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Join us as we explore civil war historical sites in Lecompton and Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1857, Constitution Hall in Lecompton became a meeting place for a constitutional convention. The participants drafted a pro-slavery constitution which played a role in the Bleeding Kansas crisis. We will tour the hall, territorial capital museum and the old Lecompton Jail. Then it's on to Fort Leavenworth for a tour of the historic fort, military museum and buffalo soldier monument. We will drive past the Rookery, which was constructed between 1827 -29 and is the oldest building in Kansas, and was once home to General Douglas MacArthur. Our last stop will be the CW Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, which features carousels from 1850 - 1950. Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter,Wichita Eagle

Trip Itinerary
1 day, Saturday, October 28, 2017

6:45 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:00 a.m. - Arrive Le Compton - Territorial Capital Museum/Constitution Hall/ Old LeCompton Jail
11:45 a.m. - Depart for lunch - United Methodist Church (Le Compton)
12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Depart LeCompton
2:00 p.m. - Arrive Leavenworth - Historic Fort/Military Museum/Buffalo Soldier Monument
5:00 p.m. - Depart Leavenworth
5:45 p.m. - Arrive Lawrence - Dinner
6:45 p.m. - Depart Lawrence
9:00 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Fee: $129 per person, includes transportation, admissions, lunch & dinner

Trip Cancellation:
A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued on cancellations received 6 days or less prior to departure.

From 1854 to 1929, an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed in homes throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. We will be visiting the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia to learn about the orphan trains and the children and agents who rode them. We will then travel to Smith Center to see the restored Home on the Range cabin, where the lyrics to the Kansas state song "Home on the Range" were written by Dr. Brewster Higley VI in 1872. After lunch, it's on to Lebanon and a stop at the Geographical Center of the 48 contiguous states. Our final stop will be Cawker City where you will visit the World's Largest Ball of Twine. Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

Trip Itinerary
1 day, Saturday, September 30, 2017

7:00 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:15 a.m. - Arrive Salina - Iron Skillet (Breakfast)
9:15 a.m. - Depart Salina
10:00 a.m. - Arrive Orphan Train Complex (Concordia)
11:30 p.m. - Depart Orphan Train Complex
1:00 p.m. - Arrive Home on the Range Cabin (Athol)
1:45 p.m. - Depart Home on the Range Cabin
2:00 p.m. - Lunch at Las Conteras (Smith Center)
3:00 p.m. - Depart Las Conteras
3:30 p.m. - Arrive Geographic Center Marker
4:30 p.m. - Arrive Cawker City Ball of Twine
5:00 p.m. - Depart Cawker City Ball of Twine
8:45 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Fee: $119 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & lunch

Trip Cancellation:
A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued on cancellations received 6 days or less prior to departure.

Travel back in time as we visit Christmas past with a trip to Kansas City. After a stop for brunch (included) in Ottawa, we will proceed to Overland Park to experience the holidays 1950's style at the All-Electric House on display at the Johnson County Museum. During our guided tour, see first-hand how Christmas was celebrated in 1954. The house will be decorated with Christmas décor from yesteryear including an aluminum Christmas tree complete with tinsel and a color wheel. Underneath the tree will be some of the must have Christmas gifts from that time period.
It's then on to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. The Museum houses one of the largest collections of antique toys and fine-scale miniatures in the world. Rediscover your childhood as you see many of the games, dolls and other toys you unwrapped on Christmas morning. A highlight of our guided tour will be a viewing of the Coleman House, the museum's nine-foot-tall dollhouse, which will be decorated out for the holiday season.
We will then explore Christmas on the frontier and learn about Christmas traditions from the 1860's as we take a guided tour of thefully restored John Wornall House, one of four remaining antebellum houses in the Kansas City area. The house, built in 1858, was used as a field hospital for both the Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Westport.
Finally, no trip to Kansas City would be complete without dinner (included) at the Country Club Plaza and a driving tour of the world famous Plaza Lights.

