they could take a ride on the beautiful Missouri River aboard the Lewis and Clark Riverboat to round out the day).

North Dakota: Legendary

The new Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site actually consists of two sites telling the story of the Cold War years in North Dakota. The Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-33 Launch Facility are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing spread over a 6,500-squaremile area around the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Visitors to Oscar-Zero will be given a guided tour of topside facilities and will learn how the facility managers, security forces, maintenance teams, and cooks lived their daily lives at the MAF.

Bonanzaville | FARGO Groups love to stroll the streets of Pioneer Village within Bonanzaville, the region’s largest historical attraction; located on 12 acres of land with 43 buildings, more than 400,000 artifacts and millions of memories. Groups have an option to take a tram tour, which includes a 20-minute trip around the village with a costumed docent who will give information about each building and additional background information about area history. It’s a great way to start your visit to Bonanzaville! Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery | RIVERDALE A visitor center at the hatchery complete with five 400 gallon aquariums will give you the pleasure of viewing the fishes of North Dakota in their environment. With over 10,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff and volunteers at the hatchery are happy to answer any questions while you enjoy a hatchery tour. The visitor center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. The hatchery is open year around and admission is free. Group tours are available with prior reservations and are handicapped accessible.

tour south dakota outdoors… Garden of Eden Cave Tour | HOT SPRINGS Wind Cave National Park is the fourth longest cave in the world and one of the oldest national parks. Choose from a variety of tours for your group. The Garden of Eden Tour is their least strenuous tour. It is a wonderful sample of Wind Cave. Small amounts of all of the beautiful cave formations – boxwork, cave popcorn, and flowstone – are seen along this ¼-mile trail, designed for people with limited time or abilities. It enters and leaves the cave by elevator with 150 steps along the tour route. Above ground are 28,295 acres of prairie and ponderosa pine forest with plentiful displays of bison, elk, antelope, mule, prairie dogs and other wildlife.

Wild Horse Sanctuary | HOT SPRINGS Visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It’s like nothing else you’ve toured before. Come see large herds of wild horses running free across 11,000 acres. See the Crazy Horse movie set (replica of Fort Robinson) and learn about Native American and pioneer history. All private tours are in special Sanctuary vehicles and available by reservation only, hosted by an experienced tour professional and provides guests with the ultimate wild horse viewing experience. The gift shop, filled with unique gifts, is open year-round.

You will feel like you stepped off the pages of Little House on the Prairie! Enjoy the history room with a video presentation, self-guided walking tour of the sod home, cave, outhouse, chicken coop and barn. Some original furnishings and machinery, along with those typical of the times, are on display. Pioneer clothing is available to wear on your tour around the homestead to add that historical charm and for photographs with your group!

Native American Scenic Byway | PIERRE This Byway travels along the banks of the Missouri River, through South Dakota’s mixed-grass prairie and the heart of the great Sioux nation. The 100-mile corridor between Fort Pierre and Chamberlain, to the south, takes you through the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservations. Groups will have opportunities to get outside and view their unique culture, enjoy the natural beauty of the rugged landscape, and look for bison, elk, pronghorn and prairie dogs roaming the plains.

Falls Park | SIOUX FALLS Groups love to stop at the city’s namesake; The Falls of the Big Sioux River at Falls Park. Known to the Lakota Sioux as “Laughing Waters,” the Big Sioux River winds throughout the city culminating in the center of Sioux Falls. Enjoy the views of the beautiful triple waterfall from three different lookout platforms. Be sure to stop in the Visitor Information Center at Falls Park, which has a 5-story observation tower and gift shop.

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Prairie Homestead | PHILLIP


National Grasslands Visitor Center


The only visitor center for the 20 National Grasslands in the United States. The NGVC also represents Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Chicago. Visitors to the NGVC can receive a free passport stamp and poster, watch the 25-minute “America’s National Grasslands” video, and browse the Exhibit Room and sales area. Additionally, upon completion of the Junior Ranger program (for any age) visitors receive a free National Grasslands pin. Forest Service staff is available to answer your group’s questions on various topics: from the Dust Bowl to current recovery efforts of the highly endangered black-footed ferret. The NGVC offers tour groups an opportunity to explore a relatively unknown aspect of our Nation’s history from the Homesteading Act of 1862 to present-day conservation of the multiple-use, natural resources of the National Grasslands. Outside the Visitor Center is a natural mixed-grass prairie landscape. In addition to the grasses, shrubs, and trees you will love the beautiful wildflowers.

South Dakota: Great Faces. Great Places.

Great Faces. Great Places.

Window to the Outdoors This sample itinerary is best during the Spring through Fall, but can be customized for any time of year.

