October 8: Salt Lake to Boston: Today we'll get an early start as we board our flight to Boston, Mass, arriving about 6:00 local time. Our luxury touring coach will be waiting for us. We'll go directly to dinner at famous No Name Restaurant on Fish Pier. This will be a great start to our tour. Our hotel is in a nearby Boston suburb. Tour to pay for dinner today.
October 9: Boston all day. No city in the United States has more history than Boston, and we'll spend the day taking it in with our knowledgeable and entertaining local guide. We'll see Lexington and Concord where the Revolutionary War began. The setting is spectacular any time, but especially in the fall! The first two weeks of October is PEAK time for fall foliage in New England. We'll also see the Old North Church, USS Constitution, Paul Revere’s home, and much more. We'll enjoy a unique lunch and browsing experience at Quincy Market, near the old Fannuel Hall. We'll stay in the Boston area again tonight. Tour to pay for city tour and breakfast today.
October 10: Boston to Lebanon, NH: This morning we’ll drive about 30 minutes to the northeast and make an interesting stop in the town of Topsfield where Joseph Smith’s ancestors settled. They lived on the same homestead from the 1660’s (Robert Smith) to the early 1800’s (Joseph Smith Sr.). There is a plaque commemorating five generations of Smiths that lived here and worshiped in the Congregational Church. We then continue to beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on the shores of scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. We’ll board the George Washington and enjoy lunch during our 75 minute cruise across the lake to Weirs Beach where our driver will meet us. Lunch is included on the cruise. We continue north the Bretton Woods Ski Resort where we’ll take a ski lift to the top of the mountain to take in spectacular views of the Mount Washington Valley with tree covered hills as far as the eye can see. The combination of green pines and maples of every color is a New England site you’ll not forget. We then enjoy a scenic drive to our hotel near Sharon. Tour to pay for breakfast and lunch.
October 11: Sharon to Green Mountains to New York. We begin our day in Sharon, where we'll visit Joseph Smith's birthplace (20 minutes away). The setting is delightful this time of year (especially with the fall colors). We'll have plenty of time to see the Visitor’s Center, monument and grounds. We will continue to beautiful Rutland where we’ll visit the New England Maple Museum. There is an interesting display on making maple syrup AND they have a fun gift shop. Weather permitting, we’ll have a picnic lunch in the area (made by the Young Women in Sharon). Our afternoon drive takes us to upstate New York into Bainbridge for the night. Tour to pay for breakfast and lunch today.
October 12: Bainbridge to Palmyra. We are less than an hour from the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site in northern Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna River. Much has been restored here and a new Visitor’s Center has been built. It is a peaceful setting and an important stop on our trip. We’ll have 2 hours to see it thoroughly as there is much to see. We’ll then cross back into New York and head for Palmyra. Upstate New York is covered with trees and the drive is lovely this time of year. We'll arrive in Fayette at about 3:00 and visit the Peter Whitmer Farm where the church was organized and much of the Book of Mormon translated. We'll be in the Palmyra area for two nights. Dinner is included this evening overlooking near Fayette. Tour to pay for breakfast & dinner.
October 13: Palmyra area: After breakfast this morning, we’ll visit the historical sites of interest in the area. We'll begin with the Sacred Grove, the restored Smith cabin and the frame home. You're used to seeing this area with green foliage, but it’s also beautiful with fall colors (if nature cooperates)! We'll see the recently refurbished Hill Cumorah Visitors Center and go to the top of the Hill Cumorah. After an included lunch at the Yellow Mills Café, we'll visit the Grandin Press (where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed). Your director has been in this area over 40 times and will show you and teach you about many things that are significant in this area. After a rest at the hotel, those interested can attend a session in the Palmyra Temple (you must bring your own clothing). Tour to pay for breakfast and lunch today.
October 14: Palmyra via Niagara Falls to Kirtland: We will attend Sacrament Meeting near the Palmyra Temple today before continuing toward Niagara Falls, arriving on the New York side. We have included a ride on the exciting Maid of the Mist which takes us to the face of the world’s most impressive waterfall. We'll then have time for lunch and falls viewing in the lovely park. After lunch, we'll drive along Lake Erie toward Kirtland, Ohio where we'll arrive about 5:00. We'll stay in the Kirtland area tonight. We have a treat tonight as we’ll be joined by Karl Anderson, a celebrated Kirtland author and a fascinating teacher. He will prepare us for our experience in Kirtland tomorrow. Tour to pay for breakfast and Maid of the Mist today.
October 15: Kirtland all day: There is much to see in Kirtland as much has been recently restored. We’ll start at the Visitors Center built in the form of a 19th Century grist mill. The town streets have been rerouted creating a pedestrian area from which to enjoy all of the sites. We will also enjoy a guided tour of the Kirtland Temple, the Newell K Whitney Store, the Isaac Morley Farm, and the newly restored Johnson Inn. Kirtland is a quaint town, covered in trees and foliage. Again, this time of year offers autumn beauty which will enhance your historical experience. After a rest, we'll visit the John Johnson Farm where we’ll review the important history that happened here. This evening we visit an authentic Amish Community where we'll enjoy dinner with an Amish family at their farm. It is one of the tour highlights. We'll stay in the Kirtland area again tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast and unique dinner.
October 16: Kirtland to Macomb: Those departing today will be transported to the Cleveland Airport. For the others, we’ll continue toward Nauvoo the Beautiful. We'll relax, watch a DVD, enjoy some teaching, read a book, etc. We'll make sure the time is well spent, but we'll give you time to relax and do your own thing as well. In the late afternoon, we’ll stop at the Oak Ridge Cemetery to reflect on Abraham Lincoln who is buried here. We'll stay in the Springfield area tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.
October 17: Springfield to Carthage to Nauvoo. In the late morning, we’ll enjoy a visit to Carthage Jail to review events that led to the Martyrdom. We'll go over to Nauvoo for lunch. We'll check into the Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites (just up the street from the temple) for a brief rest. This afternoon, we'll see the Visitors Center and enjoy an orientation tour of Old Nauvoo, including a chance to stroll down Parley Street reading the poignant signs as we walk toward the river. Dinner is included today at our hotel. We'll stay for two nights in the Nauvoo area. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner today.
October 18: Nauvoo all day: Those who are interested can attend a morning session at the Nauvoo Temple which is a treat. After changing clothes, we'll continue to see Nauvoo. We'll begin at the Community of Christ Visitors Center with a chance to see the Mansion House, Homestead and Smith Family Cemetery. After lunch, you'll have the rest of the day to see the sites that are of most interest to you. Tonight we have dinner at Hotel Nauvoo (famous buffet). Those interested can see the play at the Cultural Hall. Others can relax this evening. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner today.
October 19: Nauvoo to Independence. We'll get an early start today as we travel west toward Jackson County. We'll then visit Adam-Ondi-Ahman, a place of great historical and future significance. A short drive from there are the remains of Far West, a once bustling city with thousands of inhabitants. If time permits, we’ll visit Richmond and see the monument to the Three Witnesses and other interesting things. We'll then continue toward Independence where we’ll spend the evening. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.
October 20: Independence to Salt Lake: This morning, we'll visit the LDS Visitor’s Center which was recently completely revamped. We’ll also see the temple lot, as well as other highlights in the area. After lunch, we’ll visit Liberty Jail. Known as the prison-temple, The Prophet was incarcerated here for 4 1/2 months. It is one of the most profound places we'll visit, and a fitting place to end our tour. You will have an enhanced appreciation of church history and the people that made it possible. The Kansas City Airport is nearby. Tour to pay for breakfast.