In Freedom's Footsteps: New York to Washington, DC

Explore New York City, a beacon of economic expansion and industrial prowess; stand on the hallowed grounds of Pennsylvania, where the American Army was born; and walk the storied battlefields of Gettysburg with a licensed guide. Immerse yourself in the enduring lifestyle of Amish country, gain insights into the Civil War, and delve into the political diversity that has defined America. Step into the hallowed halls of history with a National Park Service Ranger at Independence Hall, where the bold visions of the Founding Fathers came to life with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Savor the flavors of the colonial era, enjoy inspired cuisine, and learn about Thomas Jefferson and wine. America's path is rich with history and tradition, inviting you to discover a storied past.



Travel back in time to walk in the footsteps of American history on a journey reimagined for Tauck's centennial year... Embark on a journey that traverses the significant periods of America's history, from the earliest settlements through present day... Discover the nation's economic expansion and industrial growth... 18th-century social and religious movements... the Civil War... political diversity... and the defining themes that shaped the American experience century upon century.

Explore New York City, a beacon of economic expansion and industrial prowess; stand on the hallowed grounds of Pennsylvania, where the American Army was born; and walk the storied battlefields of Gettysburg with a licensed guide. Immerse yourself in the enduring lifestyle of Amish country, gain insights into the Civil War, and delve into the political diversity that has defined America. Step into the hallowed halls of history with a National Park Service Ranger at Independence Hall, where the bold visions of the Founding Fathers came to life with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Savor the flavors of the colonial era, enjoy inspired cuisine, and learn about Thomas Jefferson and wine. America's path is rich with history and tradition, inviting you to discover a storied past.



Travel back in time to walk in the footsteps of American history on a journey reimagined for Tauck's centennial year... Embark on a journey that traverses the significant periods of America's history, from the earliest settlements through present day... Discover the nation's economic expansion and industrial growth... 18th-century social and religious movements... the Civil War... political diversity... and the defining themes that shaped the American experience century upon century.

Explore New York City, a beacon of economic expansion and industrial prowess; stand on the hallowed grounds of Pennsylvania, where the American Army was born; and walk the storied battlefields of Gettysburg with a licensed guide. Immerse yourself in the enduring lifestyle of Amish country, gain insights into the Civil War, and delve into the political diversity that has defined America. Step into the hallowed halls of history with a National Park Service Ranger at Independence Hall, where the bold visions of the Founding Fathers came to life with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Savor the flavors of the colonial era, enjoy inspired cuisine, and learn about Thomas Jefferson and wine. America's path is rich with history and tradition, inviting you to discover a storied past.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Filmed narratives, exclusively produced for Tauck by filmmakers Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan, feature new insights based on themes from their films, including the Revolutionary War
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Early admission & behind-the-scenes experience at the National Archives
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Early-opening private tour of the Museum of the American Revolution
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Welcome dinner at the One World Observatory with priority access and a self-guided visit of the 360 degree/panoramic view of New York City
  • Visits to such iconic national historic sites as Independence Hall, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg, Washington DC, National Mall monuments and more
  • Private guided tour of Virginia's historic State Capitol building

  • Call 866-547-5362 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18576859

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    12 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1New YorkArrive New York City

    Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, New York Marriott Downtown. A transfer is included from John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport to New York Marriott Downtown. A warm welcome to New York City, a fitting beginning to this journey as the city was at the core of so many journeys in our earliest years of operation 100 years ago. Upon arrival, unwind in your newly updated hotel, set apart from the busy atmosphere of midtown Manhattan, yet conveniently close to attractions like Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. Join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel, then head over to One World Observatory for our special welcome dinner. The skyscraper is a significant landmark in New York City, the tallest building in the Western Hemispher with a spire reaches a total height of 1,776 feet - notable as the height is in deference to the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed. You'll enjoy priority access to ascend 103 floors for a self-guided tour of the city's panoramic, 360-degree views. As the city that never sleeps is illuminated by the sparkling lights below, dine with your fellow travelers at One DINE, the observatory's sophisticated restaurant on the 101st floor. Return to your hotel later, a short distance away, later in the evening.