Sertoma Butterfly House

Sertoma Butterfly House



Sioux Falls is South Dakota’s largest city and is located at Interstates 90 and 29. Known for its green spaces with over 70 parks. Consider having a group picnic, hear a concert, or walk the trail, there is something for everyone. 11 – 12:00 pm Your first stop is the city’s namesake; Falls Park. It is a 123-acre park located near the downtown district. Each second, an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls. Groups love to stop in at the visitor information center with its gift shop and five story viewing tower, offering a panoramic view of the park and city skyline. 12 – 1:30 pm Break for lunch at Bracco! Enjoy a menu featuring Asian, Creole, and American while dining on the Veranda Patio. To enjoy the atmosphere, you might want to schedule more than one hour. 1:30 – 3:00 pm Your tour winds over to the Outdoor Campus to experience the area’s nature. When tour planners call ahead, they can set up a class specifically for their group, touching on topics such as Dutch-oven cooking, butterflies, or nature hikes. Or visit nearby Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine Cove and walk amongst 800 butterflies from all around

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the world. 3 – 5:00 pm Travel just east of the city limits to explore Arrowhead Park, named after a large, arrowhead shaped granite quarry, which is one of three historic quarries that are now lakes. The area is now a bird sanctuary—a haven for bird watching, so bring your binoculars! Stones from these quarries were used to build several buildings in downtown Sioux Falls. 5 – 7:00 pm Complete your day at Strawbale Winery for wine tasting in a building constructed of strawbales! Tucked away between a 100-yearold barn, shelter belt, and grape vines, this winery may remind you of simpler time. Enjoy their wine, the outdoors, and learn all about the process of producing South Dakota wine from locally grown grapes and fruits. Ask them to make arrangements for a catered meal for your group. 7:00 pm Head back to your hotel or enjoy the endless selections of bars & restaurants for a night cap. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-333-2072


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Great Faces. Great Places.

directory accommodations Best Western Ramkota Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605-336-0650 3200 West Maple Street – Sioux Falls, SD 57107 Best Western Ramkota Hotels are ready to welcome bus tours throughout the year. Our staff at each Best Western Ramkota Hotel sincerely enjoys hosting travelers from homes far away to give them a taste of Dakota hospitality.

convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Ass’n / Tour SD. . 888-386-4617 Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association represents culture, history and fabulous outdoor adventures in Central South Dakota. Immerse yourself in our regional uniqueness. Contact us for exciting itineraries, which we will custom fit to your group.

Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . 605-336-1620 200 N Phillips Avenue Suite 102 . . 800-333-2072 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 / Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city is located at the junction of I-90 and I-29 and offers abundant shopping, local flavor restaurants, vibrant downtown, accommodating hotels and historic Falls Park! Need Assistance? Tour itineraries, step-on-guides--we’ve got it!



Native American Scenic Byway AN AMERICAN JOURNEY his section of the Native American Scenic Byway consists of 315 miles with several stops along the way.


The history of the Lakota and other cultures on this byway offers a glimpse of a seemingly untouched land and a view of our homelands. This journey is only a piece of the incredible story of our nation. The stories are not only about our past but our dreams of the future. The byway crosses the reservations of four tribes of Lakota Sioux: Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock. Its many memorial markers, monuments, museums, and sacred sites commemorate the heritage of the Sioux Nation and help you hear history from the Native American point of view. To begin your journey and for itineraries made to order, contact the Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association by emailing w w w. i t i n e r a r i e s m i d w e s t . c o m



tour u.p. outdoor… Copper Peak Adventure Ride IRONWOOD Take an Adventure Ride to the top of the world’s largest ski flying structure via the 810-foot chair lift and 18-story elevator. This engineering marvel rises 26 stories above the hill top. The view is unequaled anywhere in the Midwest and the fall color panorama is second to none. The vista overlooks 2,500 square miles of the Lake Superior Basin including parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and on a clear day, 85 miles across the lake. Points of interest include the Apostle Islands, the Porcupine Mountains, Isle Royale, and numerous historic sites. There are also five nearby waterfalls to enjoy.

Marquette Harbor Cruises

camera ready to capture images of some of the bluest water and oldest rock formations in the world. Experienced captains and crew will help make your trip on the “Big Lake” a trip to remember.


