From the Missouri River in the west to the Mississippi River in the east, you’ll find so much excitement in this new discovery tour across northern Missouri, crafted in partnership with the experts at Missouri Life Magazine. Experience such scenic highlights as Thousand Hills State Park, historic river towns including Weston, St. Joseph, and of course Hannibal and the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Visit Jamesport, the largest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi; see stops commemorating native sons Walter Cronkite and Walt Disney; tour a productive vineyard, orchard, ranch for the Budweiser Clydesdales, stained glass factory, and much more.
- Highlights of Hannibal including Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum
- Warm farewell dinner hosted by Missouri Life Magazine editors who helped plan this one-of-kind in-depth discovery tour
- Visit hometown sites commemorating native sons Walter Kronkite and Walt Disney
- Enjoy visit with Amish farmers and tasty meals by Mennonite hosts
- Behind-the-scenes demonstrations of manufacturing Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, experimental airplane kits, high-quality quilts and delicate stained glass
- Tour Independence, hometown of President Harry S. Truman
- Meet warm local hosts including historic rail depot caretakers, a winemaker, fruit and nut growers, breeders of famed Clydesdale horses, and others.
- Discover the story of Winston Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" address at Westminster College
DAY 1–WELCOME TO THE “SHOW-ME STATE”
Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome reception here in the “Show-Me State”.
DAY 2–HARLEY TOUR/WESTON/STAINED GLASS/HISTORIC ST. JOSEPH
Today, get an inside look at the 358,000-square foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations Plant in Kansas City. Here you’ll observe these legendary bikes coming to life. Enjoy a slice of America’s heritage in Weston, exploring this peaceful river town full of unique shops and eateries at your own pace. After lunch, visit a stained glass art studio in historic St. Joseph, where Rick and Terri Rader show off their craft and even help you build your own design to take home as a souvenir. Next, local historian Kathy Reno presents city highlights including the starting point of the Pony Express, the house where outlaw Jesse James was killed, and a memorial to news legend Walter Cronkite. B
DAY 3–QUILTING/JAMESPORT AMISH/WALT DISNEY BOYHOOD TOWN
Learn how a mom and her sewing machine transformed the town of Hamilton, creating hundreds of local jobs at Missouri Star Quilts. A company guide shares insights, and we allow time for fabric and pattern shopping along Main Street. Then, in Jamesport, explore the largest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi. At the H&M Country Store, rub elbows with local Amish shopping for bulk goods, spices, produce, dairy, and other goods. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by local Mennonites. Next, visit Marceline, the town where young Walt Disney “found the magic”, to explore the Disney Farm with Kaye Marlins, whose family was friends with Walt when she was a girl. The day ends in Macon with a tasting with Missouri wine expert Tom Anderson, who manages the nearby Silver Rails Vineyard. B, L, D
DAY 4–DEPOT TOUR/STATE PARK/HANNIBAL FREE TIME
La Plata is located along the busy railroad line between Chicago and Los Angeles. Start today with an insider’s tour of its historic railroad depot with caretakers Bob and Amy Cox; they share tales of 50s-era celebrities who passed through on the famed Santa Fe “Super Chief” and explain where the freight seen today is headed. After lunch overlooking a lake, tour scenic Thousand Hills State Park, and perhaps take a short hike to see Native American petroglyphs. Later, enjoy free time in historic Hannibal. Browse the quaint shops or perhaps stroll down to the Mississippi River landing after dinner on your own. B, L
DAY 5–MARK TWAIN’S HANNIBAL/MISSISSIPPI CRUISE/STARK BROTHERS
Hannibal is known as the boyhood home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and as the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
After a guided tour of Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum, freely explore or enjoy one of our options.
Option—Mark Twain Cave Take an easy, level 45-minute walk through the oldest operating show cave in Missouri, giving tours continuously
since 1886. Mark Twain Cave, originally known as McDougal’s Cave, played an important role in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It also reportedly
served as a hideout for Jesse James. Price: $19
Option—The Life and Times of Mark Twain This one hour show features veteran actor Jim Waddell. Colorful tales from Twain’s speeches
and writings evoke 19th century life as America emerged from a rollicking frontier. Price: $19 (Min. of 12 persons required to participate.)
Later set sail on the Mighty Mississippi for an exclusive on-boat luncheon and 90-minute river cruise. In the afternoon, tour the 200 year old Stark Brothers
Nursery & Orchard, Co. The evening ends with a community cookout put on by locals in Mexico, MO. B, L, D
DAY 6–ZENITH AIRCRAFT/CHURCHILL/CLYDESDALES/MISSOURI LIFE
Start today touring Zenith Aircraft, a local designer, developer and manufacturer of experimental airplane kits, with CEO Sebastien Heintz. Then head to
Fulton to visit a 1600s church rebuilt at Westminster College to commemorate Sir Winston Churchill, who made his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in the
campus gym. Enjoy a beautiful mini-concert by the chapel’s pipe organist! After lunch, spend the afternoon on Warm Springs Ranch—300-plus acres
of lush, rolling hills and the breeding farm for the Budweiser Clydesdales. Learn how foals are selected for the famous team, and enjoy a free sample
of Budweiser. This evening wraps up with a visit to the offices of Missouri Life Magazine and a farewell dinner hosted by Publisher Greg Wood
and Editor-in-chief Danita Allen Wood. B, L, D
DAY 7–TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY/ FAREWELL
Tour the nostalgic Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, hometown and resting place of our 33rd President. Head home amazed by the sites and good people of the “Show Me State”. B
May 13-19 | Oct 7-13
Depart/Return: Kansas City, MO
Price Per Person: Double: $1,577; Single: $1,975
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night
DAY 5 Option - Mark Twain Cave
Take an easy, level 45-minute walk through the oldest operating show cave in Missouri, giving tours continuously since 1886. Mark Twain Cave, originally known as McDougal’s Cave, played an important role in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It also reportedly served as a hideout for the outlaw Jesse James. Price: $19
DAY 5 Option - The Life and Times of Mark Twain
This one-hour show features veteran actor Jim Waddell. Colorful tales from Twain’s speeches and writings evoke 19th century life as America emerged from a rollicking frontier. Price: $19 (Min. of 12 persons required to participate.)
Highs: Mid-to-Upper-70s/Lows: Mid-50s
Schedule your flight to arrive by 5 PM on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home any time after 3:30 PM on Day 7.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of tour.
Light to moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair dryers, coffee makers, iron & ironing board throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get
Ready, Get Set and Go! Our "Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our "Get Set” packet provides further information approximately
90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our "Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure
containing your final documents.
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