Mount Vernon – Luray Cavern – Great Smoky Mountain –
Dixie Stampede Show – Lost Sea – Ruby Falls – Rock City –
CNN Center – Air Boat – Bourbon Street – French Quarter
Tour Date: Jul 24 – Aug 02, 2019 Tour Price: $2,295 + Tax
$125 off for the 3rd person staying with 2 adults
Check in at the airport for your departure flight to Virginia. AV Travel Tour Leader will fly with the group.
Arrive in Virginia in the morning. After breakfast, drive to Mount Vernon to visit George Washington’s home, seeing the innovative Pioneer Farmer site with its 16-sided barn, important outbuildings, lush gardens, museums. Visit The National Harbor a census-designated place in Prince George’s County, Maryland, located along the Potomac River. (B/D)
Depart to visit Luray Caverns, originally called Luray Cave, one of the largest & most popular caverns in Eastern America, discovered in 1878. Continue to see the Natural Bridge, home of mother nature’s enormous and breathtaking rock bridge of Rockbridge County. The Natural Bridge sits in the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains. For years, the Natural Bridge was a mountain retreat, drawing visitors from all over the world to view the awe-inspiring, nature-sculpted arch that soars high above Cedar Creek. Once among our nation’s most visited natural wonders and known as One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Modern World, the Bridge inspired the Monacan Indians to worship it, young George Washington to survey it, Thomas Jefferson to purchase it, and famous artists to paint and illustrate it. (B/D)
Drive across the state of Tennessee to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border, is among the oldest mountains in the world, formed around 200-300 million years ago with elevations in the park ranging from 875 to 6,643 feet. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a dinner with a Country Music & Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Show involving live animals, dramatic lighting effects, incredible sounds and exciting pyrotechnics. (B/D)
This morning, begin with the Lost Sea adventure by touring the caverns and underground lake. You will learn about of the caverns’ exciting history, including how the cave was once used by The Cherokee Indians and how the Confederate soldiers mined the cave for saltpeter for the production of gun powder. They will also explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and rare formations. At the bottom of the cave, enjoy a boat ride on The Lost Sea, America’s Largest Underground Lake. The lake, covering more than 4 acres, is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Registered National Natural Landmark.
Continue to visit Ruby Falls, one of the most popular travel destinations in the southeast, a 145-foot high underground waterfall in a limestone cave at Lookout Mountain. Located atop Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls is one of the most spectacular underground falls in the USA. Walk underground for 45 minutes in the rock crevasses through the limestone formations. Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations and gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Witness a 1,000-ton rock above which has the shape of an umbrella over you. (B/D)
Experience the “Behind-the-Scenes Tour“ at the world headquarters of CNN. Enjoy a 50-minute walking tour through the halls of CNN Center & get an inside look at how a live broadcast is produced and sent to viewers all over the world. From the historic first newscast to the now living legacy, learn how CNN became the worldwide leader in news. Later on have a photo stops at the Coke Museum & The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum. (B/D)
After visiting the Stone Mountain, we’ll head south for Alabama’s state capital – Montgomery. We will visit the museum located in the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The trip will take you through a whole history of the state, from the native people through to the civil war, civil rights movement and on to modern-day Alabama. Just across the street is the First White House of the Confederacy, also worth a visit. This was where the President of the Confederate States was based during the period of time that Montgomery was the capital city of these states in early 1861.
Time to head for the coast now, and the last stop in Alabama – Mobile, we’ll notice that famous style of French architecture that the old quarter of New Orleans is famed for, this is because Mobile was the original capital of French Louisiana. It was subsequently colonized by the British and then the Spanish, before joining the United States in 1813.
From Mobile, it’s time to leave Alabama and head west, into Mississippi. Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos. Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. (B/D)
The Last stop on our tour across the Deep South of the USA is New Orleans, a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.
Take the Airboat Adventures ride in the swamp tour. It feels like taking a step back in time & seeing Louisiana the way it was before the hustle & bustle of modern life. Enjoy bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature. (B/D)
Khám phá thành phố New Orleans, bắt đầu tại khu phố Pháp, khu phố cổ kính nhất thành phố với nhiều toà nhà được xây dựng từ thế kỷ 18. Đi tản bộ ngang qua những ngôi biệt thự hoành tráng trên đại lộ Esplanade, đến với Công viên thành phố, nơi quý khách có thể thưởng thức một ly cafe đậm cùng đặc sản bánh chiên beignet. Tản bộ trong khu vườn Besthoff Sculpture, nơi đặt những công trình mang đầy tính nghệ thuật.
Hành trình 2 giờ đồng hồ trên tàu đi dọc dòng sông Mississippi để ngắm nhìn và cảm nhận một New Orleans vừa mang nét cổ kính của một thuộc địa Pháp cũ, vừa xen lẫn sự sôi động của nhịp sống hiện đại.
Ra phi trường đáp chuyến bay trở về Los Angeles.