Tahquamenon Falls State Park


ahquamenon Falls is over 200 feet wide and 48 feet high. Over 50,000 gallons of water spill over these incredible falls per second! It’s special in many ways. It is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, with Niagara being the largest. The beauty of this area is a must-see when making your group travel plans. Within the state park you will find many activities such as fishing, hiking, sightseeing and more. The areas wildlife abounds and by chance you may see black bear, whitetail deer, moose, and other wildlife. Also, this is one of Michigan’s most unique birding locations. Migrating birds using Whitefish Point in the U.P. to enter or return from Canada pass through the park every spring and fall. © PHOTO COURTESY OF MICH IGAN.ORG

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MARQUETTE Welcome aboard the historic lsle Royale Queen III and Marquette Harbor Cruises! Join them for a one-of-a-kind boating experience on Lake Superior. View the beautiful landscape of harbor scenes and unique local architecture captured in historic hilltop homes and summer cottages on Middle lsland Point. Enjoy this 2-hour narrated cruise that will detail the mining and maritime history of Marquette, the colossal iron ore docks, the lighthouse and Marquette’s island park. As you sail by the Black Rocks of Presque lsle, have your

As a bonus after seeing the Falls, visit the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub and Camp 33, located within the State Park at the Upper Falls. Enjoy fine dining and micro brewed beers from the north. Try their famous fresh whitefish dinners, buffalo burgers, wild rice soup, and homemade pastries with their handcrafted beers. They also have a unique gift shop with fine art, jewelry, souvenirs, etc.

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Agate Falls Scenic Site TROUT CREEK Share one of nature’s gems with your group. Agate Falls is considered to be one of upper Michigan’s most picturesque waterfalls and is located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River. The falls are created as the river finds its way over an extended shelf of terraced sandstone. The resulting waterfall is a broad band of interlacing cascades and small falls nearly 40 feet high. Access to view the falls is via an improved, accessible foot trail. Generally open May through October.

Twilight Walking Tour SAULT STE MARIE Entertain your passengers with a Twilight Walking Tour. The Thistle in Time starts at the Soo Locks, where Woodsmoke Jim and Mary will be your guides. Their tales are woven with history, mystery, legend and lore. This is the story of the Sault and her people, voyageurs, trappers and dreamers. Want to hear what they won’t print in your history book? Want to have fun? This walk is for you. Groups may also choose the Ghost Walk – The Lantern Light Mystery Tour – for a spooky, fun time!

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Elegance on the Edge of Wilderness in Historic Marquette This itinerary is best spring through fall. This package features fine dining, elegant amenities and some of the finest attractions this 160-year-old harbor town has to offer. During this tour, your group will discover Marquette’s rich history and see many of its magnificent old homes and red sandstone buildings.

day one 3 – 5:00 pm Arrive in Marquette Country; one of the most elegant small cities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Check in at a Marquette area lodging facility and enjoy a welcome reception presented by the Marquette Country CVB. 5 – 8:00 pm Travel to the historic Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette. Tour some of the nicest available rooms, followed by dinner from a limited menu at the Skyroom Restaurant on the top floor of the Landmark Inn. 8:00 pm Enjoy some rest and relaxation at your hotel.

day two 8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast at your hotel. 9 – 12:00 pm Meet your CVB representative and hop on your motorcoach for a sightseeing tour of Marquette Country. Visit Marquette’s Historic Home and Harbor District, Presque Isle Park and over 7 miles of scenic Lake Superior shoreline. 12 – 1:30 pm Travel to Upfront & Company and enjoy a group lunch off a limited menu. Relax in this unique atmosphere and enjoy great American cuisine and quality service. Then it’s off to the Marquette Maritime Museum! 1:30 – 3:00 pm The Marquette Maritime Museum tells a rich, rewarding story of the maritime heritage of Marquette and Lake Superior. Exhibits include birch bark canoes, a “Fresno” lighthouse lens, mini-auditorium, antique inboard & outboard motors, restored boats, shipwreck charts & displays, 40’ coast guard vessels, ore boat flags and related memorabilia. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. 3 – 5:00 pm Do some shopping and sightseeing on your own for the remainder of the afternoon in downtown Marquette.

Reunite with your group at Doncker’s Candy & Gifts for a Dutch treat sundae or ice cream cone. 5 – 6:00 pm Arrive at your Marquette lodging facility and freshen up for dinner. 6 – 8:00 pm Have a delicious group dinner at the Casa Calabria Italian Restaurant in the Village; a dining experience in a festive Italian atmosphere with pasta, pizza, steaks and more!

day three 8 – 8:30 am Breakfast at your hotel. 8:30 – 10:00 am Relax during the scenic drive along Lake Superior to the Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour on Munising Bay. 10 – 12:30 pm Experience a fully narrated 2-hour tour viewing three Lake Superior shipwrecks and the East Channel Lighthouse. Take some time to visit the gift shop after the tour. 12:30 – 1:30 pm The Dogpatch Restaurant is famous for their seafood and steaks. Experience the large menu selection and the Legendary Vittles & Gift Shop!

