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on the cover Indian Summer Fest in Milwaukee is the Indian Nation’s largest cultural celebration celebrated annually on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Witness a Traditional Pow Wow, Indian dance troupes, Tribal Villages, cultural demonstrations, Juried Fine Art, American Indian traditional & contemporary entertainers, authentic foods, a Native Farmers Market, and an extensive Native Marketplace featuring authentic jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing and much more!

Coming Fall/Winter 2011!

Winter Wonderland… A Look at Winter Festivals Don’t let the cold weather keep your group indoors! Awe-inspiring ice and snow sculptures decorate the parks, while a frozen lake provides the perfect setting for kite-flying, turkey-bowling and broomball. Cozy up around a bonfire, or view a fireworks display at one of the many festivals happening this winter.

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BY CIRCLE WISCONSIN

TRAVEL WISCONSIN BORDERED BY LAKES MICHIGAN AND SUPERIOR, THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, AND WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS CHEESE AND LOVE OF BEER, WISCONSIN IS FAR MORE THAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FILL YOUR STOMACH WITH GASTRIC PLEASURES. THE STATE’S NATURAL BEAUTY, AS WELL AS UNIQUE GROUP FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS, PROVIDE TOURISTS OF ALL INTERESTS MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES.

UNIQUELY WISCONSIN Creativity abounds in Wisconsin offering one-of-kind encounters sure to create memories. Perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock overlooking Wyoming Valley, the House on the Rock is an architecture marvel. Fourteen spectacularly decorated rooms make up the main house. The rest of the 200 acres is an extraordinary complex of gardens, streets and museum buildings housing unbelievable collections, among them a recreation of a 19th century village street, a breathtaking display of music machines, and the world’s largest carousel. Once home to the greatest acting team in the history of American theatre, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne welcomed “anyone who was anyone” in theatre, arts and literature to their Wisconsin retreat Ten Chimneys. This national treasure displays an enchanting décor of original pieces hand-picked by the Lunt’s in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Once coveted by the nation’s greatest luminaries, an invitation to this exquisite house museum is now extended to the public. Since 1964, the Fireside Dinner Theatre has entertained tour groups with one of the best professional theatre experiences in Wisconsin. Enjoy award-winning cuisine and browse the unique gift shops prior to the theatre in the round.

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SMALL TOWN HOSPITALITY, BIG APPEAL Midwest charm and hospitality are vibrant in the numerous

towns dotting the state. The importance of Wisconsin’s immigrant influence is evident in New Glarus, America’s “Little Switzerland.” Complete with themed shops and restaurants, this alpine village greets visitors to experience its Swiss heritage. Located on the shore of the Mississippi River, the city of La Crosse celebrates its river town tradition. Amid the surrounding towering bluffs, opportunities include distinctive shopping in the downtown district, seasonal festivals and paddlewheeler rides on the La Crosse Queen. And just 45 miles east of La Crosse, tourists can experience the heart of cranberry country, Tomah, Wisconsin. Go behind the scenes to see how the state’s fruit is harvested or feel the rush of a jet enginepowered tractor at the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull. For more of a resort town feel, the Wisconsin Dells, the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” offers a wide variety of attractions (not just waterslides) including scenic boat rides through sandstone chasms, live entertainment shows, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, and over 90 other unique experiences. For a more serene visit, tour over 300 miles of scenic shoreline dotted with bustling harbors, quiet coves and pristine scenery of the Door County Peninsula. Ten lighthouses, eleven golf courses, acclaimed music and

performing arts theatres, and hundreds of renowned artists and galleries along with the traditional Door County fish boils offer irreplaceable memories in a picturesque setting. Once visited by Mary Todd Lincoln and Generals Sherman and Sheridan, the Geneva Lakes Area has been a popular vacation destination since post the Civil War. Whether searching for antiques or fine art, or exploring the lake on the Lake Geneva Cruise Line, thousands of visitors join the ranks of the first who visited this beautiful area of Wisconsin and built it into the popular resort town that it now is. Not far from the bustle of Milwaukee, the city of Racine offers beautiful beaches, boutique shops on Main Street, a considerable selection of restaurants and a city zoo...all within a small town ambiance. JEWEL OF THE GREAT LAKES Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the city of Milwaukee offers all of the advantages of a big city while also retaining a small town charm. Dubbed as the city that knows how to have a good time, not only will you find a diverse selection of ethnic cuisine (illustrating the city’s immigrant roots) a world-class symphony and a nationally acclaimed ballet company, but also unique attractions only found in Milwaukee. Take a tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum and celebrate the

people, products, culture and history which have made Harley-Davidson the icon it is today. Learn about Milwaukee’s brewing heritage by taking one of the numerous brewery tours throughout the city, including the Miller Brewery Tour and the Lakefront Brewery Tour. For those who enjoy shopping, Bayshore Town Center, located in the nearby community of Glendale, offers diverse shopping in a beautiful outdoor setting. Including table games, slots, bingo, poker, off-track betting, restaurants and a 500-seat theater, Potowatomi Bingo Casino, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, is a paradise for those interested in gambling at a top-notch facility. For further information on touring Wisconsin… Whatever the interests of the group, whatever the season, Wisconsin offers memorable experiences for everyone. Circle Wisconsin, the state’s premier group travel and tourism resource providing and promoting Wisconsin state travel itineraries, ideas, things to do, attractions, lodging information, destination marketing organizations and inbound receptive operators is available to assist travel planners. Bringing group travel to Wisconsin since 1985, the friendly, knowledgeable staff are experts in making a visit an unforgettable, exciting experience. To contact Circle Wisconsin, call toll-free 800-223-0652, or visit www.circlewisconsin.com. ▲


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ungry? How ‘bout a little Kaitoffel Pfannekuchen (pancakes made from shredded potatoes served with sausage and applesauce)? Or maybe you’re more in the mood for a Frankfurter und Bier, or perhaps Schwarzwaelder (Black Forest cherry cake). Think food, fun, and festivities! Think German Fest! Held annually on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this is the party fondly referred to as Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party. And it’s a really good time. While food and drink is an integral part of any good party, it’s only one of the many reasons German Fest has been exciting people from all 50 states, attracting busloads of repeat attendants. It’s sort of like the state fair, only not. It’s sort of like the Renaissance Festival, but no. And it’s sort of like a carnival, yet soooo not. It’s the best of all those, plus way more.

If creating a wonderfully memorable time for your group, at a very affordable price, and far less work for you than most trips, sounds appealing, then this is the trip you’ll want to plan for next year. This dynamic festival can be planned for a day trip, as part of a longer excursion, or done as an overnight. However you plan it, you will want to repeat it year after year as your group will have such a great time they will be talking about it whenever the subject turns to best-time-I-ever-had-with-a-group. Begin by getting yourself on the German Fest mailing list so you will have a hardcopy of the schedule for 2012 when it comes out early next year. Next, contact Linda in marketing who helps groups maximize their German Fest experience. She can arrange free parking for your bus, plus 2 complimentary tickets for groups of 25. She can also arrange for “Bus Bakery” …this year a huge almond macaroon cookie… very German. It’s a chewy gluten free cookie made with almond paste and slices of almonds. Mmmm. “To die for!” says Linda, who delivers the cookies onto your motorcoach at the end of your group’s stay. But let’s not leave yet! Linda is your contact for discount group tickets. “I try and get them here as cheaply as I can” she says. That’s just one of the many ways staff will work with you to insure your successful experience. In fact, groups are catered to in such a way that sometimes individuals will call and ask if there is a bus group they could connect with at the festival. Her most frequently asked question? “What time is the parade?” Note it’s always on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The parade winds through the whole grounds and includes a spectacular array of colorful expressions from each of the represented societies. The individual clubs carry a hand embroidered flag. “Just a beautiful experience” says John Schaefer, VP of Culture and Entertainment. True, we are talking about the largest German celebration in North America, honoring the cultures of German speaking communities around the world, but you don’t need to be German to join in the fun. In fact, all you really need to do is just show up. The festival occurs the last full weekend in July and attracts about 100,000 party goers of all ages. In its 31’st year now, German Fest just keeps getting better. We could go on and on about the food, fresh daily and nearly all is homemade, but that wouldn’t leave us room to rave about the entertainment! Consider just a few

possibilities, beginning with music. From great traditional music and antique instruments such as the zither or button box, to a national recording act like this year’s 10,000 Maniacs, there is something for everyone. You’ll find toe tapping fun at the Musikgarten stage within the Culture Tent. In a nod to 1960’s Hamburg, Germany’s Star Club, a battle-of-the-bands competition at the Rock Stage will reward winning bands with cash prizes and more. New this year is the Eat-a-thon. Participants have 5 minutes to eat everything provided. Thursday its brats and buns, Friday is sauerkraut, Saturday is the Dill Pickle eating contest (individually wrapped) and Sunday is German coffee cake. The champion receives a domestic round trip flight on Air Tran. Returning is the Dachshund Derby, aka, wiener dog racing. This event always delivers plenty of laughs. Another popular attraction is Karin Gottier, world renowned expert on German folk dance and traditional costumes. People crowd around the stage when Karin shares her extensive knowledge and displays costumes from all over Germany. “We’ve had so many compliments on this” said John Schaefer. You can trace your heritage at German Fest. The Sons & Daughters of the Veterans of the Civil War assist festgoers in researching family roots. An exhibition by the German Emigration Center, Bremerhaven features biographies from 1830-1974 emigrants. Some in your group may be interested in knowing German Fest offers edelweiss for sale. Take it home to grow in your own yard. Other cultural highlights include wood and stone carving demos, blacksmithing, ethnic clothing and folk dance. There’s traditional German apple wine, and even a beer competition. And don’t forget to stay for the fireworks! Church service Sunday morning tends towards the nondenominational with each year being led by a different sect. This year Milwaukee’s Archbishop Listecki will say Mass, accompanied by a 65 member chorus and 35-piece brass ensemble. The reward for attending is more than spiritual. All in attendance receive free admission to German Fest…yes even your entire motorcoach group. “We’re very tour operator friendly” says Schaefer. “Those are beautiful people for us to have.” Now that’s Gemutlichkeit! ▲

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The year is 1634. Jean Nicolet, French citizen and courer de bois (woodsman), heads west across the North American continent. Samuel de Champlain, founder of New France and Quebec City, has dispatched him to scout for a river rumored to lead all the way to the Pacific— and thus to lucrative trade routes with China. Nicolet crosses Lake Michigan and eventually disembarks at Red Banks. In this wild, remote region, the explorer encounters the Ho-Chunk, a people he believes to originate from China or one of its neighbor kingdoms. Success, he declares to himself. The route to the Pacific is close at hand. If only Nicolet had landed in present-day San Francisco and not presentday Green Bay. Wisconsin schoolchildren know very well who this Frenchman was. Nicolet was the first European to explore Wisconsin. His journey, though failing in its intended goal, survives today in books, gift shop souvenirs and commemorative plaques. Jean Nicolet and his Ho-Chunk guides have lived on to become part of the state’s historical and cultural heritage.


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If you’ve been in travel for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about cultural heritage tours. Maybe you’ve even organized one or thought about it. So what exactly is a cultural heritage tour? It’s travel for the purpose of experiencing places and activities that tap into the stories and peoples of the past and present. These tours include historic, cultural and natural attractions. In 2009, the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council conducted a study. They found that two-thirds of cultural heritage travelers visited an historic site, while half visited museums and galleries. Fifty-eight percent wanted their trip to be educational. Sixty-five percent sought out towns that had retained their old buildings and historic charm. What else do they like? Historical re-enactments, arts and crafts festivals, arts performances, state and national parks, museum shops and explorations of urban neighborhoods. They also cozy up to culinary experiences, but who doesn’t like good food! Okay, now that we’ve looked at what cultural heritage travelers want, let’s look at some of what the Midwest has to offer these adventurous spirits.

History

The first humans reached the North American continent tens of thousands of years ago. It is believed that these first Americans traveled a land bridge across the Bering Strait, between the eastern tip of Siberia in Russia and Alaska, during the Ice Age. When the Europeans discovered America, there were already millions of Native Americans settled coast and coast and every point in between. Minnesota’s recorded history begins with Jeffers Petroglyphs. There are over 2,000 carvings, including deer, elk, buffalo, turtles and people, at the site, which Native Americans have been coming to for thousands of years for worship and to carve their stories in rock. Jeffers, like many cultural heritage sites, also caters to adult group tours with tours of the carvings, a multi-media presentation, prairie walks and the atlatl range.

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Wisconsin may be known for beer, cranberries and cheese—and you can’t go wrong with one of these foodie tours—but it also boasts the Logan Museum, with special collections from native North and South America. The Historic Indian Agency House was built in 1832 for John Klinzie, the Indian Agent for the Ho-Chunk Nation, and is furnished with household items appropriate to the period. You can learn about Iroquois beadwork, Wampum beads and longhouses at the Oneida Nation Museum. In Missouri, Fort Osage, the second U.S. outpost built following the Louisiana Purchase, organizes events throughout the year. The Grand Festival Chez les Canses hosts a gathering of historical reenactors, portraying the Natives, French, English and Spanish in North America from 1690 to 1799. Ft. Snelling and Grand Portage in Minnesota offer costumed actors representing the state’s frontier and military history.

Culture

For the cultural heritage tourist, culture is about the people, traditions and arts that have grown up in a region over time. Kansas has a long-standing relationship with the cattle industry and with music. So it’s not surprising to find a number of options for jazz and BBQ tours of Kansas. Chicago has its very popular gospel brunch Sunday and blues tours to commemorate its musical heritage. But it also has the American Indian Center and the associated Trickster Gallery, with exhibits of contemporary (post-1960s) Native art. If you’re looking for more Native American culture, you’ll want to check out North and South Dakota. North Dakota has the Painted Canyon Visitor Center, Knife River Indian Villages, fossil sites and plenty of grassland. But it also has the United Tribes International Powwow held each September in Bismarck, one of the largest powwows in the country. When you think South Dakota, you probably think of the Black Hills, buffalo, Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves (it was filmed there), Deadwood and gold

mines. But don’t forget the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is the world’s largest sculpture-in-progress. You can visit this stunning work of art, as well as the nearby Sculptor’s Studio, Native American Cultural Center and the Indian Museum of North America.

Nature

A lot of the cultural heritage sites we’ve already noted come equipped with nature trails and guided tours. Crazy Horse Monument, for instance, has a trail that wends the base of the mountain and ends at Crazy Horse’s outstretched arm. Then again, one of the highlights of South Dakota is the Badlands National Park, former hunting ground for the Lakota and before them the Arikara. With its rocky spires and buttes and rich fossil beds, the Badlands provides a unique spectacle for the eye and a window into Lakota history. Pere Marquette State Park is a natural wonder that offers up programs relating to its Native American heritage. Its festival features crafters, artisans and live music in the Pere Marquette Lodge. You can follow the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, to Iowa’s Effigy Mounds, which preserves 200 Indian mounds in the natural setting. Here, groups can partake in ranger-led bird walks, living history moonlight hikes and archaeology demonstrations. The Upper Sioux Agency State Park is a Minnesota park that includes the site of the Yellow Medicine Agency, destroyed in the Dakota War of 1862, and acres of natural beauty.

Putting it all together

Motorcoaches are perfectly designed for cultural heritage tours. The motorcoach can take in any number of historic sites, cultural hotspots and nature spots that are remarkable in and of themselves, but when linked together in an itinerary tell a broader story of history, culture and people. What’s more, these sites understand the cultural heritage tourists, who want to be entertained while they’re being educated. For group tour operators, they offer the advantage of special programming and knowledgeable tour guides, and often pack history, culture and nature into a single site. Talk about having so much to see and so little time.


