Explore America’s heritage and history on a tour that begins in New York City and ends in Washington, D.C. This amazing tour includes the Virginia International Tattoo where all branches of the military perform under the same roof. We are arriving one day before the tour begins to rest or explore on your own. Day one arrive in New York City. Day two is at leisure to explore on your own. Day three begins with breakfast at a classic New York diner. Next, tour the “Big Apple” with a local guide. See Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, Central Park and other time-honored landmarks. The afternoon is at leisure. Day four enjoy a welcome breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Next, travel to Philadelphia for a tour of “the Birthplace of a New Nation” which highlights the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Independence Hall is rich in heritage as the location of both the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. Continue on to Gettysburg, site of the Union victory and a turning point in the Civil War. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a historic Gettysburg tavern. Day five visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum. Begin your tour with the film “A New Birth of Freedom”. Then, spend time viewing Paul Philippoteaux’s Cyclorama from 1884, a breathtaking 360 degree cylindrical painting depicting Pickett’s Charge. Afterwards, explore the Museum of the American Civil War and its galleries. Next, step onto the battlefield with a guided tour of the site illuminating those three historic days in 1863 and the battle that changed the course of American history forever. This afternoon it’s your choice! Visit President Eisenhower’s home and farm (a National Historic Site); this site served as the President’s weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders during the Cold War-era tensions or embark on a guided walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg with a local expert dressed in period clothing. Tonight, enjoy a home-cooked family-style meal in a historic barn (dating back to 1764) and experience life on a third generation family-owned farm. Day six stop in the quaint, historic community of Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. Then, pass through Shenandoah National Park via Skyline Drive. Day seven visit Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president and author of the Declaration of Independence. Tour the main house before exploring on your own or choosing between a guided tour focusing on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived at Monticello or a guided tour of the beautiful gardens and grounds. This afternoon, travel to the historic town of Williamsburg where you will dine in a Colonial Williamsburg tavern specializing in colonial fare. Day eight view, “Story of a Patriot”, a short film that introduces you to Colonial Williamsburg. Costumed re-enactors populate the streets and buildings, bringing 1770 to life. Next, tour the Governor’s Palace and Gardens; then feel free to explore the cobblestone streets and some of the 88 historic buildings. This afternoon you are in for a treat when you attend the Virginia International Tattoo, the largest event of its kind in the United States, where all branches of the military perform under the same roof. Day nine depart Williamsburg for Arlington National Cemetery to view the Tomb of the Unknown and the Kennedy gravesites. Then, travel to Washington, D.C. Explore the world-famous Smithsonian Institution’s countless treasures where it’s your choice! Visit the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. The evening is free to explore on your own or you may purchase the Washington, D.C. Twilight Tour, which includes dinner and an evening tour of our nation’s capital. Day ten embark on a guided tour of America’s capital. View the Capitol Building, the White House, monuments and museums. The first stop is at the White House Visitor Center, continue with a stop at the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Your tour ends with a photo stop at the U.S. Capitol building. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon, home of our 1st president, George Washington. Wander the lush plantation grounds and tour the home filled with 18th-century artifacts. Toast the end of a wonderful trip this evening at a farewell dinner. Day eleven the tour ends and you head home.