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1:30 – 3:00 pm Take a scenic drive to Munising Falls on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The park is located on the shoreline of Lake Superior encompassing cliffs, dunes, waterfalls and lakes with an onsite interpretive center. 3 – 5:30 pm Dine at Elizabeth’s Chop House, located in Marquette’s historic waterfront district. The outdoor seating overlooking the famous Lower Harbor of Lake Superior makes it a perfect destination for dinner. After your meal, the group can take some time to enjoy downtown. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or the people at Marquette Country CVB: 1-800-544-4321 or

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. . 800-544-4321 337 W Washington Street – Marquette, MI 49855 We’re here to help you plan a trip for the memory books. We offer customized itinerary planning, step-on guides, reservation assistance, digital images, familiarization tours and more—all at no charge!

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tour wisconsin outdoors… Apostle Island Cruises | BAYFIELD Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes a group of 21 islands on Lake Superior off the Bayfield Peninsula, and is a great tour option for groups. This one-of-a-kind experience offers the only boat cruise to tour the islands, with several tour boat options including their newest glass bottom boat. Relax and enjoy as you are treated to a 3 ¼ - hour narrated cruise. Stunning natural scenery, windswept beaches, historic lighthouses, rock formations, sea caves, marine wildlife and underwater mysteries of Lake Superior will forever be etched in your mind.

Crex Meadows | GRANTSBURG At 30,000 acres, this is the largest stateowned wildlife area in Wisconsin. This property is home to 270 species of birds and 720 species of plants. Originally part of the Northern Wisconsin Pine Barrens, it is now the state’s largest remaining portion of this globally endangered ecosystem. The rare sedge marsh and brush prairie habitats make the area a utopia for wildlife, which in turn, makes Crex a paradise for bird watchers, naturalists and botanists. An excellent visitor center offers maps and exhibits. There are paved walkways and a boardwalk observation area for the handicapped.

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Green Bay Packers | GREEN BAY Have a group of football fans? What could be more fun than to take your whole group to a Green Bay Packers game at the infamous Lambeau Field? Sound like a lot to plan? Just contact Packer Fan Tours and they will plan and coordinate everything. All you need to do is tell them what you want. They work within any budget and can set up impressive gatherings at surprisingly affordable prices. Plus The Official Tailgate Party is included in all of the home game ticket packages. Enjoy unlimited food & beverages, as well as live musical entertainment featuring popular Packers songs.


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ake your group on a walking food tour of Milwaukee’s most delicious, historic neighborhoods. Guided tours include samples from specialty food shops and ethnic eateries and an insider’s view of Milwaukee’s rich history, architecture and neighborhoods. Private tours can be arranged on any of their walking tours (with approximately a 1-mile walking route for each option).

LAKE GENEVA Madeline Island, historically the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, became an important fur-trading center for the French in the 17th century. Over the next 300 years the island saw the arrival of missionaries, loggers, fishermen, boat builders, miners and—by the early 20th century—summer tourists. The log museum building and new Casper Center Exhibit Hall capture the island’s long and colorful history. Choose a special gift as a souvenir of your visit, and take home a piece of Madeline Island history.

- Brady Street - Historic Third Ward - RiverWalk/Old World 3rd Street - Village of Wauwatosa (less than 1 mile of walking & plenty of shopping!) - “Sweets & Treats” in Historic Cedarburg - Bloody Mary Brunch Besides these neighborhood walking tours, they offer several themed tours via bus. These options involve minimal walking and are fully customizable. Full-day, half-day and 2.5 hour itinerary options are available.

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Bring your group to “The Farm!” Experience the ambiance of yesteryear while enjoying the unique and fun-filled year-round and seasonal entertainment experiences such as: The Apple Holler Farm Park, The Red Barn Theatre musical dinner shows, horse-drawn sleigh rides, orchard tours, hayrides and campfires, pig roasts, gemstone mining, delicious home-style meals and farm activities including pick-your-own apple, peach, pear, pumpkin and sugar snap peas. The fun continues… maybe you want to add the 2 ½-acre customizable Trivia Maze? The sky’s the limit when you bring your tour group to Apple Holler!

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Sample the Treats of Eastern Wisconsin This itinerary can be customized for any time of the year. Welcome to the Fox Hills Resort! They are eager to be your destination when planning your group tour of Northeast Wisconsin! Settle in and let them be the Hub on your tour of the area. With Green Bay to the North, Sheboygan to the South, Door County to the East and the Fox Cities to the West; (19 communities along the Fox River, known as Wisconsin’s Shopping Place) Fox Hills is the perfect, centrally located spot with convenient access from major roadways!

