Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Mid-America Trip September 2021



SEPTEMBER 18TH – 30TH, 2021


Sept. 18th (Sat.): Fly-day only to Chicago, Illinois. Hotel Accommodations at Hampton Inn & Suites Rosemount Chicago O’Hare for 2 nights, (847) 692-3000 Free 24-hour shuttle service and Continental Breakfast included. Short meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m.



Sept. 19th (Sun.): Drive into Chicago for Lakefront Walk & Gold Coast Walk (Same S/F) Will stay in Chicago all day long!  Lots to see! The Lakefront trail takes you to the Chicago Loop, Northwestern Univ., Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier (eat at the many restaurants inside Navy Pier), Museum of Contemporary Art, near the John Hancock building, Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile and along beautiful Lake Michigan. The Gold Coast trail 11K option continues over the Chicago River along the Magnificent Mile to the Gold Coast neighborhood. Gracious townhomes line the streets leading to the Chicago History Museum. Return via Rush Street, known for nightlife, to State Street. The 5K option will take you along Chicago's new Riverwalk to LaSalle Street, Chicago's center for government and finance.  Return to our hotel.


Sept. 20th (Mon.): 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.  Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!


Sept. 21st (Tues.): 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. Free Snacks & Evening Beverages!


Sept. 22nd (Wed.): Today we will drive to another suburb of St. Louis to the Forest Park Visitor Center where two walks start from here, 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. 23rd (Thurs.):  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 & Arch. Spend the day walking and sightseeing! 


Sept 24th (Fri.): 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 Plaza Hotel Downtown, (615) 259-7881 Full Hot Breakfast included. Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!



Sept 25th (Sat.): Procedures have changed in reference to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. We will walk over together (2 blocks away) to the Museum for we must enter as a Group. Tour the museum and stay as long as you want and then continue with the Walk.  See the State Capital, Bicentennial Mall Ryman Auditorium, Printers Alley, Fort Nashborough, Lower Broadway, Historic Second Historic Second Avenue, Titans Stadium, Country Music Hall of Fame and much more. Enjoy the day in Nashville!


Sept. 26th (Sun.): Drive to Frankfort, Kentucky for Capital Walk.  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, Hampton Inn, Frankfort (502) 223-7600 Hot Breakfast included.


Sept. 27th (Mon.):  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.  Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 28th (Tues.): Depart our 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. 29th (Wed.): 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. 


Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)


SINGLE:  $2800.00   DOUBLE:  $2000.00 TRIPLE:  $1700.00              




SINGLE:            August 15th: $2800.00                                    

DOUBLE:          August 15th: $2000.00 

TRIPLE:            August 15th: $1700.00            


Because this trip is coming up fast, the 45 days refundable payment will change to 30 days. (August 15th) The deposit of $50.00 is non-refundable. 


 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 mtptacek@msn.com  

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