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calendar of events august • Lollaplooza August 5-7, Chicago 888-512-7469 • Wheaton Ale Fest August 6, Wheaton 630-665-4710 • Illinois State Fair August 12-21, Springfield 217-782-6661 • The 6th Annual Kite Festival August 13-14, Glencoe 847-853-5440 • Chicago Air and Water Show August 20-21, Chicago 312-744-3370 • 28th Annual Port Clinton Art Festival August 27-28, Highland Park 847-432-0800 • Parrothead Street Party August 27, Quincy 217-228-8696 september • Nauvoo Grape Festival September 2-4, Nauvoo 217-453-6648 • Frankfort Fall Festival September 3-5, Frankfort 815-469-3356 • Squawk and Oink Barbeque Festival September 5, Momence 815-935-7390 • Murphysboro Apple Festival September 14-18, Murphysboro 618-684-6421 • 9th Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days September 17-18, Lake Villa 847-356-6100 • 10th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival September 23-25, Springfield 217-236-6515 • Long Grove’s 19th Annual Apple Festival Sept 3-Oct 2, Long Grove 847-634-0888

Native Harvest Festival at Cahokia Mounds - Collinsville

Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville Illinois’ only United Nations World Heritage Site. This 2,200-acre site preserves the central section of the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds offers a World-Class Interpretive Center with museum exhibit galleries, an orientation show theater, a public programming auditorium, museum shop, a snack-food service, and a courtyard for educational programs. Outdoors you’ll find self-guided tours, guided tours, trails and the 100 ft high Monks Mound, the largest earthwork in North America. Be sure to visit the Cahokia Mounds Museum Gift shop, which carries a wonderful assortment of souvenirs, books, games and hand-crafted Native American-made items including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and jewelry. There really is so much to see and do, you'll want to stay all day! Therefore, please dress accordingly. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. (See location on map below)

more native america & cultural history tours in illinois… National Great Rivers Museum, Alton – This 12,000 square foot facility located on the banks of the Mississippi River is dedicated to telling the story of the river. The museum features more than 20 exhibits and displays, many of which are highly interactive and computer-animated.

interpreters who will share the experiences of daily life, work and celebration in a recreated 19th century midwestern town.

Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island – This is a wooded, steeply rolling 208-acre tract - bordering the Rock River. It offers visitors the opportunity to see the Watch

october • 26th Annual Scarecrow Festival October 7-9, St. Charles 630-377-6161 • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical Oct 19-Jan 1, Lincolnshire 847-634-0200

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago – One of the world’s Tower Lodge that houses the John Hauberg Indian Museum.

november • It’s a Wonderful Life Nov 10-Dec 24, St. Charles 630-584-6342 • Christkindlmarket Nov 23-Dec 24, Chicago 312-567-8571 • Avenue of Lights Nov 24-Jan 1, Quincy 217-222-7980 • Christmas at the Dana-Thomas House Nov 28-Dec 31, Springfield 217-782-6776

Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Elizabeth – Group Abraham Lincoln tours to the Apple River Fort are anything but ordinary. The Presidential Library town of Elizabeth was named for the heroines of the battle & Museum, Springfield

(Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

directory & map Illinois Bureau of Tourism www.enjoyillinois.com . . . . 800-2CONNECT

finest art collections dating back from 3000 B.C. through the 1990s including famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings as well as fine and decorative arts from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

named Elizabeth, and Abraham Lincoln camped outside the fort in June of 1832 with his militia unit. This Fort is the site of one of the battles fought during the Black Hawk War.

The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens, Galena – The Belvedere has been considered the finest mansion in Galena since it was built in 1857. This Italianate mansion is furnished with antiques, including the famous “Gone With the Wind” green velvet draperies. Come experience the majesty of the house and the beautiful gardens for yourself. Naper Settlement, Naperville – A group-friendly outdoor village of 30 historic structures nestled on a beautifully landscaped 12-acre site. Enter the buildings and meet costumed

The museum features Sauk and Meskwaki Native American Indian artifacts and displays depicting the four seasons and life of these tribes.

– A museum unlike any other-enabling visitors to experience the entire Lincoln story for themselves, under one roof-in a modern television control room on Election Night, 1860, the Blue Room of the White House; an Indiana log cabin; Ford’s Theatre, etc. Cahokia Mounds


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Western Historic Trails Center - Council Bluffs, IA

Western Historic Trails Center, Council Bluffs See over two hundred sculptures by artist Timothy Woodman, interpreting the Lewis & Clark, Mormon Pioneer, California and Oregon Trails. Hiking/biking trails wind through 400 acres of prairie along the Missouri River. Join them for “Jam and Bread,” a music jam session for musicians/listeners, Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm with free samples of homemade bread. Enjoy a cup of coffee and visit with a western historian the first Friday of each month at “Campfire, Coffee and Conversation.” History comes alive with reenactments, music/lectures and Native American food and dance during “White Catfish Camp Living History Weekend,” held the fourth weekend in July. “Holidays on the Trail,” the first weekend in December, offers free sleigh rides, refreshments, holiday shopping, and holiday movies/presenters in the theater. An expansive gift shop awaits you. The Center hosts new events throughout the year, so call ahead to see what’s happening. (See location on map, page 11)

more native america & cultural history tours in iowa… Amana Colonies, Amana – The Colonies have been a

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treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years; welcoming groups to an experience that is as unique as they are. The seven historic villages of the Amana Colonies were founded by German immigrants as a religious communal society in 1855 and have been collectively named a National Historic Landmark. One of Iowa's most famous travel attractions, the Amana Colonies preserve their crafts and culture while offering a variety of experiences. Groups love to shop so there is plenty of opportunity to purchase antiques, handwoven baskets, furniture and clocks, and locally made wine and beer. Indulge in hearty family style cooking, unwind in a full-service hotel, and take in a theater performance.

highway 34 was being built out of Glenwood in the 1930s, many earth lodges were uncovered throughout the Loess Hills. Upon their discovery, archaeologists were called in, delaying the construction of the highway for two years. Many of the items found during the excavation—dated nearly 1000 years old—are on display in the museum. About 70 of these lodges have been uncovered in the area. Many of them are located on the Glenwood Resource Center land and can be viewed during a visit to the museum. A replica lodge was built and contains several artifacts found in earth lodges. A film depicting the unearthing of the lodges, as well as the construction of the replica lodge, can be viewed by appointment.

Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin, Arnolds Park – This historic Tama County Historical Museum, Toledo – This museum landmark is the site of the 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre. From her cabin, 13-year-old Abbie Gardner witnessed the violent conflict between European-American settlers and American Indians —right in her front yard. The cabin has been restored to mimic its original 1856 appearance. A visitor’s center displaying artifacts is on site, as well as a monument honoring those killed and a one-acre park. Admission is free, while donations are greatly appreciated.

is located in a former jail, built in 1870 and used until 1970. It now houses a vast display of Native American and pioneer artifacts including tools, utensils, toys, musical instruments, furniture and clothing. Beadwork and paintings by the local Meskwaki tribe are also displayed and provide some interesting perspective on their life hundreds of years ago. Group tours available by prior arrangements and admission is free!

This three-day event (June 10th to June 12th, 2011) is held at the picturesque Indian Lake Park and features the drum stylings of the Night Eagle Singers. The event is open to all dancers, drums, and vendors. Free camping sites are available—stay for a few hours, or all weekend! The pow-wow committee will be offering free ice cream and strawberries as part of the Strawberry Festival held the same weekend.

are designated as a National Historic Landmark. Across the five-acre site are seven burial mounds constructed between 100 BC and 200 AD. Visitors may explore an educational center, artifacts and a diorama. These mounds are some of the best-preserved remnants of Native American culture in Iowa. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day—group tours available!

Toolesboro Indian Mounds, Wapello – The Hopewellian Second Annual Muddy River Pow-wow, Farmington – mounds are on the National Register of Historic Places and

august • 40th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival August 4-7, Davenport 888-249-5487 • Hardacre Film Festival August 5-6, Tipton 563-886-6350 • Hoover’s Hometown Days August 5-6, West Branch 319-643-5327 • Iowa State Fair August 11-21, Des Moines 800-545-FAIR • Meskwaki PowWow August 11-14, Tama 641-484-4678 • Amana Festival of the Arts August 13, Middle Amana 319-622-3678 september • Festival of Iowa Beers September 4, Amana 319-622-3672 • Celtic Festival and Highland Games September 17 Davenport 309-794-0449 • Des Moines Renaissance Faire September 3-5, 10-11, 17-18, Des Moines 515-262-4100 • Creston/Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days September 16-18, Creston 641-782-7021 • Honey Fest September 18, Cedar Rapids 319-362-0664 october • 10th Annual Pioneer Festival October 1, Corydon 641-872-2211 • Madison County Covered Bridge Festival, October 7-9, Winterset 515-462-1185 • U.S. Cellular World Food Festival October 7-9, Des Moines 877-773-8821 • Bentonsport Riverfest October 8-9, Bentonsport 319-592-3579 november • Iowa Wine Trail November 5-6, Marquette 563-873-2509 • Live Greeting Card Windows November 21, Algona 515-295-7201 • Weihnachtsfest November 25, Manning 712-655-3541 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)


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A Day to Explore Waterloo This sample itinerary is good anytime of the year! 10 – 11:30 am Arrive in Waterloo for a tour of the John Deere Tractor Assembly to see how these large green tractors are manufactured. Free tours are offered Monday – Friday. 11:30 – 1:30 pm Enjoy a truly delicious lunch at Galleria de Paco. This is a unique opportunity for your group to dine under this recreated magnificent “Sistine Chapel” ceiling, one of the world’s most fabulous works of art done by using 5,200 cans of Krylon spray paint. 1:30 – 4:00 pm A visit to the Grout Museum District and The Sullivan Brother’s Iowa Veterans Museum is a must stop while in Waterloo. The Five Sullivan Brothers of Waterloo all perished when the U.S.S. Juneau sank during a battle in World War II. The museum honors all veterans from Civil war to present day. For more information or to customize this itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or Lonnie Elmore at Travel Waterloo 800-728-8431 www.travelwaterloo.com/groups.

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Life of Yesteryear This sample itinerary is good anytime of the year! 10 – 11:00 am Immerse yourself in Council Bluffs’ rich and colorful history by visiting the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, built in 1885 for $30,000. This unique rotary jail has three floors of revolving pie shaped cells inside a cylinder shaped jail. It is one of only 18 ever built and the only three-story. Only three remain today. 11 – 1:00 pm Marvel at the 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 – 2:15 pm Remember the days of “Riding the Rails” with a stop at the RailsWest Railroad Museum. The restored 1899 Rock Island Depot originally was built for Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The depot now houses railroad artifacts and an operating HO

gauge model railroad, depicting a world where trains were still king. The last of the Rock Island passenger trains pulled out of the depot on May 30, 1970. 2:15 – 3:30 pm Step back in time where you’ll discover why, in December 1847, 200 pioneers built the Kanesville Tabernacle in just 2 ½ weeks. Learn more about the Mormon Pioneers as they traveled through Council Bluffs. 3:30 – 4:45 pm Continue your tour of the Mormon Pioneer Trail, as well as the other three trails that traversed through Council Bluffs; the California, Oregon and Lewis and Clark trails at the Western Historic Trails Center. 4:45 – 5:45 pm Finally you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Missouri River Valley at the Lewis and Clark Monument & Overlook. This monument was dedicated to the 1804 expedition of Lewis and Clark and their historic meeting with the Otoe and Missouria tribesman. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or Council Bluffs CVB, 800-228-6878 x130.

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GERMAN HAUSBARN? n the 17th and 18th centuries, Hausbarns were a common form of dwelling throughout several areas of Germany. This was especially true in Schleswig-Holstein, a state in the Northwest part of Germany. Many of the Manning area families are descendants of immigrants from that area.

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The Hausbarn is a unique structure that consists of living quarters for not only the family – including bedrooms, sitting, dining and cooking areas – but also areas for housing livestock, farm equipment and feed. The Hausbarn that sits at Manning’s Heritage Park was originally built in 1660. Due to many years of political conflict and boundary changes in Europe, it can boast it stood proudly in Austria, Prussia, Denmark and of course, Germany, before it was dismantled and sent to Manning, Iowa, to be preserved and re-assembled. If this historic Hausbarn could talk it would tell stories of being governed by Princes, Dictators, a British Occupation Force and finally, a Democracy. It has survived state wars, tribal boundary disputes and two world wars.

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. . . . 800-228-6878 Ext 130 7 North 6th Street – Council Bluffs, IA 51502 ccaniglia@councilbluffsiowa.com / www.councilbluffscvb.com We have an abundance of history, unique attractions, entertainment, and quality events and activities. Gaming, sporting events, museums, historical sites, nature, annual festivals, performing arts facilities, world-class dining, and comfortable lodging await your reservation.

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Waterloo . . 319-234-6357

Manning Hausbarn - Heritage Park . . . . . . 712-655-3131 12196 311th Street – Manning, Iowa 51455 www.germanhausbarn.com Take our guided tour of all three attractions; authentic Hausbarn, historic farmstead and church. We provide groups with an enjoyable experience that has been described time and time again as ‘just like a mini-tour of Germany”.

500 Jefferson Street – Waterloo, IA 50701 lonnie@travelwaterloo.com / www.travelwaterloo.com 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.

Waterloo Center for the Arts & Phelps Youth Pavilion Waterloo . . . . 319-234-6357 Western Historic Trails Center

It is evident from just one glance at the Hausbarn that it reflects a collective community pride and conveys Manning’s overall commitment to preserve a vivid understanding of our German Heritage. For more information please call 712-655-3131 or visit www.germanhausbarn.com.