Trip Itinerary
1 day, Saturday, December 2, 2017

7:45 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
10:00 a.m. - Brunch, Kansas Buffet, Ottawa, Kansas
11:00 a.m. - Depart Ottawa
12:00 p.m. - Arrive at The 1950s All-Electric House, Overland Park, KS
1:00 p.m. - Depart Electric House
1:30 p.m. - Arrive at National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, MO
3:00 p.m. - Depart Museum
3:15 p.m. - Arrive at John Wornall House, Kansas City, MO
4:15 p.m. - Depart John Wornall House
4:30 p.m. - Arrive at Tomfooleries Restaurant, Kansas City, MO
5:30 p.m. - Depart Tomfooleries5:30 p.m. - Tour the Kansas City Plaza Lights
6:15 p.m. - Depart Plaza Lights
9:15 p.m. - Arrive at WSU Metropolitan Complex

Fee: $129 per person, includes transportation, admissions, brunch & dinner

Trip Cancellation:
A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued on cancellations received 6 days or less prior to departure.

Join us as we explore Kansas journalism past and present. Our day begins at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex where we will board a luxury motor coach and travel to the NEW Wichita Eagle Building in Old Town. After a tour and refreshments, it's on to the Historic Old Cowtown Museum to visit a replica of the Eagle's first building. We will then travel to Olpe, KS for lunch at the world-famous Chicken House, listed by kansastravel.org as one of Kansas' most memorable restaurants. After lunch we will travel to Emporia, where we will be met by local historian Roger Heineken, and tour area historical sites associated with William Allen White, renowned American newspaper editor and author. Sites that will be visited include Red Rocks White's home; the Emporia Gazette and Printing Museum; White Memorial Park and Peter Pan Park.Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

Trip Itinerary
1 day, Friday, November 3, 2017

7:45 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:00 a.m. - Arrive at the Wichita Eagle
8:45 a.m. - Depart Wichita Eagle
9:00 a.m. - Arrive Cowtown
10:00 a.m. - Depart Cowtown
11:45 a.m. - Arrive Chicken House - Olpie
12:45 p.m. - Depart Chicken House
1:15 p.m. - Arrive Emporia State Memorial Union/Walt Mason House/College of Emporia Campus/Emporia Gazette Building/ White Memorial Park/Peter Pan Park/All Veterans Memorial/Red Rocks State Historic Site
3:30 p.m. - Depart Emporia
5:00 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex

Fee: $99 per person, includes transportation, admissions & lunch

Trip Cancellation:
A 15% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations received 7 days prior to departure. NO REFUNDS will be issued on cancellations received 6 days or less prior to departure.

Join us on Monday, August 21 as we travel to St. Joseph, Missouri to view a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare and striking phenomenon you won't want to miss.

While Wichita will see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk, only those individuals within the path of totality, a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide that will cross the US from West to East, will see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. St. Joe is in the middle of it all and during the eclipse the moon will fully cover the sun for just over 2 minutes 38 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. The next eclipse over this area will not occur for 189 years.

We will view the eclipse at the Rosecrans Memorial Airport. Professional and amateur astronomers with high-powered, safety filtered telescopes will be at this location and detailed running commentaries will be provided by Michael Bakich from Astronomy Magazine.

As an added bonus, Caleb Gimar a space science educator at the Kansas Cosmosphere, WSU Physics student and former NASA intern, will provide interesting commentary along the way and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

No trip to the St. Joe area would be complete without a guided tour of the Jesse James House and Museum where the notorious outlaw was living and was gunned down on April 3, 1882.

We will also tour the Pony Express Museum where you will experience the exciting, educational and state of the art exhibits conveying the creation, operation and termination of the legendary Pony Express and its riders.

Don't fight the traffic. Travel with us by luxury motor coach. Reserved parking at the airport, and all admission fees are included as well as brunch and dinner. Also included are a pair of eclipse viewing glasses to allow safe viewing of this phenomenon.

Trip Itinerary
August 21, 2017 - Solar Eclipse, St. Joseph, MO - Day Trip

6:30 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:30 a.m. - Arrive Paolucci's (brunch)
10:30 a.m. - Depart Paolucci's
11:10 a.m. - Arrive Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St. Joseph, MO (viewing site)
2:00 p.m. - Depart Rosecrans Memorial Airport
2:15 p.m. - Arrive Jesse James House and Patee House Museum
3:30 p.m. - Depart Jesse James House and Patee House Museum
3:45 p.m. - Arrive Pony Express Museum
5:00 p.m. - Depart Pony Express Museum
5:40 p.m. - Arrive Paolucci's (dinner)
6:40 p.m. - Depart Paolucci's
9:45 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex