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Chicago, Amana, & Western Wagons

August 15 - August 23


HIGHLIGHTS:   Indianapolis, Amish Acres, Chicago Tour & Cruise, The Magnificent Mile,  Milwaukee, Iowa Amana Colonies, Oregon Trail, & Lots More … 13 Meals





DEPOSIT REQUIRED:  $200 per person



AUG 15 … Depart and travel north through Georgia and into Tennessee for our overnight stay in Nashville. Welcome Dinner & show.  (D)      

AUG 16INDIANAPOLIS … This morning we continue our journey north through Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River, and traveling along fertile Indiana farmlands.   Our group travels on to Indianapolis for a tour of the famous “Brickyard”, the location of the Indianapolis 500 race. You will have a chance to ride on the track and see it from the driver’s perspective. Later we take in a Broadway type show at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.  Overnight in Indy.   (B,D)

AUG 17 … AMISH ACRES … Heading north we travel into the farmlands of Indiana. An interesting lunch stop is made at Amish Acres for a delicious luncheon of local favorites.  Next we visit the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend before arriving in the Chicago area for a 3 night stay.    (B,L)

AUG 18 … CHICAGO … A wonderful day in the “Windy City” is in store as a local guide points out the many interesting sights of this great city. We’ll see old Chicago – the steel mills, huge stockyards, and the railroad beginnings. Also included is the new Chicago with the nations second largest financial center.  We’ll pass famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building,  the Willis Tower (Sears), China Town, The Loop, and drive along famous Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, with its ritzy shops and department stores. You will have time for lunch at the Navy Pier before taking a cruise on the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan. Dinner is a special treat at Weber’s for some delicious delicacies.  (B,D)

AUG 19 … MILWAUKEE … A very entertaining day as we take the short drive into Wisconsin to sample some of the famous cheese produced in the “Dairy State”. We make our way to Milwaukee for a delicious luncheon at one of the city’s famous German restaurants, Mader’s. How about some grilled Bratwurst, or simmered Knockwurst, or even some baked Kasseler Rippchen. A local guide will narrate a city tour featuring many of the interesting sights of the city, before we return to Illinois. (B,L)

AUG 20AMANA COLONIES … Traveling across Illinois, we leave the big city for the more peaceful life. Iowa, a very rural state known for its grain and corn fields, was settled by Europeans, and one group that found a home here were the German immigrants that settled in Amana. They lived communally until the 1930’s and from a workshop making beverage coolers developed Amana Refrigeration. We will tour the Amana Colonies and have lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn. Continuing west,  we pass through the state capital of Des Moines, we arrive in Council Bluffs along the Missouri River. Our hotel is connected to a gaming casino, so you may want to try your luck at the end of a great day! (B,L)

AUG 21 … OREGON TRAIL … Traveling west on I-80, America’s first transcontinental interstate, we come to the Great Platte River Road Archway, an impressive structure that crosses over I-80.  The Archway, named as one of the Top Ten must see museums in America, will transport you back to an era when covered wagons, buffalo, hand-pulled carts, and trains first criss-crossed the prairie!  In Gothenburg, we stop at one of the old Pony Express Stations.  Overnight in Nebraska.  (B,D)

AUG 22LUNCH ON THE RANCH … Later we arrive in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A highlight today is lunch on the  Terry Bison Ranch and a ride on the Buffalo Train, where you will have a chance to actually feed these western animals. Later we arrive in Denver for a short tour before checking into our hotel. (B,L)

AUG 23 … This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back home after following the trail of the covered wagon pioneers. (B)


August 15
August 23