Regional Tour

Pella Tulip Time Festival

May 1 - 3, 2019

photo of tulips in Iowa


Day 1 – Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The journey begins today meeting new friends en-route to West Branch, Iowa to visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.  The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library contains the personal papers of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover.  The Library holds copies of selected records from the National Archives that document the activities of federal agencies closely associated with Hoover, and important national conferences he convened.  The Library also holds 300 additional collections of personal papers from individuals who either worked with Herbert Hoover, or were associated with him through shared areas of interest or activity.  

OVERNIGHT: Country Inn & Suites Des Moines West, Iowa

DAY 2 - THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019

It is tulip time in Pella! The city comes alive with a parade, garden displays of tulips, and other celebrations. The Pella Tulip Festival began in 1935 in celebration of the town’s heritage. This wonderful event features street washing parades, costumed wooden shoe dancers, and wooden shoe carving demonstrations. Today at lunch we’ll enjoy free-time where we can visit the street vendors making delicious treats such as poffertjes which are always served with poedersuiker (powdered sugar) and butter. Yummy! Pella’s celebration brings people from all over the world to experience the fabulous display of tulips and Dutch culture. This afternoon we’ll have reserved seats for the Grandstand Show and Volksparade. This evening we’ll enjoy the Dutch Dinner Show before heading to our hotel for the night. (Included Breakfast & Dinner) 

OVERNIGHT: Country Inn & Suites Des Moines West, Iowa

DAY 3 - FRIDAY MAY 3, 2019

This morning following breakfast at the hotel we return to the Pella Tulip Festival where we will have time to visit several of Pella’s historic locations including the Scholte House Museum & Gardens. Dominie Scholte promised his wife, Mareah, a beautiful home like the one she left in Holland. He held true to his word and in April 1848 the house was ready. This historic home sits quietly surrounded by award winning flower gardens. We will have tickets for the Golf Cart Shuttle to help us get around to the different events and attractions such as the Historical Village and the Vermeer Windmill. Lunch will be included at a local church before we say farewell and begin our journey home to Kansas City. (Included Breakfast & Lunch)