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2014 National Convention Tours

Tour information for DU's 77th National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri
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Historic St. Louis Tour Half-Day ($45)
Wednesday/Thursday (May 28, 29) 8:00 am – Noon

Begin your historic driving tour of St. Louis at Laclede's Landing, the city's original settlement. Laclede's Landing is nine-blocks filled with renovated, historic buildings, shops, and eateries. You will pass the famous Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, and the riverboats that call her home. Other points of interest are the oldest cathedral west of the Mississippi, aptly named the Old Cathedral, and the Old Courthouse that settled cases as notable as the Dred Scott freedom trial. Next, you will pass Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the once bustling rail terminal at St. Louis Union Station. Your first stop will be at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, built in 1929 as a movie theater by William Fox of the 20th Century Fox empire. The grandeur of the Fox is apparent as you step into the lobby and see the grand staircase and Fox Club. On your tour, you will hear about the history of the building and restoration of the theater, as well as the characters, both on and off the stage, that made the Fox legendary. Next, you'll set off to one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world; 84,000 square feet in 8,000 shades of color at the Basilica of St. Louis. These mosaics depict the life of Saint Louis IX, King of France, and the prominent men and women in the city's history.

Historic St. Louis Tour Full-Day ($60)
Wednesday/Thursday (May 28, 29) 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

This is the same tour as the half-day tour above, but with added stops at Forest Park.

Forest Park is the former site of the 1904 World's Fair and home to the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri History Museum. Housing a collection that spans from the Renaissance to the modern period, the Saint Louis Art Museum has something for everyone, and is considered one of the top ten art museums in the nation. The Missouri History Museum at the Jefferson Memorial Building presents the history of St. Louis from 1764 to the present, featuring the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the early days of aviation, including Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight. The motor coach will shuttle between each attraction at Forest Park, but it is recommended that you pick one or two attractions to make the most of your tour and enjoy lunch on your own.

Botanical Garden and Historic Neighborhoods Tour ($55)
Wednesday/Thursday (May 28, 29) 8:00 am – Noon

Enjoy nature at its finest while enjoying a private tram tour as you wind through 79 acres of flora at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Visit the Climatron, a geodesic dome greenhouse, and the 14-acre Japanese Garden. This is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country and a National Historic Landmark. It is truly a St. Louis treasure! Following your tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, explore the real character of St. Louis through two of its most historic neighborhoods. The first neighborhood, Compton Heights, was developed in the late nineteenth century by the newly wealthy German beer barons. Next, take in Lafayette Square, which features renovated Victorian mansions and row houses surrounding Lafayette Park, the oldest public park west of the Mississippi.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour ($30)
Wednesday/Thursday (May 28, 29) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

St. Louis is home to the King of Beers and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Situated in a 100-acre complex with more than 70 red-brick structures, the brewery buildings are known for their unique architecture and have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. During your tour, you will see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the Fermentation Cellars, the Packaging and Bottling Plant, the Brew House, and a film about the brewing process. No visit would be complete without a stop in the hospitality room to sample the family of Anheuser-Busch products.

Confluence and Duck Clubs Tour ($65)
Wednesday only (May 28) 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

This tour is dependent on spring flood conditions.

The Columbia and St. Charles bottoms along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are critical battle grounds for conservation. Ducks Unlimited holds many conservation easements along these rivers, protecting this vital wetland habitat from urban expansion. During your tour, you will visit the Audubon Center at Riverlands before heading to the confluence to view the nation's two mightiest rivers, the Mississippi and the Missouri. You will hear DU biologists describe our conservation work in the area, and visit two of Missouri's finest duck hunting clubs, both founded in the 1860s. Your stops at Dardenne Club and Raccoon Ranch will give you an opportunity to tour the lodges, explore hunting records dating back to the start of the clubs, and learn how operations were run in the 1860s and how they operate today. A box lunch is provided.

Fun Shoot at Nilo Farms ($85)
Wednesday only (May 28) 7:45 am – 3:00 pm

sponsored by Winchester

Join your DU friends at Winchester's Nilo Farms, one of the finest shooting facilities in the country and the home and resting place of King Buck. Bring your own shotgun, or use one of the loaners available. The only other equipment you must bring is mandatory eye protection. Standard eyeglasses will suffice. Ear protection provided. Your entry fee for the 100-target main event includes ammunition. The "main event" will be a 100-target sporting clays shoot with easy, shooter-friendly targets. Novice shooters are welcome. Free shooting instruction is available for those who want it. Awards will be presented in the 100-target "main event" to the top shooters in each class on a Lewis Class basis. Special prizes will be awarded to the top youth, lady and "old-timer" shooters. You must pre-register to shoot by May 5. There will be a shotgun start at 9:00 am. You will be squadded with other shooters to complete a five person squad. Lunch is provided. Space is limited, so register today.

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