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5 Days | 4 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.
Situated on the south side of a superb natural harbor at the west end of Lake Superior, the town of Superior developed economically primarily because of its great port. This historic town is your base to discover a wealth of local shipping and mining history along Lake Superior. Learn about mining in the region, rail and ship transportation, how the Coast Guard keeps this busy port safe, and a local ship yard’s role in building and repairing vessels around Lake Superior for 120 years.


• Speak to the director of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Center about the importance — past and present — of rail and ships in the city.
• Learn about mining in the region on an excursion to a onetime iron ore mine, and get a glimpse into the life of an iron magnate at Fairlawn Mansion.
• Explore some of the world’s largest facilities for shipping grains and ore, including how the ore vessel Edmund Fitzgerald sailed from Superior to meet its destruction in a 1975 storm.

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Moderate standing and walking, getting on/off bus.

Coordinated by University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


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