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kansas cities abilene, bonner springs, chanute, council grove, dodge city, emporia, fort scott, hays, hutchinson, independence, junction city, kansas city, lawrence, leavenworth, liberal, lindsborg, manhattan, mcpherson, newton, pittsburg, russell, salina, topeka, washington, wichita

calendar of events august • Dodge City Days August 1-7, Dodge City 800-653-9378 • Civil War on the Western Frontier August 8-21, Lawrence 785-856-3040o • Tumbleweed Festival 150th Birthday Celebration August 26-28, Garden City 800-879-9803 • The Kansas Sesquicentennial All-Star Show and 70’s Dance Party August 27, Topeka 785-267-0498 • Victorian Ball-Old Cowtown Museum August 27, Wichita 316-219-1871 september • Little Balkans Days September 2-4, Pittsburg 800-879-1112 • Kansas Renaissance Sept 3-Oct 16 (Wknds), Bonner Springs 913-721-2110 • Caldwell 140th Anniversary Celebration and Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive September 3-5, Caldwell 620-845-6666 • Kansas State Fair September 9-18, Hutchinson 800-362-3247 • Freedom Festival September 17-18, Osawatomie 913-755-4384 october • OZtoberfest October 1-2, Wamego 866-458-8686 • Svensk Hyllningsfest October 7-8, Lindsborg 888-227-2227 • Kansas 150 Festival October 8, Wichita 316-265-2800 • Historic Cato Tours and Kansas Sesquicentennial October 21-22, Arcadia 620-232-6944 • Neewollah October 21-30 Independence 877-633-9655 • Annual Blues Masters of the Crossroads October 21-22, Salina 800-716-3553 november • Cattlemen’s Day November 5, Eureka 620-583-5838 • Trail of Tears Memorial Walk November 5, Wichita 316-350-3340 • Winter Winderland Nov 18-Dec 31, Topeka 785-232-0597 • 61st Annual Christmas City of the High Plains Nov 26-Jan 1, WaKeeney 877-962-7248 december • Lucia Festival December 10, Lindsborg 888-227-2227 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

Mid-American All-Indian Center, Wichita The Mid-America All-Indian Center is a multi purpose facility; it houses a museum, a Gallery of Nations for special events, and a gift shop. Exhibits of traditional artifacts and contemporary art depict the Native American cultures of the past and present. Serving as a cultural center and museum dedicated to educating people about and preserving the heritage of the American Indian. The museum hosts special exhibits by Native American artists throughout the year. Follow the walkway on the grounds leading to the iconic Keeper of the Plains, an impressive 44' statue that pays tribute to the Native Americans who made the this area home before the arrival of settlers. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, and embodies a “sacred hoop” and the 4 elements that make up life (earth, air, fire and water). Each of the five manufactured boulders in the river next to the plaza has a fire feature, and the grouping makes up the “Ring of Fire.” (See location on map, page 15)

more native america & cultural history tours in kansas… Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene – There is plenty of history here, just pick a place to begin. The museum depicts the military and civilian careers of Dwight D. Eisenhower with changing exhibits. The Visitor Center houses an extensive gift shop and auditorium showing a film about Ike. The campus features the Presidential Research Library, which holds 26 million pages in 3 million documents. Researchers come from around the world to study the 5 Star General and President. Eisenhower’s boyhood home, sits in its original location and is open for tours. The Place of Meditation where President and Mrs. Eisenhower are buried is also open to the public. Named as one of the original 8 Wonders of Kansas.

costumed interpreters, and special event weekends, helps your group experience the events that shaped the nation. The story of Fort Scott is the story of America growing up.

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, Pleasanton – In May 1858, proslavery men gunned down 11 free-state men in a ravine that is now an important landmark. The shootings shocked the nation and became a pivotal event in the Bleeding Kansas era. A few months later, abolitionist John Brown came to this site on a military trail to build a fort. Take your group for a drive through this now beautiful natural setting and learn more about freestaters and border ruffians and their stories. Experience the site through outdoor exhibits. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974.

Symphony in the Flint Hills, Flint Hills – Plan a unique adventure for your group that happens annually in the Flint Hills. Join them in this remarkable setting for a concert featuring the renowned Kansas City Symphony and an afternoon of presentations and prairie activities. After the concert, stay to gaze at the stars through telescopes, dance to traditional western music, or sit in the moonlight around a story circle…The Flint Hills are blessed with some of the most magnificent, natural landscapes of our continent.

Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott – This restored frontier military fort (1842-1853) highlights each of the site's 20 historic structures, furnished rooms, exhibits,

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph – Housing one of the finest collections of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century American art in the Midwest region. Through special exhibitions, educational programs, performance events and publications, the Albrecht-Kemper serves as a cultural arts center for Northwest Missouri. An important Mary Cassatt pastel, Mother Looking Down Embracing Both of Her Children, is a study for an oil of the same subject now hanging in the White House. Other highlights include urban realist paintings from the ‘Ashcan School’, Custer’s Last Stand by the influential regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, and exciting contemporary works by recent American masters.


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Discover Kansas If your groups are looking for new and exciting vacation adventures, then Kansas is the place you want to be! History buffs can explore the state’s legendary cowboy towns or visit Kansas’ countless museums. Outdoor lovers will be ecstatic to know Kansas is still home on the range to the American bison. And for nature lovers, Kansas is home to the largest remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in North America, providing a glimpse of what the continent looked like 200 years ago! Read on to discover all Kansas has to offer for your group tours of any type!

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Dodge City

Colby is truly the Oasis on the Plains, and they welcome you to explore their chosen 8 wonders of Thomas County: Beginning with Colby’s Prairie Museum of Art and History, featuring the Kuska Collection with over 28,000 artifacts from around the world and occupying 24 acres which includes the Cooper Barn (the largest barn in Kansas). Also listed among the highlights are: Thomas County Courthouse, Northwest Research and Experiment Center, Fike Park, Houston House (a classic 1906 Victorian Home), First Presbyterian Church, organized in 1886 and Colby City Hall, this art-deco sandcolored building was built in the 1920’s and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dodge City is a pure definition of the West…a gateway to history that began with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail by William Becknell in 1821 and became a great commercial route between Missouri and New Mexico until 1880. Dodge City’s attractions offer you and your group a wide variety of experiences! Relive the wild west as you stroll along the old Dodge City’s boardwalk. Tour Dodge City, Fort Dodge, and the Santa Fe Trail on the Dodge City Trolley. For a faster pace head to the world of auto racing at Dodge City Raceway Park, or kick back at the Boot Hill Casino and Resort, where you can dine on fine food at the Firesides Restaurant and try your luck at the tables & slot machines. We’ve got the right mix to entertain everyone in your group!

800-611-8835 /www.OasisOnThePlains.com

800-Old-West / www.VisitDodgeCity.org

Emporia

William Allen White House Historic Site

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zoos in Kansas! Botanically lush with beautiful floral displays spring through fall. Your step-on guide takes you around town telling the tales of our history, ghost stories, military and political tidbits, and more. Learn about one of Kansas’ most famous people with a guided tour of the state historic site; the William Allen White house (pictured on page 13). Follow it up with a tour of the restored Granada Theatre, Granada Theatre

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Backfire Barbeque

Speedway, Great Wolf Lodge, Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark, Legends OutletsKansas City, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabela’s. With unique, one-of-a-kind restaurants such as T-Rex and Backfire Barbeque, featuring the Orange County Choppers we have everything you need to make your next tour a success. A few minutes south you’ll discover Overland Park, Lenexa and Olathe in Kansas. Take a slightly longer trip north to experience the historic cities of Fort Leavenworth and Atchison. We hope you will enjoy the rich historic past and exciting present of Kansas City, and we look forward to welcoming you to our city! 800-264-1563 / www.VisitKansasCityKS.com

renovated to its original Spanish Revival Architectural style. Got chocolate? End your day at the Sweet Granada, a Chocolate Café. We offer free itinerary set-up, visitor packets, and a really good time! We’re right on your way and conveniently located on Interstate 35. 800-279-3730 / www.EmporiaKSChamber.org

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Merriam Merriam, Kansas! Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Merriam is only 10 minutes from downtown Kansas City! Combining hometown hospitality with big city amenities. Enjoy delicious and plentiful restaurants, shopping venues, beautiful parks, nature trails, attractions and events in Merriam. Tour Guitarlamp.com – the shop where the infamous Guitar Lamp is crafted. Sample an old fashioned soda at Georgetown Pharmacy Soda & Espresso Shop, and bring home some treats from Valomilk Candy Cup, a family business since 1903. Merriam is also home to K.C. Strings; the crafters of the finest string instruments played in symphonies around the world. Headed by master luthier Anton Krutz. Ask about Merriam’s group-friendly hotels, itineraries and incentives! 866-707-6534 /www.ExploreMerriam.com

The Legends – Kansas City Legends Outlets is a 1.2 million square-foot open-air shopping and entertainment center and includes over 100 stores and restaurants. Legends Outlets is a legendary choice for your group’s shopping, dining, entertainment and lodging needs. Some of the nation’s hottest retailers call The Legends home, including Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Ann Taylor Factory Store,

Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG Max Azria and many more. They also bring several first-ever restaurants to the region, including Dave & Buster’s and T-Rex -- a 20,000-square-foot destination restaurant where dinosaurs come to life amongst extravagant theatrical settings. While here, enjoy the free walking tour tributes to great Kansans. Legends uses its various amenities to celebrate these famous Kansans, there are more than 80 tributes in a variety of art forms, including statues, portraits and medallions. Pedestrian plazas and courtyards add to the ambiance featuring lush landscape and outdoor fireplaces. info@legendsshopping.com / www.LegendsShopping.com

Topeka Explore Topeka’s colorful past while experiencing the amenities of the present day, including 20 fascinating attractions, 16 art galleries, five performing arts facilities, established annual events, delectable dining and unique shopping you’ll definitely need to spend more than one day exploring the capital city of Kansas. Randall Travel Marketing, Inc identified the following four attractions as “Must-Sees”. - Brown v. Board National Historic Site & Museum - Kansas History Museum - Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade Park

- Kansas State Capitol Topeka’s galleries and facilities showcase some of the best local, regional and national talent. Topeka hosts several arts and cultural-themed events throughout the year, such as the Mulvane/Mountain Plains Art Fair, Fiesta Mexicana and the Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. 800-235-1030 / www.VisitTopeka.com

directory & map convention & visitors bureaus and chambers

Kansas City – Wyandotte County CVB

Colby CVB Colby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-611-8835

The Legends at Village West

Dodge City Dodge City . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-OLDWEST

Kansas City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-264-1563 Kansas City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 913-788-3700

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Emporia Chamber Emporia . . . . . . . . 800-279-3730

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minnesota cities albert lea, alexandria, austin, bemidji, bloomington, chanhassen, eagan, faribault, grand portage, harmony, minneapolis, morton, park rapids, plymouth, owatonna, roseville, saint paul, st. cloud, stillwater, willmar For a complete list of MN cities & events please visit www.itinerariesmidwest.com.

calendar of events august • Rhubarb Frenzy at Winehaven Winery August 4-7, Chisago City 651-257-1017 • Minnesota Fringe Festival August 4-14, Minneapolis 612-872-1212 • Ribfest August 4-7, Mankato 507-389-3000 • Buffalo Bill Days August 5-7, Lanesboro 507-467-3722 • Bayfront Blue Festival August 12-14, Duluth 800-4du-luth • Twin Cities Polish Festival August 13-14, Minneapolis 612-963-7755 • Steele County Free Fair August 16-21, Owatonna 507-451-5305 september • St. Croix Vineyard’s Grape Stomp September 10-11, Stillwater 651-351-1717 • Quadriga Starlight Tours September 15-16, Saint Paul 651-296-2881 • 39th Annual Traditional Pow-Wow Honoring the 38 Dakotah September 16-18, Mankato 507-387-3572 • Culturfest September 24, Owatonna 800-423-6466 • Oktoberfest September 30-October 1, October 7-8, New Ulm 877-359-2941 october • Fall Festival of the Arts October 8-9, Red Wing 800-498-3444 • Harvest Moon Festival October 20-21, Farmington 651-460-8050 • Big Island Rendezvous and Festival October 1-2, Albert Lea 800-658-2526 november • Home for the Holidays November 10-12, Austin 800-444-5713 • Triple Espresso November 16-Jan 8, Saint Paul 612-874-1100 • Northern Vineyard’s Winery Cheese & Chocolate Wknd November 19-20, Stillwater 651-430-1032 • Bentleyville Tour of Lights November 19-December 26, Duluth 800-4du-luth • Capital Civil War Tour November 26, Saint Paul 651-296-2881 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey Minnesota’s recorded history begins at Jeffers, where American Indians for thousands of years have traced life stories in rock carvings (petroglyphs). The Jeffers Petroglyphs site is marked by over 2,000 carved images of human figures, tools, and animals such as bison, salamanders, turtles, elk, and thunderbirds. Uncover the mysteries of these ancient glyphs. Why were they put there? What did they represent to those who left them? It is said that the majority of the carvings document historical events. Others were put there for spiritual reasons, as parables and prayers. The earliest glyphs at the site were carved some 9,000 years ago, while the most recent are as young as 150 years old, making Jeffers one of the oldest continuously used sacred sites on earth. A site guide provides tours, and the visitor center offers hands-on exhibits and a multimedia presentation. A sheltered picnic area is available for your group. (See location on map, page 35)

more native america & cultural history tours in minnesota… Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone – Pipestone is a prairie gem rich in culture and history. The Pipestone National Monument is a “must see.” For thousands of years Native American Plains and Woodland Indian tribes-Ojibwa, Dakota, Oto, Pawnee, Sac Fox, Lakota traveled great distance to the sacred pipestone quarries where stone used to fashion ceremonial pipes is found. Native Americans still quarry the red pipestone and visitors are encouraged to watch live demonstrations of pipes and crafts being carved. Freeborn County Museum, Library & Historical Village, Albert Lea – This historical museum is rich with unique, professionally designed exhibits defining the history of Freeborn County. The village has 18 buildings: Church, School, General Store, Log Cabins, Blacksmith Shop, Barbershop, Bank, Shoe Shop, Train Depot and more. A unique new display area contains the Eddie Cochran/Marion Ross exhibits; both were natives of Albert Lea. The story of Southern Minnesota settlement by Europeans is told in a variety of ways. See a few of the unusual pieces -- such as the square grand piano, jicara, knitting machine, mastodon tooth, and a log scriber.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, Onamia – Ojibwe culture is highlighted here with exhibits, activities & original artwork available for purchase. The museum’s spacious crafts room serves as a demonstration area for traditional cooking, birch-bark basketry and beadwork. The building’s arching window wall reflects the shoreline of Lake Mille Lacs. All fashioned in cedar, the exterior is highlighted with a copper dome and an inset tile band designed by Mille Lacs elder Batiste Sam. Adjacent to the museum, a restored trading post retains its 1930s appearance. Here

visitors find American Indian gifts from Mille Lacs artisans.

Fort Snelling, Saint Paul – Discover an 1820s military outpost once the focus of a small settlement but now at the center of the Twin Cities. Your group will enjoy a full living history program with costumed guides presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October. The histories of the people of Minnesota intersect at the fort, and guests can explore these diverse stories within its walls. The Fort’s costumed guides demonstrate historic crafts; perform period musket and cannon firings; portray Colonel and Mrs. Snelling, as well as soldiers and civilians; cook period foods; and share the stories of Minnesota’s history with guests of all ages.

Wabasha Street Caves – Down in History Tours, Saint Paul – As seen on the History Channel, Down In History Tours offers a unique alternative to the typical tour. Knowledgeable and talented guides who make history fascinating narrate their theme tours. Historically dressed character guides converse and interact with the group members. Enjoy our unusual, fun-filled blast from the past tours!

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Tofte – The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum welcomes tour groups, the culturally curious traveler and even the virtual visitor from across the globe. It was the second fish house built in this location; the first log fishhouse was completely destroyed by a fierce storm in 1905.If your group is on Lake Superior's North Shore, you don’t want to miss out on the experience of the unique maritime heritage engrained in the landscape and people who call this country home.


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TUTANKHAMUN: ShTOotP The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs n November of 1922, after years of searching for it, British archaeologist Howard Carter stepped into the 3,000-year-old tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The young Egyptian boy hired to bring water to the workers of the dig came across a stone step while digging a hole for a water jar. Excavation of the step gave way to a set of stairs leading into a tomb that was filled with “wonderful things” according to Carter and his team. His six years of work were over.

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For the first time in Minnesota, ancient Egyptian artifacts from King Tut’s tomb—as well as other Egyptian rulers—are on display for the public’s enjoyment at The Science Museum of Minnesota. Over 100 authentic antiquities offer insight into the 18th dynasty and its most famous ruler: King Tut. Your group will be fascinated by the most recent scientific discoveries of Tut’s mummy through CT scans and computer models, as well as the efforts being made by today’s top scientists to investigate the cause of his mysterious death. Discover what it was like to live like a pharaoh and explore the daily lives of those living under their rule. What did they wear? What religion did they practice? Answers to these questions and many more can be found at Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs on display through September 5th, 2011. Call today to reserve group tickets (15 or more) or visit www.smm.org/tut/groups.

