7 Day Niagara Falls And New York City
We will depart Knoxville traveling north into the Bluegrass State of Kentucky stopping for lunch in the Florence area. After lunch we enter the Buckeye State of Ohio at Cincinnati and continue northeast to Akron forour first night.
Our journey continues through Erie, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York to Niagara Falls, New York. After checking into our hotel for a two night stay, we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner included at the Red Coach Inn, a historic boutique hotel overlooking the spectacular Upper Rapids and just 1500 feet from the American Falls.
Today we enjoy the sights of Niagara Falls from the U. S. We will ride the legendary Maid of the Mist to the very base of the American Falls. On the Cave of the Winds tour, your journey begins with an elevator ride 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Clad in a souvenir rain poncho and sandals, you’ll follow a tour guide over wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck, less than 20 feet from the torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. On the deck, you’ll experience tropical storm-like conditions, getting doused with the spray from the rushing waters. After lunch we have a short drive to Lockport, New York where you will experience a unique 2-hour cruise which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up and see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks. Much remains the same on the Erie Canal today as it was in the 1800’s. Hand-dug to connect the Hudson River with the Niagara River, the 363- mile Grand Ole Erie Canal is truly a great engineering feat. Before leaving Lockport, we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner included Canal Side.
We depart Niagara traveling through upper New York state skirting Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, then Pennsylvania and New Jersey before arriving in the Big Apple—New York City. Accommodations await us for two nights in the heart of New York City. This evening we will see a leading Broadway Play.
Today we will have a guided tour which will include the highlights of the Big Apple as we see: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Chinatown, a drivedown world famous Fifth Avenue past Saks and other fine stores,Macy’s at Herald Square, Upper and Lower Manhattan, including Cen- tral Park, South Street Seaport, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Broadway Theatre District and Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Financial District—home of Wall Street and the Commodities Exchange, and Madison Square Garden, Little Italy, Battery Park, Lower East Side, United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and much more. New York City truly has something for everyone! After our city tour we will will visit the new 911 Memorial and Museum and view the city from One World Observatory. Experience a program titled “Voices,” which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center. Next, “Foundations” provides guests with a close up viewof the very bedrock on which the building stands. Board one of five dedicated elevators to ascend to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. Immersive, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab invites guests to experience a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1500s to present day. This evening we will take a 90 minute twilight cruise of Manhattan Harbor with astounding views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City’s magnificent skyline.
This morning we depart New York City for Liberty State Park in New Jersey where we board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty—a gift to the people of America from the people of France. Even before it took its place at America’s gateway, the Statue of Liberty overwhelmed those who saw it. Set atop its pedestal in 1886, it was the tallest structure in New York City—and the tallest statue in the world. “Liberty Enlightening the World” stands 300 feet above New York Harbor—what a magnificent sight! The latest addition to Liberty National Park is the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island. Take a ferry from Liberty Island to Ellis Island and see the first stop for more than 12 million immigrants that arrived in the United States from 1892 to 1954. Take your last look at the “Big Apple” from the harbor as we reboard our motorcoach for our return trip to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for our last night.
We return to Knoxville ending our unforgettable tour to Niagara Falls and The Big Apple—New York City with Knoxville Tours.