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Day 1 – Home to Watertown to Sioux Falls, SD 

Our memorable journey begins today with coffee & a treat at R&J’s very own office – come meet the R&J Family! Then we head down the road to visit a living memorial to one of the most critical times in our nation’s history: WWII. The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is a showcase of iconic aircraft & ground equipment as well as a tribute to the men and women of The Greatest Generation whose incredible sacrifices during that time shaped the freedom & liberty we enjoy today. Lunch is included here before we travel to Watertown and the world reknowned Redlin Art Center. We will marvel at the imposing colonial style four story brick building supported by 24 granite columns encircling the building. The gallery showcases more than 150 original oil paintings by Terry Redlin (1937-2016), one of the most widely collected painters of wildlife and Americana. A welcome dinner is served at Brazilian Grill before we check into the Hampton Inn in Sioux Falls for 4 nights. 

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

Hotel: Hampton Inn (4 Nights) 

 

Day 2 – Sioux Falls 

Following a hot hotel breakfast, an expert step-on guide will join us as we tour Sioux Falls. Then we enjoy a tour of The Pettigrew Home & Mansion. Pettigrew was South Dakota’s first full-time US Senator. He purchased this 1889 Queen Ann home in 1911 and arranged for this home to be donated to the city upon his death in 1926. Being a seasoned traveler, he collected artifacts all over the world and many of them are on display in this home. Our next stop will be the Courthouse Museum, the 1890 restored Romanesque Building created of native Pink Quartz. It is a National Historic Landmark that features an 1893 clock tower, a restored circuit courtroom & law library, and sixteen wall murals painted from 1915 to 1917. Opened as a museum in 1974, the building houses permanent and changing exhibits focusing on the natural & cultural histories of the Siouxland region. Afterwards, we head to Falls Park, 123-acre park featuring triple waterfalls, visitors center, a five story observation tower, the Falls Overlook Café, and historic ruins located on the banks of the Big Sioux River. We will explore this special place. Our lunch will be enjoyed at the Falls Overlook Café. We then head over to the Stockyards Ag Museum at Falls Park. Learn the history of the Sioux Falls Stockyard and its impact on the economy of Sioux Falls. Next up is a tour of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, which stands tall above the Sioux Falls skyline. This Romanesque & French Renaissance structure was built from 1915-1918. We will return to our hotel to relax & freshen up. Tonight dinner is at fantastic Minerva’s in downtown Sioux Falls. You will love it and be glad it is an included meal! Afterwards, stroll the Sculpture Walk on a self-guided tour and shop in the unique downtown stores. Grab a sweet treat at CH Patisserie, a wonderful French Patisserie on Phillips Avenue. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 3 – Sioux Falls 

We will start our day after a hot breakfast by heading to the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. This serene 155-acres features colorful remnants, stone quarries, rail lines, building foundations & more. Our tour will explain interesting facts about Sioux Falls’ early days and the impact the quarry had on the beginning of the city. Next we will tour the Washington Pavilion in the old first high school. It is one of the world’s first facilities to house under one roof: performing arts, interactive science and educational venues, six art museums, Broadway shows and home of the South Dakota Symphony. Lunch is served at Josiah’s before we’re treated to a fascinating tour of the McCrossen Boys Ranch. For more than 61 years, McCrossen Boys Ranch has changed the lives of many young troubled boys between the ages of 9-20, who have experienced conflict in their lives. Through values and dedicated staff, they prepare boys to live a balanced life outside the Ranch. A very effective part of the program is the use of horses in the therapy & counseling. Afterwards we’ll visit the unique Strawbale Winery. We will enjoy a tour, wine tasting, and the chance to buy their wines. Next we travel to Roundhouse Trackless Trains in Hartford, where construction of mini trackless trains for children & adults takes place. These trains are sold all over the US; it’s even possible you’ve ridden in one! Later we head back to Strawbale Winery for their “Summer Porch Night,” a fun-filled evening of live music, art, food vendors, and wine. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

Day 4 – Sioux Falls 

After breakfast we tour Stensland Family Farms, with a 200-cow dairy & on-farm creamery, our tour includes robotic milking system walk-thru, creamery viewing, bottle calf encounter, milk & cheese samples, and even a dish of homemade ice cream! Then we drive to the beautiful, interactive visitors center at Good Earth State Park, South Dakota’s newest state park. Good Earth at Blood Run is a National Historic Landmark because the ever abundant wildlife and fertile flood plain made the area a crossroads of Native American Civilization. Lunch is served at Looks Marketplace before we visit the Butterfly House and Aquarium, an attraction of hundreds of active butterflies plus sealife displays including a touch pool. It is truly a hands-on fun & educational attraction! Another experience this afternoon is the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, dedicated to one of the most decorated ships in WWII. We’ll dine together this evening. Tonight we’re guests at Catfish Bay Greatest Show on H20, witnessing amazing water-skiing sticks & stunts! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 5 – Sioux Falls to Home 

Following breakfast we’ll check out of the hotel. Heading north, we’ll enjoy a guided tour at U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resourses Observation & Science Center (EROS), which houses the largest computer complexes in the entire Department of the Interior. 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,349
Single: $1,629
Triple: $1,279
Quad: $1,229

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $85
Single: $116

Travel Bucks

$25 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

No

Tour Pace

Moderate Walking at your own pace

Price Includes

11 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 83°
Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
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Minneapolis, Mn
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Motorcoach Departure Date:
08/02/2022
Motorcoach Return Date:
08/06/2022

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Tour Highlights

4 Nights in Sioux Falls
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Guided Tour of Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city
The Washington Pavilion
Good Earth State Park
Falls Park featuring Triple Falls of the Big Sioux River & Falls Overlook Café
Stockyards Ag Museum
Pettigrew Mansion
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum
McCrossen Boys Ranch
Strawbale Winery Tour, Tasting, & Summer Porch Night
Minerva’s Steakhouse
Stensland Family Farms Tour & Treat
Roundhouse Trackless Trains
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Catfish Bay Waterski Show
Redlin Art Center & Gallery
USGS EROS Data Center



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
48°
Minneapolis, Mn
47°
History, Heroes & Hay Revealed
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 83°
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