Day One – Sunday, August 20 (Lunch and dinner included)
6:30am Depart DC for Ohio. 460 miles/ 8 hour drive plus 2 rest stops, lunch stop along the way on own
11:30am Arrive in Indiana PA, located in the foothills of the Alleghany Mountains, one hour east of Pittsburgh, a great destination with that small town feel. Indiana is the hometown of Jimmy Stewart. Included lunch in Indiana. Plated Menu includes pre-selected soup or salad for the group, hot entrée such as chicken breast or beef tips, sides, dessert and beverages. One entrée for the group pre-selected.
12:45pm Visit The Jimmy Stewart Museum in town. The museum highlights his accomplishments in film, radio and TV. His roles as military hero, civic leader, family man and world citizen are also woven into displays, film presentations and gallery talks. You can view Stewart's film clips and career retrospectives in an intimate, 1930's vintage movie theatre, plush with navy velvet drapes and wine colored seats, the theatre features the best of the old and new with a state-of-the-art sound and projection system. Plus lots more.
2:00pm Depart for Ohio and your hotel. 275 miles/4½ hours plus rest stop half way.
7:00pm Check in to Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, OH. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day Two – Monday, August 21 (Breakfast and dinner included)
Full buffet breakfast included at the hotel. Luggage out.
8:15amDepart for Milwaukee. 318 miles /5¼-5½ hours plus rest/lunch stop.
12:15pmEST/11:15CT Stop for lunch in Indiana, just south of Chicago. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Restaurant here, and a Wendy's.
12:30pm CT Depart for Milwaukee. 124 miles/2¼ hours
3:00pm At the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, you'll learn about the history, passion and fun of American's #1 recognized and celebrated Brand since 1903. See over 300 motorcycles which span the 112 year history, self guided.
5:00pm Dinner is included at the museum's Motor Bar and Restaurant.
6:15pm After dinner depart for check in at your hotel in Milwaukee, The Ambassador Hotel.
Day Three – Tuesday, August 22 (Breakfast and Dinner)
Hot Buffet Breakfast included at the hotel this morning. Luggage out & check out.
8:30am Meet your local tour guide for a Milwaukee City tour. Highlights include a ride past the mansions along the waterfront, historic Third Ward neighbourhood, see classic architecture of the Plankinton Arcade to the stunning modernity of the Milwaukee Art Museum with plenty of facts about the founding and growth of the city along the way. Drive past beautiful mansions and your guide will point out statues of the "Fonz" and "Laverne and Shirley" along the way.
10:30am Your tour includes a visit to the Pabst Mansion this morning. On the National Register of Historic Homes, the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion is a jewel of a bygone era. Built in 1892, the home has 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces.
Lunch can be on your own in the Public Market area with many dining options available. Your guide will remain with you for the day and will assist with dining options at the market.
2:00pm After lunch, visit the Miller-Coors Brewery Company; experience everything from Fredrick Miller's arrival in Milwaukee to the high-speed production lines used today. Highlights of the tour include the historic caves and perhaps a sample or two to taste.
3:15pm Depart for the Dells. 120 miles/2 hours
5:15pm Check into your hotel The Hilton Garden Inn in Wisconsin Dells, for a 2 night stay.
Thunder Valley Threshing Dinner Show: A scrumptious homemade meal topped off with food for your soul—includes fiddling, sing-a-long, accordion playing, and uff da fun jokes and stories. A unique Wisconsin experience not found elsewhere.
Day Four – Wednesday, August 23 (Breakfast and dinner)
Buffet Breakfast included at the hotel.
Start the day with the Upper Dells Boat Tour – featuring breathtaking views of the towering sandstone cliffs on the Wisconsin River, hear the history and learn about how these geological wonders came to be. Tour is two hours with 2 shore landings: one at Stand Rock to see the famous dog jump and the other at eerie Witches Gulch. After the tour, enjoy some free time for shopping and lunch on your own in the Dells.
Visit the HH Bennett Museum. Henry Hamilton Bennett opened his first studio in 1865. It has the distinction of being the oldest operating business in Wisconsin Dells. In 1875 he moved into the current studio he designed on Broadway. It has been in continuous operation ever since and is believed to be the oldest operating photography studio in the United States. Bennett's family ran the business until 1998 when they donated the property to the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Bennett pioneered the "instantaneous shutter" in 1886. Today the studio and museum house Bennett's original homemade cameras, darkroom equipment, glass plate collection, studio props and equipment.
Tour the Riverside and Great Northern Railroad Museum and ride the train! This is a living museum dedicated to preserving and operating the superb locomotives and passenger cars built by the Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works during the period from 1950 to 1980. The Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works, Inc. began building 15-inch gauge equipment as far back as the 1940's. Dinner included in the Dells.
This evening enjoy the Jeremy Allen Grand Illusion Theatre and Grand Palace magic show!
