Arrive mid afternoon in St Louis, MO and check into one of the many hotels this Gateway City has to offer. Then this evening sit back and relax with an elegant dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River as we cruise aboard one of the Gateway Arch Riverboats. Overnight St Louis, MO.
DAY 2 – ST. LOUIS
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Gateway Arch where we will take a trip to the top of the arch for a magnificent view of St. Louis. While at the Arch visit the Odyssey Theatre for a larger than life glimpse of Lewis and Clark’s Great Journey West and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion which preserves rare artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark along with exhibits of early day pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West. See one of the largest mosaic collections in the world as we tour the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Enjoy lunch at the Missouri Botanical Garden before we board the garden’s tram for a narrated tour thru the beautiful gardens. Founded in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden contains 79 acres of scenic landscaping and sculptures. Highlights include: the Climatron® tropical rain forest; Linnean House, Japanese Garden, and the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden.
Next, tour the World Headquarters of Anheuser-Busch. Visit the historic stable home to the Budweiser Clydesdales and see first hand how the world’s greatest beer is crafted in the Brew House and packaged in the Bevo Packaging Plant. After the tour sample the different brews and relax in the Hospitality Room or browse the gift shop. Select one of St. Louis great restaurants for dinner before returning to the hotel for the evening. Overnight St. Louis, MO area.
DAY 3 – ST. LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY
After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Saint Charles, Missouri’s first state capital between 1821 and 1826. A guide in period dress will take us on a city tour of this historic town located on the banks of the Missouri River. It was here in 1804 where Lewis and Clark met to begin their westward expedition. We’ll take time to stop at the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center which houses several full-scale replicas of the boats used by Lewis & Clark. The museum above the boats includes a diorama illustrating the highlights of the expedition along with Native American displays. After our tour enjoy some free time shopping for antiques, decorating accents, stained glass, pottery, and framed art, or visit the boutique shops available along St. Charles’ 200 year old Historic Main Street.
Enjoy lunch downtown or at Ameristar Casino which offers several dining areas along with the largest selection of gaming options in the region. This afternoon we depart for Kansas City where we check into our hotel before enjoying dinner at one of Kansas City’s restaurants. Overnight Kansas City metro area.
DAY 4 – KANSAS CITY
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we begin our day with a driving tour of Kansas City, also known as the “City of Fountains”. The Arabia Steamboat Museum tells the story of a group of men that uncovered the Arabia which had been lost over 100 years earlier when it sank in the Missouri River just north of Kansas City. As the river changed courses the steamboat was buried under a cornfield. The men were amazed when they found that the 200-tons of cargo had been preserved in a remarkable condition. Fine china, clothing, tools, canned food, buttons, cloth, and perfume were among the cargo that the Arabia had on board. At the Hallmark Visitors Center we learn the Hallmark story, from J.C. Hall’s humble beginning in 1910 to the creation of the world’s largest greeting card company. Among the exhibits is the collection of 17 unique Christmas trees created and decorated by Hallmark employees. See a demonstration of hot-foil stamping and the process of die-cutting used in the manufacturing of Hallmark cards.
Next, we will enjoy free time at Crown Center for lunch and shopping. This afternoon includes a tour of the 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations. The tour begins with an introductory film before we step into the factory floor where our guide takes us thru the plant explaining the process necessary to produce each motorcycle. This evening enjoy a live performance at one of Kansas City’s theaters, offering award-winning performances. Overnight Kansas City metro area.