    Lodging:New York Marriott Downtown

    Meals: D
    Day 2New YorkThe Liberty Bell & more in Philadelphia

    After breakfast, delve into the history of Manhattan as you explore the city on foot with a local guide. From your hotel, you'll walk to view iconic sites such as Trinity Church and Federal Hall. Learn about the Wall Street area, home to the New York Stock Exchange, and walk past the birthplace of American Government to see Federal Hall, where George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the US and the home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. Explorations continue down Broadway to see the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl bronze sculptures, Battery Park, and the National September 11 Memorial. Then, Then, board the motor coach to make your way uptown, learning en route about the growth of the city and neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, Midtown, and Times Square. Stretch your legs with a walk through Central Park, the first landscaped park in the US; your walk within the park's serene landscapes is captivating, where lush greenery and tranquil lakes offer a picturesque diversion from the city streets. Possible landmark sights include Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields (dedicated to the memory of John Lennon), as well as myriad street performers who are a vibrant and integral part of the Central Park experience, adding a lively cultural layer to its natural beauty, each adding their unique flair to the park's atmosphere. This afternoon, you'll be able to return to the hotel or to continue your exploration on your own from Central Park. The afternoon and evening free to spend as wish: taking in a Broadway show, perhaps visiting a museum such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, riding the Staten Island ferry - there are many ways to experience the city, your way. Your Tour Director can assist with suggestions.



    Lodging:New York Marriott Downtown

    Meals: B
    Day 3PhiladelphiaValley Forge and historic Philadelphia

    As you leave New York this morning, enjoy its iconic skyline and views of the Statue of Liberty as you head for Valley Forge Historic Park in Pennsylvania. Approximately 12,000 Continental Army troops, under George Washington's command were encamped at Valley Forge from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778; the site is considered to be the birthplace of the American Army. You'll learn about the blue book - which is the professional military training written by Baron F. Von Steuben - and see the tent where George Washington lived during this term. Lunch today provides an opportunity to do some time traveling and dine in the company of revolutionaries in a building that has stood since 1746 at Black Powder Tavern (which gets its name from the munitions stash kept here for use by the Continental Army). After lunch, make your way to Philadelphia, a city steeped in colonial history. You'll meet a local guide for a sightseeing tour that takes you through the historic district, lined with cobbled streets and 18th-century townhouses, and prominent sites such as the Betsy Ross House, the cobblestone streets of Elfreth's Alley, and Independence Mall. Known as America's Most Historic Square Mile, you'll be spending most of the day tomorrow exploring the highlights of Independence Mall. Settle in to your hotel this evening, comfortably nestled in charming Rittenhouse Square, and enjoy dinner at leisure at the hotel.



    Lodging:Sofitel Philadelphia

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4PhiladelphiaEarly access - Museum of the American Revolution

    The Museum of the American Revolution, a long-time partner of Ken Burns, opens early this morning exclusively for Tauck - which means no crowds so you can explore in-depth. You'll have a guided visit with museum staff that provides in-depth insights, an insider's view, into the stories behind the museum's historic artifacts - such as George Washington's original sleeping and office tent from the Revolutionary War. Following the guided tour, you'll have an opportunity to explore on your own to; core exhibits provide a deep dive into different phases and aspects of the American Revolution. Next, visit Independence Hall, operated by the National Park Service and part of the Independence National Historic Park; a park ranger will provide information on the site during your visit. Independence Hall is where the foundational documents that shaped the nation were discussed, signed and adopted - the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.You'll also see the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence, located nearby at the Liberty Bell Center. This bell, famous for its crack, was originally housed in the steeple of Independence Hall and rang out for various public announcements, becoming a symbol of freedom and liberty over time. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore as you please - perhaps exploring the National Constitution Center, the United States Mint (where the intricate process of coin production takes place from designing and engraving to the actual minting), or Reading Terminal Market, reflecting a cool, vibrant energy, offering an eclectic mix of local foods, fresh produce, and unique crafts that embody the city's rich cultural tapestry (including the strong presence and traditions of the Amish community in nearby Lancaster County - a taste of Amish craftsmanship and culinary heritage, offering fresh, locally produced goods such as baked bread, cheeses, meats, and traditional desserts like shoofly pie and whoopie pies).



