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An American Portrait

Overview

From the Erie Canal to Cooperstown and West Point

Details

  • Rochester – two world class museums – The Strong Museum (America’s Museum of Play) and the George Eastman Museum
  • 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 the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  • Tour West Point Academy
  • Visit the Presidential Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt; see Val Kill, Eleanor’s residence
  • Take the Walkway over the Hudson River
     

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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! 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 the most unlikely of friends. Hear the story during a fascinating “history lesson.” Hilton Garden Inn – Auburn (FB,L)

Day 4

It’s Ladies Day! In Seneca Falls, they celebrate the rise of the woman in America. Check out the Women’s Rights National 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. Afternoon travels bring you to the quaint village of Cooperstown. Best Western Cooperstown (FB,L)

Day 5

If you are a baseball fan, Cooperstown is your “mecca.” It is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Our visit includes a special behind-the-scenes look at memorabilia from the achieves, not seen by the public. Take time to visit the hall, or, if baseball isn’t really your thing, explore the tiny village and it’s many gift shops. Lunch is at the Otesaga Hotel, right on the shores of the lake by the same name. Afternoon travels bring you to Poughkeepsie, situated at the northern top of the Hudson River Valley. Best Western Plus at the Falls –
3 nights (B,L,D)

Day 6

Tour the beautiful Hudson River Valley. At the home and presidential library of Franklin D. Roosevelt, learn more about one of our country’s most fascinating figures. The home features a guided tour, and we have allowed plenty of time to explore the presidential library. Lunch is a special treat, as you dine at the Culinary Institute of America. Then it’s off for your chance to “walk over the Hudson.” (B,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 she was! After lunch at Blu Pointe, an award-winning local restaurant, we are off to West Point, for a guided tour of the grounds of the military academy. (B,L)

Day 8

One last attraction, the opportunity to see the Hudson River from above, as you utilize the Walkway Over the Hudson. Then it’s just a short drive to Albany Airport and your early afternoon flights to Chicago/Sacramento. (B)
 

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

Departures

Thursday, May 28, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020

8 Days, 15 Meals

4 breakfast, 3 full breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
 

$3590
p.p./dbl.occ.
$4150
single

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