Tickets are general admission. Jeremy Allen, and his cast have entertained millions world wide and now its your turn! While being surrounded by elaborate costumes and scenery you will feel as if you have just entered an African jungle. You will join a whole new world filled with laughter, enchantment, adventure, and yes of course, MAGIC! This is no ordinary magic show so be ready for a very unordinary yet extraordinary experience of a lifetime
Day Five - Thursday, August 24 (Breakfast included)
Buffet Breakfast included this morning.
7:00 am – Luggage pick up Travel 1¼ hours.
10:00am Tour the House on the Rock– lots of walking here, but plenty of benches too.
Your admission includes all 3 Sections of the attraction:
Tour 1 - Includes the Gate House, the Original House, the Infinity Room, the Japanese Garden and the Container Gardens.
Tour 2 – Includes the Mill House, Streets of Yesterday, Heritage of the Sea, tribute to Nostalgia, Music of Yesterday, Spirit of Aviation and the Carousel.
Tour 3 – Includes the Carousel, the Organ Room, the Doll House Room, the Circus Room, the Galleries and the Doll Carousel Room.
1:30pm Depart for Chicago area, 188 miles/3¼ hours plus rest stop.
5:30pm Hotel Check in, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, full service property, luggage service. Two night stay here.
Dinner on own this evening at host property
Day Six – Friday, August 25 (Breakfast and dinner included)
Deluxe Continental Breakfast (with daily hot items) included. Spend the day in Chicago today.
9:00am Depart hotel for downtown.
9:45am Your tour guide will take you to visit the Chicago Skydeck. Go out on The Ledge! An exhilarating new experience for your group visit. At 1,353 feet up. The Ledge's glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper's 103rd floor, providing never before seen views of the city. Allow 1½ hours, visit length will depend on how busy it is.
11:30 -11:45 am- Coach will pick up group at the Skydeck and drop them off along Michigan Ave, close where they need to meet later for the Architectural tour, then the coach will be staged off site until AFTER the Architectural River Tour. A map will be included in final package
Noon – Lunch and free time for shopping on own along MAGNIFICENT MILE.
3:30pm Arrive at boat dock 30 minutes prior to boarding. Your tour guide will depart once group gets checked into boat tour.
4:00pm One of the best things to do in Chicago is the 90 minute Architectural River Tour. A Chicago Architectural Foundation docent will sketch an historical picture of the buildings and their designers along the riverfront, from the rebuilding of the city after the Great Chicago Fire to the present day. From this unique perspective, passengers experience the works of great architects and designers as they float along the Chicago River
5:30pm Disembark, meet coach and depart for dinner.
6:00pm Doors open at Tommy Guns Garage. Dinner & Show tonight at "Chicago's only original Speakeasy Dinner Theater", an audience interactive "speakeasy" which offers a musical comedy revue wit da gangsters, da flappers and YOU! After dinner join "Vito", "Gloves", da "mugs" and da "molls" for non stop comedy and dangerous fun as dey entertain you's wit singing, dancing and a lot of AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION! Da Mugs and Da dolls dance and sing da Charleston and udder musical selections from Cole Porter, George Gershwinn, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and more, played by Chicago's Sinfully Orchestra.
Day Seven – Saturday, August 26 (Breakfast and dinner included)
Breakfast included at the hotel. Luggage out and depart for Ohio by 8:00 am CT
408 miles 6 and ½ hours plus clocks go forward one hour in Michigan and Ohio. Rest stop midmorning, lunch stop along the way on own.
5:00 pm EST Embassy Suites Akron/Canton Check-in to your host hotel, the Embassy Suites, Akron OH.
5:30 pm - Hotel managers reception includes adult beverage and light snacks.
6:45 pm - Departure Dinner tonight at Benders 9 miles from property. Bender's has been satisfying customers with culinary classics, drink and hospitality since 1902.
Day Eight – Sunday, August 27 (Breakfast)
7:00 am opening -No matter what you're craving for breakfast, we've got more choices for the most important meal of the day. Whether you're flying solo or with your whole family, every guest gets exactly what they want for breakfast for free. With plenty of hot and cold options, this breakfast is much better than other hotels' standard continental offerings. Enjoy a cooked-to-order omelet made just the way you like it with your favorite fillings. Full hot buffet including Eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, fruit, pastries, oatmeal and OMELETS cooked to order.
7:30 am – Luggage pick up
Depart by 8:30am 345 miles/5½ hours
10:30am Arrive in Pittsburgh and visit the National Aviary- featuring more than 500 birds of 150+ unique species from around the world. With your general admission, you will encounter exotic, rare, and endangered birds up close as you are transported from rocky coastlines through a tropical rainforest to serene grasslands. Free-flight, walk-through exhibits allow birds to perch at arm's length and greet you, while more elusive inhabitants are only discovered by careful study of the tree tops and groundcover.
Lunch can be here on your own. Atria's Kookaburra Kitchen provides a wide variety of dining options for National Aviary visitors. From home-made soups and fresh salads to daily specials and sandwiches.
Depart by 1pm and travel towards DC. 240 miles/ 4 hours plus rest stop. ETA: 5:30 pm
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.