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 $69.06; Child (3-11 yrs) $41.46; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $69.06|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 (139 miles)
Today, we will head to Washington D.C. to visit Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, we will stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the National Air and Space Museum. Later, we will also be able to take some photographs outside the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building. Along the way, we will also pass by the Jefferson Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. Afterward, we will continue to Philadelphia to see Independence National Park, the location of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. We will also see Congress Hall. Last but not least, we will go to downtown to visit Liberty Observation Deck, which is the only observation deck in Philadelphia. Guests will stand on the shoulder of Philadelphia's 'giant', Benjamin Franklin, to see the historic city through a splendid 360-degree view.
The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.
Capitol Hill refers to the neighborhood around the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. It is one of the city's most densely populated residential areas, housing more than 35,000 residents.
Opening Hours: Fri - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
This iconic American monument honors the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, and is most famous for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all of the slaves in the US.
Duration: 30-45 Minutes
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This memorial in Washington, DC serves as a place to remember the American soldier who were lost or killed during the tumultuous Vietnam War. Originally controversial in design, the simple memorial has become a shrine for the American people.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial commemorates those who served for the United States in the Korean War. It is located south of the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall. The simple memorial is triangular in shape will a circle at the top.
National Air and Space Museum
One of the Smithsonian Institute's museums in Washington, DC, the National Air and Space Museum chronicles the history of flight. From the Wright Brother to Buzz Aldrin, the exhibits at this museum explore all of humanity's air travels.
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 7:30pm, Open daily except December 25|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
The world-famous White House in Washington, DC is the official residence of the president of the United States and the place where most of the work is done. The facade of this neoclassical mansion is a global icon.
The famous United States Capitol is the meeting place of the US Congress, and has been for more than 200 years. The building is famous for its elaborate dome and intricately designed, detailed columns.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, Closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Year (1/1) & President's Inauguration Day
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a memorial to the third president of the United States. The impressive building is neoclassical in design and has been standing since 1943. It sees more than two million visitors every year. It's only available during the Cherry Blossom time.
This iconic obelisk is a memorial to the commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary army and eventual the first president of the United States of America, George Washington. The massive stone structure began construction in 1848.
World War II Memorial
One of Washington, DC's many monuments and memorials, the WWII Memorial pays homage to those who served in the US military during that conflict. It was opened in 2002.
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours
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.
Old Capitol Building
Part of the American independence hall, a George style red brick building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. From 1790 to 1800, it served as the capital of the United States in Philadelphia, the building is home to the United States congress, and the earliest congress office building in the United States.
When Philadelphia was the capital of the newly-formed United States of America, this building was home to the young Congress and all of its proceedings. Congress Hall stands right next to Independence Hall in Independence National Park.
Opening Hours: 9:00am - 7:00pm, Closed on all major federal holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran's Day.|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.
Opening Hours: 9:00am - 7:00pm
One Liberty Observation Deck
At the top of One Liberty Tower, visitors can get the best panoramic view of the city of Philadelphia from 57 floors above this beautiful city.
Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (3-11 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00am - 9:00pm|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
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.
Opening Hours: Sun 12:00pm - 4:30pm, Tue - Sat 10:00am - 4:30pm
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|Opening Hours: No service on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
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.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm