Indianola / DC & NY
March 6 – 10
You will begin your adventure in Washington, D.C., home to many historical treasures. March 7th will take you to tour the National Cathedral, a historical, spiritual and architectural wonder in our nation’s capitol. On March 7th and 8th you will have a 48-hour pass to ride the hop on-hop off bus for your visits to the many memorials dedicated to the pride and sacrifice of the American people, such as the Jefferson, FDR, WWII, Korean, Lincoln, and Vietnam. A visit is also planned to Arlington National Cemetery, resting place for so many American heroes. Here, witness Kennedy’s eternal flame and the solemn Changing of the Guards Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Following the ceremony, be sure to see the memorials dedicated to the Space Shuttles Columbia and Challenger. You will also have a chance to visit the National Mall area where you can stop at the Smithsonian Museums like the Air & Space Museum, American History Museum and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. On March 8th you will also partake in a humbling experience at the Holocaust Museum, both a touching and vivid reminder of those who were persecuted. One of the highlights of your patriotic journey is the National Archives, where you will view some of the most important documents in our nation’s history including The Declaration of Independence. March 9th you are scheduled to visit one of the seats of power in our nation, the Capitol Building. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met at the Capitol for over 200 years. You will have plenty of time to appreciate the stunning architecture of the Capitol as well as the spirit of the nation and government it represents. You may also be taking a photo with a Mississippi Senator and visiting the White House. Perhaps it’s your day to make your television debut on March 9th at the Newseum (free to those who submit their application and deposit by September 8th). Exhibits at the museum will highlight the day’s newspapers from all over the world, as well as other exhibits like the September 11th exhibit, 4-D immersion theatres and hands-on exhibits. On March 10th you will tour Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate and resting place. Your guide will direct you through Washington’s home, tomb, museums and the many original structures which helped to run this large estate. In the afternoon you will bid farewell to Washington D.C. as you embark on a train from Union Station headed to New York City.
New York City
March 10 – 14
New York City is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Times Square, known as the “Crossroads of the World,” is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway District, one of the world’s biggest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. The city hosts many world renowned bridges, skyscrapers and parks. New York City’s financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, functions as the financial capital of the world and is home to the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange. This tour will trace some of the notable sights of New York City’s history and culture. March 11th you will have transportation and a guide for a full day city tour including visits planned to the iconic Empire State Building and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, representative of freedom to the world, will be a highlight on March 12th. In the afternoon, you will also visit the Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum. March 13th is your day to explore on your own. On March 14th you will take a guided tour of Radio City Music Hall (home to the legendary, Rockettes) before departing for the airport and your flight home, taking with you memories and a deeper pride and appreciation for American history.