Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains

11/22/2020 through 09/29/2021
11/22/2020 through 10/15/2021
Cosmos

From colonial settlements and Civil War sites to the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Great Smoky Mountains, this southern U.S. tour features historic sites, spectacular scenery, and fun experiences all along the way. You’ll overnight in the Washington DC area; Gettysburg; Shenandoah National Park; Beckley; Lexington, Kentucky; Gatlinburg; Asheville; Lexington, Virginia; and Williamsburg.

History buffs will enjoy visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal speech in 1863; Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal in 1859; the Lincoln Museum; Sinking Spring Farm, the one-room cabin where Lincoln was born; the Civil War Museum, the fourth-largest Civil War museum in the United States; Biltmore Estate; Mount Airy, Andy Griffith’s hometown; Monticello Estate, Thomas Jefferson’s home; Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington; and Colonial Williamsburg, where life in the 18th century is recreated.

Throughout this southern U.S. tour, you’ll witness fascinating landscapes. Beautiful views await you in Shenandoah National Park, with its 200,000 acres of protected lands. Marvel at the green pastures, white-board fences, and columned estates in Kentucky bluegrass country. Spend two nights in Gatlinburg, a popular mountain retreat, and drive through the center of the Smoky Mountains, with the winding roads, striking wildflowers, and animal diversity. In Virginia, stop at tranquil Mabry Mill, an old water-driven grist mill that is one of the country’s most photographed spots, and visit Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high limestone arch sculpted by nature in a wooded setting.

These are just some of the many highlights of this southern U.S. tour featuring stunning national parks, historic sites, and fun-filled experiences

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WASHINGTON DC
Sightseeing with Local Guide

GETTYSBURG
Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center; Guided tour of Gettysburg Battlefield

HARPERS FERRY
Visit Harpers Ferry Historic National Park

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; stay inside Shenandoah National Park

LEXINGTON, KY
Visit the Kentucky Horse Park

BLUEGRASS PARKWAY
Scenic drive

HODGENVILLE
Visit Sinking Spring Farm; Lincoln Museum

BARDSTOWN
Visit the Civil War Museum; Bourbon Distillery & tasting

MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA
Visit the 65-acre historic farmland

GATLINBURG
Smoky Mountains scenic drive; Newfound Gap Road

ASHEVILLE
Visit Biltmore Estate

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Scenic drive; Mabry Mill

MOUNT AIRY
Visit Andy Griffith’s hometown

LEXINGTON, VA
Visit Natural Bridge

MONTICELLO ESTATE
Visit Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home

RICHMOND
Orientation tour

WILLIAMSBURG
Visit Colonial Williamsburg

MOUNT VERNON
Visit George Washington’s home

Itinerary

Day 1 Washington Dc Area
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Day 2 Washington Dc Area – Gettysburg
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Day 3 Gettysburg – Harpers Ferry – Shenandoah National Park
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Day 4 Shenandoah National Park – New River Gorge – Beckley
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Day 5 Beckley – Charleston – Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky
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Day 6 Lexington – Hodgenville – Bardstown – Lexington, Ky
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Day 7 Lexington, Ky – Gatlinburg
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Day 8 Gatlinburg
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Day 9 Gatlinburg – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Asheville
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Day 10 Asheville – Blue Ridge Parkway – Mount Airy – Lexington, Virginia
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Day 11 Lexington, Virginia – Monticello – Richmond – Williamsburg
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Day 12 Williamsburg. Excursion To Colonial Williamsburg
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Day 13 Williamsburg – Mount Vernon – Washington Dc
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Day 14 Washington Dc
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