2:30 – 4:30 pm Plymouth history has been hand-painted on exterior walls throughout downtown, called the Wall Dogs. Follow up with a tour of Plymouth Historical Society, displaying several large collections including exhibits featuring the fire department, a blacksmith shop, World War II and Native American artifacts. 4:30 – 6:30 pm Direct the coach towards Lake Michigan and Sheboygan, WI. Enjoy happy hour and a delicious

German dinner at Al and Al’s Steinhaus and The Tavern, serving the area for over 45 years! Return to Fox Hills for a restful night, as tomorrow is another day in Manitowoc County. Perhaps some Lake Michigan charter fishing is the ticket for today! For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or Diane Thon at Fox Hills Resort 1-800950-7615 or

day one Arrive in Mishicot, WI and check into the beautiful Fox Hills Resort, Wisconsin’s premier 4 seasons resort! Enjoy the complimentary welcome reception that changes with the seasons. Your groups will love their comfortable lodging, swimming pools, fitness center, sauna and spa. 500 acres of scenic grounds, including 2 golf courses and 45 holes of golf (you may never want to leave!) 12:30 – 2:00 pm Venture out to Two Rivers, WI, for a tour of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. The only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type and is operated by volunteers of the Two Rivers Historical Society. 2 – 3:15 pm Your group will be delighted to know they are in the Home of the Ice Cream Sundae! Visit the Historic Washington House for a treat. This warm 1850s inn features Berners’ Ice Cream parlor commemorating the invention of the ice cream sundae. 3:15 – 6:00 pm Board the coach to Kewaunee for a tour of Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery. Their tour is one of the most unique winery tours in Wisconsin - including a walk in the vineyard in addition to the production facility. Enjoy “A Taste of the Tundra”! 6 – 7:30 pm Return to Fox Hills for a lovely dinner in the Willowview Restaurant. Enjoy views of the golf course and the surrounding Manitowoc County area as you dine.

day two 9:30 – 11:00 am Travel to Manitowoc for a tour of the beautiful restored Capitol Civic Center. It features a large ornate auditorium, plus an equally decorative lobby. The restored theatre now serves as a community performing arts center. 11 – 1:00 pm Head to Kiel, WI where Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese welcomes your group. This fourth generation family owned cheese factory features an on-site Cheese Store and Museum. 1 – 2:30 pm Arrive in Plymouth, WI for lunch at 52 Stafford. This historic inn provides very up-town service for a small town. Their Irish cooking is tasty on the tongue, while filling and wholesome for the body and spirit.

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. . . 800-950-7615 ext 3621 250 West Church Street – Mishicot, WI 54228 Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, Wisconsin features year round lodging, activities, meeting/banquet space, swimming pools, onsite Restaurant and Sports Bar with weekend entertainment, spa services and 45 holes of golf. Minutes from Green Bay.

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. . 608-378-4200 Warren, WI / Warrens Cranberry Festival is the world’s largest cranberry festival. 2012 mark’s the Festival’s 40th year. With over three miles of shopping and over 1,300 booths, there is something for everyone at the Festival; shopping, contests, a parade and much more.


tour central canada outdoors… West End BIZ Mural Walking Tours | WINNIPEG Chosen as a past top tourist attraction by Where magazine, the West End BIZ walking tours of the area’s 50-plus murals are offered throughout the summer. The fully guided tours follow two prescribed routes along Ellice Avenue and Sargent Avenue. They allow your group to experience the unique history and culture of the area, providing information about the murals, historical facts and entertaining stories about the West End. Many of this area’s eclectic shops and ethnic restaurants are highlighted as part of the engaging narrative.

Bon Soo Winter Carnival SAULT STE MARIE Unleash your inner child and celebrate winter at the beginning of February during Northern Ontario’s largest annual winter carnival – BON SOO! Proud to have been named one of the “Top 100” festivals for several years, Bon Soo hosts more than 75 events for everyone from pre-schoolers to Seniors; indoor events, outdoor events, concerts for all ages, breakfasts, contests and tournaments, hay wagon rides, snow shoeing, snow canoeing, dog sled rides, snow sculptures, famous bum slides…and so much more!

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Explore the award-winning and internationally significant Oak Hammock Marsh with your group. Friendly, knowledgeable interpreters can lead your group through parts of the 30 kilometers of trails, as well as canoe excursions, indoor interactive programs, snowshoe treks and much more. As one of the premier destinations in Manitoba for birding and ecotourism, the Interpretive Centre is open year round and welcomes your group with full-service, wheelchair accessible facilities. The Interpretive Centre offers a wide variety of group programming options for all ages.

Ouimet Canyon + Amethyst Mine Panorama THUNDER BAY Bring your group to Thunder Bay and view the breathtaking depths of Ouimet Canyon. A spectacular natural wonder, Ouimet Canyon is a 150-meter wide gorge with 100-meter high canyon walls. Walkways, viewing platforms and interpretive panels explain the unusual ecology. Next up, tour the Amethyst Mine Panorama for their unique pick-your-own gemstone adventure. Pails, digging tools and running water are available for your guests to gather a beautiful amethyst specimen to take home with them right from the open pit mine!

