Getaway for the day with Utopia Tours...

 

We offer a variety of day trips throughout the year for you to enjoy with your friends, family, club, group, or just escape for the day on your own.

  • Theatres

  • Cruises

  • Shopping

  • Games

  • and more!

Have a club, or group, that you belong to?  Join us on one of our day trips and receive a discount!  Contact us for more information.
1-800-872-8445  or (320) 763-8687

click on the"day trips brochure" link above to see the latest day trips brochure

BACHMAN’S ON LYNDALE in Mpls & SOUTHDALE CENTER in Edina  *This tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19
Thurs., April 30
  • $41 per person
Breakaway for the day and start thinking about Spring!  At Bachman’s you’ll find fresh flowers, home décor, garden supplies and more at their flagship store on Lyndale Ave in Minneapolis.  Lunch is on your own at Patrick’s French Café, located in Bachman’s.  The afternoon will be spent at the Southdale Shopping Center before departing Minneapolis.
(Depart Alex/Mall 7:00 am - Return 8:00 pm)   (Depart St Jo/Park N Ride 8:15 am - Return 6:45 pm)

 

“DIXIE SWIM CLUB” at the Old Log Theatre / Excelsior, MN
Wed., May 20
• $89 per person ~ 1:30 pm show    
This touching comedy centers around five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team.  The group sets aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships.  Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.  They play begins 22 years after they graduate from college, and focuses on four weekends over a period of 33 years.  As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges that life flings at them.  It’s really a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years.  Lunch is included at the theatre prior to the 1:30 pm show.  Let us know meal choice upon sign-up:  1) Braised boneless short ribs, potatoes, seasonal veggies, gravy  2) Seared pork chop, potatoes, seasonal veggies, bacon port demi glaze  3) Dill roasted tilapia, potatoes, seasonal veggies, with lemon  4) Angel hair pasta with garden marinara.  Dinner rolls, dessert, coffee/tea included.
(Depart Alex/Mall 8:30 am - Return 7:00 pm)   (Depart St Cloud/Whitney Ctr 9:45 am - Return 5:45 pm)

 

A DAY IN DULUTH

Tues., June 9 • $120 per person

Join us as we head north to  Duluth!  Upon arrival we will go to Canal Park where you can explore the area, watch the vessels go through the port, view the aerial lift bridge be raised and lowered, and visit the Canal Park Museum.  Lunch is included at the famous Grandma’s Restaurant.  Then a local guide will join us for a sightseeing tour of Duluth, with a stop at Enger Tower for a beautiful view of Duluth and the harbor.  After the tour we’ll go to Glensheen Mansion, a historic estate on the shores of Lake  Superior.  Then return home, with a coffee stop along the way.
(Depart Alex/Mall 6:30 am - Return 9:30 pm)  (Depart St Cloud/Whitney Ctr 7:45 am - Return 8:15 pm)

 

A DAY IN ST PAUL - (Capitol & James J Hill House)
Wed., June 17
• $78 per person

Set off for a fun day in the cities!  We’ll start at the MN State Capitol Building, which was built in 1905 and has recently undergone renovations.  A guide will take us on a tour of the Capitol, seeing the marble dome, decorative art & murals, the Chambers, plus learn more of its history, architecture and more.  There will be free time to explore on your own here.  Lunch is included after the tour (place tba).  Next is a guided tour of the James J Hill House, located on the eastern end of Summit Ave, overlooking the Mississippi River.  This impressive house was built by railroad magnate James J Hill and was completed in 1891.  A stop will be made on the way home.
(Depart Alex/Mall 6:30 am - Return 8:30 pm)  (Depart St Jo/Park N Ride 8:00 am - Return 7:15 pm)

 

The DUTTONS at the Paramount Theatre in St Cloud
Tues., July 21
• $58 per person ~ 1:30 pm Show
The Duttons are a family of Three generations of musical performers committed to family appropriate, quality entertainment.  They perform bluegrass to classical music and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and drums, among others. The Duttons have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests, classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians.   Lunch is on your own at Crossroads Center or Olive Garden prior to the show.

