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

Program Number: 21017RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/6/2013 - 6/13/2013; 6/21/2015 - 6/27/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

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. 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

• 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 your own adventures. Ample time permits your choice of museums and activities, with personal guidance provided from your group leader.



Activity Particulars

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.



Included in this program: substantial free time; two-day Chicago trolley ticket to more than 20 sites; expert advice for self-directed excursions.




Date Specific Information

6-6-2013, 6-21-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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.




Chicago

From charming old neighborhoods to late-night music clubs and a bustling pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago has a tempo that lures visitors and permanent residents alike. Home to the northern blues and jazz scene, world-class art collections, a renowned symphony orchestra and fine cuisine, Chicago has a bit of everything for everyone.



Accommodations
Three- and four-star hotels in convenient downtown locations.
Meals and Lodgings
   Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
  Chicago, IL 3 nights
   Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
  St Louis, MO 2 nights
   Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza
  Kansas City, MO 2 nights
 Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Location, location, location! Nestled near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, our hotel is literally steps away from downtown Chicago's beautiful riverwalk and top attractions, including the architecture riverboat tour (1/2 block); Millennium Park and Cultural Center (2 blocks); Art Institute (4 blocks); plus hundreds of dining and shopping options. The Hop On/ Hop Off Trolley stop is only 1 block from our hotel, so you may easily enjoy this program's included 3-day trolley pass throughout downtown Chicago at no additional cost. Listen to the fun narrations of trolley hosts as you travel to your favorite destinations. Located on famous Michigan Avenue, home of the "Magnificent Mile", your uniquely spacious hotel room allows you to stretch out and relax. With only 5 guest rooms per floor, the hotel offers a homelike residential feel. In contrast to some big name Chicago hotels in dingy, noisy neighborhoods, this hotel gem provides a clean, safe and beautiful Michigan Avenue setting to enjoy Chicago by day or night.
  Contact info: 320 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
phone: 312-384-1208
web: www.comfortsuiteschicago.com/
  Room amenities: Rooms have expansive floor plans and residence-style amenities. Rooms with one bed (king or queen) are an apartment suite, featuring a separate bedroom, a full-size kitchen, desk and chair, and living area with sofa and second TV. Room with two beds (queens) are large open rooms (no separate bedroom); plus a kitchen, easy chair, and desk and office chair (no sofa or second TV). All rooms have full kitchens, with coffee maker, stove, microwave, and refrigerator. All rooms are also equipped with a washer and dryer; and workspace with ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet. The newly remodeled rooms provide 600-800 square feet to stretch and relax. Beds feature pillow-top mattresses. Some rooms have city views.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee and full breakfast served daily; Complimentary high speed Internet; Same-day dry cleaning available; Complimentary access to fitness center in hotel;100% smoke free environment; Valet parking available; Bell staff; Concierge services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary by date Come early and enjoy Chicago an extra day at our same special downtown Chicago rate. Availability and rates vary by date, but are approximately $200 (including tax) per night. Contact the hotel directly at (312) 384-1208. Request the "Iowa State University Road Scholar" rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Three historic National Register buildings have been beautifully renovated into this modern hotel while retaining historic treasures. Conveniently located near St Louis' top attractions, the hotel is directly across the street from the St. Louis Arch and Mississippi Riverfront; and only 1/2 block from the iconic Old Courthouse.
  Contact info: 2 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MI 63102 USA
phone: 314-231-3303
web: wwws.druryhotels.com/PropertyHotelServices.aspx?Property=0103&FromBooking=True
  Room amenities: Refrigerator and microwave in every room. Free wireless Internet and movie channels.
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool and two whirlpools. 24-hr fitness center and business center. Extensive buffet breakfast each morning; plus complimentary cocktails and light dinner each evening.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: This hotel is ideally located near Kansas City's Union Station and vibrant new Power & Light District; and within walking distance to Kansas City's popular Country Club Plaza historic district. A wonderful feature is this hotel's hospitality shuttle vans and welcoming drivers. Hotel guests enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to attractions within a 3-mile radius, including Union Station, the Jazz Museum, outstanding art museums, National WWI Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank's Money Museum. A convenient MAX stop (Metro Area Express) is also located by the hotel's front door, for a short bus ride to Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Crossroads Arts District, and downtown attractions.
  Contact info: 1 East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.kcplazahotels.com
  Room amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, complimentary coffee/tea, reading chair, work desk & chair, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Full-service restaurant/lounge, complimentary shuttle service (3 miles), free morning newspaper delivered to room, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. largest outdoor pool in Kansas City, complimentary underground parking. Happy Hour drink specials & half price appetizers from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Mon.-Thurs. nights.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Seasonal rates vary. Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-7400. Ask to speak with Stephanie Porter and request the special "Road Scholar" rate.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
8:00 a.m. You will be staying at Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Self parking $32/day is available at 111 East Wacker Drive (across the street from our hotel). Park first and carry luggage directly to hotel (no Michigan Ave luggage unloading in front of hotel). Valet $37/day available at Hard Rock Hotel in next block.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago, IL
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare International and Midway regional airports
  From End of Program
  Location:  Kansas City, MO
Travel Details
 

