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Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City: Signature Highlights by River and Rail

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Program #21017RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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. There’s 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
By boat, trolley and train, explore three signature American cites and the great waterways that sustain them. Gain insights into the story told by the Chicago skyline during an architectural survey by boat. On train journeys to St Louis and Kansas City, experience beloved landmarks and hidden local treasures. Meet Harry Truman at his presidential museum and learn about the amazing Steamboat Arabia discovery near Kansas City. Set out on your own to explore the historic and cultural sites of most interest to you, equipped at all times with the expert advice of your study leader, who shares a wealth of information and insights about these cities.


Highlights

• Ride the rails from one world-class city to another in easy daytime rides.
• Visit and learn about icons of the American landscape, including the St. Louis Arch and Chicago’s beautiful skyline.
• Choose your own adventures. Ample free time permits your choice of museums and activities, with personal guidance provided from your group leader.

Program Notes

Included in this program: substantial free time, two-day Chicago trolley ticket to more than 20 sites, expert advice for self-directed excursions, group transportation to program sites is included. Not included: local transportation to self-directed excursions in St Louis and Kansas City. This learning adventure is one of our FLEX programs. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs and includes ample independent time and several meals on your own.

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile per day on primarily level surfaces. Climb stairs on/off double-decker bus, trains, trolley, riverboat; no elevators, no porterage. Program not wheelchair- or walker-accessible. Optional group activities require standing/walking up to 90 minutes.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Chicago, Ill., 3 nights; train to St. Louis, Mo., 1 nights; train to Kansas City, 2 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Iowa State University Extension.


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7 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips

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