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NEW YORK – FINGER LAKES – NIAGARA FALLS
We depart from the Big Apple heading north where we will pass the beautiful Delaware Water Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon (winter itinerary goes to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen State Park). Tour the US side of Niagara including the American Falls, Goat Island and Luna Island. At night enjoy Niagara Falls where you can appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters.
Overnight: US - Comfort Inn the Pointe. Canada - Ramada by Wyndham
NIAGARA FALLS – NEW JERSEY
Leaving the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the magnificent HorseShoe Falls up close and experience the power aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). During winter until April when the Maid of the Mist is closed we tour the Power Vista Hydroelectric Station, along with a visit to the Cave of the winds.
At noon, we depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, find your own bargain with brand name stores for less.
Evening arrival to our hotel in New Jersey – La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, NJ
NEW JERSEY – PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON DC
Depart from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia we visit the famous Liberty Bell, one of the symbols of freedom in America, Constitution square and Congress Hall. Stroll Elfreth’s alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in America. Continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia we see the famous “Rocky Steps”, then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy ride through the Amish farm country. Learn how Amish culture survived centuries without the benefits of technology, to this day their towns survive without the central power and sewage systems, that modern civilazation takes for granted. We learn how the Amish adapted, incorporating technology to create farms that are self sufficient and make use of renewable sources of energy. After the ride we visit the Amish marketplace where we can shop for handmade arts crafts and products. We depart then for DC where will have our overnight at: Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria.
WASHINGTON DC – NEW YORK
Start the day with a visit of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guard and the Kennedy family gravesite. Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations) before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, we depart north for an evening arrival in New York.
• 3 nights hotel including tax and Continental Breakfast
• Air conditioned Bus or Van & Professional Tour Guide
• Sightseeing in Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Washington DC and Amish Country
• Admission to the Maid of the Mist (Summer) or Power Vista (Winter)
• Amish Buggy Ride
• Entrance to Arlington National cemetery (U.S. ID or Passport required) & National Museum of Natural History
• A Tree will be planted in your honor when joining this tour
An Eco Positive Tour by an Earth Friendly Company