NOTE: Expect long periods of standing and walking on this tour.
Day 1: We are on our way to the East. Sit back and relax and think about the American history we will enjoy firsthand. Night in Collinsville, IL.
2: The rich farmlands of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio fascinate us today. A stop at the Indianapolis Speedway allows us to visit their Hall of Fame Museum inside the 2.5 mile oval track. Night in Reynoldsburg, OH.
3: This afternoon we visit the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA. This memorial is located where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. We travel through western Pennsylvania to Chambersburg for the night.
4: Our drive today takes us to Gettysburg where we stop at the visitor’s center and have a tour of the battlefield. Our next destination is Hershey for a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World. After Hershey we travel to Reading for the night.
5: Today it’s a tour of Philadelphia, the birthplace of liberty for a visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. In late afternoon we drive to Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, for the next three nights.
6: This is our first day to visit the Big Apple. Our day's activities include touring with a local guide and going to the Top of Rockefeller Center for a bird’s eye view of New York City.
7: Our morning begins with a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Later we join our local guide to visit the 9/11 Memorial and continue our tour of the city.
8: Today we travel south toward Washington, DC. Along the way we stop in Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city on the Chesapeake Bay. A tour of Annapolis with a local guide helps us understand the history of one of the oldest cities in the United States. Later we go to the US Naval Academy's visitor center where we learn about the life of a midshipman. Later we continue to Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC, where we spend the next three nights.
9 & 10: We have reserved two full days for exploring our nation’s capital. Sightseeing includes the U.S. Capitol; Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln monuments; World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials and more.
11: This morning we visit Arlington Cemetery and then travel to Virginia where we visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. Night in Fredericksburg, VA.
12: Today we visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. It is one of Virginia’s most impressive estates. We are on our way west crossing the Appalachian Mountains on our way to Barboursville, WV, for night.
13: It is restful as we travel through peaceful Kentucky Bluegrass Country. At noon we enjoy lunch at Joe Huber’s Family Farm in Starlight, IN. Night in Wentzville, MO.
14: This is our last day together with time to reflect and visit about our country’s beginning. By evening we arrive at our departure point.