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Discover the landmarks and locations that shaped and symbolise America’s presidents. Stand on the battlefield of Gettysburg, explore George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, and visit the last resting place of JFK in the nation’s capital.
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Fly to Washington where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Take a tour of the serene Arlington National Cemetery and see the graves of US President John F Kennedy and his brother Robert. 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 - where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic 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 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, make a stop in the cobblestone streets of elegant Charleston, the one-time home of pioneer and American folk hero Daniel Boone. As you cross the state border, the scenery changes to the green pastures and columned estates of Kentucky bluegrass country. Visit Lexington, the 'horse capital' of the world, and enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park where you’ll meet some retired Thoroughbred Champions.
Travel on the Bluegrass Parkway and stop at Sinking Spring Farm, a one-room cabin where the nation's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born. Visit the Lincoln Museum, officially dedicated to Lincoln's life and times, and then continue to Bardstown to visit the Civil War Museum, with its impressive collection of Union and Confederacy exhibits. End your day by visiting a working Bourbon Distillery, and learn about the production of the very famous (and finest) Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Later, return to Lexington.
After lunch, arrive in Corbin for a short visit to Colonel Sanders' original fried chicken restaurant - 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 to explore. The next two nights are in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Gatlinburg is one of America's most popular mountain retreats and home to the world-famous Dollywood! Spend the day at the 88-acre landscaped theme park inspired by country singer Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains and country music. Tonight's optional outing features the Dixie Stampede, an action-packed evening filled with thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, set to a lively soundtrack.
Drive right through the centre of the ‘Smokies’, along the spectacular Newfound Gap Road peaking at 5,046 feet, then into North Carolina. Stroll in 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, and 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.
A guided tour of the Stonewall Jackson House introduces you to the life – and legend – of Confederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson. This afternoon's highlight is the elegant home of the third President, Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello Estate reflects Jefferson's skills as an artist, architect, and designer. The day ends in Williamsburg, between the James and York Rivers, where the very earliest European settlers established their first colonies.
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 its attractive streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns and shops. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed actors debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.
After a short orientation tour of Rickmond continue to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Afterwards, drive back to the Washington DC area. This evening, join the optional evening outing which features dinner followed by an illumination tour of Washington's famous memorials.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Washington.
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