Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

The Grand Hotel

Marvelous Michigan!  - Mackinac Island, Holland & Grand Rapids

June 9-13, 2014

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Glimpse Into Chicago's Past

Lunch and Tour

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Travel back in time as CLR contrasts life in one of the grandest homes of 19th century Chicago with the Swedish immigrant experience of the same period. The Driehaus Museum, housed in the 3-story mansion built for Samuel M. Nickerson in 1879, offers visitors an opportunity to experience how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects and designers.

Note: All facilities are handicap accessible. Walking tours involve being on your feet for an hour or more.

Depart Rock Valley College at 8:00 a.m.
Return to Rock Valley College about 6:00 p.m.

Cost: (Includes entry fees, tours, lunch and transportation)

$72 for Center Members

$87 for non-members

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Circus World and Dells Boat Tour

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Did you ever want to run away with the circus? Now is your chance! Join us for a visit to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The Museum includes
two shows. First, there is the Tristan Crist’s Magical Illusions show. Then there is the Big Top Show. In addition, there will be time to tour the historic circus buildings, circus memorabilia and the collection of circus wagons on your own.

Note: Facilities are handicap accessible, except you have to walk through the grass to tour the historic circus buildings at Circus World Museum. While on the boat, the only restroom is on the upper deck. There are handicap accessible restrooms at both shore landings. The shore landing for Witches Gulch requires walking a boardwalk.

Depart Rock Valley College at 7:30 a.m.
Return to Rock Valley College about 5:30 p.m.

Cost: (includes Circus World with shows and attractions, boat trip and lunch)

$84 for Center members

$99 for non-members

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Autumn in New England

October 14-21, 2014

The Center for Learning in Retirement is partnering with GVG Tours for a travel experience that will cover five New England states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. This 8 day/7 night amazing autumn adventure will be led by Gene Van Galder.


Tour highlights:

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum
  • Newport Mansions
  • Nature Quest Boat Cruise
  • Mt. Washington Cog Rail
  • Wadsworth Home
  • Paul Revere House
  • Beautiful Fall Foliage
  • New England Landscape
  • Charming Villages
  • Covered Bridges
  • Restored Homes
  • Acadia National Park
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Harvard University
  • Vanderbilt Mansion
  • Seaside Towns
  • Trolley Tour
  • Lighthouses
  • Fresh Seafood

Download trip brochure and registration form

Trip Preview Meeting
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1 PM
Join us at the Rock Valley College Bell School Road Center to hear more about this exciting travel adventure from Gene Van Galder of GVG Tours, meet other travelers, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Call (815) 921-3931 to RSVP.