    Lodging:Sofitel Philadelphia

    Meals: B
    Day 5GettysburgLancaster - Amish Country - and on to Gettysburg National Military Park

    The Pennsylvania Amish in Lancaster are America's oldest Amish settlement (established in the early 18th century by Amish immigrants seeking religious freedom and a new life away from persecution in Europe); thousands still live today in a centuries-old lifestyle. Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish - step back in time to when life was at a slower pace, where horse and buggy are the main transportation and windmills line the landscape. You'll have a guided tour of the countryside and a visit to a farm and to go inside a house to understand how the Amish live day by day powered by nature. Lunch today is at Miller's Smorgasbord restaurant; the connection between the smorgasbord and the Amish lies primarily in the influence of Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions on the smorgasbord concept in the United States. Originally a Swedish feast featuring a variety of hot and cold dishes laid out buffet style, the smorgasbord was adapted in areas like Lancaster County, where it merged with the local Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of serving hearty, family-style meals. The smorgasbord often features an abundance of home-cooked dishes including various meats, cheeses, salads, and desserts, reflecting the Amish values of community and hospitality, showcasing the simplicity and wholesomeness of Amish cooking - bringing a taste of Amish life to a broader market. This afternoon, continue on to Gettysburg - where tonight's dinner is truly special. Nearly 400 years of history surround you at a special farm-to-table dinner at historic Mansion House 1757. Located just outside of Gettysburg, it is steeped in historical significance. Originally built in 1757, this storied establishment began as a tavern and inn for travelers - and over the centuries, it has witnessed a number of significant events, notably the retreat of Confederate troops following the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, the restaurant combines its rich historical backdrop with modern culinary excellence, offering a dining experience in a setting that evokes the charm and rusticity of its early American roots. Chef George Keeney, a Culinary Institute of America alumnus, enhances this historic ambiance with his expertly crafted menus, emphasizing local ingredients and traditional techniques.



    Lodging:Wyndham Gettysburg

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6CharlottesvilleGettysburg's battlefields, Harpers Ferry, and on to Charlottesville

    The Gettysburg Battlefield, which was a pivotal site of the American Civil War, stretches across rolling hills and solemn fields in Pennsylvania, where the Union and Confederate armies clashed in July 1863. A morning drive with a licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guide takes you through some of the hallowed ground, the battlefields - now eerily peaceful - viewing pivotal sites and hearing stories such as the defense of Little Round Top, the Killer Angels and the courage and futility of Pickett's Charge. More than 50,000 men on both sides were killed, wounded or missing at Gettysburg; about 6,000 lie in the national cemetery here, which Lincoln dedicated with his famous address later that year; you'll deeply connecting with the intense history and the pivotal moments that shaped the nation. Continue to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, a village brought to life via a Ken Burns filmed vignette that enhances your visit to this National Historical Park, the site of John Brown's failed 1859 raid on the town's federal arsenal. The Civil War was fought in more than 10,000 places, the majority of them in the South; homes became headquarters and hospitals as foraging armies swept across American towns like those you'll pass through this afternoon en route to Charlottesville, Virginia.



    Lodging:Omni Charlottesville Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7CharlottesvilleJefferson's Monticello and Charlottesville

    Begin your day in Charlottesville with a visit to author, statesman, scientist and third US President Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello, the hilltop house he designed on the principles of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. As you explore the house, plantation and grounds, you'll observe that the realities of plantation life did not always fit comfortably with the founding father's principles of equality and liberty. After lunch, see the University of Virginia's landmark Rotunda and Grounds, described by its designer Thomas Jefferson as an academical village. In addition to its historic sights, this area of Virginia is renowned for its locally produced wines. Thomas Jefferson is often celebrated as an early advocate for grape growing and wine production in America. Although he was not the originator of wineries, his enthusiastic promotion of viticulture and the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking has left a lasting impact on the region. Today, the Charlottesville area boasts more than 40 wineries, highlighting its growth and continued evolution as a prominent wine region - a testament to the area's rich history and commitment to quality and innovation in wine production. Charlottesville - along with the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA) - was honored as the 2023 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in their Wine Star Awards. Visit a winery for a tasting, and return to your hotel late afternoon for an evening free to spend as you please.



    Lodging:Omni Charlottesville Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 8WilliamsburgHistoric Richmond & on to Colonial Williamsburg

    An in-depth view of the Civil War from various perspectives awaits in Richmond, capital of Virginia and the capital of the Confederate States of America during the war. Begin the day with a privately guided tour of the historic Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau - modeled after an ancient Roman temple in southern France. A National Historic Landmark completed in 1788, the building also served as the Confederacy's wartime capitol; a major restoration and expansion was completed in 2007. Following lunch at a local seafood restaurant, travel to Colonial Williamsburg, whose cobblestone streets and buildings have been restored to the way they looked when the city was Virginia's Colonial capital. As you step back in time during your two-night stay, enjoy dinner this evening at an 18th-century style tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. With its authentic period decor and traditional recipes, the tavern provides a taste of 18th-century American cuisine, served by staff in period attire, immersing in the historical experience.



