Backroads of America

    The Ojibwe Indians are credited for naming the Mississippi River.  They
called it Mississippi meaning “A Great River”.  It is the longest river in
North America, flowing through or bordering 10 states, traveling over 3,000
miles.  One of the world’s greatest rivers, noted for it’s beauty, grandeur
and diversity.  Since 1938, when the concept of a scenic parkway along the
river was conceived, travelers and adventures have experienced the wonders
of this meandering historical treasure via a journey along the Great River

October 9-13, 2007 • 5 Days
Day 1 – Home to La Crosse 

Begin with a stop in beautiful Red Wing, with it’s colorful hanging floral baskets and lush green parks.  Tour famous Red Wing Stoneware Pottery before a stop at the historic Pottery Place Mall.  Lunch is at “Tale of Two Sisters,” a quaint tea room with “made from scratch” delicacies.  Stop at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, also home of “Grumpy Old Men”.  Experience stunning autumn vistas of Lake Pepin and the river bluffs.  Arrive in Winona, a small city with a big heart, known for it’s stain glass windows and Fuller Brush.  Visit the fabulous Minnesota Marine Art Museum located right on the river.  This evening dine at The Freighthouse, a historic railroad shipping depot in downtown La Crosse, located at the confluence of three great rivers. 
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Stoney Creek Inn

Day 2 – La Crosse to Dubuque
Stunning views await as we skirt along the shores of the river to Dubuque.  A gourmet lunch is served at one of the lovely historic mansions.  You will be entertained with stories which made Dubuque unique during this five course progressive lunch, an unforgettable culinary delight.  Stay overnight at the historic Julian Inn by the waterfront in downtown Dubuque, with a free evening to enjoy shopping, dining and exploring this delightful area.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Julian Inn Hotel

Day 3 – Dubuque to Le Claire
After breakfast tour the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.  Follow the path of the Mississippi from Minnesota to the Gulf.  It is the best place in the country to explore the cultural and natural history of the river.  Crossing the river, we search out the quaint and charming village of Galena, one of the most preserved historic towns in America.  Lunch is served at the famous Desoto House, Illinois’ oldest operating hotel.  Step back to the 1800’s as we experience this unique community.  Follow the river to Le Claire and check into your lovely riverfront hotel.  This evening you are guests at the spectacular Steventson’s overlooking the river.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Le Claire to Hannibal
Stop at the Mississippi River Visitor Center at Lock & Dam #15 for a fascinating tour of the River’s lock and dam system.   See the commercial and shipping life of the river to Burlington, famous for Snake Alley, dubbed the most crooked street in the world.  Cross the spectacular suspension bridge into Illinois, to the beautiful city of Nauvoo, home to hundreds of Morman’s before they were exiled to Utah.  Many of the businesses and homes, including Joseph Smith’s home and gravesite have been restored and preserved.  Later, arrive in Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain and view his boyhood home and museum before heading out on a delightful dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Paddlewheel boat.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Holiday Express of Hannibal

Day 5 – Hannibal to Home
After breakfast we’ll leave the river and it’s slower pace, but it’s images will always be a part of pleasant memories for us.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $759
Single: $939
Triple: $719
Quad: $67

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Price Includes

Price Per Person:  
Double: $759         Single: $939
Triple: $719           Quad: $679

Optional Travel Insurance:
$53 double / $67 single per person

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Tour Highlights


Sightseeing includes:
Redwing celebrating 150 years!
Winona, the Stained-glass
Capital of the nation
Minnesota Maritime Museum
Cruise on the Mississippi River
Lacrosse Amish Country
Dubuque’s Field of Dreams
Victorian House Tour
& Progressive Dinner
Galena Historic Sights
Hannibal and Mark Twain
Tour Pace: Light - Moderate Walking

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