15 Days/14 Nights – Gateways: Washington, DC & Phildelphia

1 & 2: Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to America’s “Birthplace of Independence” with the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court and the Betsy Ross House. Dine in some of the country’s best restaurants and discover another city superlative: shopping! Franklin Mills, one of the world’s largest discount shopping malls beckons, and the Court at King of Prussia offers upscale boutiques and stores.

2 nights Philadelphia.

3 & 4: To Amish Country, PA (79 mi/131 km)

Discover good times, good food, and good friends in Penn Dutch Country today, as you visit Kitchen Kettle Village, or an Amish Home. Visit Gettysburg, the site of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. You may want to visit the Eisenhower National Historical Site, the farm of the Commander of European Allied Forces dur-ing World War II.

2 nights Amish Country.

5 & 6: To Washington, DC (121 mi/205 km)

Today, welcome to America’s capital! Enjoy the famous monuments, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument and WWII Memorial. Explore the Smithsonian’s museums, visit Arlington Cemetery, the White House, Capitol Building and much more. Take in a performance at the Kennedy Center or Ford’s Theater.

2 nights Washington, DC.

7: To Richmond, VA (105 mi/168 km)

The Capital of the Confederacy remains one of the most handsome capitals in the south. Old waterfront warehouses have been restored into trendy shops; Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip feature restaurants, entertainment and boutiques. Visit the Museum & White House of the Confederacy, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, drive along Monument Avenue, with its statues, and see Maymont, a lovely plantation-style home and gardens

1 night Richmond.

8 & 9: To Williamsburg, VA (62 mi/99 km)

Journey to Williamsburg, Virginia along scenic Route 5, and visit one of the many plantations along the way. See Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US, or Jamestown Island where America’s first English settlement was established. Visit exciting Busch Gardens (seasonal), for a day of fun, and don’t miss the famous Williamsburg Pottery Outlet.

2 nights Williamsburg.

10 & 11: To Virginia Beach, VA (59 mi/94 km)

Visit Newport News’ Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before traveling to Virginia Beach. Stroll along the six miles (10 km) of public beach and forty blocks of boardwalk of this popular resort. Visit nearby Norfolk, best known as home of 116 ships of the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets at the US Naval Base. Stroll through 175 acres of azaleas, camellias and roses of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens or see the latest in transportation at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton.

2 nights Virginia Beach.

12 & 13: To Annapolis, MD (217 mi/347 km)

Take the short drive to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city, now a favorite yachting port. Explore the harbor and visit the US Naval Academy and St. John’s church.

2 nights Annapolis  

14: To Baltimore, MD (30 mi/48 km)

A short drive today will bring you to Baltimore, “America’s Renaissance City” with its bustling harbor and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for unique shops, entertainment and eateries.

1 night Baltimore.

15: To Philadelphia/Home

Enjoy the scenery en route to Philadelphia to drop off your car and catch your flight home.

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