    Lodging:Williamsburg Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9WilliamsburgExplore Colonial Williamsburg as you please

    Today, you have the entire day at your leisure to delve into the rich history of Colonial Williamsburg, where you can explore the beautifully restored buildings, interact with costumed interpreters, and immerse yourself in the daily life of a bygone era as you wish. Restored to its 18th-century glory and inhabited by interpreters in period dress living its 18th-century lifestyle, discover life in days gone by as you step back in time to encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor's Palace, Raleigh Tavern, Bruton Parish Church, and other places including Colonial homes, with activities and demonstrations throughout the day. If you wish, you have a variety of activities to choose from: you can browse through unique shops, visit informative museums that detail early American life, stroll through the historically restored town - or just unwind in the beautifully maintained green spaces and gardens that provide peaceful spots for relaxation.



    Lodging:Williamsburg Lodge

    Meals: B
    Day 10Washington, DCGeorge Washington's Estate and Washington, D.C.

    You'll travel from Williamsburg this morning to the magnificent Mount Vernon estate of America's first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River, the setting couldn't be more spectacular; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds. Have lunch at Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, on the estate; the menu is special - a classic colonial dish of peanut soup, then a choice of entree, then cherry pie for dessert (the legend about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree is, however false...). Key highlights of your visit to Mount Vernon include George Washington's burial site, where you can pay their respects at his tomb. The estate houses a display of his dentures; interestingly, Washington had only one natural tooth remaining by the time he assumed the presidency, highlighting the dental challenges of that era. You'll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, capital city of the US, for a three-night stay at Washington's quintessential hotel (and one of its most historic), Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. This is the place where Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic; where Ulysses S. Grant coined the term lobbyist; renowned for attracting diplomats, dignitaries, and discerning travelers, they are all drawn by its illustrious reputation as a hub of elegance where the elite gather and mingle. The hotel's staff are renowned for their gracious service, consistently delivering personalized attention and exquisite care that elevate every guest's experience. The Willard is in the heart of the city, just steps from the White House and the National Mall - you couldn't be in a better hotel or a better location. This evening, following dinner, join us for an illuminated Washington, D.C. Memorials Tour, where you can view the city's iconic landmarks under the captivating glow of nightfall. The beauty and architectural grandeur of key memorials along the Reflecting Pool and the Tidal Basin - such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the World War II Memorial - are all brilliantly lit to enhance their architectural grandeur and details. You'll experience an evening that not only provides a visual spectacle but also a quieter, more reflective atmosphere to appreciate these national treasures.



    Lodging:Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11Washington, DCA day well spent in Washington, D.C.

    First up today, a Tauck Exclusive - early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with welcome comments by a National Archives insider. On a visit to the Public Vaults, you'll have the unique opportunity to connect directly with the United States' historical narrative through original documents and artifacts. These vaults house an impressive collection, occasionally home to the Emancipation Proclamation and original copies of the U.S. Constitution; a fascinating glimpse into some of the nation's most significant historical documents. Your afternoon is free; join us to discover more of Washington D.C.'s sights by day and delve into the history of this French-inspired city, strategically established halfway between the northern and southern states. If you wish, you can visit the many free museums in the city including the 17+ Smithsonian Museums (and the National Zoo); go to Capitol Hill to visit the US Capitol; go up the Washington Monument; try Ben's Chili Bowl - an iconic restaurant in Washington, D.C., known for its rich history and classic American fare (a beloved gathering place, attracting visitors from around the world) - just a few of the places you might explore. Departures in March and April coincide with the renowned Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual event celebrating the springtime blooming of cherry blossoms. The blossoms can be spotted enhancing parks and streets throughout the capital, offering a stunning natural spectacle that transforms the city into a springtime canvas of pink and white hues. Tonight, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner at the inimitable Willard.



    Lodging:Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

    Meals: B, D
    Day 12Washington, DCJourney home

    Tour ends: Washington, DC. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. to Ronald Reagan National Airport or Dulles International Airport; please allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in at the airport.

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    Meals: B
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