8 Days/7 Nights – Gateway: Washington & Philadelphia

1 & 2: Washington, DC

Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC! This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighborhoods and terrific shopping.

2 Nights Washington, DC.

3: Williamsburg, VA (151 mi/242 km)

Today visit Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US. So compelling is the restoration that you feel that you are in a crown colony over 300 years ago. Perhaps visit Busch Gardens with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, great stage shows and a wide variety of food and world-class shops.

1 Night Williamsburg, VA

4: To Shenandoah Valley, VA (171 mi/274 km)

Visit Jamestown, founded in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement in the “New World” and Yorktown, historic site of one of the most definitive battles of the American Revolution. Stop in Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once capital of the Confederacy then perhaps tour Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens. Enjoy panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful Shenandoah National Park where you will stay the night.

1 Night Shenandoah Valley, VA

5: To Gettysburg, PA (169 mi/271 km)

Travel via Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown’s fateful raid on the US arsenal was the spark that started the Civil War. At Gettysburg National Military Park you can enjoy a tour with a local guide who will vividly recount the 1863 battle that extinguished the Confederate dream of independence. This evening why not have a candlelight dinner at the elegant Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1 Night Gettysburg, PA

6 & 7: To Philadelphia, PA (142 mi/227 km)

Travel through Lancaster County, past Amish farmlands, to Valley Forge where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777 – 1778. Take a tour of the national historic park and Washington’s Headquarters before continuing to Philadelphia. At Independence Square a number of Philadelphia’s great attractions are conveniently located on one city block. Visit Independence Hall and walk over to the Liberty Bell Pavilion to see the Liberty Bell. Nearby you will find the National Constitution Center and at night enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Philadelphia;\’s historic district.

2 Nights Philadelphia, PA

8: Homeward Journey

Enjoy some last minute shopping or sightseeing before taking your flight back home.

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