April 4: Salt Lake to Washington DC. This morning we'll board our flight to Washington DC. Whether you're visiting for the first time or returning for repeat visit, you'll notice that unmistakable feeling of excitement as you visit our Nation's Capitol. We'll enjoy a buffet dinner in DC tonight, followed by an evening visit to Lincoln Memorial which is especially stunning at night. Tour pays for dinner.
April 5: Washington DC. After breakfast, we'll have a guided tour of the Library of Congress – perhaps the most beautiful building in DC. We will then visit the Jefferson and FDR Memorials which are flanked by over 2,000 cherry trees. If nature cooperates, it is one of nature’s most memorable scenes. After a visit to the World War II Memorial, and lunch, you’ll have a choice: 1) Visit Arlington Cemetery where we'll see the Kennedy graves, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the impressive Lee Mansion or 2) Spend time on the National Mall seeing the Smithsonian Museums and National Archives. (If you have something else you’d like to do instead, we’ll help make it happen). This evening, we'll turn you loose in the delightful town of Alexandria where you can browse the quaint streets, enjoy dinner and feel the history of one of America's great colonial towns. Tour to pay for breakfast and Arlington Cemetery today.
April 6: Washington to National Park to Charlottesville. Today we cross into Virginia making an interesting stop in Front Royal. We will then enjoy about 50 miles of the famous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. If averages hold, spring blossoms and wildflowers will be on display. Along the way, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in a lovely setting (weather permitting). We will enjoy several picture stops with lovely views out over the deep valleys. We’ll then exit the park and make our way down to Charlottesville, Virginia, arriving in the early evening. Tour to pay for breakfast, lunch and park fees.
April 7: Charlottesville to Norfolk. We're just a few minutes away from Monticello, the unique home of our third President, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello is a unique architectural masterpiece designed by Jefferson and housing many of his own inventions. The home and gardens and surrounding countryside are fascinating to see, especially in the spring. It is one of our national treasures. Our afternoon drive is among the most scenic in the country taking us along the beautiful James River, stopping along the way at the very interesting Berkeley Plantation (where we celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1619!) with its fascinating history and fabulous setting on the James River. We then continue to our hotel in the Norfolk area. Tour to pay for breakfast, Monticello and Berkely Plantation.
April 8: Norfolk to OUTER BANKS, North Carolina. Norfolk is home to the Atlantic Naval Fleet and is the largest naval base in the world. This morning, we’ll board a boat that takes us into the Chesapeake Bay and shows us the impressive naval ships (destroyers, carriers, nuclear subs, etc) that are docked in the area. This is our largest naval presence and it’s impressive to see and learn about. You’ll then have a chance to tour the Battleship Wisconsin which saw action in World War II. We’ll enjoy lunch on the famous Boardwalk in neighboring Virginia Beach before making our way into the unique Outer Banks of North Carolina (just over an hour away). This is a thin causeway with water of the Atlantic on both sides. We will stay at an ocean front hotel for two nights. Tour to pay for breakfast, Navy tour & battleship admission.
April 9: Today is our chance to enjoy the beauty of the Outer Banks. Take a morning stroll on the beach and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. Our first stop this morning is in nearby Duck where we’ll visit historic Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers made their first flight. There is an interesting interpretive center. After lunch, a local guide will join us and take us on an interesting tour to “land’s end” at Cape Hatteras where we’ll get lovely pictures of the stunning lighthouse. And we’ll learn much about the Outer Banks. We’ll watch the sunset at Bodie Island Lighthouse and have dinner at the Sugar Creek Restaurant in Nags Head. We stay in the same hotel tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.
April 10: Outer Banks to Myrtle Beach. This morning we continue to the south. Today is mostly a travel day as we make our way through central North Carolina into South Carolina. We arrive this evening in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where we will stay for two nights in another ocean front hotel. For dinner and browsing, we’ll take you to Pavilion Park which is a collections of shops and restaurants on a lovely lake. Those interested can see an optional show this evening (a show is included tomorrow night). Tour to pay for breakfast today.
April 11: Myrtle Beach. You’ll have free morning today to enjoy your waterfront hotel, wade in the ocean, or stroll the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with fun shops, activity, atmosphere and a beautiful sandy beach. After lunch, we’ll go about 30 minutes out of town to spend a couple of hours at the stunning Brookgreen Gardens with its fountains, sculptures and beautiful gardens (rated among the top gardens in the country). A delicious dinner is included tonight at the famous Original Benjamin’s followed by a great show called Carolina Opry featuring all styles of music and dance. This has been the most popular show in town for 20+ years. We stay in Myrtle Beach again tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast, dinner and show.
April 12: Myrtle Beach to Charleston. We’ll enjoy a relaxing morning and give you time to enjoy a nice breakfast and final stroll on the beach. We’ll then drive about 2 hours into the Charleston area where we have lunch in the charming historic district. A short boat ride then takes us to historic Fort Sumter, where the events that started the Civil War took place. It is operated by the National Park Service and we’ll be reminded of the important history. At 3:00, our local guide will show us some fascinating sights in the historic area. We stay in the Charleston area tonight. Tour to pay for breakfast and tours today.
April 13: Near our hotel, is the fabulous Middleton Place Plantation. You have to see this place. Set on the banks of a beautiful river, this 17th century plantation shows off the beauty, heritage and history of a bygone era. And the GARDENS are spectacular (see front of brochure). We’ll have lunch here before returning to the airport for our afternoon flight home. Tour pays for breakfast and plantation admission today.