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The Illinois River: Paddleboats, Canals and Treasured State Parks

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4 Days | 3 Nights
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.
When you make your way along the Illinois River and its shorelines, discover a treasure trove of history — from the stories of early Native Americans to the nostalgic era of the 19th century and back to modern day. Experience the “Spirit of Peoria,” a 19th-century replica paddleboat, sailing the Illinois River from Peoria to Utica. Visit Starved Rock State Park for an immersive look into the history of Woodland Indian tribes. Finally, learn how the Army Corps of Engineers maintains Starved Rock Lock as you meet the rangers, and hear how “Wild” Bill Hickok once drove mule teams along the Illinois & Michigan Canal.


• Learn about the history and ecology of the river as you spend a day on board the paddleboat “Spirit of Peoria.”
• Learn about the raptors that make Illinois their home during a live birds of prey demonstration.
• Discover the I & M Canal as you ride along by mule-drawn replica packet boat.

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Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Peoria, Ill., 1 night; travel onboard the “Spirit of Peoria” en route to Utica, 2 nights; coach to Peoria, departure.

Coordinated by Illinois Valley Community College.

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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances


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