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On the Road: Upper Mississippi River Reflections — Historic Towns, Trails, Tales

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Diana from Allyn, WA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/17/15
If you want to learn about the upper mid-west and the importance of the Mississippi River to this region, this is a must program. Learn about the locks and dams, see many bald eagles in the wild and cruise the river several different times. The changing of leaves colors were brilliant in October.

Suzanne from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/19/15
This is an excellent program about the upper Mississippi River. Diane is an excellent instructor

Sally from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/03/15
This program was an eye opener to the mighty Mississippi. Can't get enough of it. Returned to LaCrosse a week later for another cruise with my daughter. Now want to do the lower Mississippi.

Ann from Melbourne, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/03/15
We loved this program. Diane was an outstanding guide. We have been on six Road Scholar programs. This one was the best organized of all of them. We learned so much and met many wonderful people. We highly recommend this program.

Dorothy from Midvale, UT Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/03/15
This was my first Road Scholar road trip and it was organized and led by an outstanding road scholar representative, Diane. Our days were full and scheduled so that we learned and saw an exceptional amount of the Upper Mississippi in one week. I would have liked more time in some areas but can not name one thing I would change to make that possible. I can recommend this trip and am so glad I had the opportunity to see this historical part of our country.

Georgia from Pomona, CA Number of programs attended: 37
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/03/15
Wonderful in every aspect--from beginning to end!

Judy from Salt Lake City, UT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/03/15
The leadership on this program is amazing! Diane is extremely organized, knowledgeable and personable. I would take another trip with her, no matter where it was - knowing that I would learn quite a lot, have a wonderful time and come home totally satisfied that my money and time were well spent.

William from Lakewood, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/19/15
A spectacular learning experience with a highly qualified guide who obviously has conducted this tour numerous times. As promised to Professor Diane and other participants, I published a full trip report at: http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~schuckwj/uppr_msipi_rvr/index.htm

Candace from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/19/15
Pick Me !! The Mississippi is a must see. Wonderful day boat trips..lovely walks in beautiful towns.. interesting museums...restored old hotels...great food. And very wonderful Mid-West people that wanted to share their part of the world.

Melvyn from Fair Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/19/15
The program was very educational and scenic. The Upper Mississippi and small towns are fascinating and unique.

Lorraine from Dumfries, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/29/15
This program was outstanding from the tour leader to the bus driver. Do this trip if you are interested in Mississippi River history!

Elizabeth from Toronto, ON Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/29/15
If you love boats, learning about ecosystems and history, this wonderful tour of the Upper Mississippi is for you. This is a terrifically organized and fun program that takes you away from the hustle and bustle and immerses you in a different side of life.

Linda from Gretna, LA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/29/15
This was a great trip. Enjoyed all the people and places. First trip by myself and felted very comfortable. Diane Van Wyngarden is a great leader. This was my second with Diane. Also Tom was great too!!

Ronald from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/29/15
What an excellent week of travel along and on the upper Mississippi River. Our leader, Diane Van Wyngarden was superb in organizing and leading this tour. Lodging, meals, and transportation complimented this informative tour. An enjoyable experience.

Patricia from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/11/14
This was a nearly perfect experience. This was the best organized program of the twenty-five that I have attended during the past eighteen years. I plan to recommend it to my friends and relatives and encourage them to attend in order to see all of the wonderful places on and around the Upper Mississippi. Thank you to Diane and her team of people who made it possible.

Beth from Modesto, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/11/14
I thoroughly enjoyed this program and there are so many positive things to comment on. The program is in an interesting and beautiful area; there is much to learn, it was fun and informative to travel through four states and the boat excursions were a big highlight, especially our day on the Twilight Riverboat. The river towns we visited were charming and full of character. Our tour leader Diane was excellent in every way and I appreciated her enthusiasm and hard work. Her organizational skills are quite amazing. The lodging was always nice, especially the historic, beautiful hotel in Dubuque. The food was very good and provided a nice variety. Our last meal was one of the best dinners I have had this year. I really enjoyed all the learning on the bus. We watched interesting videos, were given handouts and provided mini lectures. We even played a game of Jeopardy. The bus was comfortable and our bus driver, Mike was the best bus driver I have ever seen. I was impressed at how smoothly our leader Diane and co-leader Tom handled every aspect of the trip so there was little waiting or disruption. I gained a new appreciation for this part of the country and the mighty Mississippi River. Some things such as clamming, I had never heard about prior to the trip. I would highly recommend this trip, it is a winner!

Milton from Newton, KS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/27/14
If you want to know how agriculture, the lumber industry, the button industry, the pearl industry, lead mining, fishing, railroads, flour milling and shipping affected the development of the Mississippi River this is the program for you. Milton Claassen

Norman from Western Springs, IL Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/27/14
A wonderful experience - interesting and informative, and led by an outstanding group leader. Highly recommended.

Lois from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it was so interesting, informative and well organized that I will certainly take another. Diane planned a program that taught us in a very entertaining way about the Upper Mississippi River and its history, all at a very comfortable pace.

Marcia from Belmont, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Program was everything I hoped for and left me with a renewed appreciation for the area and it's contribution to the development of our great country.

Anita from Temecula, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
The Upper Mississippi River trip was fun, informative, and a comfortable pace. I learned information about eagles, clamming, towing barges on the river, locks on the river, and travelling on a fancy riverboat. A wonderful experience!

