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Two couples, John and Betty Marsh from Kansas City, and Fred and Beatrice Troller from Zurich, Switzerland, meet at the St. Louis Airport just before embarking on separate vacation adventures. The Marshes are en route to Europe, while the Trollers will simultaneously explore the United States. The Marshes first travel to St. Moritz, Switzerland, where they witness the bobsled run, the "Holiday on Ice" skating show at the Suvretta House as well as local scenery. In the U.S., the Trollers tour the West by motorcycle and experience the entertainment and casinos of Las Vegas, Nevada, a cattle ranch at the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, and dinner at the Top o' the Mark in San Francisco, California. They then board the California-Zephyr train on the Western Pacific Railroad and, from the vantage point of the "Vista-Dome" section of a train car, view the scenery of Colorado. The Trollers continue to Chicago, Illinois, then on to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they attend a music-filled service at the Second Free Mission Baptist Church, visit the Lafayette Cemetery where they witness a funeral, and attend a music performance by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band at the Absinthe House nightclub. Their travels in the South are followed by a visit to New England where they attend a Deerfield, New Hampshire, country fair, and tour the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, the highlight of which is a performance by the glee club. While the Trollers explore the varied cultures of the U.S., the Marshes board the funicular railway to ski the Parsenn slopes in Davos, and later indulge in traditional Swiss food and music. The Marshes then journey to Paris, France, where they see the Arc d'Triomphe, hear a mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and are visited in their hotel room by renowned journalist Art Buchwald. The Marshes also enjoy a performance of the opera Les Indes Galantes , hear music at the Lido nightclub and attend a fashion show held by designer Jacques Fath. Their exploration of Paris continues with a visit to artist Germaine Richier's studio and art class, attendance at the traditional Art Students' gala "Ball of the Four Seasons," and a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens, after which they watch the Garde Republicaine performing at the Coeur d'Honneur monument at Les Invalides, among other entertainments. After visiting the nation's capitol of Washington, D.C., the Trollers conclude their grand tour in New York, where the Marshes have arrived by the Queen Mary steamship. Having traveled for a total of six months each, the couples now reunite to discuss their vacations. Following their meeting, they attend a special screening featuring Cinerama footage of the U.S. Navy's "Blue Angels" jet fighter pilots taking off from, and landing on, the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain ; a large fireworks display in Alton Bay, New Hampshire; and an incandescent Bessemer furnace at the Bethlehem Steel Company.