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An American Portrait


History comes alive – everything from West Point to Woodstock.


  • Rochester – visit The Strong Museum (America’s Museum of Play) and the site of the original home of the Rochester Royals – now the Sacramento Kings
  • Cruise the Erie Canal
  • Tour the homes of Harriett Tubman and William Seward
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame, Women’s Rights Historic Park, It’s a Wonderful Life Museum in Bedford… we mean Seneca Falls
  • Visit Bethel Woods, the site of Woodstock
  • Tour West Point Academy
  • Visit the Presidential Library of Franklin Roosevelt; see Val Kill, Eleanor’s residence
  • Lunch and tasting at Crowne Maple, makers of amazing maple syrups; walk over the Hudson River



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Rochester, NY, in late afternoon. Meet your traveling companions at a welcome dinner. Marriott Rochester – 2 nights (D)

Day 2

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States. A trip down memory lane for certain! Dine at a local favorite for lunch and discover a bit of Sacramento Kings history along the way. The afternoon features the George Eastman Museum (Eastman-Kodak), where you’ll find amazing photo collections and photography exhibits. (FB,L)

Day 3

“We know every inch of the way, from Albany to Buffalo…” It’s a line from an old song about the Erie Canal. Today, you’ll travel for a bit on America’s farm-to-market waterway. The afternoon includes visits to the homes of William Seward (the man who helped us purchase Alaska) and Harriett Tubman. The two were unlikely friends. Hear the story and many more during a fascinating “history lesson.” Hilton Garden Inn – Auburn (FB,L,D)

Day 4

It’s Ladies Day! In Seneca Falls, they celebrate the rise of the woman in America. Check out the Women’s Rights Nat’l Historic Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Just down the street is the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Many think “Bedford Falls” in the movie is patterned after Seneca Falls. We’ll share the story with you. Lots of picturesque waterfalls in the area, and we’ll stop briefly for pictures at Taughannock, just outside of Ithaca. A brief driving tour of Cornell University is our final attraction before heading to Binghamton for the night. TBA (FB,L)

Day 5

Fifty years ago, on what turned out to be a rainy weekend in August, more than 400,000 people gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm in the Catskill Mountains. The Woodstock Music Festival changed the history of rock and roll. Enjoy a visit to the museum and see the actual festival site. In the afternoon, pivot 180 degrees from Woodstock as you tour the United States Military Academy at West Point. Hilton Garden Inn Fishkill – 2 nights (B,D)

Day 6

Tour the beautiful Hudson River Valley. At the home and Presidential Library of FDR, learn more about one of our country’s most fascinating figures. Lunch is at Crowne Maple, home of amazing maple syrup. (Pick some up for your pancakes at home.) Then it’s off for your chance to “walk over the Hudson.” (FB,L)

Day 7

A visit to Val Kill, the National Historic Site honoring Eleanor Roosevelt, is the final piece of our American Portrait puzzle. What an incredible woman. After lunch at the Rhinecliff Hotel (site of one of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding receptions), we are off to the Newark Airport, just over an hour south, to catch the evening non-stop back to Sacramento. (FB,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 to Tuesday, June 4, 2019

7 Days, 14 Meals

 1 breakfast, 5 full breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners


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