Monday, September 23, 2019

Mid-America Trip September 17 – 29, 2020

SEPTEMBER 17 – 29, 2020

Sept. 17 (Thursday): Fly day only to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hotel Accommodations at Holiday Inn Express Airport for 2 nights. (414) 563-4000. Free shuttle service and Continental Breakfast included. There will be a short meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 18 (Friday): Drive to Madison, Wisconsin for Capital Walk.  The route includes the State Capitol, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention Center, a portion of the University of Wisconsin campus, a walk along the shore of Lake Monona, museums, and a portion of the shore of Lake Mendota.  Return to Milwaukee to participate in the year-round event. The route goes through downtown Milwaukee, with its interesting architecture and passes the Milwaukee Art Museum. Watch the "wings" on the museum open and close several times a day. Views are afforded of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Return to our hotel.

Sept. 19 (Saturday): Depart our hotel and drive to Springfield, Illinois for Capital Walk.  The route takes you over city streets and sidewalks, past Lincoln's Tomb, State Capitol, Lincoln's home and law office. Drive a short distance to our hotel in Springfield, Drury Inn & Suites, (217) 529-3900. Full Hot Breakfast included.  Also Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 20 (Sunday):   Depart our hotel and drive to a suburb of St. Louis, for University City Walk. This walk goes through University Heights, an early 1900's upper middle class planned subdivision and historic Parkview Place, an "Urban Oasis" now on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit beautiful Washington University. Finish your walk by strolling along the famous "Delmar Loop" with its many restaurants, specialty shops, the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and a statue of Rock'N'Roll icon Chuck Berry.  Drive to downtown St. Louis to our hotel for 3 nights at the Pear Tree Inn, (a subsidiary of Drury Inn) (314) 241-3200 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Also Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 21(Monday):   Today we will drive to another suburb of St. Louis to the Forest Park Visitor Center where two walks start from, Fabulous CWE and Forest Park. The Fabulous CWE Walk follows the city streets thru the Central West End Business and Restaurant area, Cathedral Basilica, Hospital complexes and tree-lined streets of St. Louis mansions.  The Forest Park walk is in Forest Park and is located in the Central West End area of St. Louis, MO, near the Missouri History Museum. Established in 1895 and is the largest urban park in the United States, and was the site for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.  Return to our hotel.

Sept. 22 (Tuesday):  Participate in the Downtown St. Louis walk at your convenience from our hotel, the S/F Trail winds through downtown St. Louis, along the Mississippi River, past the Baseball, Football and Hockey arenas and crosses the Arch grounds & out onto EDS bridge for pictures of St. Louis skyline and Arch. Spend the day walking and sightseeing!

Sept 23 (Wednesday): Depart the St. Louis area and drive to Nashville, Tennessee. Sightseeing day only! Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry.  Continue to our hotel for 2 nights, Drury Inn & Suites Downtown, (615) 259-7881 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Also Free Hot Food and Evening Beverages!

Sept 24 (Thursday): Participate in the Nashville Capital Walk at your convenience.  I will hopefully be passing out tickets to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum on your walk so that you can spend as much time as you want at the museum.  See the State Capital, Bicentennial Mall, Ryman Auditorium, Printers Alley, Fort Nashborough, Lower Broadway, Historic Second Avenue, Titans Stadium, Country Music Hall of Fame and much more. Enjoy the day in Nashville!

Sept. 25 (Friday): Drive to Frankfort, Kentucky for Capital Walk.  The route leads through downtown, past shops, museums, older residential/historical areas, across bridges, circles the Capitol, and through the Frankfort Cemetery, passing Daniel Boone's burial site. Drive a short distance to our hotel, H2Suites, (502) 234-2450 Hot Breakfast included.

Sept. 26 (Saturday): Depart our hotel and drive to Indianapolis, Indiana for Capital Walk. Participate in the walk and then continue our journey to Dayton, Ohio and hotel accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North, (937) 454-5200 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Also Free Hot Food and Evening Beverages!

Sept. 27 (Sunday): Depart the hotel and drive to the Wright Hill/USAF Museum Walk. The 10 & 12K trails will be on established paved trails, as well as the US Air Force Museum.  The 6K walk is entirely on the US Air Force Museum property.  Spend time also at the Museum walking through this great museum!! (Can you tell that I was prior Air Force?)  Continue to Columbus Ohio for our hotel for 2 nights at the Hampton Inn Columbus Airport (614) 235-0717 Breakfast included and free shuttle service to Airport.

Sept. 28 (Monday):  Depart the hotel to participate in our last day with 2 walks, Capital Walk and the Upper Arlington walk, a suburb of Columbus.  The Capital walk is mainly in historic German Village with a side trip around the State Capitol building. Highlights include Planks Bier Garten, Hausfrau Haven, the original Max & Ermas, Golden Hobby Shop, The Book Loft King Gambrinus in the Brewery District, "Soldiers' Wall of Letters", Schmidt's Sausage Haus, Schiller Park, and many lovely German residences.  In the afternoon, drive to the Upper Arlington walk that will feature multiple curving streets, lined with trees and a park-like feel as you pass the Mallway district and numerous historic homes.  Return to our hotel. Possible pizza party for our last night together!

$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip. Does not include any airfare but right now it’s SOLD OUT.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $2200.00      DOUBLE:  $1600.00                TRIPLE:  $1400.00                     

SINGLE:         March 31st - $1100.00                    August 1st - $1100.00                    
DOUBLE:       March 31st - $800.00                      August 1st - $800.00
TRIPLE:         March 31st - $700.00                      August 1st - $700.00          
The cost of the trip will include:
·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      12 nights of Hotel Accommodations
·      Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels
·      All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
·      Refreshments and snacks for the trip
·      Credit Only Walk Fees for the whole trip
·      Entrance Fees into Grand Ole Opry & Country Music Hall of Fame Museum

  Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to the following address:
Mary T. Ptacek  2748 Canarsy Ct. Henderson, Nevada 89052 (702) 523-4920