Spousal Program

Two-day MRA Spouse Tour Itinerary
Conducted by See the Sights, LLC

Day 1  

9:15 Pickup at Kingsgate Marriott

Drive through quaint MainStrasse Village in Covington, KY. Learn about the German heritage of the Greater Cincinnati area. Hear famous folk tales of the Pied Piper and the Goose Girl.

http://www.mainstrasse.org/

Next stop is the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The design of this church was inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The interior is modeled after St. Denis in France. It contains murals painted by Covington native Frank Duveneck. The high altar is carved from Carrara marble; the floors are made of Rosata and Breche marble. The north transept contains the world’s largest handmade church stained glass window. The stations of the cross are intricate mosaics made from marble tiles.

http://www.covcathedral.com/

After the Basilica, visit the Roebling Flood Wall Murals. These 16 beautiful murals depict scenes from Covington’s history from the 1800s to 2003. The site also offers beautiful views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Downtown Cincinnati.

Next we visit Riverside Drive, where gorgeous old mansions built by riverboat captains are located. Hear stories of the Underground Railroad, as well as the tragic story of the Garner’s escape. We again see magnificent views of the Cincinnati skyline. Hear trivia and amazing tales about “Sin City” and its gambling past of bygone days in Newport, KY.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_Drive_Historic_District

After a short drive crossing the much-navigated Ohio River, we re-enter Cincinnati. A drive up to Mt. Adams takes us to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where we have time for lunch in the award-winning café and briefly look around the museum.

http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/

After lunch, take a lovely drive around Mt. Adams, often referred to as a mini San Francisco, with a stop at the Vietnam Memorial next to President’s Grove. Then it’s on to downtown Cincinnati, Fountain Square, P & G Corporate Headquarters, the Taft Museum, the Mural of Cincinnatus, Music Hall.

3:15 Drop off at Kingsgate Marriott

Day 2  

9:15 Pickup at Kingsgate Marriott

Take a walking tour of Findlay Market, Cincinnati’s destination for fresh foods and interesting gifts.

http://www.findlaymarket.org/

From there, continue to newly redesigned Washington Park and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Hear stories of the area and admire the fabulous architectural details. Eat lunch at your choice of OTR’s many wonderful restaurants, several of which have been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-Rhine

After lunch, we take a drive to Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, which took its inspiration from cemeteries such as Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Tour the beautiful grounds, which include 12 ponds, many fine tombstones and memorials, and various examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Many species of National Champion trees are found here, as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Grove_Cemetery

3:15 Drop off at Kingsgate Marriott