Giant Discoveries: Desserts and Dinosaurs

Dates: July 15-16, 2021


Special Features

  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Walking Tour of Meramec Caverns (Gentle Slopes – No Stairs)
  • Visit Grissom Center and Space Museum – Unique and Amazing!
  • Visit the Historic Anheuser Museum and Family Estate
  • Visit the Mastadon State Historic Site
  • Shopping in Historic Downtown Kimmswick

What’s in your “backyard” that makes it special? What’s on the other side of the fence? The other side of the state?

This short two-day trip will take you across to the Mississippi River and explore some of those little-known, unique and off-beat places just a “stone’s-throw” from our own home. Discover underground wonders and expand your mind to the challenges of infinity. Dig into the treasures of small-town USA and tour habitants of the rich and famous.

Meramec Caverns


Double: $395/pp
Single: $445/pp

Trip Protection (due at time of booking):  

$ 71 per person

Deposit (due at time of booking):  $50/pp
Final Payment Due: June 1, 2021

Historic Anheuser Museum and Family Estate

Day 1, Thursday, July 15

Today explore inner and outer space.  Board the coach and travel east to one of the 6,000 (!) documented caves in Missouri – which is also known as the Cave State.  Spend an hour with our guide as he leads us on a gentle (no stairs or steep inclines) stroll through the most picturesque parts of Meramec Caverns. 

Following a welcome lunch break along Historic 66, head over to Bonne Terre for a visit to one of the best-kept secrets in Eastern Missouri:  the Grissom Center and Space Museum, named after and dedicated to one of the first US astronauts.  Spend time with the museum’s owner and curator who’s preparing a special program for our group, and experience some of the exhilaration and euphoria of space travel.  We should arrive in time to enjoy complimentary food and beverages at our hotel. (L,D)

Grissom Center and Space Museum

Day 2, Friday, July 16

After breakfast, we will load the coach and drive a short distance to a little “blip” on the Big Mississippi:  Kimmswick – short on Population but long on History and Pride… and now the home port of the last authentic steam paddlewheel riverboat, the storied Delta Queen. 

Historic Anheuser Museum and Family Estate

First stroll around the mansion and grounds of the Anheuser family estate.  Touch a piece of history while learning what drew St Louis aristocracy and industrial magnates to the shores of the Mississippi.  Then visit the Spicery, the Glass Artisan and other unique shoppes that will certainly have that perfect gift or souvenir.  Then follow us to the Blue Owl Restaurant, home of the “Levee-High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie” and other astonishing desserts.

Finish the day with the Mastodon State Historic Site:  learn when these mammoth beasts plodded through the Mississippi delta lowlands, see giant bones unearthed from Missouri soil and discover the impact these prehistoric behemoths had on the land and other animal life.  We’ll turn our coach back to the west, and arrive in Springfield in time to see the sun set on another exciting Sunnyland tour.  Remember, sometimes we don’t have to go far to find something new, to discover the unique or unusual, and to have one of those “Who knew….” Moments. (B,L)

Please Note: Many of our sightseeing stops/sites require extensive standing, sitting, walking – sometimes on unpaved or cobblestone streets, loading and unloading into horse drawn carriages and/or trolleys. Sunnyland Travel will not refund or cover any cost of expense incurred for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to fully participate with the group. If you require assistance in walking, navigating stairs, etc., you are required to travel with a qualified physically-able companion who can accompany and provide such assistance. Due to many historic locations, the motor coach is not allowed to stay on site or remain running to provide an alternate shelter for those not able to participate in an event. Please make sure you read the itinerary fully and call one of our travel consultants if you have any questions.