Atlanta - Great Smoky Mountains - Cherokee - Pigeon Forge (198 miles)
We will drive to the highest point in The Great Smoky Mountains. Walking along the Clingmans Dome trail, feels like walk into the cloud, at the observation tower on the summit offers spectacular 360 views of the Smokes. After that, we will reach the Newfound Gap, enjoy the beautiful scene of the great mountains located right at the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Afterwards, we will continue to Pigeon Forge, TN to see the Dixie Stampede Western show, which was created by the great Dolly Parton..
Great Smoky Mountains, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee boasts impeccable views of that state's segment of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Come visit this impressive wilderness to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.
The westernmost county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Portions of the Qualla Boundary, also known as the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation, are located in Cherokee County.
Located along the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Newfound Gap is a scenic mountain pass near the center of the Smokey Mountains. Enjoy scenic views and visit the Rockefeller Memorial nearly 5,000 feet above sea level.
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
Pigeon Forge, TN
Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist destination. The city's attractions include Dollywood, numerous outlet malls, and music theaters.
Dolly Parton's Stampede
In 1988, the first Dixie Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just outside of Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. The show is still going strong today, and has expanded to two other locations in the American South.
Admission (Optional): Adult $72.36; Child (3-11 yrs) $44.77; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $72.36|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/La Quinta inn Pigeon Forge TN or equivalent
Pigeon Forge - Luray - Washington DC (421 miles)
Today we will go to visit Luray Cavern. In the evening, we will arrive in Washington D.C.
Luray is a town in Page County, Virginia, United States. It is the headquarters for Shenandoah National Park.The most well-known attraction is Luray Caverns, These natural landscape attracted a lot of visitors.
This National Natural Landmark in northern Virginia sees hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Tourists flock to the caves to see the impressive array of rock formations, most notable The Great Stalacpipe Organ-- a musical assortment of stalagmites.
Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (6-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $25|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles Intl Airport, Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo or equivalent
Washington DC - Philadelphia - New York (236 miles)
Today, we will depart from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia where we will see Independence National Park, the location of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and take Double Decker City Bus Tours. Then we will continue to New York where we will see Trinity Church, Wall Street, Charging Bull, Times Square, Wax Museum and Rockefeller Center.
One of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia was the first capital of the U.S.The City of Brotherly Love draws history buffs and lovers of culture from all corners of the globe!
Independence National Historical Park
This National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serves as a way of preserving important Revolutionary War sites for future generations. Called "America's most historic square mile," this 55-acre park in the "Old City" district is not to be missed.
Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes
The famously cracked Liberty Bell is a sign of American Independence and spirit. Located at Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia, PA, this symbol of the American Revolution was crafted in 1752-- more than 250 years ago.
One of Philadelphia's most famous landmarks, Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park is the location where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated, written, and ratified by the Founding Fathers of the USA.
Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes
Double Decker City Bus Tours
Experience the unique history and beauty of Philadelphia from the top of a modern double-decker bus. The open-top tours of the city offer the most spectacular views and provide entertaining live commentaries from fully-trained and friendly guides.
Admission (Optional): Adult $36; Child (3-12 yrs) $20; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $34
New York, NY
The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Cultural Capital of the World... whatever you call New York City, its impact on worldwide culture and business is undeniable. Seeing this famous metropolis is something no one ever forgets!
Built in the mid-1800s, Trinity Church (also called St. Paul's Chapel) is the oldest public building that is in continuous use in NYC. The current church is the third on this site; the first Trinity Church was built in 1698.
This famous street in New York City's Financial District has become synonymous with American financial enterprises. It is also the home of the New York Stock Exchange, and has been (or still is) the location of several other exchanges.
Duration: Approx. 25 Minutes
This bronze sculpture that sits at the northern tip of New York's Bowling Green Park is ready to strike! It was commissioned to represent the "strength and power of the American people" after the stock market crashed in 1987.
Called "The Crossroads of the World," this major intersection in midtown Manhattan-- where Broadway hits Seventh Avenue-- is a world-famous icon of both New York City and the United States. It has appeared in countless forms of media.
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in New York City. Once completed in late 2013, this will be both the tallest building in New York and third-tallest in the world.
Admission (Optional): Adult $39; Child (6-12 yrs) $32; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $36
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is a favorite attraction of people all over the world. Uncannily lifelike wax sculptures of figures both modern and historic decorate the halls of this museum, which dates back to London and 1836.
Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $23; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Duration: Approx. 50 Minutes
A member of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as well as a National Landmark, the world-famous Rockefeller Center (named for John. D. Rockefeller's son) in Midtown Manhattan has been a New York hub since the 1930s.
Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes
Deluxe Hotel: Sheraton/Hilton/Doubletree/Crown Plaza/Radisson/Hotel Somerset/Holiday inn or equivalent
New Haven - Boston (137 miles)
In the early morning, we will visit the campus of Yale University to view its Gothic-style architecture, before driving to Boston, where we will enjoy a delicious lobster meal. Then, we will visit the campuses of Harvard University and pass by the MIT before touring the rest of the city, including visits to Trinity Cathedral, the Hancock Building, the Prudential Center, and the Massachusetts State House. In the afternoon, we will take a Boston Harbor cruise. Afterward, guests will transfer to Logan International Airport for their departure flights. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding when to schedule flights.
New Haven, CT
New Haven is a coastal city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. Besides, New Haven is the home of Yale University.
Founded in 1701, this world-famous university is the third-oldest in the United States. This Ivy-League school is consistently ranked as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the entire world, and admission is extremely competitive.
ONLY public area of the school is available to visit during exam time
Admission (Optional): Adult $11; Child (3-12 yrs) $7; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $11; Museum Admission
Boston is a city as beautiful as it is historically significant. Visitors can walk the Freedom Trail and see where the seeds of the American Revolution were sown or visit the North End and look out over the harbor.
Boston Lobster Meal
At one time, lobster was considered low-class food, barely fit to be used as fertilizer. Not so today-- the most elite are willing to shell out a fortune for a good lobster, and Massachusetts is famous for its shellfish.
Admission (Optional): Adult $32; Child (3-12 yrs) $32; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $32
One of the most famous institutions of higher learning in the world, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA has been standing since 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States. Tourists come for both history and the architecture.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a research university known the world over for its highly selective and intense academics, and MIT alumni include 24 Nobel Prize winners and 22 Rhodes Scholars.
Trinity Church is located in Boston's upscale Back Bay neighborhood. It is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and the elaborate and ornate building has become a landmark and icon in downtown Boston.
John Hancock Tower
The John Hancock Tower is an iconic skyscraper in Boston, MA. Constructed in 1968, this beautiful blue building is staple of the Boston skyline. It is the tallest building both in Boston and all of New England.
This iconic Boston skyscraper is the second-tallest building in the city at 750 feet tall and with 54 floors. Completed in 1964, the building has been a staple of the Boston skyline for nearly a half century.
Massachusetts State House
Perched grandly atop Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House has been the location of Massachusetts government since 1798. This iconic domed building houses the governor's offices and the state legislature. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
Boston Harbor Cruise
See the famous Boston skyline like never before with a cruise of Boston Harbor. From the peak of the Prudential tower to the quaint North End, this beautiful and historic city is best viewed from the bay!
Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $20
Boston Public Library
The main branch of this municipal library system is located in Copley Square. It is the 3rd largest library system in the U.S. after the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.