(Depart Alex/Mall 9:45 am - Return 5:30 pm)   (Depart St Cloud/Crossroads Center –meet at 12:30 pm)


STILLWATER LUNCH CRUISE & TROLLEY TOUR
Thurs., July 23
  • $89 per person
Relax in the beauty of the Stillwater area when we cruise along the St Croix River with lunch included.  After the riverboat cruise, we’ll hop on board the trolley for a narrated tour of the area.  Then enjoy time on your own to explore the shops of this charming river town.  This has been a popular tour in the past.  Make sure to join us this year!    
(Depart Alex/Mall 7:30 am - Return 8:00 pm)   (Depart St Cloud/Whitney 8:45 am - Return 6:45 pm)


MN TWINS vs L.A. DODGERS
Wed., July 29
• $72 per person ~ 12:10 pm game   
Seats on first base side, Section 102 (tickets included in price)
Join us as we cheer on the MN Twins as they play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Target Field.  Sign-up deadline: July 2
(Depart Alex/Mall 8:45 am - Return 6:45 pm)  (Depart St Jo/Park N Ride 9:45 am - Return 5:30 pm)

“THE MUSIC MAN” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre / Main Stage
Wed., Aug. 5
• $106 per person ~ 1:00 pm show    
A fun and transformative story, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best!  This musical theatre classic features songs like “(Ya Got) Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You,” “Gary, Indiana” and more! Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.  The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.  Lunch is included prior to the 1:00 pm show.
(Depart Alex/Mall 8:15 am - Return 7:15 pm)  (Depart St Cloud/Whitney Ctr 9:30 am - Return 6:00 pm)

 

MN TWINS vs K.C. ROYALS
Sun., Aug. 16
• $78 per person ~ 1:10 pm game   
Seats on first base side, Section 104 (tickets included in price)
Join us as we cheer on the MN Twins as they play the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.  Sign-up deadline: July 17
(Depart Alex/Mall 9:45 am - Return 7:15 pm)  (Depart St Jo/Park N Ride 10:45 am - Return 6:00 pm)

 

MN STATE FAIR

Watch for dates and details on the MN State Fair (the Fair runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 7 in 2020)

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Thinking about signing up?  Then don’t delay!  You may even sign-up tentatively if you need to think about it.
Sign-up deadlines are noted for each trip, as that’s usually when we need have to let the place know for tickets or counts. 
We can take sign-ups after deadline date, as long as tour is still available.

Church Groups - Quilting Groups - Garden Clubs - Book Clubs - Senior Groups - Apartment Complex Neighbors - Family / Friends
Belong to a club or group?  Our day trips make for a fun and easy way to make some memories together!

DAY TRIP PICK-UP LOCATIONS:

ALEXANDRIA / VIKING PLAZA MALL located off Hwy 29 (load on the west side of the mall in the parking lot between Herbergers and Black Ridge Bank.)  *Some trips may also load at Grand Arbor’s South Entrance with min. # of people)

ST CLOUD / WHITNEY CENTER located on Northway Drive (load on the west side of the building.  Please park away from the entrance so patrons of the Senior Center can park closer during the day) 

ST JOSEPH / PARK N RIDE located  on Minnesota Street West, about 1/2 mi from I-94.

PLUS ALONG TOUR ROUTE for day trips       

**PLEASE BE AT PICK-UP POINTS 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TIME TO LOAD**

 

PLEASE NOTE FOR DAY TRIPS:  Prices are per person.  Ticketed trips (shows, cruises, overnights, etc) may be non-refundable, depending on deadlines at theatres/attractions/etc.  Payments are to be made within 5 days of reservation, or upon sign-up if close to departure.  Payments to be made by check or cash only.  Credit cards not accepted for day trips.  Please make checks payable to Utopia Tours, and mail to our Alexandria office.  No refunds for no shows.  Dates, prices, times, inclusions, etc., may change without notice.  Return times are approximate.  We do not send out confirmations for our day trips.  Single passenger reservations may have to share a seat (have someone sit next to them) on the bus.  Thank you!

 

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