April 25: Salt Lake to Washington DC. Today we'll board our flight to the Washington DC area. We'll arrive in the late afternoon. Our hotel is in a nearby suburb. We'll have a buffet welcome dinner tonight and make an evening visit to the Lincoln/Vietnam and Korean Memorials (stunning at night). Tour to pay for dinner and flights today.
April 26: Washington DC. After breakfast, we will begin to see the sites. Temperatures are pleasant, spring is in the air, and it's a great time to be in Washington D.C. We’ll start with a reserved tour inside the Capitol, with the excellent new film. We'll then see the World War II Memorial with its majestic setting and inspiring layout. We’ll also have a picture stop at the White House. The most magnificent monuments this time of year are the new FDR Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. After lunch, we'll 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 (if you've seen the cemetery, you can choose from other activities). During the day, we’ll also visit the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. 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 towns. This is where George Washington spent his social time. Tour to pay for breakfast and Arlington Tourmobile
April 27: Washington DC. This morning we'll take a beautiful 20 minute drive to Mt. Vernon where we'll spend the morning. This was George Washington's home on the Potomac River which is spectacular in the spring. We'll have a guided tour of the inside of the home and free time to see the gardens, out buildings, tombs of George & Martha and the education center recently opened with exceptional historical films and displays. Mt. Vernon is one of our nation’s greatest treasures – especially with all they have recently added. For lunch, we'll eat at one of George Washington's favorite places: Gadsby's Tavern. This is an 18th century tavern where George & Martha Washington shared many occasions. We’ll spend the afternoon at the Smithsonian Museums. You choose what is most interesting to you (American History, Air & Space, Natural History or even the Holocaust Museum). We'll return to the hotel for dinner and rest this evening. Tour to pay for light breakfast, lunch and Mt. Vernon.
April 28: Washington to York: After breakfast, we'll drive by Ford Theater, Georgetown and Embassy Row. We’ll make picture stops at the National Cathedral and the stunning LDS Temple that appears to float on the trees. At about 11:00, we'll take a 90 minute ride into Gettysburg, that pivotal battle ground of the Civil War. A NEW Visitor’s Center just opened a few years ago and it is VERY well done. A cemetery guide will board our bus and take us to important battle areas while reviewing the interesting history, followed by time to enjoy the new center and the excellent new film. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn in York. Tour to pay for light breakfast, guide and dinner.
April 29: York to Philadelphia. We're right in the heart of Amish Country. The countryside is beautiful with well groomed farms as far as the eye can see. We'll spend time in the town of Bird in Hand. Choose between some for some shopping in a charming setting, or a buggy ride through the farms. We’ll have an early buffet lunch at the Family Cupboard (great Amish cooking) followed by a 90 minute drive to Philadelphia. We'll arrive with plenty of time to see the Visitors Center (with an excellent film), the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where freedom began (and where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed). Those interested can join your director for an interesting walking tour of old Philadelphia. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in the Philadelphia area tonight. Tour to pay for light breakfast and lunch today.
April 30: Philadelphia to New York City. After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive toward New York City. It's exciting to see the Skyline as it comes into view. We’ll be in Liberty Park on the New Jersey side where we’ll board our ferry for a 10 minute ride to Ellis Island and then to the Statue of Liberty. The ferry will then take us to the New York side (Battery Park) where we’ll enjoy a short walking tour including Ground Zero, Wall Street, the NYSE, Trinity Church and more (the most historical and interesting places in Manhattan in my opinion). We have included entrance into the fabulous 9/11 Museum which opened in 2014. We’ll then check into our hotel where you’ll have a free evening to enjoy dinner followed by a chance to go to the top of the Empire State Building (transportation provided), or enjoy other activities of your choosing. Tour to pay for breakfast and ferries today.
May 1: New York City. There's much more to see and do. At about 9:00, we’ll take you on a tour to see the highlights of the city including Central Park (for a nice walk), Little Italy, Chinatown, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and much more. We’ll also stop at the fabulous Conservatory Gardens in full bloom this time of year! Those interested can opt for a matinee show today instead of the tour. An early dinner is included tonight at the Plataforma Restaurant (come hungry), a first class restaurant near our hotel. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to see the Broadway Show of your choosing – You tell us which one and we’ll arrange it for you (a list will be sent out well in advance). Tour to pay for NYC tour and dinner today.
Note: The Broadway shows are OPTIONAL. We will provide you with a list of options and price ranges for the show in New York. You may choose to attend one show, two shows or no shows. You choose the performance and you choose the price range. We'll obtain the tickets (or you can obtain your own). At the time the brochure was printed, the theaters had not confirmed their spring schedules. This will be available in November or December and will be sent to all tour participants. Some of the performances will be: Phantom, Wicked, Waitress, Cats, Lion King, Aladdin, Beautiful (Carole King Musical), Anastasia, Hello Dolly and others (Hamilton is already sold out through the spring!). Show tickets are not included in the price of the tour, and must be paid for at the time they are ordered.
May 2: This morning we'll enjoy a subway ride to Brooklyn where we'll enjoy a one-way stroll on the pedestrian path over the Brooklyn Bridge. Trust me. You’ll LOVE this. This affords the BEST views of Manhattan and is a fun way to enjoy the city (and is the #1 visitor activity in New York. We then transfer to the airport.
New York City is, without question, one of the world’s great destinations. BUT YOU MUST SEE IT WITH SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING. We have taken over 100 groups to New York for over 45 years. We can show it to you in a way that few others can.