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Great American Solar Eclipse — Saint Joseph, Missouri

5 DAYS • 8 MEALS Go back to the days when the mighty Mississippi was America's frontier, then visit museums dedicated to some of our nation's foremost actors, artists, and even a president while we attend a special viewing of a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 8 Meals (3 dinners, 1 lunch and 4 breakfasts)
  • Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum, named for LeClaire, Iowa native William Frederick Cody
  • See the classic farmhouse immortalized in Grant Wood’s classic painting American Gothic
  • Visit the newly expanded John Wayne Birthplace and Museum featuring the most diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts
  • Hear one of the greatest stories of the American West at the Pony Express Museum
  • Included dinner with a visit from Calamity Jane who provides some rousing Western entertainment
  • Spend 2 nights in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Visit the Walter Cronkite Memorial, dedicated to the famed broadcast journalist and TV anchorman
  • Total Solar Eclipse viewing at in Saint Joseph, Missouri with included box lunch, chairs and protective eyewear
  • Visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace to learn about one of the world’s most influential female aviators
  • See a unique collection of Disney family memorabilia at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum
  • Visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, a complex of interactive museums and collection of original Norman Rockwell paintings
  • Climb aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for a narrated dinner cruise along “Ol’ Man River.”
  • Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a look at America’s 16th President
  • $25 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Buffalo Bill and American Gothic We begin our touring at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa. Named after hometown boy William Frederick Cody, the Buffalo Bill Museum displays the fascinating history along the Mighty Mississippi River highlighted by the wooden hull steam-powered Paddle Wheeler Lone Star. Then, we make a stop at the small Iowa farmhouse immortalized in Grant Wood’s classic painting American Gothic to learn more about the artist and the history behind the painting. Dinner Day Two — John Wayne and the Pony Express The life story of one of Hollywood’s biggest actors began in the small town of Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907 in a modest four-room home which has been lovingly restored. The newly expanded John Wayne Birthplace and Museum houses the most diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts including original movie posters, scripts, film wardrobe and even one of this customized automobiles. In Saint Joseph we hear about one of the greatest stories of the American West, the Pony Express. We visit the original livery stable where the first rider, Johnny Fry left on April 3, 1860, which was a successful venture for only 19 months when the Pacific telegraph line was completed. Tonight, our dinner is highlighted by a visit from Calamity Jane who will provide some rousing Western entertainment. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Eclipse Day in Saint Joseph, Missouri We begin the day at Missouri Western State University, home to the Walter Cronkite Memorial, dedicated to the famed broadcast journalist and TV anchorman. Learn about his personal life as well as his career. See the replica of the CBS newsroom and even sit behind his famous news desk. Then, we take our place to view one of the earth’s great wonders, a total solar eclipse. We will enjoy an included box lunch and will have special eye-wear and seating to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event. Afterward, we cross into Kansas to visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace, a National Historic Site, to learn about one of the world’s most influential female aviators. Built in the early 1860s, the home has been returned to its turn-of-the-century condition and features an abundance of personal and family memorabilia. Breakfast and lunch Day Four — Walt Disney and Mark Twain The town of Marceline, Missouri is home to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. Here, a unique collection of Disney family memorabilia, interpretive exhibits and the only Disney attraction to be operated outside of the park. Arriving in Hannibal, we visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. Consisting of eight buildings, six of which are on the National Register, the complex includes interactive museums and a collection of original Norman Rockwell paintings. Learn how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world’s most beloved authors. After checking into our hotel we climb aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for a narrated dinner cruise along “Ol’ Man River.” Breakfast and dinner Day Five — Abraham Lincoln Museum and Home After breakfast we depart for home. We make a stop at the impressive Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a look at the life of America’s 16th President. Later, we arrive home. Breakfast
Day One Hotel Ottumwa, Ottumwa, Iowa Days Two and Three Drury Inn and Suites, Saint Joseph, Missouri Day Four Best Western on the River, Hannibal, Missouri
Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room
August 19, 2017 $1,259 add $539 Available
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LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.