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Itinerary

DAY 1 | July 9 | Marshall, MN to Bemidji, MN

You’ll arrive this afternoon in Itasca State Park, Minnesota’s oldest state park, to experience the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi. The park visit also features the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center and the Mary Gibbs Headwaters Center. Stops will be made at Preacher’s Grove, Pioneer Cemetery, and more. You’ll spend the evening in Bemidji, the first city of the Mississippi. AmericInn Lodge and Suites

DAY 2 | July 10 | Bemidji, MN to Grand Rapids, MN

The story of the Mississippi wouldn’t be complete without a picture next to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox located on the shores of Lake Bemidji and the Paul Bunyan Visitor Center. Step across the street for delectable treats at Big River Scoop Ice Cream. In addition to a wide variety of flavors, the shop also features amazing gourmet popcorn in both savory and candy flavors! Take a leisurely stroll through the Beltrami County History Center located in the restored 1912 Great Northern Depot. It is an excellent source to learn more about the early days of Minnesota and the influence of the Mississippi River. Arriving in Grand Rapids this afternoon, step back in time at the Forest History Center and experience a recreated 1900-era logging camp. See how the lumberjacks lived and worked, how meals were prepared on a floating cook shack moored on the Mississippi River, the draft horses performing feats of strength, and more. The afternoon concludes with a self-guided tour through the Judy Garland Museum, home to the world’s largest Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz collection. In addition, you will tour her restored historic home and more. TimberLake Lodge * Breakfast Included

DAY 3 | July 11 | Grand Rapids, MN to St. Cloud, MN

Your day begins at Camp Ripley with a guided tour of the Minnesota Military Museum and an Environmental Briefing. The briefing discusses how the personnel at Camp Ripley track bears, wolves, deer, and how they work hand in hand, so there is no impact on military training or the environment. Following lunch, your costumed interpreter will give you a guided tour of the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum. You will explore Lindbergh’s childhood home and discover how his life along the Mississippi River influenced his future as an environmental activist, inventor, and aviation pioneer. In St. Cloud, relax and enjoy the welcome reception at your hotel located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Best Western Kelly Inn * Breakfast Included

DAY 4 | July 12 |  St. Cloud, MN to Home

It will be a full day for you, beginning with an early morning catered breakfast at the hotel. Then off to Munsinger Gardens, nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River. These dazzling gardens will be the perfect location for some great pictures. Late morning you’ll arrive at Paradise Charter Cruises for a guided Mississippi River Cruise with a Captain’s Sunday Brunch aboard the Paradise Lady. The cruise will take you on the southern route of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Heritage Trails and will showcase views of St. Anthony Falls. Before your tour concludes, we’ll stop for a self-guided tour of Historic Fort Snelling. Built on the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, the fort continued to be a dominating presence for over 125 years! Your tour of the Mighty Mississippi concludes when you arrive home early this evening. Breakfast & Brunch Included

 

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Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $ 680.00 – Double
  • $ 585.00 – Triple
  • $ 550.00 – Quad
  • $ 920.00 – Single

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $ 705 – Double
  • $ 610 – Triple
  • $ 570 – Quad
  • $ 955 – Single

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Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

07/12/2020

Return Date

07/12/2020

Highlights:

  • Itasca State Park
  • Mississippi Headwaters
  • Paul Bunyan Visitor Center/Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox
  • Beltrami County History Center
  • Forest History Center Guided Tour
  • Judy Garland Museum
  • Camp Ripley Environmental Brief
  • Minnesota Military Museum Guided Tour
  • Charles Lindbergh House & Museum Guided Tour
  • Munsinger Gardens
  • Mississippi River Cruise with Captain’s Brunch
  • Historic Fort Snelling
  • 3 Breakfasts / 1 Brunch
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director (Activity Level: Moderate) Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing, or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.