To Chicago Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10-$12 per taxi. Taxi fares vary.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

All taxis in Chicago are required to use their taximeter and payment is due upon reaching the destination. There is an extra $1 charge for the first additional passenger ages 13-64, and $0.50 for each passenger after that. Chicago has also instituted a $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 

To Chicago Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40 per person/one way - Prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes from O'Hare; 20 minutes from Midway 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles from O'Hare; 12 miles from Midway

   

Most taxis charge flat rates to and from the airports. This rate is usually posted in the taxi. All taxis in Chicago are required to use their taximeter and payment is due upon reaching the destination. There is an extra $1 charge for the first additional passenger ages 13-64, and $0.50 for each passenger after that. Chicago has also instituted a $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 

Chicago O'Hare or Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Express shuttle
phone: 888-284-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32 per person/one way - Prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes from O'Hare; 20 minutes from Midway 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles from O'Hare; 12 miles from Midway

   

The Go Airport Express shuttle service offers convenient door-to-door service between both airports (Midway and O'Hare) and our Chicago hotel. No reservation is necessary before arrival in Chicago. You will find the Go Airport Express shuttle kiosk located in the baggage claim areas of the airports. One-way or round-trip services are offered. Go online for rates and more information: www.airportexpress.com

 

From Kansas City hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle of Kansas City
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$19 per person - prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

23 miles

   

For reservations and exact times please call Super Shuttle directly at 800-258-3826

