EXPERIENCE THE CANADIAN ROCKIES, LAKE LOUISE,
THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, DEVILS TOWER AND MORE!
JULY 8 - 24 $3450.00
($200 deposit & passport required)
Day 1: Today will be a travel day to view the great midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. We will overnight at the Best Western SteepleGate Inn, Davenport Iowa. Dinner is on your own at the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: We begin our day at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and place of burial of our 31st president. A family style lunch is included at the Ox Yoke before continuing across Iowa to the John Wayne Birthplace Home & Museum. Walk thru his birthplace home and view the largest exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence. We overnight at the Drury Inn in West Des Moines, Iowa. Dinner included at the hotel or on your own at surrounding restaurants.
Day 3: Continuing West, to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where we will have lunch, included, while overlooking the Sioux Falls River tumbling over a series of rock formations in Falls Park. After lunch we will take a walk thru the park and enjoy its natural beauty with a stop at the Stockyards Ag experience, a historical building built in 1901 showing the history of Sioux Falls stockyards and the farm to table story. A tour of the Peddigrew home, owned by Richard F. Pettigrew, South Dakota's first full-term U.S. Senator, purchased this 1889 Queen Anne home in 1911. A seasoned traveler, Pettigrew collected artifacts from all over the world, and many of these items are now on display. We will also tour The Old Courthouse, an 1890's Richardsonian Romanesque building, constructed of native pink quartzite and a National Historic Landmark that features an 1893 clock tower. See a restored circuit courtroom and law library along with 16 wall murals painted from 1915 to 1917. This evening is on your own to explore the sculpture walk, an exhibit of 56 outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls and range from abstract to whimsical. The collection is valued at over $1 million and includes works from artists across the globe. See The Arc of Dreams, a massive stainless-steel permanent sculpture seven stories high and nearly the length of a football field was installed over the Big Sioux River in the downtown area and near our hotel.
Day 4: We start our day at the “Corn Palace”, known around the world as a folk-art wonder on the prairie of South Dakota. The original Mitchell Corn Palace (known as "The Corn Belt Exposition") was built in 1892 to showcase the rich soil of South Dakota and encourage people to settle in the area. We will have box lunch (included) at the Dignity Statue Park, a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. The 50-foot high stainless-steel statue depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt. A drive thru the Badlands National Park to view its dramatic landscapes spanning across layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road winds past scenic lookouts and its rugged beauty. Dinner is on your own at Wall Drug before an overnight stay in Rapid City, SD.
Day 5: An early morning departure for the first National Monument proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt, Devils Tower. It stands 865 feet high and was formed over 60 million years ago. Lunch is included at the trading post. We will overnight at the Springhill Suites in Billings, MT with dinner on your own in area restaurants.
Day 6: Crossing Montana and its beautiful scenery, we will arrive in Missoula, MT to visit the Smoke Jumpers Visitors Center, the largest smoke jumper base in the country. We will take an in-depth look at the profession of smoke jumping and learn about jump gear, parachutes, cargo and aircraft. We will overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, MT, dinner on your own at surrounding restaurants.
Day 7: Depart early for Banff, Alberta, Canada and the Canadian Rockies region with a 2-night stay at the Rundlestone Lodge located in the heart of Banff. Dinner is on your own and time to explore this charming town.
Day 8: With a “to go” breakfast, we will have an early morning start to enjoy some amazing views and attractions! For the Ice Explorer Glacier Experience, we will travel on a massive Ice Explorer to a place where you can walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier. The Columbia Icefield Skywalk is a bird’s eye view of the Sunwapta Valley, featuring waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting ½ mile walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop, lunch included. We will visit Lake Louise, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau; a rare place that must be experienced to be believed. This evening, we will ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning birds-eye view of six mountain ranges, dinner is included on the Mountain Top, with spectacular views.
Day 9: This morning, see the mountains from a new perspective as we cruise Lake Minnewanka; a glacial lake located in the eastern area of Banff National Park. It is the 2nd longest lake in the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies. Take in breathtaking mountains and emerald-green water as you keep a watchful eye on forested slopes and rocky shorelines for wildlife and waterfalls. A box lunch is included while we travel to Calgary, for the Stampede. We have reserved seats for the afternoon rodeo, featuring the world’s best competitors and animals. Time to explore the midway before the evening performance of the Calgary Stampede, featuring nine heats of four chuckwagons each - excitement that’s measured on the Richter Scale. When the last wagon thunders over the finish line, the Grandstand Show dazzles audiences with elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks finale! Check into the Best Western Calgary hotel for the night.
Day 10: After breakfast we visit the Calgary Tower, built in 1968 to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday. Take in 360-degree views and test your courage by stepping onto the glass floor. A walking tour of the downtown historic district is led by a local guide before visiting the Heritage Park Historical Village to discover how “the West was once” at Canada’s largest living history museum. Explore exhibits including Gasoline Alley, a two-story museum containing thousands of automobile memorabilia items, most dating from before the Second World War. We will overnight in Medicine Hat, dinner on your own in surrounding restaurants.
Day 11: This morning we travel to Moose Jaw, the fourth largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada to tour the tunnels; fast food lunch is on your own. Walk beneath the streets and learn the history of bootlegging back in the 1920’s and how to they booze from the Al Capone organization, multiple flights of stairs involved. Sit back and relax as a local guide joins us for a history lesson “above ground” – viewing over 40 giant outdoor murals painted in the downtown area and MAC the giant moose, claiming to be the world's largest moose at over 32 feet tall and weighing approximately 10 tons. Dinner is included at the Canadian Brewhouse. We will spend the next 2 nights at the Hampton Inn in Regina, Canada, the capital of Saskatchewan.
Day 12: Today we will tour the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Heritage Center in Regina, where they have been training the best and brightest since 1885. Tour galleries to explore over a century of Royal Canadian Mounted Police history, from the formation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873, to the modern-day Mountie, visit the chapel, watch the Sergeant Major’s Parade and have lunch (included). This afternoon we will tour the legislative building, focusing on the architecture and history of the building as well as the outside gardens. A leisurely walk thru and boar ride in Wascana Park will round out our afternoon. Dinner is included at the Copper Kettle, return to the hotel.
Day 13: Continuing our journey, our next stop is the International Peace Garden, with a fast food lunch stop on your own en-route. We continue to Devils Lake, ND for dinner (included) at Pizza Ranch and an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn.
Day 14: We begin today with a visit to Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve, a National wildlife refuge sitting on the shores of Devils Lake. We will explore the visitors center and take a drive on the wildlife trail. Lunch is included in Devils Lake, ND, before heading south to the Ronald Reagan Missile Site near Coopersville, to learn about the Cold War. We will overnight in Fargo, ND at the Clubhouse Inn with dinner included at the hotel.
Day 15: Today we travel south of St. Paul, Minnesota to discover the beauty of the Mighty Mississippi River with a scenic picnic lunch cruise (included). The Drury Inn will be our home for the night, dinner is at the hotel or surrounding restaurants.
Day 16: Continuing south, we make a stop at Navy Pier in Chicago for dinner on your own. We overnight south of Chicago in Bridgeview, IL at the Hampton Inn.
Day 17: We return to the Buckeye State reminiscing of our wonderful memories and new friends, lunch and dinner on your own.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 16 nights lodging, 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage service (when available) and included meal tips. ($200 deposit per person required)