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ome to more than 300 acres of green space, an abundant urban forest, gorgeous gardens and amazing attractions, the Assiniboine Park Zoo houses nearly 200 species and more than 2,000 furry, feathered and downright fabulous animals. This is a great place for exploration and directory group fun. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, the zoo specializes in hardy, cold-climate convention & visitors species from northern latitudes and mountain bureaus and chambers ranges, such as caribou, lynx, musk ox Tourism Thunder Bay . . . . . . . . . .800-667-8386 and bison. A range of exotic animals are also PO Box 800 – Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4 featured throughout the zoo such as meerkats, geckos, fruit bats, camels, piranhas, flamingos, Located just minutes north of the Minnesota/Ontario border, snow leopards and more! Seasonally, enjoy Thunder Bay offers numerous attractions, exceptional the beautiful Shirley Richardson Butterfly accommodations and sensational shopping and culinary Garden, stocked each year with native and delights. Contact us for marketing tools or any of your group sub-tropical butterfly species. tour planning needs. Visit the gift shop for a vast selection of products - from toys to treasures - that make great souvenirs or gifts.

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Dates to consider for your next itinerary…

Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park –Utica, IL

Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party –Clear Lake, IA

Mardi Gras Soulard –St. Louis, MO

calendar of events 2013 [ january – february – march ]

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january • Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park Jan 1-Feb 28, Utica 800-868-6625 • 7th Annual Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Jan 3, Skokie 847-673-6300 • Musher Mania Jan 12, Monee 708-534-8499 • Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Jan 16-Mar 24, Lincolnshire 847-634-0200 • The Capitol Steps Jan 24-27, Skokie 847-673-6300 february • 38th Annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival Feb 1-3, Decatur 217-422-8800 • Galena Mardi Gras Parade Feb 9, Galena 800-942-5362 • Thodos Dance Chicago Feb 9, Palos Hills 708-974-5275 • Superior Donuts Feb 15-24, Chicago Heights 708-755-3444 march • St. Charles St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar 9, St. Charles 800-777-4373 • Maple Sugaring Days Mar 9-10, Naperville 630-420-6010 • Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 9-10 St Charles 815-838-0606 • Galena Wine Lover’s Weekend Mar 22-24, Galena 815-747-6335



january • Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival Jan 18-19, Cherokee 712-225-6414 • 29th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Jan 19, Keokuk 800-383-1219 • Okoboji Winter Games Jan 25-27, Okoboji 712-332-2107 • Amana Colonies Winterfest Jan 26, Amana 800-579-2294 • Wartburg Artist Series: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Jan 29, Waverly 319-352-8691 • Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party Jan 30-Feb 2, Clear Lake 641-357-6151


february • 5th Annual Frostbite Olympics Feb 8-9, Algona 515-295-7201 • Extreme Winter Festival Feb 8-10, Storm Lake 888-752-4692 • 12th Annual Color the Wind Kite Flying Festival Feb 16, Clear Lake 641-357-5516 • UNI Indoor Electric Radio Controlled Fun-Fly Feb 16-17, Cedar Falls 319-268-4266 • Council Bluffs Home Improvement & Landscaping Show Feb 22-24, Council Bluffs 800-228-6878 march • Maple Syrup Festival Mar 2-3, Cedar Falls 319-277-2187 • Beers to You and Gourmet Mar 3, Waterloo 319-273-4849 • Emmetsburg St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mar 14-17, Emmetsburg 712-852-4326



january • Marquee Magic Jan 8, Hutchinson 620-663-1981 • 17th Annual Kaw Valley Eagle Day Jan 19, Lawrence 785-842-0475 • A Taste of Hays Jan 24, Hays 785-625-6800 • Kansas Statehood Ball Jan 26, Abilene 785-263-2681 • Soup-R-Bowl Food Festival Jan 27, Hays 785-625-5252 february • Chocolate Lovers Affair Feb 9, Lindsborg 888-227-2227 • Gun & Coin Show Feb 9-10, Ulysses 620-356-1136 • International Pancake Day Festival Feb 12, Liberal 800-542-3725 • 24th Annual KBA Bluegrass Festival Feb 15-16, Wichita 316-777-1091 • 17th Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival Feb 22-23, Topeka 785-670-3151 march • Stain Glass Tours Mar 1-31, Glasco 785-568-0120