 
Driving Directions
  From Indiana via I-80/94: Driving west on I-80/94, stay on I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) going north. Continue north on I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit at 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the North/O'Hare Airport: Take I-90 East (Kennedy Expressway). Exit 50B toward Ohio St E. Merge onto W Ohio St. Turn right onto N Michigan Ave. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Public parking garage is immediately on your right at 111 W Wacker Drive. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the South: Proceed north on1-57 N. Merge onto I-90/94 W (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Dr. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker Dr (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the Southwest/Midway Airport Take Cicero Avenue north to get to I-55 north (Stevenson Expressway). Take I-55 to exit #292A, I-90/94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway, direction Wisconsin). Exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Dr. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in the parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the West: Head east on I-80. Take exit 151B on the left to merge onto I-57 N toward Chicago. merge onto I94 W. Take exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in the parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome dinner and evening Chicago City Lights tour.
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Arrive To: You may check in to your guest room beginning at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early and your guest room is not available, you are welcome to leave your luggage at the hotel while you explore Chicago until 3:00. At 4:45 p.m. meet in our hotel's meeting room on the main level, where you will be greeted by your group leader. Our program begins 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: What a fantastic way to start our week! Our dinner tonight is in a Chicago icon - the Tribune building. This beautiful landmark is a 2-block walk from our hotel. We enjoy our first dinner at the new Howells and Hood restaurant, named after the Chicago Tribune building's famous architects. We may dine outside on the patio if weather permits. Discover pieces of famous sites from around the world as you explore the building's exterior.
 Evening: Chicago lights up as the sun goes down. We board a double-decker bus for a City Lights tour, as our first evening's introduction to Chicago.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chicago riverboat architectural tour; learn about city highlights from the top of a double-decker bus; hop on/off at sites you wish to explore further.
(Friday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel.
 Morning: Gain fascinating insights into Chicago's skyline with a boat tour on the Chicago River through the downtown, with instruction by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Our river excursion begins at the famous Michigan Avenue Bridge, located only 1/2 block from our hotel.
 Lunch: Chicago is famous for it deep-dish style of pizza. Experience the local culture as we sample this popular specialty.
 Afternoon: What would you most like to experience? The remainder of the day is free time. Join your group leader on a narrated trolley ride through Chicago's downtown and historic neighborhoods (trolley pass is included). Or use this time for self-exploration of famous art, peruse amazing museums, sample ethnic dishes, explore Michigan Avenue shops or stroll through Millennium Park. Detailed site information and leader assistance is provided.
 Dinner: Choose your favorite spot for dinner during your afternoon and evening of free time. Dining suggestions are provided in your program packet. Your Group Leader invites participants to join her for any meal.
 Evening: Our evening permits free time to enjoy activities of your choosing: attend a concert or theater performance, explore local sites, or relax at our hotel.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Chicago neighborhood tours and afternoon free time to explore your favorite sites.
(Saturday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel.
 Morning: So many interesting things to do- and the choices are yours! Enjoy the personal perspective of local hosts as they introduce us to their city. You may participate in a one-hour walking tour near our hotel (included); or explore museums or sites on your own (additional admission fees); or register in advance for a 2-4 hour personal guided tour (no additional cost). For more information about the 2-4 private tour, go to www.chicagogreeter.com. You MUST register at this website no later than 7 days before our program begins to request a free private 2-4 hour tour. You may select from many topic choices. Contact your group leader if you'd like assistance in booking this private tour.
 Morning: Travel Tip: If you wish to visit several museums, consider purchasing the Chicago CityPass. These tickets provide FastPass entry ahead of long lines. For more information, go to cityPASS.com/chicago
 Lunch: Join your group leader for lunch at a local restaurant during your free time today, or try other local favorites, such as the Russian Tea Room, Billy Goat Tavern or Chicago Italian beef. Dining suggestions are provided in your packet.
 Afternoon: Free time permits self-guided excursions to the sites of your choice. Your trolley pass provides transportation to Chicago's top attractions; plus narrated tours to Chicago neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Little Italy. Your group leader provides assistance; or you may explore attractions with her if you prefer.
 Dinner: Reconnect with other group members during our evening dinner; followed by orientation for tomorrow's train trek to St Louis.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Train ride from Chicago to St Louis as your Study Leader shares stories and insights.
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel
 Morning: We shuttle by taxi to Chicago's Union station for our day of train travel to St Louis. Your train seat has ample leg room, so you can relax and listen to exclusive Road Scholar narrations while enjoying the views. Learn about this region's early settlers and history; and the significance of the Mississippi River as we cross this legendary waterway. While riding the train, you may listen to the Lead Instructor's narrations, dine in the dining car, read a book, watch the scenery from the observation car, catch a snack or a nap. The choice is yours!
 Lunch: Lunch is your choice -- purchase sandwiches or snacks from the train's cafe, or you may carry food with you onto the train. Your group leader will provide suggestions on where to purchase a lunch to take on the train.
 Dinner: Enjoy an evening of food, conversation and relaxation. Complimentary cocktails and light meal is provided 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
 Evening: A Road Scholar exclusive: we enjoy a trolley tour of St Louis with history and narration by a local expert. Following our mid-afternoon train arrival in St Louis, we check into our hotel. A special trolley charter takes us on a 22-mile (75 minutes) exploration of St Louis through the downtown, along the riverfront and into Forest Park, location of the 1904 World's Fair and Summer Olympics. We return in time for the hotel's complimentary cocktail reception.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: St. Louis Arch and narrated cruise on the Mississippi River.
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet is included at our hotel.
 Morning: We visit the landmark of St Louis -- the arched Gateway to the West. We walk across the street from our hotel to the National Park grounds and St Louis Arch. Free time permits viewing museum exhibits inside the arch. You may purchase tickets to view a documentary or take a tram ride to the top of the arch.
 Morning: We board a riverboat to experience the mighty Mississippi. Our excursion travels along the National Park grounds and Arch, under the Eads Bridge, and near the beginning point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Our National Park ranger shares anecdotes and the historical significance of this region.
 Lunch: A box lunch is provided as we board our riverboat by the Arch.
 Afternoon: Free time provides opportunity to explore St. Louis sites of your choosing. One option is to join your Study Leader and walk 1 block from our hotel to the beautiful Old Courthouse, known especially for two historic court cases: The Dred Scott Case, a slave who sued for his freedom; and Virginia Minor's case of women suffrage. Your Study Leader will share these stories and accompany your exploration inside, where you can view exhibits or watch a video (free admission). Or self-explore other St. Louis sites, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, walk to nearby Busch Stadium or visit a brewery and Budweiser Clydesdale stables. You may wish to simply relax at our hotel or visit with group members - the choice is yours.
 Dinner: A light dinner with conversation and complimentary cocktails are provided in our hotel 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Train ride from St Louis to Kansas City, as your Study Leader shares stories and insights.
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet in our hotel.
 Morning: Following a breakfast buffet in our hotel, we take our next train ride to Kansas City. Learn what historical events brought this city to prominence, and how the river impacted its growth. Contrast the city's history with narrations on Kansas City today. You may again choose how you wish to spend your time on the train - listening to the exclusive Road Scholar lectures, reading, watching the scenery, dining, or relaxing.
 Morning: Enjoy off-road views through America's lush heartland. A favorite scenery point for many passengers is the stretch near Hermann, MO, where the line hugs the bluffs above the Missouri River and passes through two tunnels.
 Lunch: Lunch is your choice -- choose from a leisurely meal in the train dining car, purchase sandwiches or snacks from the train's cafe, or you may carry food with you onto the train.
 Afternoon: After our mid-afternoon arrival at Kansas City's beautifully-restored Union Station, we transfer to our hotel. Transportation is included.
 Dinner: Visit with other group members over dinner during our first evening in Kansas City.
 Evening: Evening is free to explore, visit with group members, or relax in our hotel, which has the largest outdoor pool in Kansas City,
   
