Are you ready for an incredible Independence Day holiday celebration? Our
tour of America’s Historic Cities culminates with Boston’s spectacular July 4th
Fireworks Spectacular! Today, we will travel to Chambersburg, PA for the night.
Independence Square is a treasure trove of history. We take time to visit
the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Square, hearing the amazing
story of the brave authors of the Declaration of Independence from our
Park Service guide. Christ Church was the house of worship for George
Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross as well as 14 other sign- ers of the Declaration of Independence. Brass plaques mark the pews
they once occupied. On display is the font from which William Penn was
baptized, and Ben Franklin’s grave is in the adjacent cemetery. We depart
Philadelphia after lunch and drive to Secaucus, New Jersey for overnight.
Sail down the Hudson, cruise around the Battery, up the East River past
the South Street Seaport and under the Brooklyn Bridge on your Twilight
Cruise of Manhattan. You will enjoy city highlights with magnifcent
views of the world’s premier skyline and a “close encounter” of the best
kind with Lady Liberty.
We depart Secaucus, New Jersey
traveling to Natick, Massachusetts.
After lunch we continue to the Boston
area for a three night stay in Cambridge
just across the Charles River from
Boston. We visit the John F. Kennedy
Library and Museum. Exhibits
include the President’s Oval Offce
desk,documents and tape recordings,
as well as a flm about his life
We meet our local guide this morning for a tour of historic Boston which
focuses on the city’s most prominent landmarks. First we see the historic
shrines near Boston Common, including the Old State House. Other highlights
are the Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal
to start his famous ride; the Freedom Trail; Bunker Hill; Old Ironsides
and other points as time permits. This evening we have a special treat.
We will enjoy the Boston Pops Rehearsal Concert. Keith Lockart brings
his signature style and energy to champion great American music, while
the orchestra shines in the Oval, in front of the main stage.
We board the Spirit of Boston for a relaxing luncheon cruise. We witness
history today as we follow the USS Constitution, aka “Old Ironsides” as
it sets sail on a special “Turn Around Cruise” in the Boston Harbor. It has
been a tradition for many years for the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned
US Navy ship, to be brought out of its berth on July 4th and taken
across Boston Harbor. At noon the ship’s cannons fre a salute and the ship is
then turned around and returned to the dock. This evening after a summer
barbeque dinner at the hotel, we will enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks
from the banks of the Charles River at Cambridge. Oh, what a sight!
We depart Boston this morning traveling through Massachusetts, Connecticut
and New York stopping for lunch in New Jersey. We continue to Washington,
DC for overnight. Upon arrival, we will visit the new Bible Museum two
blocks from the National Mall. The Museum of The Bible will be an unparralleled
experience, using cutting edge technology to bring the Bible to Life.
Overnight in the DC area. In the evening we will drive through the city to see
the monuments, memorials and our Nation’s Capitol Building illuminated.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is the historical museum of
the United States Marine Corps located in Triangle, Virginia near MCB
Quantico. It’s American history seen through the eyes of individual Marines
across more than 237 years. After our visit we continue to Charlottesville,
VA to visit Monticello—the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the
third President of the United States. Lunch or dinner (depending on their
scheduled opening) at Historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville. We spend
our last night in Charlottesville.
Today we make our way home through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley
ending our remarkable journey through some of our nation’s most historic
cities with Knoxville Tours—truly an Independence tour of a lifetime!