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WABASHA Street Caves s you explore our country’s culture and hot history - Wabasha Street Caves (home STOP of the original Saint Paul Gangster Tour) offer a tour that will show your group the other side of our ancestor’s past escapades.

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Your Guide…a nefarious gangster hood or his moll. The famous crook’s tour! Explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with the 1930’s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. See the sights where the gangsters lived it up as

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they planned and executed some of the most notorious crimes ever perpetrated in the upper Midwest. Your guide takes you past the most infamous gangster hideouts and the famous nightclubs where many gangsters spent time socializing with the public. As seen on the History Channel, Down In History Tours are narrated by knowledgeable and talented guides who make history fascinating and thrilling while interacting with your group. Choose from a variety of tours, including Ghost & Graves Tour, Cave Tours, Mill City Mobs-Tour, Winter Lights Tour and many more! Some tours

are designed for groups of 25 or more. You can hear the complete history during the Historic Cave Tour of the Wabasha Street Caves done for the public Thursdays at 5pm and Saturday & Sundays at 11am year ‘round. Groups can be arranged most days so please call the office, 651-292-1220. See you underground.

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rom 6 a.m. to midnight, there’s always something different to see all 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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Northland Visions hen your group tour comes to downtown Minneapolis, MN you will not want to miss the opportunity to stop at Northland Visions. It is a destination to share with your group and friends specializing in Native American art from the Woodlands and Plains tribes surrounding Minnesota. Experience native foods like Wild Rice, wild berry jellies and syrups. Your group will love the sculptures, paintings, beadwork, jewelry, original native and traditional art. Gifts

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THE TRADITION CONTINUES‌ The 41st Annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival t is hard to escape the smell of tasty delicacies with more than 100 food booths throughout the village. Taking your group trip to The Minnesota Renaissance Festival would not be complete without the famous Turkey Leg. Rotisserie smoked Turkey Legs have become a staple to most patrons who visit the Festival. However, a Turkey Leg is not on the menu for everyone. The Festival also offers a variety of customary renaissance foods, for instance, scotch eggs, spinach pie, and bangers & mash.

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Each weekend takes on a feel of its own with special events, dance, song, and competition directly related to that weekend. For example, our Royal Ale Festival includes free beer tasting, home beer demonstrations, pub sing-alongs and the yearly Wench Press Competition.

The 41st annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival runs weekends and Labor Day. Groups are welcomed and the bus parking is the best! For more information, visit www.renaissancefest.com or call 952-445-7361.

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This sample itinerary is best spring through fall! 8 – 9:00 am Put on your walking shoes and hop on the coach for this ‘east of the wild west’ version of a “wild’ adventure. You’ll start out by touring the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center. The Visitor Center showcases several green building features such as a vegetative roof, rain garden and day lighting. 9 – 11:00 am Arrive at Bachman Floral & Garden Center. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at their phone center, which processes approximately 800 orders/day. It also includes the fresh floral design area, the greenhouse and the gift/home decor areas. Tour participants receive a free rose and a discount coupon for purchases made that day only. 11 – 12:30 pm Nothing says Minnesota like the Mississippi River – so the next stop is the Mississippi River Visitor Center and Mississippi River Gallery. Located inside the Science Museum of Minnesota, this center is staffed by rangers from the National Park Service who will share information about the 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. 12:30 – 3:00 pm As a part of this “wild” adventure you’ll visit

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the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo. This experience allows guests to visit an authentic neo-tropical rainforest. New in 2010 is Polar Bear Odyssey - a new polar bear habitat that places bears in a natural immersive environment. The conservatory is home to the beautiful sunken gardens and seasonal flower displays, making this a must-see anytime of the year. 3 – 3:30 pm 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. 3:30 – 5:00 pm It’s time to get on the mighty Mississippi River, so come aboard a Padelford Riverboat! See what captivated the likes of Mark Twain so many years ago. Spot bald eagles, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from Saint Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. “A raindrop falling at Lake Itasca (at the Mississippi headwaters) would arrive at the Gulf of Mexico in about 90 days.” -National Park Service

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For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact Eagan’s tour operator: Denise Olsen at 651-675-5542 or denise@eaganmn.com. Don’t forget - $250 Cash Rebate with 20 or more rooms booked in Eagan!

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5 – 10:00 pm Grab a bite at the R. Burger Bar, a casual, built-to-suit burger bar offering something for all burger tastes. After your meal, step into Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy for laughs, fun and entertainment while you sit back and enjoy a comedy show from some of the big names in the industry.

Guy’s Day at Mall of America® This sample itinerary can be customized anytime of the year! We get it- the typical guy cringes at the thought of spending a day at the nation’s largest shopping Mall, tagging along as his significant other shops til’ she drops. The fact is that Mall of America is much more than just a mall for women. We have created an itinerary to prove just that. We hope you enjoy this new take on a guy’s perfect day at MOA! 11 – 12:00 pm A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation Take full control of sophisticated flight simulators that are duplicates of those used to train military pilots. Fly both modern F/A-18 Hornet jets and classic WWII Fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair. 12 – 2:00 pm Lunch at Skydeck Sports Bar. Watch the game on the

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big screen, grab a beer, and challenge your friends or family to a game of bowling or pool. Here you will find plenty of arcade games and entertainment options to keep you busy all afternoon! 2 – 3:00 pm Play a round at Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, an 18-hole miniature golf course that features an original, whimsical design with an old-time north woods feel. 3 – 5:00 pm Catch a matinee movie at Theatres at Mall of America® which offers comfortable high-back roller seats, digital and 3D screens, real buttered popcorn, D-BOX Motion® seats, the STARBAR Lounge and a one-of-a-kind experience in the exclusive VIP Theatre (for those 21 and older).

For those men who do enjoy shopping, here are just a few of the many world-class stores Mall of America has to offer: Microsoft, Armani A/X (just opened), The Art of Shaving, and HUGO BOSS. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Mall of America, Romy Ecker at 952-883-8499, recker@mallofamerica.com.

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1968: AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR. An Unforgettable Exhibit. he year 1968 was a pivotal point in United States history. A nation at war was the catalyst for social turning points as we saw assertions of Black Power, feminist uprisings at the Miss America Pageant, and the assassinations of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison, Hair made its Broadway debut, and Oliver! won the Oscar for Best Picture. Richard Nixon succeeded Lyndon Johnson’s presidency claiming, “The long, dark night for America is about to end.” View this compelling multi-media exhibit October 14th, 2011 through February 20th, 2012.

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Currently on display at the museum is Underwear: A Brief History. As the name implies, this exhibit includes undergarments from the Victorian era to the 1970s. View business records, production methods, product samples, photos and advertisements from leading underwear companies such as Munsingwear Inc. The exhibit is not limited to just women’s undergarments either—a collection of men’s briefs (including information on the “kangaroo pouch”) is on display as well. This fascinating—and sometimes giggleinducing—exhibit will be at the Minnesota History Center through September 11th, 2011. Reserve your group tickets (15 people or more) at www.minnesotahistorycenter.org. ITINERARIES MIDWEST SUMMER 2011

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Stay in DULUTH! lanning a group tour of the North Shore? The following hotels invite you to stay with them. All are centrally located among shopping, dining, and North Shore attractions. Best of all, they offer group rates!

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Comfort Suites of Canal Park on Lake Superior • Group discounts available in spring, winter and late fall • Complimentary hot breakfast • Comp rooms for escorts with 15 rooms or more • Discounted drivers room • All suites come with microwave & fridge • Pool & whirlpool • Exercise room • 100% smoke-free property

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Hampton Inn of Canal Park on Lake Superior • Lakeside rooms and suites available • Complimentary hot breakfast • In-room microwave & fridge • Free high-speed internet • Free bus parking • Escort comps & driver discounts available spring and fall • Newly remodeled in Spring 2011 Canal Park Lodge, Canal Park’s newest lakeside hotel • Complimentary hot breakfast featuring Caribou Coffee • Pool & whirlpool • 24-hour exercise room • Free bus parking (plug-ins available) • Meeting room • 100% smoke-free property • Easy access to the Lake Walk Comfort Inn West, 2011 Platinum Hospitality Award Winner • Complimentary hot breakfast • Pool, whirlpool & sauna • Free WiFi • Group welcome receptions • Express check-ins • Luggage handling • Bus parking • Meeting room Check out www.StayinDuluth.com or call 1-888-766-7636 for flexible lodging options for large groups or for more information.

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Come to our Valley. Enjoy its warm embrace. The river flowing gently Through this quiet, peaceful place. Our Minnesota River Valley. Excerpt from poem “Come to our Valley” by Verne Enestvedt

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The Microtel Inn & Suites located in Mankato, Minnesota is a clean, comfortable hotel where you get more for your money. We look forward to welcoming you and your group today.

Something is always brewing in New Ulm. This city of charm and tradition is located in the Minnesota River Valley and is recognized for its strong German heritage, evident in its many festivals, monuments, architecture and traditions. Tour the 2nd oldest family-owned brewery in the country; August Schell’s Brewery. Go cuckoo-over cuckoo clocks or nutcrackers, glassware, music boxes and steins. Dine like the Deutsche, as many of New Ulm’s restaurants and festivals serve up traditional German cooking. It’s authentic Deutschland cuisine, minus the airfare.

The Springfield Microtel Inn & Suites on East Highway 14 welcomes you! Plan a visit to the Sod House on the Prairie; and Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Museum! Check out the Petroglyphs, over 2,000 ancient American Indian carvings. Enjoy fine dining in Springfield, MN.

Pub 500 A place for gathering! Located in the heart of Mankato’s Entertainment District, Pub 500 is the perfect spot to gather with a small group around the fireplace, a busload in our semi-private dining area or large group around our bar. Enjoy genuine hearty fare and liberating libations. With a wide selection of beer, wine, drinks, entrees, appetizers and sandwiches you’ll find something to please everyone in the bunch!

Turner Hall Head to the historic Rathskellar at Turner Hall where generations have enjoyed a good time and great food. Stop in for lunch and a cold beverage, and to admire the recently uncovered and restored murals of Germany, Switzerland and Italy.They offer legendary food, fabulous atmosphere, daily drink specials and outdoor seating overlooking beautiful Turner Park.

Veigel’s Kaiserhoff Veigel’s Kaiserhoff has been a favorite destination with old world charm since 1938. We have banquet rooms available for all of your needs. The Kaiserhoff menu offers a wide variety of choices. The Kaiserhoff Ribs have always been a favorite. We also offer German specialties, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, salads, a children’s menu, and a full bar. Open daily with a full menu available.

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Jeffers Petroglyphs – Comfrey The Minnesota Historical Society invites you to uncover this hidden story, told on islands of uncovered rock, amid the prairie grasses, where American Indians left carvings —petroglyphs— humans, deer, elk, buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds, atlatls and arrows. They tell a story that spans 5,000 years. The glyphs served many functions, including recording important events, depicting sacred ceremonies, and emphasizing the importance of animals and hunting. The basic tour option is about 2 hours in length. Extra time is needed for the gift shop or to eat lunch.

Wilder Pageant The Wilder Pageant is a family-oriented outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove. It is a live performance each night with all characters from the Walnut Grove area. Laura narrates the story, reflecting on her life in Walnut Grove in the 1870s. The hillside amphitheater has been developed for extensive lighting, sound, and special effects.


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Veigel's Kaiserhoff “Home of those Famous Barbecued Ribs” German & American Food Family Friendly Atmosphere 221 North Minnesota Street - New Ulm, MN

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Fairmont Welcomes You! This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year. Fairmont is located amid a series of five lakes. Whether your group is looking to satisfy their arts/entertainment and cultural needs or wanting to explore the outdoors, the “City of Lakes” offers something for everyone. 9 – 12:00 pm Welcome to Fairmont! Join the fun with an official “City of Lakes” tour beginning at Martin County Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum. Featuring a vast collection of Native American relics in addition to many artifacts from Martin County’s history. See a Wooton Desk, a 1923 American La France fire truck, a pioneer home display from the turn of the 20th century and many other artifacts. Continue on to the Martin County Courthouse which was initially a stockade providing safety to the local citizens against Indian uprisings. It was called Fort Fairmont. Especially noteworthy are the upper

level murals and artistic construction. It is considered one of the Top 10 most beautiful courthouses in Minnesota. 12 – 1:30 pm Enjoy a catered lunch at Red Rock Center for the Arts. Tour the restored 1898 red stone building that was once a church and now houses a location for many local artists to display their work. It was constructed of Sioux red quartzite and has 19 beautiful stained glass windows. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1:30 – 4:00 pm Spend the afternoon enjoying Heritage Acres, along Lake Avenue. This is an Agricultural Interpretive Center. Your group can stroll through yesterday on “Old Main Street” – where community events and festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Tours are conducted through yesteryear’s Pioneer Village 4 – 6:30 pm Check into one of Fairmont’s comfortable lodging facilities and freshen up for dinner. 6:30 pm An evening performance at the Fairmont Opera House will entertain your group this evening. This unique building that has enriched the architectural cultural and commercial life of the region for over 100 years. The Fairmont Opera House is proud to present season after successful season of live performances. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or Fairmont CVB 800-657-3280.

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Fall Colors and Local Flair This itinerary works best in the Fall. Historic Red Wing in the fall never disappoints groups.

day one 9:00 am Arrive at Red Wing’s historic depot, now the visitor’s center. The local guide from Roaming Red Wing will join you here. 9:15 – 10:45 am This remarkable tour takes you past an array of buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places and will include a stop on top of Sorin’s Bluff. This spectacular scenic overlook of the city and Mississippi River Valley ablaze with autumn’s colors will leave you with lasting memories. 10:45 – 11:45 am Watch pottery being made at the Red Wing Stoneware Company. Admire local potters creating beautiful stoneware in the tradition of Red Wing’s famous Union Stoneware Company. 11:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch at the Veranda Restaurant located on the

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first floor of the St. James Hotel. The delectable menu includes Sturdiwheat pancakes, a local favorite. Sturdiwheat is a locally owned and operated line of pancake, bread and cereal mixes. 1:30 – 3:30 pm In the old Pottery District sits the historic Pottery Place Mall. Once home to the Union Stoneware Company, today you can shop antique stores and specialty shops. Next door is the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom, a must for any visit to Red Wing. It is said the Salesroom has the largest selection of dinnerware, pottery and gifts in the upper Midwest! 3:30 – 5:00 pm Back to the St. James Hotel where you will check your group in. Relax or visit the St. James Shopping Court, all conveniently located on the first level of the hotel. 5 – 8:00 pm Falconer Vineyards opened their Vineyard Bistro in 2011, located on a covered deck which overlooks 6.5 acre vineyard. Your group will sip on Falconer Vineyards wine and enjoy the

serenity surroundings. Wood fire pizzas are currenty available in 8" personal size made on a wheat crust of their own recipe.

day two 8:15 – 9:00 am For breakfast, enjoy Morning coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the Historic Lobby. 9 – 1:00 pm Plenty of shopping without ever leaving the St James! A variety of shopping options await just a few steps from your room. The St. James Courtyard showcases one-of-a-kind clothing stores, fine gifts, even salon and spa services. You group could leave the hotel, but why would you want to? Before heading home, take time to explore downtown Red Wing’s unique shopping opportunities. For more information or to customize this itinerary please call your tour operator or contact the St. James Hotel, 800-252-1875.