Accommodations: Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Sunken Steamboat Discovery; Truman Presidential Library; Farewell Dinner.
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: We start our morning with an included hot buffet breakfast at our hotel.
 Morning: A Road Scholar exclusive! Meet a modern day treasure hunter and listen to his fascinating story while viewing treasures from his sunken Missouri River steamboat. Group transportation is included to this museum located near the Missouri River and the Kansas City Market.
 Lunch: Join your group leader for lunch (additional) at a local restaurant; or choose one of the many other dining options. Our hotel is walking distance to Kansas City's popular Country Club Plaza, filled with restaurants and shops. Our hotel shuttle offers transportation if you prefer to ride to a lunch destination.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon of free time offers activities of your choice. You may choose to travel with your group leader to the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri (30 minutes from our hotel). Transportation and admission to the Truman Library are included. Or select from many other Kansas City attractions, including the Jazz Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, National WWI Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Toy & Miniature Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank's very interesting Money Museum. Some charge an admission fee, others are free admission. Our hotel shuttle provides free and easy transportation.
 Dinner: Our program ends with a special farewell group dinner at a famous local restaurant. What's on the menu? Famous Kansas City barbecue, of course!
   
Accommodations: Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Independent departures from Kansas City.
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: A hot buffet breakfast at our hotel is included before departures.
 Morning: Independent departures from Kansas City. This is a travel day, with no scheduled sessions or meals. Amtrak and the Kansas City International Airport provide convenient schedules to many destinations.
 Afternoon: Participants traveling by Amtrak via Springfield, IL may wish to stop and visit the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. This award-winning museum opened in 2004 and features cutting-edge technology in its exhibits.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Historic Photos of Chicago


Author: Russell Lewis


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Historic Photos of St. Louis


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Truman


Author: David McCullough


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