About this Tour

Let art, beauty and history unfold before your eyes!

Activity Level

Very little physical activity is involved other than boarding the coach, city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large and may have uneven surfaces and steps.

What's Included

  • All Breakfasts Included
  • Redlin Art Center Tour (lunch included)
  • Guided Tour of the Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center (lunch included)
  • The Pony Express Museum Tour
  • Trunk Show with Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company
  • Meet and Greet with Jenny Doan After the Show
  • Free Time to Explore Kansas City
  • Guided Tour of the World-Famous Historic Village of Boys Town
  • WestWorld Tours Farewell Dinner

Dates & Pricing

May 09, 2020 – May 16, 2020 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Missouri

Highs24
Lows13

Itinerary

Let art, beauty and history unfold before your eyes!

Day 1 – Home Cities to Devil's Lake, ND

Depart from Saskatchewan to Devil’s Lake.

Day 2 – Devil's Lake to Sioux City, IA

Tour the Redlin Art Center, a tribute to artist Terry Redlin, at Watertown, SD. Be inspired by art and natural beauty in the gallery and on the grounds. Conservation Park designed by Terry himself features 30 acres of park and wetlands considered “Redlin’s living painting”. The park surrounds the massive 52,000-square-foot brick building featuring a gray, black and white interior finish with Redlin’s original oil paintings as the focal point.

WestWorld Tours will provide lunch.

Day 3 – Sioux City to St. Joseph, MO

Board the tram and experience a guided tour of Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center in the picturesque riverfront hills. The 100-acre property features an arboretum and bird sanctuary, children’s garden, rose garden, and model railroad garden just to name a few. More than 100 species of birds and 57 species of butterflies have been spotted in the garden. Nature’s patterns and colours at its best!

WestWorld Tours will provide lunch to enjoy at the gardens.

Arrive at St. Joseph, MO, and delve into history to learn about the Pony Express, a mail service (from 1860 to 1861) where relays of men riding horses carried saddlebags of mail across a 3,219 km trail covering more than 402 km in a 24-hour day. Explore the Pony Express Museum featuring the restored and renovated stables, as well as interactive and educational exhibits.

After you check in to your hotel at St. Joseph there is free time for a leisurely supper and a relaxing evening.

Day 4 – St. Joseph to Hamilton, MO to Kansas City, MO

Quilters, this is the pièce de résistance - the day you have waited for! Hamilton is a quilter’s paradise with 12 themed quilt shops and the Main Shop at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Check out the patterns, Missouri Star branded fabric and thread, as well as the souvenirs. Learn more about your craft and plan your next quilting project.

Attend the two-hour Trunk Show with Jenny Doan. Jenny is a well-known quilter named “the most famous quilter in the world” because of her over 350 YouTube tutorials viewed more than 110 million times. There will be a meet and greet with Jenny after the show. Let this ultimate quilter experience fuel your creativity! After the show, enjoy your free time. Find a great place to have lunch and browse the shops.

Free time in the evening to relax after your busy day.

Day 5 – Kansas City

No travelling or itineraries! Today is a free day for shopping at quilt shops, outlet malls, or local artisanal stores. Spend the day visiting with friends. Check out the local restaurants and experience Kansas City’s unique barbecue scene.

Day 6 – Kansas City to Watertown, SD

Discover the world-famous historic Village of Boys Town on this guided tour of the national headquarters and largest child-care facility in Nebraska. Created by Father Edward Joseph Flanagan in 1921, Boys Town offers a safe-haven for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are provided with care and compassion and integrated into a family unit where they’re taught social and independent living skills to help them succeed.

Enjoy the WestWorld Tours Farewell Dinner and reminisce about the fun and lasting memories you’ve made along the way.

Day 7 – Watertown, SD to Minot, ND

Travel from Watertown to Minot.

Day 8 – Minot, ND to Home Cities

Almost home! Depart from Minot to Saskatchewan.

What you will experience on this tour

Let art, beauty and history unfold before your eyes!

Redlin Art Center

After years of watching his father paint and sell every oil painting, Terry’s son wanted him to stop. Charles Redlin wanted to preserve his father’s original oil paintings—but not for his own sake. He wanted everyone to be able to experience his father’s works in their original form. So, Charles developed a plan to collect and display them in a public space. 25 years before the Redlin Center opened, he planted the seed: “I told Dad I wanted him to stop selling his originals,” said Charles. “I wanted a place to display them after he was gone.”

Each painting in the Redlin Art Center marks a specific time in Terry Redlin’s life. In 1999, the Center was informed of an auction featuring 15 of Redlin’s early originals. As President of the Redlin Art Center Foundation, Charles Redlin felt compelled to buy these special pieces for the Center.  

Terry Redlin sold most paintings before 1984. With the new additions, the Center now has select originals from 1978 to 1984 and every original after 1985.

Today, 150 originals representing each year of Redlin’s career are on permanent display.

Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center

Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all.

Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.

Pony Express Museum

The Pony Express was founded by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors. Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.

Eventually, the Pony Express had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, and between 400 and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. The service lasted only 19 months until October 24, 1861, when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence. Although California relied upon news from the Pony Express during the early days of the Civil War, the horse line was never a financial success, leading its founders to bankruptcy. However, the romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express has made it a part of the legend of the American West.

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Quilters, this is the pièce de résistance - the day you have waited for! Hamilton is a quilter’s paradise with 12 themed quilt shops and the Main Shop at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Check out the patterns, Missouri Star branded fabric and thread, as well as the souvenirs. Learn more about your craft and plan your next quilting project.

Trunk Show with Jenny Doan

Attend the two-hour Trunk Show with Jenny Doan. Jenny is a well-known quilter named “the most famous quilter in the world” because of her over 350 YouTube tutorials viewed more than 110 million times. There will be a meet and greet with Jenny after the show. Let this ultimate quilter experience fuel your creativity! After the show, enjoy your free time. Find a great place to have lunch and browse the shops.

Historic Village of Boys Town

When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed. When you visit the​ Village ​of Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District, you’ll get an unforgettable ​glimpse ​into the history of ​an organization that has ​given ​​new hope ​​​to so many ​at-risk children over the past 100 years.

Dates & Pricing

Let art, beauty and history unfold before your eyes!

May 09, 2020 – May 16, 2020 Space Available


Canadian Dollars

$1,849 Double

Triple: $1,749
Quad:  $1,699
Single: $2,444

*All prices are per person.

Not included in price:

  • Taxes and fees

Total Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner


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