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he Hormel Institute – Austin, MN – A Unique Tour. The Hormel Institute’s vision is specific: Improve the health of the world.

AUGUST 9–14: 127th Annual Mower County Fair. Affordable fun for everyone! Fair week is filled with youth & open livestock shows, free stage entertainment, grandstand shows, arts, crafts, & horticulture, carnival rides, and of course your favorite fair foods! Come see America’s original Children's Farmyard. Visit the website www.mowercountyfair.com or call 507-433-1868 for details.

NOVEMBER 10-12: The Hormel Historic Home’s 24th Annual Christmas Open House at 208 4th Avenue, NW. Visit www.hormelhistorichome.org for details or call 507-433-4243. Open House hours are 11 am-3pm daily. During the Open House, you can view each room of the Home as decorated by area merchants just in time for the Christmas holidays. Luscious cranberry cake will be served. Groups are welcome!

The Hormel Institute was established in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel and is a hot research unit of the University of STOP Minnesota and collaborative research partner with Mayo Clinic. The Hormel Institute conducts research and provides education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. Its current focus is on cancer prevention and control. Previous milestone discoveries include the naming/research of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, as well as the anti-cancer benefits of compounds found in ginger and green tea in addition to other globally recognized cancer preventive research findings. Tours of The Hormel Institute are pre-arranged through the Austin CVB, 800-444-5713.

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DECEMBER 3: Austin’s 2nd Annual Merry TubaChristmas! This free community Christmas concert will be held at the Oak Park Mall at 1 pm in Center Court. Players of the tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium are encouraged to join the fun! TubaChristmas, held around the world for 37 years, was founded by the Harvey G. Phillips Foundation. Call the Austin CVB at 507-437-4563 for details or www.tubachristmas.com.

Big Island RENDEZVOUS ring your coaches to Albert Lea for the Big Island Rendezvous - October 1st and 2nd, 2011 to see history come alive.

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American Tipi tours, the Scottish Clann Tartan, New Ulm Battery, and many Early American crafts such as woodworking, blacksmiths, and candle making just to name a few. All types of colonial period trades and products are sold and various skills of the artists are demonstrated each day. The festival hosts different performance areas with music and dance continuously throughout both days. The musicians move

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around to give a more intimate performance to smaller audiences under the trees or in the Bear Claw Tavern. Celtic, Bluegrass, Gaelic, old-time country, gospel and Cajun music are some of the type of performances presented.

Dances with Wolves with Larry Belitz, eastern frontier artwork by Robert Griffing will be on display, period fishing exhibit and demonstration by Historic Angling Enterprises; and Jim Hanson, owner/curator of Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.

Over 300 tents and campfires create 12 acres of “atmosphere” in which to shop and listen to the entertainment. Various community groups and individuals offer a huge selection of specialty foods. You will find food here that you would not find at home, such as the most popular kettle korn and buffalo, fry bread, homemade root beer, pork chop on a stick, Indian tacos, and funnel cakes for a sweet treat, and so much more!

Motorcoach operators get discounts on admissions plus free admission to drivers and escorts. Guides are available with advance notice. There is a special drop off and pick up zone in the heart of the Rendezvous. Albert Lea has many more attractions that can be arranged to go along nicely with your group’s trip to the Rendezvous!

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Old-Fashioned Fall Visit Owatonna for some old-fashioned fun on this 2-day itinerary - October 14 & 15, 2011. 7 – 9:00 pm Enjoy a Concert at the beautiful Owatonna Arts Center with the fun and friendly band Hot & Bothered!

day one – friday, oct 14 10 – NOON Shop ‘til you drop at the Preferred Outlets at Medford! Over 32 stores with discounted outlet pricing! Tour operators and tour attendees can stop in the Mall Office for coupon books and additional goodies! Noon – 1:00 pm Grab lunch at the Northwoods Cache in Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitters store! Take a little time to shop for all your hunting, fishing, outdoor gear or home décor! Take a guided tour through the store to see the animal dioramas, fresh water aquarium, and fudge shoppe! 1 – 3:00 pm Tour the State School Orphanage Museum and learn the story of Minnesota’s orphans. Between 1886-1945, 10,635 orphans passed through the only State School Orphanage in the country. Take a guided tour, watch videos and hear stories as told by those who lived at the orphanage. 3 – 4:00 pm Take some time to wander the grounds of the State School Orphange Museum to see the newly restored boys Cottage 11, Audio Stations, Root Cellar, and

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Children’s Cemetery. You can see and feel the history and story of the Orphange throughout the grounds of this wonderful campus! 4 – 5:00 pm Freshen up at your hotel and get ready to hit a night on the town in Owatonna! 5 – 7:00 pm Enjoy a tasty supper at Owatonna’s Family Restaurant or a specialty martini with appetizers and a meal at Torey’s restaurant. Or choose from any number of Owatonna dining options for your favorite meal!

9 – 11:00 am Make your way to Owatonna in time to shop the Farmers’ Market in Central Park. Vendors line the ‘town square’ displaying beautiful hand-made items, homemade foods & fresh produce. 11 – NOON Cross the street and discover historic downtown in the National Farmer’s Bank, designed by worldrenowned architect Louis Sullivan. The bank building is famous for its Prairie School architecture. Take a closer look at the historic downtown, homes, churches and schools with a self-guided walking tour. Pick-up your guide book at the Bank. Noon – 1:00 pm Relax and enjoy the historic buildings, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants downtown. For treats of the chocolate sort stop by Costa’s Café & Chocolate Shop featuring delicious handmade/hand-dipped candies. Discover a variety of perfect lunch spots to choose from downtown. 1 – 3:00 pm Stop by and get your pumpkins and gourds at the Oak View Nursery Pumpkin Patch in Owatonna! With over 25 activities and attractions you are sure to have a great old-fashioned fall afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch! 3 – 4:00 pm Stop by the former home of Daniel C. Gainey – founder of the Jostens Ring Company in Owatonna. This French-Normandy home and former Arabian horse farm has beautiful grounds and offers pre-arranged tours. Or see the Winton Guesthouse located on the University of St. Thomas Gainey Conference Center grounds. The Winton Guesthouse was designed by Minnesota architect Frank Gehry, as a playhouse for his grandchildren and was recently moved to this property in 2010! 4 – 10:00 pm Come on down for a Hoedown at the NEW Steele County History Center! Admission is only $15 and includes your country style chicken dinner and musical entertainment by the Dick Kimmel Band for the evening along with other great barn-dance/hoedown activities! Check-out the Steele County Historical Society website for more information on this fun-filled event, www.steelecohistoricalsociety.org For more itineraries and activities in Owatonna, contact the Tourism Department 800-423-6466 or go to www.visitowatonna.org

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Holiday Inn MPLS NW Elk River . . 763-656-4400

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .952-854-0300

9200 Quaday Avenue NE – Otsego, MN 55330 jbluhm@hielkriver.com / www.hielkriver.com 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!

Comfort Inn Airport

Homewood Suites By Hilton

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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Shakopee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-291-0622

Cambria Suites

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .952-854-3400

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-0900

Country Inn & Suites at Mall of America

Hotel 340 Saint Paul

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-5555

Country Inn & Suites West Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-831-9595

Courtyard by Marriott MPLS/Bloomington Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-876-0100

Crowne Plaza Bloomington Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-831-8000

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-280-4120

Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-0700

La Quinta Inn Bloomington-MPLS Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-881-7311

La Quinta Inn & Suites Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-830-1300

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Alexandria Hampton Inn & Suites

. . . . . . . . . . 800-Hampton 2705 S Broadway – Alexandria, MN 56308 320-763-3360 AXNMN_Hampton_Suites@hilton.com www.alexandriasuitesmn.hamptoninn.com Opened 2008. Free Hot Breakfast, Indoor Pool and Whirlpool, Fitness Center, Business Center, Suite Shop, Free Wired/wireless internet, Microwave & Refrigerator in all rooms, meeting room on site 10-50 people.

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

Le Bourget Aero Suites Hotel

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-7441

119 LeSauk Drive – Sartell, MN 56377 sartell.mn@americinn.com www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/sartell 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.

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-1000

Mystic Lake Prior Lake

Canal Park Lodge

Extended Stay America

Park Plaza Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-831-3131

Days Inn Bloomington West Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-835-7400

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-893-9999

Microtel Inn & Suites Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-6600

Embassy Suites Bloomington Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-884-4811

Minneapolis Airport Marriott

Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-884-1400

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-858-8475

Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-763-3360

Hampton Inn & Suites Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-7600

Hampton Inn By Hilton Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-835-6643

Hilton Garden Inn MPLS/Bloomington Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-831-1012

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

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Quality Inn & Suites Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-5558

Radisson Hotel Bloomington By MOA Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-8700

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-328-1931

Residence Inn MPLS/Bloomington Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-876-0900

The Saint Paul Hotel

. . . . . . . . . . .651-292-9292 350 Market Street – Saint Paul, MN 55102 sales@saintpaulhotel.com / www.saintpaulhotel.com 254 professionally decorated guestrooms and suites. Each with minibar, safe, and high-speed internet access. Concierge, newspaper, laundry, valet, business center, and rooftop fitness center.

. . . . . . . . . . . .218-628-1464 3900 West Superior Street – Duluth, MN 55807 gm.mn017@choicehotels.com 2011 Platinum Hospitality Award winner. Complimentary Hot Breakfast. Indoor Pool, Whirlpool & Sauna. Weeknight guest hospitality hour with apps and a cash bar. Great location near all area attractions at an affordable price.

Comfort Suites Canal Park

. . . . .218-727-1378 408 Canal Park Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 gm.mn031@choicehotels.com www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mn031 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.

Hampton Inn

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-835-1900

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-426-7866 310 Canal Park Drive – Duluth, MN 55802 dulmn.hampton@hilton.com www.hampton.com/hi/duluth Relax in our sunroom and watch your ship come in! In Canal Park on Lake Superior and next to the lake walk, we are centrally located for shopping, dining and attractions. Newly remodeled in summer 2011.

Staybridge Suites

North Shore Resorts by Odyssey

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel-MPLS South Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-835-7800

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-2100

Sofitel Minneapolis Holiday Inn Bloomington Airport I-35W

Comfort Inn – West

Ramada Mall of America

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-893-9500

Hilton Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport

Duluth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-777-8560

Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-884-8211

Holiday Inn Express MPLS Airport/Mall Area Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-1687

Holiday Inn & Suites MPLS Airport Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-9000

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Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-831-7900

Duluth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218-728-8060

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Super 8 Motel Bloomington . . . . . . . . . 952-888-8800 Travelodge Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-854-3322

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Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-647-9628

Microtel Inn & Suites Mankato . . . . .507-388-2818

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

Microtel Inn & Suites

Springfield . . .507-723-8200

St. James Hotel

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-252-1875 406 Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 www.st-james-hotel.com Centrally located between the Twin Cities and Rochester and mere footsteps away from all scenic Red Wing has to offer, the St. James Hotel is the ideal headquarters for your tour group’s southeast Minnesota action.

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American Swedish Institute Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-870-3344

Minnesota Historical Society

. . . 651-259-3444 345 W Kellogg Blvd – Saint Paul, MN 55102 www.mnhs.org 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.

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

Northern Vineyards Winery

. . . . . 651-430-1032 223 Main Street N – Stillwater, MN 55082 www.northernvineayrds.com Northern Vineyards makes award-winning wines using grapes grown in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Relax on the deck overlooking the St. Croix River and the historic lift-bridge. Group tours are available by appt. Open daily for wine tasting and sales.

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.

215 Wabasha Street South – Saint Paul, MN 55107 www.wabashastreetcaves.com 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!

Wells Fargo History Museum

. . 612-667-4210 Sixth Street South and Marquette Avenue Skyway Level Minneapolis, MN 55402 wfmuseum.mn@wellsfargo.com www.wellsfargohistory.com Visit a fun, interactive museum on the skyway in downtown Minneapolis. See the glimmer of gold, send messages by telegraph, examine a historic stagecoach, and more! Guided tours available. Free and open to the public.

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Coborn’s Lake Itasca Tours Inc. 54725 Sunset St – Osage, MN 56570 . . . . 218-266-3660 Off Season phone: 218-573-2216 Naturalist narrated 2 hour tours to the Mississippi Headwaters aboard the 141 Pax “Chester Charles II”, on Lake Itasca. Unique opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife. Snacks & beverages for sale. New in 2011: A local shuttle service available upon request.

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

August Schell Brewing Company New Ulm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-354-5528

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

convention & visitors bureaus and chambers metro

Meet Minneapolis Minneapolis

. . . . . 888-676-6757

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

2100 N Snelling Avenue, Suite 59 877-980-3002 cdonovan@visitroseville.com www.visitroseville.com Roseville is perfectly positioned to everything the Twin Cities has to offer. Just 10 min. from Saint Paul & Minneapolis, our hotels offer lower hotel tax and free motorcoach parking. Complimentary planning service & FREE roses for group tours.

Science Museum of Minnesota . 651-221-9444 120 West Kellogg Blvd – Saint Paul, MN 55102 groupsales@smm.org www.smm.org At the Science Museum of Minnesota the science that shapes for our daily lives comes to life through hands-on exhibits and larger than life Omnitheater films and a world class collection of fossils and artifacts. More info at (651) 221-9444. ITINERARIES MIDWEST SUMMER 2011

1501 Central Parkway – Eagan MN 55121 denise@eaganmn.com www.eaganmn.com 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.

Stillwater & Oak Park Heights CVB . . . . . . . .651-351-1717 PO Box 2025 – Stillwater, MN 55082 www.discoverstillwater.com 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.

Twin Cities Tourism Attractions Association

. . . . . . . .952-858-8493 PO Box 11858 – Saint Paul, MN 55111 info@funminnesota.com www.funminnesota.com TWIN CITIES OF MINNESOTA ATTRACTIONS. So much to do for every season! We list the best entertainment and hotels. Our information guide helps you plan for your clients and group tours. Metro area CVBs are listed.

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

Austin CVB

Padelford Packet Boat Company

6428 Manning Avenue – Stillwater, MN 55082 www.scvwines.com Saint Croix Vineyards has built a reputation for producing fine Minnesota wines. Visit their rustic tasting room, stroll in the vineyards, tour the winery and enjoy one of their many events. Open mid April thru Dec. Groups welcome.

Eagan Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-675-5546

Wow!Zone Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-625-2695

Roseville Visitors Association . .651-633-3002

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

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Saint Paul Convention . . . . . . . . . . .651-265-4906 & Visitors Authority 800-627-6101 ext. 4906 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Suite 502 – Saint Paul, MN 55102 mhernandez@visitsaintpaul.com www.saintpaulgroups.com 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.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-437-4563 104 11th Ave NW Ste D – Austin, MN 55912 800-444-5713 visitor@austinmn.com www.austincvb.com 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 www.exploresouthernminnesota.com 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 www.visitfairmontmn.com 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!

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History Theatre Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-292-4323

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Greater Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4733 One Civic Center Plaza 507-385-6661 Mankato, MN 56001 / jrath@greatermankato.com www.visitgreatermankato.com Greater Mankato is great for groups! We can help you plan group tour itineraries that focus on Native American culture, the famous Betsy-Tacy book series, year-round outdoor soft adventure, Minnesota Vikings Football and much more.

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce

. . . . . . . .800-944-2670 100 Milwaukee Road, PO Box 348 – Lanesboro, MN 55949 www.lanesboro.com Partnering with Explore Mississippi Bluffs www.exploremississippibluffs.com Lanesboro, Minnesota is the premier arts and culture destination in the Midwest. Group Tours enjoy the theatre, arts center, winery, Molly the Trolley, and Amish Tours. Itinerary building, step on guides and customized programs.

