Welcome to The Great Plains

To best comprehend this vast and underappreciated region in the heart of the US, you need to split the name. The first word, 'great,' is easy. Great scenery, great tornadoes, great eats, great people: all apply. The problem is with 'plains.' 'Humdrum' and 'flat' are two words that come to mind. Neither applies. Amid the endless horizons and raw natural drama are surprises such as St Louis and Kansas City, the Alpine... Read More

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$52 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Food Tour of the St Louis Delmar Loop

Allow your enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide to shepherd you from restaurant to restaurant as they offer offer a variety of historical, architectural and civic information as you walk through one of Saint Louis’ most eclectic, beautiful neighborhoods. The restaurants selected for you (subject to change on based on availability) range from one of the hippest taco joints in the city to an old world bakery that serves up traditional Italian pastries. You will visit America’s original soda microbrewery that churns out delicious robust and creamy root beer. You will also get to see one of the highlights of one of the newer neighborhoods that that serves Texas style BBQ straight from the smoker; a Middle Eastern gem that specializes in family recipes made with the freshest ingredients. You will also check out the original location of the most-acclaimed pizza joint to call Saint Louis home in years.

$52 Food, Wine & Nightlife

St Louis Food Tour: The Dish

Meet your guide and small-group of fellow foodies in the Central West End to start your walking and tasting tour. After introductions, stroll to your first destination while your expert guide fills you in on the history of the neighborhood. Throughout the 3-hour tour, you get a taste of the newer hot spots and venerable old-timers. Expect to walk about 1.5 miles (2 km) at a leisurely pace, stopping plenty to see points of architectural and cultural interest. Throughout your tour, sample enough tasty dishes to make up a meal. Your local guide gives you the inside scoop on restaurants, cafes, galleries and nightlife venues, providing both local residents and out-of-town visitors fodder for their next meal. You might kick off the tour with a stop at a renowned Welsh pub established in the mid-1900s, when the area was known as Gaslight Square. After sampling hearty pub fare, head to a cafe that serves up dishes made with produce grown in a large urban farm across the street. Then pop into an acclaimed new pizza joint that serves delicious deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas. You also visit one of the city’s best Italian restaurants to taste fine Italian cuisine. For a taste of dessert, stop over at a chocolatier that makes a variety of mouthwatering chocolate treats. At the end of your 3-hour food and walking tour in the Central West End, say farewell to your guide and stay on your own to further explore the neighborhood or make your way to your next destination.Please note: This itinerary is intended to give you an idea of places you may visit during your tour, however exact venues and tastings can change due to availability.

$19.99 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kansas City provides visitors with a mix of educational and interactive activities through more than 30 aquarium displays that feature diverse ocean species in authentically themed habitats. See thousands of creatures as you make your way through exhibits that include an ocean tank and underwater glass tunnel — you’ll find something for every member of the family.Spy the elusive giant pacific octopus, considered the most intelligent of all invertebrates, and discover why its favorite meal consists of shellfish and crustaceans. Watch a variety of tropical seahorses slurp up their food and don't miss the rescued green sea turtle on the ocean floor. Observe cute clown fish and see jellyfish floating inside cylindrical tanks that mimic ocean tides and currents. Stop by an ocean tank of blacktip reef sharks which come from the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans and watch them swim overhead via an underwater tunnel. You'll also spot cownose rays which use their synchronized flaps to stir up ocean sediment on the tunnel floor. Learn about the creatures that inhabit the shores and coastal tides such as starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins and horseshoe crabs.Passionate about preserving marine habitats and the species that live in them, the informative staff at SEA LIFE Kansas City celebrates everything about the sea. The aquarium hosts educational demonstrations and shark and ray feedings throughout the day. Learn about successful breeding programs for endangered animals and discover how the aquarium supports worldwide conservation projects.

$38.50 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Legends in Concert Branson

Internationally recognized as The World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show, Legends in Concert dazzles men, women and children alike with spectacular, fun filled entertainment the whole family will enjoy. Using authentic costumes and their own natural voices, the Legends In Concert cast captures the very essence of the stars they re-create with such emotion and attention to detail – you have to see it to believe it! See tributes to the stars of yesterday and today such as Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Taylor Swift, The Blues Brothers™ and Elvis rock the house at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater!Located on the world famous Highway 76 “strip” in the heart of Branson, Missouri, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the ultimate Branson rock n’ roll complex, was built in 2006 and boasts 900 seats. Its innovative design creates an intimate concert space with great sight lines to the stage, cushy comfortable seats with generous leg room, a dance floor, state of the art projection screens, and a brand new million dollar spectacular stage set. Fascinating memorabilia from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand archives, recalling the historic roots of rock n’ roll and country, is also featured in the lobby of this world class facility.

$295 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride

A hot air balloon ride is a one-of-a-kind adventure for South Dakota locals and visitors. With over thirty years flying experience, your guide will take you on the only hot air balloon ride adventure offered in the Black Hills.Flying in the beautiful Black Hills is a unique experience. While balloon flights are generally focused over vineyards and farmland, you will fly over some spectacular, rugged terrain on this route, typically in the southern hills. From up high you'll see the Custer Valley and the world-renowned Custer State Park. On certain days if the winds are favorable, you'll be able to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. There are mountains, valleys, lakes and prairies to view as you drift along on the morning breeze, and travelers quite often see some unique wildlife that you really don't see in many other places from a balloon! The Black Hills are home to elk, antelope, buffalo and mule deer. If you're really lucky you might even see a mountain lion from the secure gondola! There’s nowhere else in the world where you can witness the same views from a hot air balloon and fly over such a historic and beautiful landscape.

$65 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Brewery and Distillery Tour in Kansas City

Ever wondered what an urban winery looks like and how it operates? Curious about why early brewers first decided to cultivate hops as a superior alternative for brewing beer than other flowering plants? Want to know why whiskey producers use copper stills to distil flavorful spirits from sour mash? Kansas city has seen an explosion of interest in craft beers, fine wines, and small production spirits in recent years, and larger numbers of people than ever before have started asking themselves these questions. This tour offers you the opportunity to answer some of these questions and more during a four-hour adventure trekking across Kansas City's urban core and outlying areas discovering what's happening in the craft beer and spirits world. The tour starts at Ollie's Local, a true neighborhood bar known for quality drinks, a modest, down to earth attitude, and a killer jukebox. After meeting your affable, friendly driver/guide and grabbing a quick optional pint at your own expense, you will head to the bus to meet the rest of the group and head out on your trip. This tour can vary between trips depending on your interest and guide's individual discretion in regards to the best stops for each specific groups - some groups prefer stopping on two breweries and a single distillery, others want to focus specifically on just beer. Each group will decide how to best allocate the three stops you will make throughout the day.  After visiting three select breweries and/or distilleries spread throughout central Kansas City, you will head back downtown for a central drop off and preferred mode of safe transportation back to you local home, hotel, or local vacation rental.