Discover the history of America! Visit the cities, halls and Civil War battlefields that were the center of it all. Tour the Capitol, cruise along the Potomac River, see where the Declaration of Independence was signed and more. With Adventures by Disney providing service and convenience, this fascinating trip becomes an enjoyable family vacation packed with delicious cuisine and fun-filled excursions!
Day 1: Philadelphia
Arrive in Philadelphia Upon arrival at Philadelphia Airport, meet an Adventures by Disney representative who greets you and your family. Relax as a driver assists with your luggage and whisks you away to the hotel. Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Unwind from your journey as your Adventure Guides check your family into this comfortable, modern hotel in the neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia, which will be your home for the next 2 days. On Your Own in Philadelphia Browse around. The neighborhood is filled with interesting things to see, from historical sites to fascinating shops. And if you arrive in time for lunch or are just in the mood, ask your Adventure Guides which places they would recommend to get a Philly cheesesteak! Welcome Reception and Dinner at City Tavern Meet your fellow Adventurers as you dine on authentic 18th-century colonial fare in this tavern that was a favorite of America's Founding Fathers and has been restored to its full glory. Served by staff dressed in period dress, you might run into some familiar local characters—like Benjamin Franklin!
Day 2: Philadelphia
Tour Philly by Trolley Hop onboard a privately guided trolley-on-wheels tour through the city. Stop along the way to explore some of the following landmarks: The Liberty Bell Find out the story behind the Liberty Bell and how it grew in significance to become an enduring symbol of liberty. The Betsy Ross House Be greeted at the Betsy Ross House by a Character playing the patriotic seamstress who created the American flag. Independence Hall Imagine yourself as one of the nation's founders when you and your family sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. Explore the National Constitution Center Visit the center that inspires active citizenship as you learn about the origins of the Constitution and its effects not only in establishing the United States but also around the world. On Your Own Lunch at Reading Terminal Market Meander through America's largest and oldest farmers' market, established in 1892 and containing an abundance of locally grown crops and family-run eateries. Choose your lunch from many types of cuisine, from Asian to Middle Eastern to Pennsylvania Dutch and more. Watch the Amish prepare their farm fresh products—and eat one of their soft pretzels while it's still warm from the oven! On Your Own in Philadelphia After the trolley tour is completed, be dropped off at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel. Then, take a moment to explore some of the fascinating places in Old City Philadelphia on your own. Dinner On Your Own Philadelphia is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations and find the ideal restaurant suited to your family's taste and needs.
Day 3: Washington D.C.
Depart for Gettysburg Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before journeying to the place where President Lincoln called for "a new birth of freedom"—Gettysburg. View a Remarkable Film and Cyclorama at Gettysburg National Park At the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Park, see A New Birth of Freedom, a film with award-winning actors about the historic battle that heralded the end of slavery. Afterward, marvel at the breathtaking cyclorama painted in the late 1880s by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux, which depicts the Battle of Gettysburg. The cyclorama's recent restoration was the largest conservation effort of its kind in North America. Lunch at Dobbin House Tavern Sit down with your fellow Adventurers for a hearty colonial meal in this 200+-year-old colonial restaurant, teeming with history. Explore Gettysburg with a Costumed Guide Discover the city's profound history with an expert National Park guide dressed in period costume. Cross the famous battlefield, learn more about President Lincoln's immortal speech and discover what life was like in the Civil War era. Welcome to The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection Make yourself at home in this luxury hotel with its marble lobby, ballrooms and plush guestrooms. Recently refreshed, The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection opened in 1925 and is considered a national treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For departures beginning on June 12 and June 19, 2016, Guests will stay at The Mayflower, A Renaissance Hotel. With its storied history, the hotel is located just 4 blocks away from the White House. Adult Dinner at the Hotel Dine at your leisure in the hotel’s serene restaurant, featuring finely prepared dishes for your enjoyment. Junior Adventures Dinner and Movie Night at the Hotel Under the supervision of Adventure Guides, Junior Adventurers partake in a kid-friendly meal, followed by a classic Disney movie.
Day 4: Washington, D.C.
Panoramic Tour of DC Take in the sights of this incredible city. Traveling by motorcoach, you'll stop to experience firsthand some of the following: The National Archives and Records Be among the first to be admitted today when the doors open at this remarkable federal storehouse where you can explore America's history through photos, documents and records. Iwo Jima Monument Discover details about the World War II battle at Iwo Jima in a privately guided visit to the 60-foot-tall United States Marine Corps War Memorial that depicts 6 Marines raising an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi. Arlington National Cemetery Pay tribute to the brave members of America's military who lived lives of "service to country" during a privately guided visit to this 624-acre cemetery. Surrounded by rolling hills and 100-year-old trees, it is the sacred resting place for over 400,000 veterans, active duty service members and their families. Visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and other renowned public servants and heroes. Witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Private BBQ at Columbia Island Marina Round up your family for some down-home barbeque cooking at a beautiful marina located in the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove on this part-natural, part-manmade island on the Potomac River. On Your Own Afternoon and Evening in Washington D.C. Explore the priceless treasures of the Washington area. Sneak into the International Spy Museum or visit the National Gallery of Art with its Sculpture Garden. Be delighted by the Smithsonian Institution, containing over 137 million artworks, artifacts and specimens in its 18 local world-famous museums and galleries. They include the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Dinner at Your Leisure A gift card will be provided for dinner this evening. Choose among the best local restaurants in Washington D.C., many of which are within walking distance of your hotel. Ask your Adventure Guides for any recommendations. Tour Washington D.C. at Night Take a privately guided motor coach ride. You'll be awestruck by Washington D.C. at night—with its spectacular national monuments and awe-inspiring statues dramatically bathed in light.
Day 5: Washington D.C.
Tour of the Capitol After a 15-minute film, begin your tour with the magnificent Rotunda and Statuary Hall. Then, take the walkway, which starts at the Capitol Visitors Center and connects with the Library of Congress via a long subterranean tunnel. Library of Congress Visit the nation's first cultural institution and the world's biggest library. Established in 1800 by an act of Congress, the Library of Congress houses millions of books, photographs, recordings, maps and documents. There is a lot to see, including the Main Reading Room where a scene from Disney's National Treasure II was filmed. Tour of the Newseum Explore extraordinary exhibits and collections—and find out what's behind the stories that makes the daily news. Learn about the 5 freedoms of the First Amendment and discuss limits to the freedom of the press, the media's job of keeping government transparent, the role of new technologies and other modern day challenges. On Your Own Afternoon in Washington D.C. Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and check out the Hope Diamond, designed and donated to the Smithsonian Institution by Harry Winston. While you're at it, visit any of Washington D.C.'s renowned museums as well. Stroll alongside the Potomac River and see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, Georgetown University and more. From shopping to seeing historical sites, there is so much to do in Washington D.C.! On Your Own Dinner Ask your Adventure Guides for a recommendation that best fits the needs of your family. And then you're off for a culinary treat in this city filled with fabulous restaurants.
Day 6: Washington D.C.
Arrive at Mount Vernon by Boat Take the scenic route to and from George Washington's childhood home. Enjoy a boat ride on the Potomac River and drink in the wonderful sights along the way. Mount Vernon Excursion Visit the 500-acre estate, gardens and farm at Mount Vernon and immerse yourself in the life and lore of George Washington. Marvel at Washington's architectural achievements, delight in the vibrant gardens he designed and check out the 25 theaters and galleries featuring extraordinary collections. Revel in the details of 18th-century life on display! Lunch at Mount Vernon Sit down with your fellow Adventurers for a midday meal at the charming Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, where you will enjoy colonial cuisine and ambiance. On Your Own at Mount Vernon Continue your deep dive into American history—explore Mount Vernon and its rich treasures on your own. Farewell Dinner and Special Surprise Celebrate the spirit of America at a dinner in a private room at the extraordinary Mansion on O Street! Kids can enjoy a treasure hunt as you share stories about your vacation with fellow Adventurers. Offering fabulous food and a magical ambiance, this Washington D.C. gem is the perfect place to toast the end of a remarkable adventure!
Day 7: Washington D.C.
Breakfast at the Hotel Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading for the airport. Transfer to the Airport Be escorted to Dulles International Airport for a flight leaving between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. And say goodbye to this remarkable city until you return again!