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Balloons, Bridges & the Duke 

National Balloon Classic 

July 29-August 1, 2024

Single: $1,779/traveler

Double: $1,477/traveler

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our captivating tour, where every moment is infused with excitement and discovery! From tracing the footsteps of American art history at the iconic white house that inspired Grant Wood's masterpiece to soaring through the skies amidst the spectacle of the National Balloon Classic, our journey promises unparalleled thrills. Delve into the rich tapestry of Iowa's culture as we explore charming downtowns, savor delectable local cuisine, and uncover hidden gems like the National Balloon Museum and the Iowa Quilt Museum. With exclusive experiences like private opera performances and honey tastings, each day is a symphony of delight for the senses. Whether wandering through historic bridges or basking in the glow of illuminated hot air balloons, our tour is a testament to the beauty and wonder that awaits at every turn. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime and create memories that will last forever! 

Monday July 29, 2024

First off, let's swing by the cute little white house that inspired Grant Wood's famous American Gothic painting. We can even dress up and take some fun photos there! 

Then, we'll head to the National Balloon Museum, which is pretty cool 'cause it's the only one like it in the country. You'll learn all about the history of flight and hot air balloons from way back in 1783 to today. After that, we'll chill at West Hill Brewery for some tasty local brews, dinner, and a cool tour of the brewery. 

Later, we'll hit up the National Balloon Classic, where you'll see over 100 awesome hot air balloons lighting up the sky. There's live music and entertainment too! We'll crash at the Drury Inn in West Des Moines for the night. 


Tuesday July 30, 2024

We'll start the day with a visit to the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates to learn about Norman Borlaug and the World Food Prize. Then, we'll wander around Indianola's downtown area, which is full of historic buildings and cute shops. 

Lunchtime means we're off to Des Moines Metro Opera HQ for some fancy eats and a private opera performance – how cool is that? 

Next, we'll check out The Studio for a honey tasting and then head to Edge of the Woods Raspberry Farm for some berry picking. Back in Des Moines, we'll relax at the Drury Inn before dinner at a local spot. 


Wednesday July 31, 2024

We'll explore Madison County's famous bridges and learn about their history and the movie "The Bridges of Madison County." Then, we'll enjoy lunch at Madison County Winery with a gorgeous view of Iowa's countryside. 

After lunch, it's on to the Iowa Quilt Museum for some artsy vibes, followed by a visit to the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum. 

We'll end the day at the National Balloon Classic's Nite Glow – watching those balloons light up the sky at night is magical! 


Thursday August 1, 2024

After breakfast at the Drury, it's time to head back home to St. Louis. What an awesome trip it's been! 

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