This is a scenic and educationally packed trip as history comes alive in locations throughout this tour. Your trip begins and ends in the capital of the United States, Washington DC. There’s plenty of sightseeing to be done in Washington DC, and your sightseeing tour covers the highlights. In Colonial Williamsburg, see history recreated as costumed villagers add charm and authenticity to the quaint streets. Also visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home; Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington; Sinking Spring Farm, where Lincoln was born; Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his raid on the U.S. arsenal; and Gettysburg Battlefield, where Lincoln delivered the famous Gettysburg Address. This vacation also includes beautiful scenery. Enjoy vistas of the Shenandoah Valley from the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and stop at the Luray Caves. At the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains sits the popular mountain retreat of Gatlinburg, where you’ll spend two nights. In Kentucky, the scenery changes to the green pastures, whiteboard fences, and columned estates of Kentucky Bluegrass Country. These are just a few of the many features you’ll enjoy on this vacation. History and beauty—this trip has it all!
Sightseeing:In Washington DC; orientation tour in Richmond, Gettysburg Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, Luray Caverns, Kentucky Horse Park, Sinking Spring Farm, Whiskey Distillery, Colonel Sanders, Museum of Appalachia, Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock, Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel & Museum, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon.
WASHINGTON DC AREA Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F)GETTYSBURG Quality Inn Gettysburg (ST)SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Skyland Resort (MF)BECKLEY Quality Inn Beckley (MF)LEXINGTON, KY Hilton Lexington Downtown (SF)BARDSTOWN Best Western General Nelson (ST)GATLINBURG Glenstone Lodge (F)ASHEVILLE AREA Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore South (ST)LEXINGTON, VA AREA Best Western Inn Lexington (ST)WILLIAMSBURG Country Inn & Suites Williamsburg (F)
7 continental breakfasts (CB)
NOTE:Enjoy the spectacular colors of the Appalachian Mountains on our special fall foliage departures: September 13 to 27 (if Mother Nature permits).
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.