• MUMMENSCHANZ 40 Years Mar 8, Lawrence 785-864-2787 • Taste of Adventure Mar 10, Salina 785-827-9488 • Reze Illusionist Mar14, Junction City 785-238-3906 • Women’s Fair Mar 16, Garnett 785-304-2029

minnesota minnesota january • Polar Dash Jan 1, Minneapolis 612-746-1364 • Breezy Point Ice Fest Jan 4-5, Breezy Point 218-568-8911 • Icebox Days Jan 17-20, International Falls 218-283-9400 • Polar Daze Jan 18-27, Bemidji 800-458-2223 • Itasca’s Lantern Lit Snowshoe Jan 19, Park Rapids 218-266-2100 • Winter Carnival Jan 24-Feb 3, Saint Paul 800-627-6101 february • Ely Winter Fest Feb 1-10, Ely 800-777-7281 • Winter Tracks Festival Feb 1-10, Grand Marais 218-287-2788 • Polar Fest Feb 8-17, Detroit Lakes 800-542-3992 • International Eelpout Festival Feb 14-17, Walker 800-833-1118 • A Scottish Ramble Feb 16-17, Saint Paul 651-292-3225 • Grumpy Old Men Festival Feb 23-24. Wabasha 800-585-4158 march • International Festival of Owls Mar 1-3, Houston 507-896-4668 • Winter Bluegrass Weekend Mar 1-3, Plymouth 800-635-3037 • A Taste of Wabasha Mar 23, Wabasha 877-332-4537 • Giants Ridge Spring Carnival & Slush Cup Mar 16, Biwabik 800-688-7669 • Annual Maple Syrup Day Mar 16, Sandstone 866-404-7743


march • Fargo Film Festival Mar 5-9, Fargo 701-239-8385 • KXMC Sports RV & Boat Show Mar 8-10, Minot 701-852-2104 • KUMV TV Farm and Ranch Show Mar 12-13, Williston 701-774-9041 • 20th Annual Prairie Quilt Festival Mar 15-17, Minot 800-264-2626


january • Mardi Gras Soulard in St. Louis Jan 6-Feb 12, St Louis 314-771-5110 • Stomp Jan 11-13, St. Louis 314-534-1678 • Master Trout Championship-Lake Taneycomo Jan 12, Branson 417-334-6381 • Poplar Bluff Ag Expo Jan 18-19, Poplar Bluff 573-686-8064 • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Leach Theatre Jan 29, Rolla 573-341-4219 february • Saint Louis Ballet Presents: Romeo and Juliet Feb 8-13, Chesterfield 636-537-1998 • Chocolate Wine Trail Feb 16-17, Hermann 800-932-8687 • Imago Theatre ZooZoo Feb 17, Springfield 417-836-7678 • Pianopalooza Feb 27th, St Louis 314-533-9900 march • Chocolate Extravaganza Mar 9, Hannibal 573-221-2477 • 35th Annual Ozarks Model Train Show & Swap Meet Mar 16, Springfield 417-883-5350 • Tefelmusik Baroque Orchestra Mar 15, St. Louis 314-533-7662

south dakota south dakota january • Christmas with the Animals Jan 12, Sioux Falls 605-367-7003 • Sisseton Winter Show Jan 18-19, Sisseton 605-698-7627 • Black Hill Stock Show & Rodeo Jan 25-Feb 3, Rapid City 605-355-3861 • Ice Fish Fest Jan 26, Sioux Falls 605-330-0700 february • Pierre Winter Fishing Weekend (WFW) Tournament Feb 1-2, Pierre 605-945-3841 • Watertown Winter Farm Show Feb 5-9, Watertown 605-886-5814 • Mardi Gras Weekend Feb 8-9, Deadwood 800-999-1876 • Annual Winterfest of Wheels Feb 8-10, Sioux Falls 605-231-3100 • Greater Midwest Toy Show Feb 16-17, Sioux Falls 605-359-0234 march • Benson’s Flea Market Mar 2-3, Sioux Falls 605-367-7178 • Wining Women Mar 14, Renner, 605-543-5071 • Annual South Dakota Horse Fair Mar 15-17, Sioux Falls 605-370-1607 • Yelduz Shrine Circus Mar 28-30, Aberdeen 605-225-4841

nebraska nebraska january • Celebrate Black History on Stamps Jan 1-Mar 2, Boys Town 402-498-1300 • Chili Bomb Strategic Air & Space Museum Jan 26, Ashland 402-944-3100 • PRCA Championship Rodeo Jan 26-27, Lincoln 402-441-8744 • 8th Annual Chilympiad Jan 27, Milligan 402-629-4446 february • Chocolate Lovers Fantasy Feb 1, Lincoln 402-435-7496 • Buffalo Bill Farm and Ranch Expo Feb 2-3, North Platte 308-532-4966 • Heart City Bull Bash Feb 9, Valentine 402-376-3000 • Cabin Fever Car, Pickup and Motorcycle Show Feb 23, Norfolk 402-841-4439 • Cowboy Poetry & Music Jam at Bowring Ranch Feb 26, Merriman 308-684-3428 march • The Joffrey Ballet Le Sacre du Printemps Mar, 3 Omaha 402-345-0606 • Marsh Madness at Ponca State Park Mar 9-10, 16-17,23-24, Ponca 402-755-2284 • 14th Annual Spring Ceili Irish Dance Mar 10, Lincoln 402-421-7142 • Sandhill Crane Watch Festival Mar 22-31, Kearney 800-652-9435 • Beers of Nebraska Mar 23, Milligan 402-629-4446 • Springfest Mar 28, Humbolt 402-862-2601

