Majestic Heart of Missouri: June 27-30, 2017

4 days   $618.00


High above our country’s longest river, The Missouri River, we will enjoy rich foliage of the old growth forests of maples, hickory and cottonwoods.  Mid-Missouri is home to dramatic landscapes, high rocky bluffs, and local treasures in every community. 


Day 1:  We leave Kansas behind while making new acquaintances and anticipating our tour to the Majestic heart of Missouri.  This afternoon we make our way to the Steamboat Arabia.  When the mighty Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 found remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. The discovery was truly a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best.  We will continue on to Columbia, the heart of Missouri, for our 3 night stay. 

Day 2:  Today is all about Columbia.  This morning we will tour the Missouri Theatre.  The theater is central Missouri’s only pre-depression era movie palace and vaudeville stage. Built in 1928 and designed after the Paris Opera House, the theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Next we will visit the Quadrangle on the University of Missouri Campus.  This is home to the historic MU Columns and Thomas Jefferson’s original tombstone.  Lunch will be on our own in downtown Columbia.  Save space in the tummy for chocolate! We’ll tour and taste at The Candy Factory, central Missouri’s only old-fashioned candy shop where fine chocolates are fresh made on the premises daily.  Missouri mules are proud symbols of the “Show-Me State” and mascots of the MU School of Veterinary Medicine.  We will meet and greet these gentle fellas.  Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant. 

Day 3:  Today we’ll discover the heart of Boone slick Country. With nearly 500 sites and structures on the National Register, Booneville stands as a testimony to its glorious river history and its vibrant economy.  A local step-on-guide takes us to a unique Highland cattle farm and plant nursery. Lunch and room tour is included in the gorgeously restored Hotel Frederick high on the Missouri River bluff and Katy Trail. We’ll take in local shopping and meet the Mares and Males of the Clydesdale moms and ‘ahhhhhhhhh’ babies at Budweiser’s state of the art breeding farm-moved here from California in 2009.  Dinner will be included at a local restaurant. 

Day 4:  This morning we will visit the Historic Santa Fe Trail community of Arrow Rock. The entire town is a National Landmark!  The new interpretive center focuses on the history of the indigenous Missouri Indians and the Boons lick Region.  We will step back in time as we tour this picturesque village. The authentic Southern Mansion, privately owned by true antique collectors from the Deep South is a special treat. Lunch is in Historic J.Huston Tavern (since 1835). You will see the 1841 Sites Gun Shop, 1875 George Caleb Bingham House and step onto a section of the original Santa Fe Trail.  We are in for a treat this afternoon as we take in an afternoon matinee at the famous Lyceum Theatre.  Each year the Lyceum assembles an astonishing array of talent from all over the country to create exciting productions.  By midafternoon we will set our sights on Kansas with fond memories we have made in the heart of Missouri. 

Includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.

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