To The Moon and Back
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission in Ohio!
The historic launch of the Apollo 11 mission carried three astronauts toward the moon. Two of them would set foot on the lunar surface for the first time in human history as millions of people around the world followed their steps on television. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module the “Eagle” on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15. You will visit places relating to Armstrong’s youth and adulthood, and to the Apollo mission.
Tuesday, April 2 (7 1/4 hours' drive time)
- Depart from Terminal for Wapakoneta, OH
- BREAKFAST is included en route.
- Check into your Wapakoneta area hotel, the BEST WESTERN INN. This property offers an INDOOR POOL with hair dryers in all rooms. LUGGAGE SERVICE INCLUDED.
- Before dinner, enjoy an HOUR -LONG NEIL ARMSTRONG'S HOMETOWN TOUR. A step-on guide joins your tour to take you through Wapakoneta. Hear tales of about young Mr. Armstrong and see his boyhood home, his high school, church and former drug store where he worked to earn money for his flying lessons. Learn about his community and work ethic that led to his success in life.
- Enjoy an OVER THE MOON BUFFET DINNER experience, adjacent to the hotel, including Ohio-based entertainment, history and more.
- Following your buffet dinner, you'll be OVER THE MOON when you hear this LOCAL BLUEGRASS / COUNTRY DUO, with music such as "Bad Moon Arising," 'Fly Me to the Moon," "Moon River," "Dancing in the Moonlight," "Blue Moon," and more...
Wednesday, April 3
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
- Depart for Jackson Center, OH
- Arrive for a TOUR at AIRSTREAM. the Apollo 11 Astronauts spent several days in NASA'S Mobile Quarantine facility when they returned from the
moon, which was actually a converted Airstream Trailer. Tour the factory and see these iconic travel trailers being built. NOTE: There is a considerable amount of walking at this stop.
- Return to Wapakoneta. Enjoy a LUNCH BUFFET of foods that were served on that first moon mission. A guest speaker will talk about all the fascinating intricacies that went into their dietary planning. Guests will receive a complimentary menu from Apollo 11 mission.
- A visit to the ARMSTRONG AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. This is no static museum; it is filled with motion and sound. There are seven interactive exhibits, ten audio/visual elements, and three simulators. Visitors can practice landing the lunar module and space shuttle, or docking the Gemini capsule, as Neil Armstrong did 1966. Adults will find the simulators just as challenging and entertaining as the kids do. The 56-foot dome in the center of the museum houses the Astro Theater, a unique venue that allows guests to enjoy the night sky or watch the 25-minute documentary about Apollo 11's lunar landing. There is no additional charge for the simulators or the film. NOTE: The museum is undergoing construction over the winter and may not be open. Something else will be put in place of this, if it's not open yet.
- Depart for Sharonville, OH
- Check into the HYATT PLACE SHARONVILLE. Guests will be rewarded with the utmost in hospitality and personal comfort. The
hotel offers 125 rooms with hi-tech amenities you crave, merged with the cozy features you love. Kick back, relax, and enjoy separate sleeping and living areas thanks to the Cozy Corner with a sofa-sleeper, or get tasks done at the spacious work area. LUGGAGE SERVICE INCLUDED.
- DINNER is included at the WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Lebanon, where there is a Neil Armstrong exhibit in the Lobby. The menu for the evening includes all of Neil Armstrong's tried and true favorites that he always ordered at the Golden Lamb.
- After dinner, enjoy entertainment - MOON TUNES AND STORIES - and learn how 24 astronauts have come solely from Ohio.
Thursday, April 4
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
- Depart for Miamisburg
- Visit the DAYTONA COLD WAR MUSEUM. At the end of WWll, the Federal Government brought together all its Dayton area Atomic scientist into a new centralized facility in nearby Miamisburg, to work on Cold War projects. Known as the Mounded Complex, over the next 50 years this facility produced Initiators and Detonators for Nuclear bombs, and later Heat Exchangers for the Moon Walk and other Space program, before it was closed, with the remaining work moved to Idaho after 9/11. The devices that Armstrong and Aldrin left on the moon to measure temperature changes, earthquakes, etc. were powered by plutonium 238 from mound complex.
- LUNCH is included at the ENGINEER'S CLUB. The Engineer's Club of Dayton was built in 1918 and was founded by Colonel Edward Deeds and Mr. Charles Kettering. The brainstorming of these two gentlemen brought about such inventions as the first electric cash register, the self-starter-instead of hand crank for cars, quick dry paint for cars and high-octane gasoline. The fourth President of the club is a name you may recognize, Orville Wright. The Engineers Club of Dayton, a private club, was designed as a place to share and shape ideas.
- A visit to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE. The largest of its type in the world, this newly enlarged facility traces the history of flight from early ballooning to space travel. Included in its exhibits are U.S. and foreign military planes, space capsules, and early Presidential planes. The museum features more then 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more then 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. There's also and IMAX theater, cafeteria, and large gift shop. Visitors can climb aboard the Space Shuttle Exhibit. walk through four presidential and three cargo aircraft, and try out the Air Force Museum Foundation's new suite of simulator rides, including the Pulsework's Virtual Reality Transporter, the first of its kind in North America, featuring an exclusive Space Voyage experience. NOTE: There is a considerable amount of walking at this stop.
- Depart for Columbus
- Check into your Columbus area hotel, the DRURY INN, GROVE CITY. Stay connected with free wireless high-speed internet access in all guest rooms and the lobby and a 24-hour guest business center. Relax in your spacious guestroom and enjoy in- room amenities including free local calls, free in-room coffee service,iron and ironing board and hair dryer. All rooms include a microwave and refrigerator. Plus, there's and INDOOR POOL and WHIRLPOOL. LUGGAGE SERVICE PROVIDED.
- Enjoy the nightly KICKBACK DINNER RECEPTION. All Drury hotels have hot food and cold beverages from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.
Friday, April 5
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
- Depart for New Concord, OH
- Visit the JOHN & ANNIE GLENN MUSEUM, boyhood home of Marine Pilot, Astronaut, Corporate Executive, U.S. Senator, Presidential aspirant ... and friend of Neil Armstrong. The site is dedicated to telling the story f 20th Century American history through the lives of John and his wife Annie. Guests will be invited to explore citizenship, public service, science, space exploration, and lifelong learning, as well as the history of 20th century America, particularly through the lives of the Senator and his wife.
- Depart for home with"OVER THE MOON" memories of your out-of -this-world vacation!
- From Tuesday, 02 April 2019 to Friday, 05 April 2019