New Ulm CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-233-4300 1 North Minnesota - PO box 862 – New Ulm, MN 56073 www.newulm.com 90 miles southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul we offer something for everyone, from one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants to important historical sites, and much more. Most importantly, it’s still a place where friends old and new are greeted with a warm welcome.

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce

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Minnesota Centennial Showboat Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-625-4001

Plymouth Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-553-1600 3313 Republic Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 55426 groupst@plymouthplayhouse.com www.plymouthplayhouse.com Celebrating 31 years of hits, Plymouth Playhouse is best known for producing comedies. This intimate 211-seat theater is located in the Best Western Kelly Inn on the lower level. Church Basement Ladies now playing to sold out audiences.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival . . . . . . . . . . . 800-966-8215 1244 S Canterbury Road, Suite 306 952-445-7361 Shakopee, MN 55379 info@renaissancefest.com www.renaissancefest.com Experience the 16th century with hundreds of costumed villagers and 12 stages of entertainment. More than 275 artisans sell and display handcrafted wares. Open Weekends August 20-October 2, 2011. Group discounts available.

. . . . . . . . .507-451-7970 320 Hoffman Dr – Owatonna, MN 55060 800-423-6466 www.owatonna.org 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.

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

Redwood Falls Area Chamber and Tourism

Minnesota Timberwolves

. . . . . . . . .507-637-2828 200 South Mill Street – Redwood Falls, MN 56283 www.redwoodfalls.org Redwood Falls is an area rich in history, heritage and scenic beauty, unique shopping opportunities, and an abundance of recreational and leisure activities. Come see for yourself!

1265 Snelling Avenue North – Saint Paul, MN 55108 www.mnstatefair.org 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.

Mall of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-883-8843 60 E Broadway – Bloomington, MN 55425 800-879-3555 mphilipp@mallofamerica.com www.mallofamerica.com Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the nation, featuring 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore. Enjoy no sales tax on clothing and shoes. Valuable coupon books, Meet and Greet Service and other group travel services available.

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.

tour operators metro

MetroConnections Minneapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-747-8687

Valley Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-439-6110 101 West Pine Street – Stillwater, MN 55082 www.valleytours.com Valley Tours offers custom designed group tours of Stillwater plus custom motorcoach itineraries. Tours include professional guides in Victorian dress, lodging, dining, riverboat cruises, Victorian homes, historic sites, attractions and more. Group planning since 1978.

Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612.337.DUNK

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

Tatanka Bluffs Corridor Redwood Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-2828

Willmar Lakes Area CVB . . .800-845-8747 Ext 79 2104 Highway 12 East – Willmar, MN 56201 www.willmarlakesarea.com 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.

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restaurants metro

Cherokee Tavern Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-457-2729

El Burrito Mercado Restaurant Saint Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-227-2192

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entertainment & theater metro

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. . . 952-934-1547 501 W 78th St – Chanhassen, MN 55317 800-355-6273 www.chanhassendt.com 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!” w w w. i t i n e r a r i e s m i d w e s t . c o m

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

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

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missouri cities branson, cape girardeau, charleston, columbia, crocker, eagleville, farmington, fort leonard wood, hannibal, hermann, kansas city, jefferson city, mansfield, rock port, springfield, st. louis, st. joseph, st. robert, west plains

calendar of events august • Vineyard Days August 6-7, Hermann 800-909-9463 • Missouri State Fair August 11-21, Sedalia 660-827-8150 • Glasgow 175th Birthday and Heritage Ways Festival August 12-14, Glasgow 660-338-2576 • Cowboy Up! Arts Festival August 13, Sikeston 63801 • Trails West Festival August 20-22, St. Joseph 800-216-7080 • Walking Tours of Fort Bellefontaine August 27-28, St. Louis 314-544-6224 • Festival of Nations August 27-28, St. Louis 314-773-9090 september • Mark Twain Festival at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site September 3, Florida 573-565-3440 • Big Muddy Blue Festival September 3-4, St. Louis 314-241-5875 • 35th Annual Japanese Festival September 3-5, St. Louis 314-577-9400 • Kansas City Irish Fest September 2-4, Kansas City 816-561-7556 • Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival September 10-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30; October 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-29, Branson 800-475-9370 • Taste of St. Louis September 23-25, St. Louis 314-534-2100 october • 30th Annual Deutsch Country Days October 15-16, Marthasville 636-433-5669 • Homestead Days Festival at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site October 15-16, Ash Grove 417-751-3266 • Apple Butter Festival October 29-30, Kimmswick 636-464-7407 november • Ozark Mountain Christmas Nov 1-Dec 31, Branson 800-800-2019 • Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas November 5-6, 10-13, 17-20, 23-27, Branson 800-475-9370 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

directory & map convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Missouri Division of Tourism Jefferson City . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-519-2100

Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City Located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol, this museum captures the essence of Missouri history. Their vast collection of exhibits displays the natural and cultural history of the Show-Me State. Guided tours are offered among the exhibits as well as the rest of the Capitol building. The highlight of the museum? A rare collection of over 125 Civil War battle flags, many of which belonged to or were captured by Missouri units on both sides of the war. The Missouri Governor’s Mansion welcomes group tours through November, providing guests with a unique experience. The building that housed the offices of the first Capitol stood on the very grounds where the mansion stands today. Construction of the original mansion was completed in 1871. It had three stories, 13 bedrooms, and no bathrooms or closets. Since then, it has been restored by various First Ladies who wanted to make the mansion “more livable.” Costumed volunteers called “docents” lead tours of the building, telling tales of its history. (See location on map below)

more native america & cultural history tours in missouri… St. Joseph Museum, St. Joseph – Dedicated to the right beneath the Gateway Arch? Here is where the concept of cultural and natural history of the area, this museum is well known for its extensive collection of Native American artifacts. Their collection includes objects from ten cultural regions of North America, such as clothing, accessories, pipes, weapons, pottery and jewelry. They are currently featuring exhibits devoted to the Lewis and Clark Expedition through northwest Missouri. The St. Joseph Museum is one of four in the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. system. Take a sneak peek at the other three museums before you leave. Discover the history of “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, explore the history of African American culture at the St. Joseph Black Archives, or tour the turn-of-the-century grandeur of the Wyeth Tootle Mansion. All are located in close proximity to one another and offer hours of enjoyment for any group.

Osage River Pow-wow, Eldon – Come and enjoy authentic Native American food, crafts and culture at the Miller County Fairgrounds, June 17th – 19th. The Young Bucks will provide guests with their energetic drumming, while all vendors, singers, dancers and drummers are welcome. The committee is looking forward to crowning a new princess this year at their legendary “Princess Contest.” Everyone is welcome!

Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis – What better place to put a museum of westward expansion than

Manifest Destiny was born. Discover what life was like for the American Indians of the 19th century as well as the pioneers of the Lewis and Clark days. Rare Indian Peace Medals are on display, as well as survival weapons and an actual tepee. Animatronic figures come to life as they tell the stories of the exhibits and National Park Rangers are available for walking group tours. Come relive the days of the Old West!

Will Rogers Indian Club 46th Annual Pow-wow, Marshfield – This two-day event begins June 10th at the Show Me Cowboy Church and Arena. Spectators and American Indians alike are welcome to come together for a living history weekend. The mission of the Will Rogers Indian Club is to preserve the arts, crafts and culture of the Native American, so come and support their traditions with singing, dancing, eating and shopping.

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Harrison View fossils left behind by the bizarre mammals of the Miocene Epoch some 20 million years ago. Walk the trails and explore the areas in which the digs were conducted, while observing the fossils that were left in place. A visitor center offers a life-size diorama of the ancient landscape as well as interactive exhibits. Also displayed is a vast collection of Native American artifacts known as the Cook Collection. “Captain” James Cook was a former professional hunter, Army scout, and guide. He owned the Agate Springs Ranch, which served as a haven for Indian visitors for 50 years. He welcomed and fed his guests and received presents in return. Over time his collection grew and is now on display for the public’s enjoyment, highlighting the friendship between Cook and the High Plains tribes. (See location on map below)

more native america & cultural history tours in nebraska Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron – The collections within this museum—located at the Bordeaux Trading Post— represent every type of object exchanged by Europeans and Americans and the native people of North America. One of the museum’s highlights is its extensive collection of firearms, made exclusively for sale to the Indians. It includes the earliest known trade gun, made in the Netherlands before the year 1650. Aside from the obvious types of trade items such as guns, blankets, axes, beads and kettles, unusual goods are displayed as well. Visitors are always amused by the playing cards, tobacco boxes, jewelry and quill smoothers not often seen at other museums.

Vibrant and Vanishing” includes a vivid collection of photos taken by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore. The exhibit introduces viewers to rare species of amphibians and their descent into extinction. Explore the evolution of hunting and fighting from territorial times to World War I at the “Weapons Throughout Time” exhibit. This impressive collection includes swords, knives, axes, arrows, clubs, spears, pistols, rifles, cannons, armor and shields over a span of 9,000 years. Prehistoric arrow points used by the Great Plains tribes can be viewed up close and provide insight into their technology, and their artistic styles. Other weapons on display come from the Amazon, Africa, the Middle East, Japan and Australia.

Dancers of the Plains Pow-wow, Kearney – This event is an exhibition of a pow wow celebration as well as a cultural learning experience. Everyone is invited to participate or simply watch as they welcome the Otoe-Missouria back to The Great Platte River Road Archway on June 17th and 18th. The pow-wow begins with a ceremonial tepee raising, followed by hands-on activities and demonstrations. As always there will be plenty of dancing, shopping, eating and celebrating!

University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln – This museum has plenty in store for visitors this summer. Exhibits display a variety of collections highlighting paleontology, zoology, botany, entomology, and anthropology. “Amphibians:

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august • Wilber Czech Festival August 5-7, Wilber 888-494-5237 • Kool-Aid Days August 12-14, Hastings 800-967-2189 • Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival August 12-13, Omaha 402-346-8003 • Greek Festival August 13-14, Bridgeport 308-262-0281 • Columbus Days August 18-21, Columbus 402-564-2769 • Nebraska State Fair Aug 26- Sept 5, Grand Island 308-382-1620 • Midlands Pirate Festival August 27-28, Bellevue 641-357-5177 september • 25th Annual Labor Day Extravaganza September 2-4, Lexington 308-324-5504 • 1891 Agricultural Fair September 3-5, Grand Island 308-385-5316 • Miles of Memories Country Music Fest September 8-10, Hastings 903-467-9545 • 12th Annual PolishFest September 11, Ashton 402-631-9660 • 43rd Annual AppleJack Festival Sept 16-18, Nebraska City 402-873-6654 • German Day-Oktoberfest September 16-17, Omaha 402-333-6615 • 20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow September 24, Omaha 402-457-2253 october • Siouxland Octoberfest October 1, South Sioux City 402-404-8439 • 7th Annual October Czechfest October 1, York 402-362-6413 • Great Plains Welsh Heritage Festival October 8-11. Wymore 402-421-8192 november • O’Connor House Christmas Tour Nov 5-6 & 12-13, Homer 402-987-3330 • Christmas at Union State Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov 25, Omaha 402-444-5071 • Fantasy of Trees Nov 25-Dec 31, Grand Island 308-385-5316 • Holiday Tour of Homes November 26, Henderson 402-723-5793 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

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calendar of events august • Medora Musical Aug 1-Sept 17, Medora 800-633-4444 • Wild West Shootout Aug 6, 20; Sept 3, Jamestown 701-320-2725 • Pyrotechnic Guild International Fireworks Convention August 6-12, West Fargo 701-282-2200 • FAME-Fun, Art, Music and Entertainment August 7, Dunseith 888-432-6733 • Fargo AirShow August 13-14, Fargo 701-293-8043 • Heritage Days Aug 20-21, East Grand Forks 701-740-2066 • Blues on the Red August 27, Grand Forks 701-772-8404

Fort Totten State Historic Site, Fort Totten Beginning in 1867 soldiers built a log structure that was enlarged and expanded to include dozens of buildings. The purpose of this fort was to protect the Totten Trail, an overland route that extended across Dakota Territory from southern Minnesota to the goldfields of western Montana, and later to control and protect the Totten Indian Reservation. In 1891 the post became the property of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and served as an Indian boarding school and health care facility. The old Company Barracks is now home to the Fort Totten Little Theater, where a local musical theatre group performs in the summer. Located on the southeastern edge of the town of Fort Totten, groups are welcome to come experience the past in the Pioneer Daughter’s Museum, Interpretive Center, changing State Exhibits, and a walking tour of 16 original 1870 buildings. It is open year-round as an outdoor museum. (See location on map, page 39)

september • United Tribes International Powwow September 8-11, Bismarck 701-255-3285 • Sodbuster Days Fall Harvest September 9-10, Fort Ransom 701-973-4331 • 2011 Downtowner’ Street Fair September 16-17, Bismarck 701-223-1958 • Apple Harvest at the Maple River Winery and Distillery September 25-27, Casselton 701-347-5900 • Norsk Høstfest September 27- Oct. 1, Minot 701-852-2368

more native america & cultural history tours in north dakota Bonanzaville, Fargo – Bonanzaville is the region’s largest historical attraction offering fun and educational opportunities. The Pioneer Prairie Village and Museum sit on 12 acres and have 43 buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts and millions of memories. This is a great group attraction and is operated by the Cass County Historical Society and is a great group attraction. Prepare to spend several hours browsing the hundreds of exhibits and artifacts from the days of the pioneers!

october • 27th Annual Uffda Day October 2, Rutland 701-724-3673 • The Big One Art and Craft Fair October 15-16, Fargo 701-837-6059 november • Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase November 5-6, 701-792-1200 • Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade November 22, Fargo 701-241-1570 • Dickens Village Festival Nov 25-27, Dec 2-3, Garrison 800-799-4242

Fort Seward Military Post, Jamestown – An active military fort from 1872-1877, Fort Seward now houses an interpretive center displaying artifacts excavated from the site's archaeological digs. A new computer kiosk takes you on an audio-visual virtual tour of the site. The grounds are also home to a Veterans’ Memorial and scenic views of the James River Valley. While in Jamestown take a step back in time at

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

the re-created prairie town of Frontier Village. 24 Buildings filled with antiques and artifacts that bring the world of the prairie pioneers to life.

Medora – Visitors to Historic Medora will be able to experience the history, heritage and culture of a community that has been a home to the iconic American cowboy and the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Despite a permanent population that hovers close to 100, Historic Medora is the home to seven museums: • Billings Museum • The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame • Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and Interpretive Center • Von Hoffman House • Harold Schafer Heritage Center • Theodore Roosevelt National Park Visitor Center • Transportation Museum Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn – This provides an overview of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, with special emphasis on the time spent at Fort Mandan during the winter of 1804-1805. The displays include Native American artifacts; a buffalo robe visitors will be able to try on, as well as a “cradle-board” much like the one Sakakawea may have used to carry her baby. An authentic wood canoe carved from the trunk of a large cottonwood tree demonstrates the winter preparations the Expedition made while at Fort Mandan.


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40 buildings and 400,000 artifacts, there is certainly something for everyone! For groups more than 25 people, Bonanzaville offers a special group rate. 4:00 pm Check into the AmericaInn of Moorhead after a busy day. There's no better place to stay and no better value than AmericInn®. Your group will notice the difference the moment they check into over-sized rooms.

