Visit the spectacular cities of the East Coast on this small group tour taking in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. If you have ever wanted to visit these places, but hate the thought of driving, then now is the perfect time! This 9 day / 8 night tour covers most of the major landmarks these cities have to offer.
Starting in Washington DC you will see the Whitehouse, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and of course Arlington National Cemetery plus much more.
In Philadelphia, there is the Liberty Bell and Congress Hall, in New Jersey / New York… The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Times Square and the 9/11 Memorial.
Onto Boston… Travel back in time to Sturbridge Village just an amazing place. Sturbridge is a recreation of rural life in New England during the 1790s through 1830s.
Of course we visit the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s house… history at it’s best. Faneuil Hall & Marketplace includes three long halls (Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market), dating from the early 19th century, now occupied by a lively assortment of shops, restaurants, and exhibitions.
In good weather, you'll find street performers and buskers putting on shows in the square around the market, and along with the numerous food stalls, there are also shops selling jewelry, clothing, gifts, and souvenirs.
Day 1 – Rapid City, SD to Washington DC
This morning please report to your designated departure airport for your flight to Washington DC and the Ronald Regan National Airport (please see individual flight arrangements). On arrival at Regan National please proceed to the baggage reclaim area. You will be met by your ABS Representative who will then arrange for your transfer to the hotel for check-in and overnight.
Overnight Arlington, VA – No Meals included due to airline schedule
Day 2 – Washington DC - Sightseeing
Today we depart for a full day touring in DC. In order to maximize your time here, we will visit the Jefferson Memorial & Tidal Basin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, followed by Arlington National Cemetery. Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight Arlington, VA - Arlington, VA - Breakfast included
Day 3 – Washington DC - Sightseeing
We have included fully narrated Trolley Tickets for your second day in DC as this will give you the flexibility to hop on and hop off wherever you want. Enjoy the amazing sights at your own pace and see what you want to do. Remember, it’s impossible to see everything and to visit every museum and memorial so we suggest you prioritize before you get there.
Overnight Arlington, VA – Breakfast included
Day 4 – Washington to Philadelphia – 155 miles
This morning, we depart Washington DC and head for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our journey should take around 2 ½ to 3 hours, on arrival we will have time for a lunch break. After lunch it’s time to visit the Liberty Bell… “Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon”. Then it’s onto our tour of Congress Hall. We depart downtown Philadelphia at 4pm and continue to our hotel in North East Philadelphia strategically positioned for a quick getaway the next morning.
Overnight Philadelphia Northeast - Breakfast & Supper included
Day 5 – Philadelphia to New Jersey - 100 miles
This morning after breakfast it’s time to head to Liberty park, NJ and our visit to Ellis Island & Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty). There is no rush today as we have most of the day to explore these amazing places. After we have enjoyed both attractions we return back to Liberty State Park and our hotel in Jersey City overlooking the majestic skyline of Manhattan.
Overnight Jersey City - Breakfast Included
Day 6 – New Jersey – Exploring Manhattan by a fully narrated Hop on Hop Off day tour
At 9am, we head to the ferry which will take on our short journey to Vessey Street very close to Ground Zero. There is so much to do here, pay your respects at 9/11 memorial, explore the museum, take a trip up One World Trade Center… Then it’s time to use the ‘Hop on Hop off’ service which will take you on a guided tour of all the major sites. Maps and directions will be supplied prior to your departure.
The main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the fourth-tallest in the world.
Overnight New Jersey Liberty park & overnight – No meals included
Day 7 – New Jersey York to Boston – 230 miles
Our journey today takes us first to Old Sturbridge Village, an 1830’s living history museum, a "must-see" New England attraction which depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts. We continue to the outskirts of Boston where we overnight and await our fellow passengers who are joining the second part of the tour.Overnight Boston Area - No meals included
Day 8 – Boston area Sightseeing
A full day sightseeing Boston aboard the fully narrated ‘Hop on Hop Off’ trolley. Boston’s famous landmarks reflect the important part the city played in the history of the United States. This wonderful city will come alive, as you explore the Freedom Trail, including a visit to the Old North Church. You will continue your Boston tour with visits to the Back Bay, Public Gardens, Old Ironsides (Currently in dry dock) and much more. Some other sights you will see along the Freedom Trail are the Boston Common, State House, King’s Chapel, Granary Burial Ground, Old South Meetinghouse, Boston Massacre site, Old State House, and Faneuil Hall.
Overnight Boston area – Breakfast included
Day 9 – Boston area to Home
This morning it’s time to head home and after breakfast we head to the airport where it is time to check-in for your return flight home.
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Starts: Saturday September 23 2017
Ends: Sunday October 1 2017
- Round trip air from Rapid City to Washington DC and return from Boston
- Excellent accommodations - All sightseeing as listed.
- 6 Breakfasts, 1 Supper included
- Baggage handling and taxes
- Price: $3,795 (pp based on double occupancy)
- Single: add $1,275
- Deposit due of $750 per person
- Further deposit of $400 by June 20th 2017
- Balance due by July 24th 2017
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- Passports are required for this tour.
The weather on the East cost is normally pleasant at this time of year. Check out weather.com for average temperatures.
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Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.
The states of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the pre-existing settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. Named in honor of George Washington, one of the United States' founding fathers and the leader of the American Continental Army who won the Revolutionary War, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District.
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populous in the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297. In the Northeastern United States, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley, a metropolitan area home to 7.2 million people and the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.
In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals in the Revolutionary War, and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. It became a prime destination for African-Americans in the Great Migration and surpassed two million occupants by 1950.
The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the State of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. A global power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.
Official seal of New York City
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of New York State. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. With a census-estimated 2015 population of 8,550,405 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles (790 km2), New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States, and as many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. By 2015 census estimates, the New York City metropolitan region remains by a significant margin the most populous in the United States, as defined by both the Metropolitan Statistical Area (20.2 million residents) and the Combined Statistical Area (23.7 million residents). In 2013, the MSA produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of nearly US$1.39 trillion, while in 2012, the CSA generated a GMP of over US$1.55 trillion, both ranking first nationally by a wide margin and behind the GDP of only twelve and eleven countries, respectively.
Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston also served as the historic county seat of Suffolk County until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 655,884 in 2014, making it the largest city in New England and the 24th largest city in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.7 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country. Greater Boston as a commuting region is home to 8.1 million people, making it the sixth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture. Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the original peninsula. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year. Boston's many firsts include the United States' first public school, Boston Latin School (1635), first subway system (1897), and first public park (1634).