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St. Louis and Springfield Educational Travel: Gateway to the West

Springfield, IL, St. Louis, MO
students in springfield

St. Louis and Springfield Educational Travel: Gateway to the West

Springfield, IL, St. Louis, MO

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Destination: Springfield, IL, St. Louis, MOType: EducationalSubject: History, Politics, Social Studies, C3

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Immerse students in the history of Illinois and the Midwest during this educational travel experience. Serving as the capital of Illinois, Springfield mixes modern politics with the history of its most famous statesman: Abraham Lincoln. Students will discover the town’s influence on the 16th president’s career and worldviews with visits to historic locations, museums and memorials. The student tour continues in St. Louis, home to the Gateway Arch, the world’s highest manmade monument. Discover the history of traders on the Mississippi River, visit the farm of Ulysses S. Grant and check out the city’s world-class art museums.

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Highlights

  • Visit Lincoln Sights Including His tomb, Home and the Old State Capitol
  • Ascend the St. Louis Arch
  • SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive in Springfield

Visit the Oak Ridge Cemetery

In addition to seeing the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, students will see the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Illinois Korean Veterans Memorial and the Illinois World War II Veterans Memorial

Enjoy Lunch

Tour the Old State Capitol

Explore the Greek Revival building where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “House Divided” speech and the grounds where our current president announced his candidacy.

Lincoln’s Home & Neighborhood

In the home where Lincoln lived with his family before his presidential election, students will enjoy an intimate look into the 16th president’s life with artifacts and family records.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Artifacts such as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address and a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation shine light on the life and career of Abraham Lincoln.

Check into Your Hotel

Enjoy Dinner

students in springfield

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Illinois State Capitol

New Salem Village

A fully-recreated frontier village built on the foundations of New Salem depicts the town where Abraham Lincoln spent his 20s.

Enjoy Lunch

Depart for St. Louis

Explore Union Station

Ascend The Gateway Arch

As the world’s tallest manmade monument, this 630-foot stainless steel structure was built in 1947 to commemorate America’s Westward expansion.

Watch Film, “ Monument to the Dream”

Check into Your Hotel

Enjoy Gateway Dixieland Riverboat Dinner Cruise

Students in St. Louis

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast at Hotel

Check Out of Hotel

Visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and Museum

Once owned by Union Army leader and president Ulysses S. Grant, this former farm and national park presents students with Civil War exhibits and historic sites.

Enjoy Lunch

Depart For Home

St. Louis Day 2

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60+

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

24/7

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM READY FOR ANY SITUATION

100%

OF GROUP LEADERS FELT PEACE OF MIND WITH TOUR DIRECTORS

50M

MILES TRAVELED LAST YEAR WITHOUT INCIDENT

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