10 – 11:00 am Start your adventure by soaring into the Fargo Air Museum, where you can enjoy a special display of WWII planes. This museum also features aviation history and memorabilia from North Dakota and the surrounding area. 11 – 12:00 pm Continue on to the 1927 Historic Fargo Theatre. Here you can enjoy a classic, silent or first-run film in this art-deco style theatre, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. 12 – 2:00 pm Pull in to see the Celebrity Walk of Fame at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau. The walk features over 100 celebrity signatures, hand and foot prints, permanently set in cement. See the footprints or handprints from George W. Bush to Barney, the purple dinosaur. Who’s shoes do you want to step into? Make sure to stop for lunch. 2 – 4:00 pm Bonanzaville is a wonderful way to experience Fargo and Red River Area history first hand. With

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day two 9 – 12:00 pm Start your days adventure at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, by reliving the journey of the Viking Ship “Hjemkomst” (Yem-komst), as it sailed from Minnesota to Norway. Learn about the voyage, including the storm 500 miles from New York that caused a crack in the hull nearly 14 feet long and almost led the crew to retreat back to North America. See how the crew lived during the 72-day voyage. While you’re there, walk through the Norwegian Stave Church, a replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church in Vik, Norway.

12 – 1:30 pm Next stop Lunch, Fargo-Moorhead is a virtual smorgasbord of dining choices! As you head east stop in Hawley, MN for that favorite Norwegian potato treat. Carl’s Lefse Place will tantalize your taste “spuds” with its homemade lefse. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or the Fargo Moorhead CVB, 800-235-7654 or visit www.fargomoorhead.org.

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Maple River Winery & Distillery

AmericInn Lodge & Suites & Event Center of Moorhead . . . 877-287-7100

Red River Zoo Fargo

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600 30th Avenue S – Moorhead, MN 56560 Two-story hotel & event center features a waterfall that cascades into a tropical indoor courtyard. Home to Courtney’s Comedy Club.

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calendar of events august • Sioux River Annual Folk Festival August 6-8, Canton 605-987-2582 • Redlin’s 8th Annual Summer Concert Celebration August 6-7, Watertown 605-882-3877 • Fur Trader Days and Antiques Tractor Pull August 12-14, Geddes 605-337-9632 • Scottie Stampede Rodeo Days and Scotland Kuchen Feier August 12-14, Scotland 605-583-4419 • Huron Prairie Fest August 13, Huron 605-352-5638 • Great Dakota Wine Fest August 27-28, Vermillion 605-624-4500 september • South Dakota State Fair September 1-5, Huron 800-529-0900 • Crazy Horse September Night Blast September 6, Crazy Horse 605-673-4681 • Ribs, Rods and Rock n’ Roll September 9-10, Vermillion 605-624-5571 • Watertown Arts Festival September 10-11, Watertown 605-868-3569 • Annual Homesteader Day September 11, Brandon 605-594-3824 • Spirit of the West Festival September 16-18, Sioux Falls 605-334-9202 • St. Joseph’s Indian School Powwow September 17, Chamberlin 800-584-9200 • Buffalo Roundup September 26, Custer 605-255-4515 october • 1880 Train Oktoberfest Express October 1, Hill City 605-574-2222 • Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair October 7-9, Sioux Falls 402-331-2889 • Black Hills Powwow October 7-9, Rapid City 605-341-0925 november • Aberdeen Winterfest November 19-20, Aberdeen 605-626-7081 • Trains at Christmas November 19-20, Sioux Falls 605-373-0222 • Heritage of the American West Performance Series November 17, Spearfish 605-642-9378 • Mitchell Parade of Lights November 21, Mitchell 605-995-8427 • WJ Ranch Cowboy Christmas November 26-27, Yankton 605-661-8356 • Festival of Lights Parade Rapid City November 26, Rapid City 605-348-1930 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)

Prairie Star Gallery, Sioux Falls Simple on the outside, spectacular on the inside! Stop in, and put the world on pause. Experience a time inconceivable by today’s standards: 125 years ago the telephone had just been invented; automobiles still were on the horizon; and, television and cell phones weren’t even science fiction. Hard to believe? Not for the artists of Prairie Star Gallery, who have filled the Gallery with centuries-old art forms displayed in a beautiful century-old building. The exceptional variety and originality of their art distinguishes Prairie Star Gallery from others. Nearly all art is from the U.S.; a small percentage is created by Canadian Iroquois. It is Indigenous handmade, authentic, and high quality. The artists they represent are predominately from Northern Plains tribes, such as Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwa (Chippewa, Anishinaabe), Blackfeet, Assiniboine, Three Affiliated Tribes of Ft. Berthold, and many others, including Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Potawatomie. Nearly every day, one or more artists will be in the gallery -- selling, sharing, and enjoying other artists’ work. Your group will agree it’s a one of a kind stop that is not to be missed! (See location on map, page 42)

more native america & cultural history tours in south dakota… Prairie Homestead, Philip – “It is a classic example of the frugal but satisfactory life of the men who built the West. It should interest every American.” - excerpt taken from the Typical Sod House Homesteader Plaque Built in 1909 and listed on the Register of National Historic Places. This sod dugout was built with a log front & rafters, thick sod walls, dirt floor and a dirt roof. This historical site offers your group a valuable history lesson while entertaining all ages and interests. You can walk back in time in and around this 160-acre homestead. Some original furnishings and machinery along with those typical of the times are on display. A self guided and/or cell phone walking tour of the sod home, root cellar, outhouse, chicken coop and barn can be experienced. Enjoy the livestock, prairie dogs, iris gardens and other sites and sounds of the prairie while you experience the lifestyle of your pioneer ancestors. Historic Deadwood, Deadwood – This old mining town is still as wild at heart as it was in the 1800s when the outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers ruled the streets. Today, the entire Black Hills’ town is a National Historic Landmark and an ideal place to release your inner outlaw. The history here is as rich and diverse as the miners, pioneers and fortune seekers that came here more than a century ago. Walk in the footsteps of legends—like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth

Bullock—as you discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways.

South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre – You’ll experience everything from early American Indian cultures to the arrival of white settlers, riverboats and railroads. Hear stories told by a pioneer woman, see a Lakota teepee up close and witness the workings of a replica gold mining operation. Of particular importance is the museum’s collection of 1,339 Native American objects. The collection, which focuses on the Sioux Indians, is noteworthy for both its quality and its documentation. Downtown and Beyond, Rapid City – Walk through the Presidential history of the United States with a tour of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Start with the birth, growth, expansion and preservation of our nation at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Travel south toward Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, take a detour around the wildlife loop in Custer State Park to see buffalo and the “begging burros.” Learn about our great leaders at the National Presidential Wax Museum, with a walking tour of the City of Presidents; Life-sized bronze statues of many of our nation’s presidents line the streets of downtown Rapid City providing a living history lesson and great photo opportunities.


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he history of Sioux Falls revolves around the cascades of the Big Sioux River. The lure of the falls has been a powerful influence. Tribes of the Lakota and Dakota and widely ranging nomadic bison hunters arrived sometime around the 18th century. Early maps indicate they used the falls as a place to rendezvous with French fur trappers, considered the first European visitors at the falls. The falls also drew the attention of early explorers. An August 1804 journal

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Key Points of Interest: Prairie Star Gallery – Feel the energy of local and national indigenous artists. Learn about customs, culture, traditions and life ways of authentic Plains Indian Art. prairiestargallery.com Center for Western Studies – The building features a Museum and Art Gallery with changing exhibits including local artists. It

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holds documents related to early contact with Plains Indians, the settlement period in the Dakotas. www.augie.edu/cws Blood Run National Historic Landmark – Designated in 1970, is like a natural island in a sea of residential and commercial development a few miles southeast of Sioux Falls straddling the Big Sioux River in Iowa and South Dakota. Occupants were primarily Oneota Indigenous Peoples, including Omaha, Ioway, Oto and Yankton Sioux Tribes. The site is a time capsule of Indigenous culture. No other Oneota site of such size and integrity is known to exist in the United States. www.parkswildlifefoundation.org/projects/ BloodRun.aspx

and cafe. Falls Park is also home to a FREE Sound and Light Show featuring information about the history of Sioux Falls and is shown at 9:30pm, weather-permitting, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Downtown Sioux Falls – Enjoy SculptureWalk, FREE trolley, museums, specialty boutiques to eateries. Check out our website for more itineraries at grouptours.siouxfallscvb.com or call Cathy at 800-333-2072 or email cbuchheim@siouxfalls.com.

Falls Park – Visit the Falls located near historic downtown. It features a visitor information center, gift shop and five-story viewing tower

directory & map accommodations Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, Event Center & Casino . . . . . . . . . 605-673-4681 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr . 877-907-GRAND(4726) Deadwood, SD 57732 / ssabo@deadwoodmountaingrand.com www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com The Black Hills’ premiere large-scale entertainment venue, housed in the completely refurbished 1906 Homestake Mining Company with a full restaurant, casino, entertainment complex and 98-room hotel, the Deadwood Mountain Grand is a great location for groups.

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. . . . . . . 800-487-3223 ext 8489 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N – Rapid City, SD 57701 www.visitrapidcity.com Centrally located to the wonders of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rapid City, provides unique historic attractions and one-of-a-kind views all for a low cost. For more information go to VisitRapidCity.com.

Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605-336-1620

Crazy Horse, SD memorial@crazyhorse.org / www.crazyhorsememorial.org World’s largest mountain carving in progress, minutes from Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16/385. Witness work on the mountain, museums, movies, sculptor’s log studio-home, nightly laser light show in season, restaurant and gift shop. Open year-round. 605-673-4681, www.crazyhorsememorial.org, memorial@crazyhorse.org.

200 N Phillips Ave Suite 102 . . . . . . . . . . 800-333-2072 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 / cbuchheim@siouxfalls.com www.grouptours.siouxfallscvb.com Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city is located at the junction of I-90 and I-29… abundant shopping, local flavor restaurants, vibrant downtown, accommodating hotels and historic Falls Park! Need Assistance?? Tour Itineraries, step-on-guides-we’ve got it!

I-90 Exit 14 – Spearfish, SD 57783 info@westernheritagecenter.com www.westernheritagecenter.com Featuring western art, artifacts and Native American exhibits chronicling the heritage of 5 plains states. Outdoor displays include antique farm equipment, log cabin, one room schoolhouse, live longhorn steers and buffalo. Open year round

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Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, Marquette An award-winning destination with something for everyone in the group. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, historical sites and culture. Located on the southern shores of Lake Superior, it is the UP’s largest city. Home of Northern Michigan University and points of interest include the historic downtown area, and Presque Isle Point Park, the iron ore docks and Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. This is the oldest significant structure in the city and more importantly, the lighthouse is one of the most historic navigation beacons on Lake Superior and critical to the development of the Great Lakes iron ore trade. Until the opening of the major Minnesota mines in the 1890s, Marquette was the premier shipping port for iron ore on the Great Lakes and this Marquette beacon was vital for the safe navigation of ships entering Marquette. Tours are offered through the lighthouse and grounds, led by museum guides, a requirement established by the Coast Guard. Your group will enjoy the treasure trove of museums, galleries, performing arts and antique shopping as well while visiting Marquette! (See location on map, page 44)

more native america & cultural history tours in michigan… Astor House Historical Museum, Copper Harbor – Shipwreck Theatre Big Top Music Show, Munising Located on the grounds of the Minnetonka Resort, see their fine display of antique dolls, toys, and local artifacts. A collection of mining materials relating to the early copper boom days and a nice mineral display. Deep-sea diver, nautical lanterns, wheels and shipwreck material add to the history of Lake Superior. Early tools, civil war material, bottle, insulator and grocery collections relate to the early businesses, plus much more.

(pronounced Myu•ni•sing) – Rain or shine, the Shipwreck Theatre

Big Top Music Show offers a unique group experience. Listen to nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Carl “Bearfoot” Behrend sing and tell stories about Great Lakes shipwrecks, sea captains and Native American legends. The Shipwreck Theatre runs throughout the summer and hosts guest singers during the season. Shows can also be performed by appointment for travel groups and bus tours - complete with catering.

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museum Complex, Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Ste Marie – Launched Eagle Harbor – The red brick Eagle Harbor Light Station sits on the rocky entrance to the harbor and is a working lighthouse guiding mariners across the northern edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Keweenaw History Museum contains many copper mining exhibits and memorabilia. The Commercial Fishing Museum and Maritime Museum offer views of fascinating shipwreck artifacts and marine exhibits. Its fog signal building was built in 1895 and warned of the rocks and reefs offshore when the light could not be seen. The former assistant keepers dwelling now houses a Commercial Fishing Museum, originally part of the Life Saving Station on the other side of the harbor and were moved to this location. During WWII, commercial fishermen on Lake Superior were exempt from the draft as they were essential for feeding the nation. Lake Superior fish are still a staple of the northern diet.

in 1917 by the American Shipbuilding Company of Lorain, OH, the ore carrier VALLEY CAMP now serves as a floating museum for Great Lakes Maritime History. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 550' ship logged over three million miles before being taken out of service in 1966. Today, she holds the largest Great Lakes Maritime Museum with over 100 fascinating exhibits inside her cavernous cargo holds. Conveniently equipped with an access ramp, visitors can view the engine room with its 1800 h.p. triple expansion steam engine and two coal-fired Scotch boilers, the crew’s quarters, and the Pilot House. The Valley Camp also contains an exhibit featuring two of the lifeboats from the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald plus comprehensive videos on her demise. In addition, the Museum also displays four 1,200-gallon aquariums stocked with various species of fish from the Great Lakes region.

august • Fab Friday August 5, St. Ignace 800-338-6660 • 20th Annual Humungus Fungus Fest August 5-7, Crystal Falls 906-265-3822 • Bayside Music Festival August 6, St. Ignace 800-338-6660 • Marquette County Fair August 11-14, Marquette 800-544-4321 • UP State Fair August 15-21, Escanaba 906-786-2192 • Wild Blueberry Festival August 19-21, Paradise 906-492-3219 • Gathering of Eagles Powwow August 19-21, Les Cheneaux 888-364-7526 • Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow August 27-28, St. Ignace 800-338-6660 september • Celtic Festival September 2-3, Hancock 906-395-6803 • Marquette Area Blues Fest September 3-4, Marquette 800-544-4321 • Multi-Cultural Festival September 17, Houghton 906-487-2920 • 3rd Annual Newberry Oktoberfest Sept 30-Oct 1, Newberry 906-293-5777 • Michigan Brewers Guild 3rd Annual Fall Beer Festival September 10, Marquette 906-228-9475 october • Leif Erikson Viking Days Fall Festival October 8, Norway 906-221-1955 • UPtoberfest October 8, Escanaba 906-420-0779 • Drummond Island Fall on the Island Festival October 7-9, Drummond Island 800-737-8666 november • Christmas Parade of Lights November 25, Sault St. Marie 906-635-6973 • Paradise Christmas Bazaar & Tree Lighting November 26, Paradise 906-492-3219 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)


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day one 2:00 pm Arrive in Marquette Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome reception in your honor and check into an area lodging facility. 5:00 pm Travel to Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette, Enjoy dinner from a limited menu at the Skyroom Restaurant on the top floor overlooking Lake Superior and the downtown area. Discover a place that time forgot... but you never will! Tour this beautiful landmark, including some of their nicest rooms, all restored to their original splendor.

day two 8 – 9:00 am Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and meet your step on guide from Marquette Country Tours in the hotel lobby. 9 – 11:30 am Spend the morning touring the historic city of Marquette on this sightseeing tour. The tour includes Marquette’s Historic Home and Harbor District, Presque Isle Park and over 7 miles of scenic Lake Superior shoreline. (Note: Visit the Lake Superior shoreline museum to learn of

Marquette’s rich maritime history). 11:30 – 1:00 pm Travel to Upfront and Company in downtown Marquette for lunch. Relax in this unique atmosphere and enjoy great American cuisine and quality service, within a pleasant, inviting, and unique atmosphere. 1 – 3:00 pm Travel to Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township for a tour of museum exhibits and outdoor interpretive paths. Michigan’s iron built the rails westward and the skyscrapers upward. Find out what it was like to work underground and follow the trail to the site of the Carp River Forge. 3 – 4:30 pm Do some shopping and sightseeing on your own for

remainder of afternoon in downtown Marquette. Meet at Docker’s Candy and Gifts for a sweet treat before heading back to hotel. 4:30 – 6:00 pm Get freshened up for dinner. 6:00 pm Meet your guide for dinner at the Casa Calabria Italian Restaurant in the Village. Pasta, pizza, steaks and more! A great dining experience in a festive Italian atmosphere. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or the people at Marquette Country 1-800-544-4321, www.marquettecountry.org.

