Land in the “Windy City,” Chicago, IL and take a bus to DUBUQUE, IA where you will
visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the majestic botanical
gardens and take a river cruise.
After spending a night in Dubuque, travel to WATERLOO, IA. Here, you will tour several
John Deere facilities, including the John Deere Tractor Assembly, the John Deere Engine Works,
and the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum (opening in 2014). End your day at the Isle Casino Hotel.
Next stop is AMES, IA. In Ames, visit several research farms and Iowa State University
facilities. Stay two nights in Ames and spend an entire day touring Iowa State
University’s beautiful campus, the Ames community and surrounding area attractions.
On your way to your final destination, stop at Kinze Manufacturing’s world
headquarters, manufacturing facility, offices and training center. Finally, arrive at the
QUAD CITIES. Here, you will be able to explore the past, present, and future of agriculture
at the John Deere Pavilion and Store, tour a John Deere Factory, and visit a local farm for an
up close look at agriculture in the heartland. Your group will marvel at the process of
loading grain for export on a barge at River Grain Gulf. Include a sunset dinner cruise
or two day Mississippi River cruise before returning to Chicago.