Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains
Visit historical battlefields and colonial towns, then marvel at the scenery of the Kentucky Bluegrass Country and the spectacular Blue Ridge and Smokie Mountains.
15 days from
per person, for 2 people
Based on departing 16/09/2017 from London Heathrow AirportView Dates
Fly to Washington where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Today's included sightseeing with a local guide shows you the graves of American heroes, including those of John F Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. Your guided sightseeing tour of the capital continues with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House, and visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam, and National WWII Memorials. Afterwards, cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania with a visit to the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the decisive campaign of the Civil War, and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863.
Head for Harpers Ferry, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the US arsenal. En route to Shenandoah crest the Blue Ridge Mountains for magnificent vistas of the Shenandoah Valley.
Journey through lumber and limestone country into wonderful West Virginia. After a lunch break in Lewisburg, a Civil War battlefield, travel to Fayetteville with a stop at New River Gorge Bridge, the world's third longest steel-span bridge rising 876 feet above the river. Then on to Beckley, the heart of West Virginia's 'smokeless' coal industry.
Before entering Kentucky we stop in the state capital - Charleston, the one time home of Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to the green pastures and columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country. Enjoy a stop in Lexington, the 'horse capital' of the world and enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park to learn about the relationship man and horse share as well as meeting some retired Thoroughbred Champions. Includes Breakfast
Travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, a one-room cabin where the nation's 16th President was born, Abraham Lincoln. A replica of the original log cabin is preserved as a shrine to one of the best-loved American presidents. Visit the Lincoln Muesum, officially dedicated to Lincoln's life and times. The museum features 12 historically accurate scenes from Lincoln's life and Civil War memorabilia. Be sure to walk out to the centre of the Town Square for a photo-op in front of The Lincoln Statue and the Lincoln Boy Statue. Afterwards, continue to Bardstown and visit the fourth largest Civil War Muesum in the United States. Unlike the other museums, this one focuses mainly on the War of the Western States. Visitors move through a series of exhibits featuring myriad artifacts from both the Union and the Confederacy. End your day by visiting a true working Bourbon Distillery, and learn about the production of the very finest Kentucky Straight Bourbon, for which Kentucky is famous. Later, return to Lexington.
After lunch, arrive in Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders' original fried chicken restaurant, which is now a museum. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Appalchia, with 65 acres of farmland and a number of historic cabins, barns, and other buildings. The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Gatlinburg, one of America's most popular mountain retreats, offers something for everyone. Perhaps, spend a day at world famous Dollywood, an 88 acre landscaped theme park inspired by Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains, family, and country music. Tonight's optional outing features the Dixie Stampede, an action packed evening filled with thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, and phenomenal music.
Drive right through the centre of the Smokies, along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road peaking at 5,046 feet, then into North Carolina. Visit the 7,500 acre grounds of Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of the famous railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Overnight in the Asheville area, hometown of American author Thomas Wolfe.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from the Great Smokies to Shenandoah National Park without a single traffic light along its 470 mile route. Take in a portion of the Parkway today, from Fancy Gap to Roanoke. Stop at the tranquil setting of Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots in the country. Next is a visit to Natural Bridge, a 215 foot high arch in a wooded setting, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. George Washington's initials are still visible on the cliffside, from his work here as a young surveyor. Includes Breakfast
A guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House lets you experience the pre-war life of Confederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson and introduces you to the man who became a legend. This afternoon's highlight is the graceful home of the third President, Thomas Jefferson. The estate, named Monticello, reflects Jefferson's skills as an artist, architect, and designer. It is the only house in the US that is on the United Nations' World Heritage List of international treasures. Next is a short sightseeing tour of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy in the Civil War. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies. Includes Breakfast
Today, visit the Jamestown Settlement where the first British Colony was based and then to Colonial Williamsburg, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Take a stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops and exhibits. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence. Includes Breakfast
The day begins with a visit to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Afterwards, drive back to Washington DC area. This evening, join the optional evening outing which features dinner followed by an illumination tour of Washington's famous memorials. Includes Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Washington.
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