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Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee This is the largest Native American festival in the United States. It brings together members of many American Indian tribes to share and preserve the centuries-old traditions of their respective tribes. In addition to its spectacular competition Pow Wow, Indian Summer is also known for its American Indian music, food, art and crafts. Your group can take in a torch-lit canoe procession, terrific fireworks, tribal village re-creations, cultural demonstrations, storytellers, lacrosse tournaments, American Indian traditional and contemporary entertainers, a sprawling Indian marketplace, and a fiddle and jig contest. In the heart of the Midwest, Wisconsin is a fitting location for this annual celebration of Native American culture, home of eleven tribes, and the largest number of tribes east of the Mississippi River. The reservations of these eleven sovereign nations occupy more than one-half million acres of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and unique landscapes. And nowhere will you find a better Pow Wow than at Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee. (See location on map, page 48)

more native america & cultural history tours in wisconsin… Stonefield, Cassville – Located on the Great River Road, Stonefield includes a re-created 1900s rural village where your group can explore more than 30 shops and services that were part of a typical Wisconsin village. Celebrating Wisconsin's rich agricultural heritage with the State Agricultural Museum and houses Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools, models, and machinery detailing the state’s agricultural past. Experience the sights and sounds of the railroad — the era's most important transportation. Stonefield celebrates the railroad's impact each year during Railroad Days, an event that takes place the third weekend in August. Discover the grand summer estate of Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey. Explore Stonefield today to see what made the state become “America’s Dairyland.”

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) – The Native American people are “Inviting People Back to Our Land”. Wisconsin is home to the largest number of Native American tribes east of the Mississippi River. The reservations of these eleven sovereign nations occupy more than one half million acres of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and unique landscapes: pristine lakes, rivers and streams, towering forests and ancient wild rice beds, each teaming with an abundance of wildlife. Bring your groups to discover their tribal art, traditions and culture are significant parts of both Indian and non-Indian communities in the State, making Wisconsin a remarkable place to explore the history of Native American people.

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison – Wisconsin’s Wade House, Greenbush (13 miles from Plymouth) – Back Historical Museum on Capital Square in Madison is full of in the 1860s, horse-drawn stagecoaches moved travelers between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. This was a slow and uncomfortable journey, but there was a haven for rest at the midway point. In the heart of wilderness was the Wade House, a place to get a hearty meal and spend the night. Now this state historic site caters to travelers in a different way. Your group can tour the stagecoach inn as well as the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses Wisconsin’s biggest wagon and carriage collection. Reconstruction of the Herrling sawmill, powered by water from the Mullet River, adds yet another dimension to the study of local history.

wonderful information for you to plan your tours to historic sites that connect you with the past by inviting you inside the very places where history happened. So chart a course to the past and begin exploring three centuries of Wisconsin history. • Old World Wisconsin • Wade House • Villa Louis • Circus World • Madeline Island Museum

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august • Wisconsin State Fair August 4-14, West Allis 800-884-3247 • Fiesta Mexicana August 12-14, Racine 262-308-3543 • Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival August 20, Kenosha 262-654-2412 september • Revolutionary War Encampment September 3-4, Saukville 262-377-9620 • Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration September 7-17, Bayfield 715-779-5619 • Indian Summer Festival September 9-11, Milwaukee 414-604-1000 • Great Lakes BrewFest September 16-17, Racine 262-636-9312 • Warren’s Cranberry Festival September 23-25, Warrens 608-378-4200 • Spirit of the St Croix Art Festival September 24-25, Hudson 715-386-8411 • Wade House 21st Annual Civil War Wknd September 24-25, Greenbush 920-526-3271 october • Cranberry Fest October 1-2, Eagle River 800-359-6315 • Bayfield’s 50th Annual Apple Festival October 7-9, Bayfield 800-447-4094 • Oktoberfest October 8-9, Lake Geneva 800-345-1020 • Mishicot Pumpkinfest October 15, Mishicot 920-755-4560 • Fall Foliage Cruises October 15-16, Prairie du Chien 877-647-7397 • Kohler Food & Wine Experience October 20-23, Kohler 800-344-2838 • A Fireside Christmas October 27-December 22, Fort Atkinson 920-563-9505 november • Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival November 4-5, Madison 608-358-7837 • Downtown Holiday Parade November 12, Racine 262-634-6002 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)


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A Trip to Wisconsin is Truly Eye-Opening Wisconsin tourism offers a wealth of things to see, do and experience with your group. Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually—both nationally and internationally—tourism is the state’s third-largest industry. Culture enthusiasts are beside themselves when they experience the infinite number of Native American attractions. Adventurers discover new challenges in the many forests and lakes. History buffs are awed and inspired by landmarks and museums, and those seeking unique food and wine will always be satisfied at the thousands of restaurants available. A trip to Wisconsin is truly eye-opening and caters to groups of every kind. Read on to discover more about this exciting and welcoming tourism opportunity for your group.

Plymouth Located in Sheboygan County, Plymouth is nestled in the gently rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Our quaint town is an ideal place for visitors to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through historic Plymouth’s downtown, visit the Plymouth Arts Center, tantalize your taste buds at one of our many restaurants and explore the many magnificent historic houses and buildings which have been converted to bed and breakfast inns. Meander through Plymouth’s many quaint shops. Plymouth is conveniently located one hour north of Milwaukee; one hour south of Green Bay; and two hours north of Chicago. Welcome to our paradise!

than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen it before. Excite and inspire your group with a custom-made experience, with a choice of 5 tour options and countless food service options provide your roadmap to adventure! Walk through exhibits that tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson. Peek into a portion of the Archives never before open to the public, home to over 450 motorcycles and thousands of artifacts. Stroll around the 20-acre Museum campus, enjoy

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the riverwalk or just sit back along the waterfront taking in the Milwaukee skyline. Check out the unique Museum-inspired gifts available at The Shop. Examine the industrial architecture both inside and outside the Museum’s three buildings. 877-HD-Museum / www.h-dmuseum.com

Real Racine Racine is conveniently located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, just 25 miles south of Milwaukee and 65 miles north of Chicago. Racine offers a diverse selection of interesting, cultural, historical and entertaining attractions for the group traveler including a wide range of fine restaurants and affordable accommodations. Points of Interest include: • Case-New Holland Tractor Assembly Plant Tour - see tractors being manufactured from beginning to end. • Danish Bakeries for World-Famous Kringle Authentic Danish pastry kringle • Wind Point Lighthouse - built in 1880, considered to be the oldest and tallest working lighthouse standing on Lake Michigan. • SC Johnson Administration Building & The Golden Rondelle Theater - the largest commercial project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. • Racine Art Museum - houses one of the most significant collections of contemporary crafts of any North American museum. • Roots of Freedom Underground Railroad History Tour - In-town walking and driving tours and an out of town driving tour. 262-884-6400 / www.GroupsLoveRacine.com

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where you can view historical photos, read stories, see videos and learn the language. For a day of entertainment, Potawatomi Bingo Casino has everything you would want: table games, slots, bingo, poker, off-track betting. Take a break from gambling and stop for dinner at one of their five restaurants. Fuel up between games or dine before a great show; linger over dessert or grab a bite while watching your favorite sports team. Entertainment can be found in every corner of Potawatomi Bingo Casino. From the stunning Northern Lights Theater, which welcomes an array of national acts, to musical performances at Bar 360 and comedy shows at The Fire Pit’s side bar, there’s always a great show to check out. 414-847-7910 / www.paysbig.com (See Ad on page 48)

Warren Cranberry Festival Warren’s Cranberry Festival is the world’s largest cranberry festival. There is something for everyone, including shopping, contests, a parade and much more. This year marks the Festival’s 39th year. Since the first Festival in 1973, attendance has grown from 3,500 to over 110,000 each year! People from all over come to enjoy the Festival - boasting over

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. . . . . . . .800-292-8026 3919 Crescent Avenue – Eau Clarie, WI 715-836-8180 sales@fannyhill.com www.fannyhill.com Situated high on a hill overlooking the picturesque Chippewa River is one of Wisconsin’s biggest treasures, the enchanting Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre. Celebrating over 32 years of hilarious live theatre, award winning gourmet dining and first class service. It has earned the distinction of being one of Wisconsin’s premier group tour destinations.

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Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay For centuries, the Aboriginal peoples from North America cultivated many relationships not only with the land, plants, and animals, but also through the ritual of trading. Annually in August Fort Williams Historical Park welcomes Aboriginal re-enactors to join Fort staff to re-create this exciting time in Canada’s (known as “Kanata” by aboriginals) history as it played out on the shores of the Great Lakes and the Kaministiquia (Gaa-mi-nis-tig-weyaa) River. Experience the Aboriginal culture through performance and fine arts, music, food, exposition, and history. Consider Fort William’s other unique options for your group, in addition to touring this historic site, you may wish to enhance your visit with private dinner parties, workshops, nature activities and many other one of a kind experiences. Spend the night for an exceptional adventure that engages your group in the past through active participation and costumed role-playing! (See location on map, page 50)

more native america & cultural history tours in central canada… New Iceland Heritage Museum, Giml Dedicated to preserving and presenting this fascinating chapter of Manitoba's history. Begin your group visit with a ten-minute film. The "New Iceland Saga" tells the story of one pioneer family through the eyes and experiences of four generations. Inside the museum you will find a painting that comes to life, a full size tent and a pioneer cabin, plus knowledgeable local guides will take you on a guided walking tour suited to the specific interests of your group. Le Musee de Saint-Boniface Museum, Winnipeg Saint-Boniface Museum highlights the French-speaking and Métis heritage of Manitoba. The permanent exhibits include the history of the Grey Nuns and how their convent was built. A collection of artifacts connected with Louis Riel is of national importance and can be seen in the exhibit “Louis Riel, Son of Red River and Father of Manitoba.” Other displays contain artifacts related to the Métis people and the Red River Colony. The period rooms illustrate traditional crafts and daily life among French-Canadian families at the start of the 20th century. Visit their gift shop offering a variety of souvenirs, gifts and heritage-themed items related to the fur trade and the French and Métis cultures.

Fort la Reine Museum, Pioneer Village and Tourist Bureau, Portage la Prairie Over 25 buildings displaying thousands of artifacts including native artifacts that pre-date the arrival of Europeans. See examples of the square cut log homes, early stick built houses, to the comparatively modern homes constructed after World War I, and to a Pioneer Village that served as their commercial centre, the Museum offers fine examples of them all.On the east side of the property, there is the Allis-Chalmers Museum, which is the largest indoor display of Allis-Chalmers equipment in the world.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Set for completion in 2012, Canada’s Museum for Human Rights is a bold new project whose mission statement is to explore the history of human rights from around the world with special interest in Canada. The Content Advisory Board for CMHR has been traveling around the country collecting stories and perspectives from locals and using their feedback to incorporate into the exhibits. An inspiring national landmark in the making since March of 2008, the museum will be a welcoming place for all ages, genders, abilities, cultures, orientation and beliefs while promoting respect, reflection and dialogue.

august • Folklorama July 31-August 13, Winnipeg, MB 800-655-0234 • Festa Italia August 5-6, Thunder Bay, MB 800-667-8386 • Blueberry Festival August 14, Sault St Marie, ON 705-759-5443 • Anishnawbe Keeshigun Aboriginal Festival August 19-21, Thunder Bay, ON 800-667-8386 • Subury Summerfest August 25-28, Sudbury, ON 705-688-7570 • Morden Corn and Apple Festival August 26-28, Morden, MB 204-823-2676 september • Dragon Boat Festival September 9-11, Winnipeg, MB 204-982-1830 • Riverfest 2011 Sept 10, Thunder Bay, MB 807-625-2230 • Bushplane Days September 17-18, Sault St. Marie, ON 877-287-4752 • War of 1812 Rendezvous and Fur Trade September 22-25, Sault St. Marie, ON 705-759-5443 • Bay Street Film Festival September 29-October 2, Thunder Bay, MB 800-667-8366 october • Algoma Fall Festival October 1-29, Sault St. Marie, ON 705-949-0822 • Migration Festival October 1-2, Oak Hammock Marsh, MB 204-467-3300 november • Manitoba Ahbee Festival: Bringing People Together November 2-6, Winnipeg, MB 866-449-0251 • Winnipeg Aborginal Film Festival Nov 17-26, Winnipeg, MB 204-943-1970 december • Canad Inn Winter Wonderland December 2-January 1, Winnipeg, MB 204-888-6990 (Contact area CVBs for complete calendars)


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day one Archaeologists believe the land at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers was a gathering place for indigenous people 6,000 years ago. Today The Forks, as it is known, is a bustling centre of dining, entertainment and shopping. The Forks Market is a food emporium with a mix of ethnic restaurants and made-in-Manitoba food items. The aroma of cinnamon buns leads you to Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, where your group can bake their own loaf of bread and enjoy the samples. Or taste local delicacies at The Current Restaurant at the Inn at The Forks. Develop your culinary skills under the expert guidance of the instructors at De Luca’s Cooking Studio as they demonstrate a variety of authentic Italian dishes. The Manitoba Japanese Cultural Centre offers tips on sushi rolling and the art of presentation. Local chocolatiers celebrate Winnipeg flavors in their creations – try Mordens’ of Winnipeg or Constance Popp. Both have a signature spin on what a Manitoba treat should taste like. Winnipeg’s ethnic food restaurants not only serve the best of their cultural cuisine, but feature international dishes influenced by Manitoba’s regional cuisine flavors.

Ukraniain perogies, Greek souvlaki and Indian curry are all available throughout the city. Corydon Avenue, also known as “Little Italy”, is noted for its popular patio restaurants, gelaterias and bars. Over the past decade, the area has changed from predominately Italian cuisine to include tastes from around the world. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the sights and sounds as you stroll the avenue.

day two For a glimpse into Winnipeg’s past, head to The Exchange District National Historic Site, a 30-block neighborhood comprised of stunning architecture, where a large portion of the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene can be found along with bustling restaurants and trendy boutiques. Osborne Village is a densely populated enclave boasting an eclectic and electric dining, shopping and nightlife scene. Your night-cap can include local Manitoba beer options; Fort Garry Lager, Half Pints or Crown Royal Whiskey – brewed from the waters of Lake Winnipeg! For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or Winnipeg Tour Connection 1-800665-0204, tara-lee@tourismwinnipeg.com.

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