CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County College Trips and Tours Program will offer several trip previews for upcoming extended trips to the "Downton Abbey" film sites in England, a three-state Western trip and an African safari.
• "Downton Abbey": Visit the popular "Downton Abbey" film sites in England with exclusive tickets to Highclere Castle. A visit to the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire is included, along with St. Mary’s Church and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital. This "Downton Abbey" trip is scheduled for Sept. 15 to 22, 2014. A trip preview will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in Room A103 at the college, 8900 Route 14.
• Trains and Canyons of the West: Visit breathtaking sites, embark on a scenic float trip and ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World.” Learn the history of Santa Fe and the history of the “Ancient Ones,” the Anasazi Indians. This trip will be June 21 to 28, 2014, and the trip preview is from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room A113.
• African Adventure Safari: Visit several national parks and take a hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti, take a sunset cruise and more. For information on this safari, attend the trip preview from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in Room A117.
For information or to reserve a seat for a trip preview, call Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782.