peninsula, upper upper peninsula, MI MI january • Pro Vintage Snowmobile Racing Jan 4-6, Ironwood 906-364-1845 • 14th Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race Jan 5, Newberry 800-831-7292 • SISU Ski Fest Jan 12, Ironwood 715-254-4104 • Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Jan 18-19, Houghton 906-487-3200 • Cedarville Blizzard Jan 26-27, Cedarville 888-364-7526 february • Michigan Ice Fest Feb 1-3, Munising 906-387-4067 • Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament Feb 8-10, Iron Mountain 906-774-2945 • Les Cheneaux Snowfest Feb 14-16, Hessel 906-484-3935 • UP 200 Dog Sled Race Feb 14-18, Marquette 906-228-3072 • Sno-Valley Riders Snow Drags Feb 16, Sidnaw 906-884-9101 march • CopperDog 150 Mar 1-3, Calumet 906-337-6246 • Wagner’s 200th Anniversary Mar 2, Houghton 906-487-3200 • 33rd Annual Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon Mar 9, Calumet 906-369-2460 • Maple Sugaring Day Mar 23-24, Tahquamenon Falls State Park 906-492-3415

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january • Winter Ag Expo Jan 8-9, Jamestown 701-252-1400 • Winter Wonderland 2013 Jan 18, Bismarck 701-258-1975 • KMOT Ag Expo Livestock Show Jan 23-25, Minot 701-852-5254 • Trinity Mardi Gras Jan 25-27, Dickinson 701-483-6092 february • Cabin Fever Days Feb 1-10, Jamestown 701-252-3982 • Soup It Up! Feb 2, Minot 701-838-4445 • Widget Contest Explore Engineering 2013 Feb 5, Bismarck 701-258-1975 • Winter Carnival Feb 5-6, Valley City 701-845-1891 • Choreographers’ Showcase Feb 22-23, Bismarck 701-530-0986

wisconsin wisconsin january • Cool Fool Kite Festival Jan 1, Milwaukie 414-277-9121 • Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe Jan 5, Baraboo 608-254-2333 • Big Chill Snow Sculpting Competition Jan 11-13, Racine 262-634-6002 • Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest Jan 19, Madison 608-255-2537 • Chocolate Fantasy Jan 27, Fond du Lac 920-921-3922 february • Wine Winter & Cherry Fest Feb 2, Fish Creek 920-421-1152 • Cirque ZumaZuma Feb 8, Hartford 262-670-0560 • Sweet Sensations Feb 10, Oshkosh 920-651-0796 • Pursapalooza Feb 21, Fond du Lac 920-926-1414 • Freezin in February Antique Show Feb 23-24, Tomah 608-385-3598 march • Indian Summer Festival Pow-wow Mar 2-3, West Allis 414-774-7119 • Klondike Days Mar 2-3, Eagle River 800-359-6315 • Arti Gras Mar 9-10 Green Bay 920-494-3401 • St. Patrick Day Parade & Irish Fest Mar 16, New London 920-982-3891 • Maple Syrup Saturday Mar 23, Appleton 920-731-6041

central canada central canada january • The Stafford Collection of Inuit Sculpture Jan 1-29, Winnipeg 204-786-6641 • Winter Camp at Oak Hammock Marsh Jan 2-4, Stonewall 204-467-3300 • Manitoba Ag Days Jan 15-17, Brandon 204-729-2141 • Ed’s Garage Jan 21, Thompson 204-677-7952 february • Bon Soo 50th Anniversary Celebration Feb 1-10, Sault Ste. Marie 866-899-1607 • Festival du Voyageur Feb 15-24, Winnipeg 204-237-7692 • 2013 Central Canada Outdoor Show Feb 22-24, Thunder Bay 807-624-2621 • Shadows of the Mind Film Festival Feb 27-Mar 3, Sault Ste. Marie 705-759-0458 march • My Winnipeg: The Artists’ Choice Mar 1-17, Winnipeg 204-942-1043 • The Traveling Mabels in Concert Mar 23, Portage la Prairie 204-239-4848 • 1001 Arabian Jazz Nights Mar 24, Winnipeg 204-632-5299 • Royal Manitoba Winter Fair Mar 25-30, Brandon 204-726-3590


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Itineraries Midwest Magazine Winter 2012/13  
Itineraries Midwest Magazine Winter 2012/13  

Itineraries Midwest is a group travel magazine promoting group travel with an Itinerary format and unusual travel ideas from all over the mi...