Date(s) - 09/11/2019
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sit back and relax as we enjoy paddling slowly down the Mighty Mississippi on a modern day replica of a grand river boat that plied the Mississippi River in the 19th century. The LaCrosse Queen is an authentic paddlewheeler that glides on the water and offers a relaxing yet entertaining adventure. Watch for eagles and other wildlife as we cruise past the amazing steep bluffs adjacent to the Great River Road. While on board, we will enjoy a delicious buffet style luncheon plus narrated history telling the story of LaCrosse and its long relationship with the Mississippi River. As we near Dresbach, Minnesota and Lock and Dam No. 7, the locking process will be explained, which is very interesting.
Following our relaxing cruise we will travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe where we will enjoy a tour of the magnificent shrine church with free time to enjoy the numerous devotional areas and gift shop. This shrine began as a blessed and holy inspiration enhanced with the dedication and hard work of many generous faithful. It will forever be a spiritual destination for pilgrims from all over the world who yearn for peace, love and compassion that Our Lady of Guadalupe promises. No matter what your religious preference, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a peaceful, beautiful and relaxing addition to this tour.
One more interesting and delicious stop before heading toward home will be at the South Wind Orchards in Dakota, Minnesota. The orchards are home to 28 different varieties of apples. The apples are graded on modern equipment to bring the customers the best quality possible. Besides fresh apples they also have caramel apples, apple salsa, apple pies, apple cookies, many varieties of fruit jams and jellies, apple cider, apple butter, nuts, trail mixes, dried fruit, granola, butter toffee peanuts and caramel corn nuggets. Indeed a delicious stop to make!