Patricia from Tucker, GA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
This program provided a true Mississippi River experience. It was most enjoyable, most comprehensive & most informative.

Martha from Pembroke, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Learning about the Mississippi and its gifts was a fascinating and enjoyable journey. I learned to even look at buttons differently!

Marion from Andover, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Educational, learned about clamming, eagles . lore of river towns. Boat rides were relaxing and fun. Overall a wonderful experience.

Enid from Gulfport, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
If you want to have fun while learning and appreciate a superbly organized leader, this is the trip for you.

Lynn from Woodland, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
We had a great experience. I learned history I had never known about the upper Mississippi.It wasn't what I had pictured at all. A delightful surprise!

Allen from Temecula, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
The program took me to a part of our county I had never seen. I was able to see what other folks had to deal with in their day to day lives which was very different from my life experience. In most cases their lives were much slower than mine and allowed them time to smell the Roses.

Carol from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
This program was well worth the time, lots of information about the area. I learned so much about the Mississippi and our country as well! I can't praise Road Scholar programs enough, I've attended 19 programs and each was done well!!!

Christina from Riverside, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
Exploring the Upper Mississippi River and Valley was an educational, inspiring , and mind expanding experience. Seeing and learning about the mighty river , bald eagles , small Midwest towns with beautiful waterfront parks and trails was a delightful experience. I am so grateful i was able to attend this program.

Margie from Upland, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
This was our 9th trip and we rate it amoung our tops. Dianne, leader/instructor, was the best we've had. Her knowledge, preprations,visuals and enthusisasm, were over the top. Meals were excellent, hotels top notch. We came away with a wealth of knowledge about Big Muddy, clamming, eagles and history of the area. Al & Margie Curletti

Linda from Bedford, PA Number of programs attended: 53
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
Linda from Bedford, Pa. Programs attended: 46 Date attended: 8/17/14-8/23/14 What a fabulous trip. We learned about the Mississippi, eagles, buttons from clams, fish, barges and boats. Every minute was full and fun. Our director, Diane Van Wyngardner, was superb in every way. We had the best accommodations, wonderful meals, and a flowing knowledge of the midwest instilled into our minds. The review asks us to tell some way this program could be improved. Neither my husband nor I could think of any. Keep up the great work!

Margaret from Acworth, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
If you want a fun-filled program that will open your eyes to the world of the Midwest and the Mississippi River's role in the American economy, this trip is for you. From an up close and personal experience with a bald eagle to great cuisine and banjo music while floating down the Mississippi in a replica paddle wheeler, to an amazing multimedia presentation at Minneapolis's Mill Museum - the entire program was a delight.


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"I enjoyed "The History of Minneapolis In Just 19 Minutes". It was a quick review of 150 years of discovery and city building with a narrator walking through time to describe his home town. The film in the elevator was an interesting media display of how a flour mill operated and survived... or not. When we finished that part of the tour we exited on the eight floor to look out over St. Anthony Falls and the factory shell that remained after the fire in 1991. Minneapolis, MN" Uploaded By: William
"I enjoyed "The History of Minneapolis In Just 19 Minutes". It was a quick review of 150 years of discovery and city building with a narrator walking through time to describe his home town. The film in the elevator was an interesting media display of how a flour mill operated and survived... or not. When we finished that part of the tour we exited on the eight floor to look out over St. Anthony Falls and the factory shell that remained after the fire in 1991. Minneapolis, MN" Uploaded By: William

"Outside we saw an Indian story-telling hut on the way to boarding the William M. Black, a National Register dredge. One of the 34 ton side paddle wheels had to be removed from the boat to bring it in the landing. This wheel now stands in front of the museum (Liz & John). But the boat is open to tours. Dubuque, IA" Uploaded By: William

"After clearing Lock 13, the captain swung the bow gangways to the shore to pick up our entertainer, singer and songwriter L.A. Suess, seated in a lawn chair on the beach, for the afternoon. Bellevue, IA" Uploaded By: William

"discussed the operation of the boat we mentioned how pleased we were to know we would be going past Clinton and Camanche, IA. Liz told him that her great grandfather arrived in Clinton in 1841 and raised his family in Camanche. Seeing the river from this perspective gave us a better feel for what these Iowa Pioneers faced. LaClaire, IA" Uploaded By: William

"Terri Viscar, the storyteller, had set up a table with a layout of exhibits of clam (mussel) shells, fresh water pearls, seed pearls, and several categories of buttons. Once everyone was seated she began to tell us the way clammers lived and worked. Onalaska, WI" Uploaded By: William

"Scott Mehus, Education Director and Golden Eagle Project Naturalist, presented a delightful session full of humor and instruction at the same time. Wabasha, MN" Uploaded By: William

"A fascinating presentation at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN." Uploaded By: Anita

"We explore quaint little river towns" Uploaded By: Diane

"Three different boats = unique river experiences!" Uploaded By: Diane

"Our paddlewheel cruises past barges and bluffs" Uploaded By: Diane

"River bluff view of a full tow" Uploaded By: Diane

"Entering lock" Uploaded By: Diane

"Entering backwaters" Uploaded By: Diane

"Meeting bald eagles nose-to-beak" Uploaded By: Diane

"New discoveries at every bend- what fun!" Uploaded By: Diane

"Steam Boat A'Coming" Uploaded By: Donald Attended: 09/14/08 - 09/20/08

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