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

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8 Days | 7 Nights
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.
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 notable American cities. Gain insights into the story told by the Chicago skyline during an architectural survey by boat. Journey by train to Springfield and retrace Lincoln’s footsteps in his home and presidential museum. Relive Route 66 on a road trip to St Louis as you gain new awareness of this region. Experience each city’s beloved landmarks — plus hidden local treasures!


• Experience the key sites of Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis by river, rail, motorcoach and trolley.
• Visit and learn about icons of the American landscape, including the St. Louis Arch, Lincoln homestead, Cahokia Mounds and Chicago’s beautiful skyline.
• Choose adventures — the list of city treasures is endless — with guidance 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. 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, train, trolley and riverboat; must tote own luggage into train and hotels. Program is not wheelchair or walker-accessible. Optional group activities require standing/walking up to 60 minutes.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Chicago, Ill., 3 nights; train to Springfield, Ill., 1 night; coach via Route 66 to St Louis, Mo., 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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