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The White House, Liberty Bell and Times Square – see some of the United States' most famous landmarks in this gentle discovery of great American cities.You'll enjoy Insider moments like passing through sculpted iron gates on your way to look around Cornelius Vanderbilt's palatial mansion in Newport – the socialite called it his ‘cottage'. And, of course, it's seeing the iconic sights of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
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Welcome to Washington, D.C. Your leisurely exploration of America's favourite East Coast metropolises begins in the nation's capital. Get settled at your hotel and step out on your own to get acquainted with this city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation today as you join a Local Specialist to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to chart your own course through America's capital city. Visit one of the Smithsonian Institution's renowned museums or stroll around Dupont Circle neighbourhood, designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant just after the Civil War.
Travel up the Atlantic seaboard to the City of Brotherly Love where you can walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin. View Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and enjoy some time on your own to explore the Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. Take it easy or venture out to the pulsating streets of Times Square before a delicious dinner at a Manhattan restaurant.
Take a bite out of the Big Apple today on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Specialist. See the towering Empire State Building, the mirrored peak of the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Visit Battery Park with views of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France. Then ride the elevator to the “Top of the Rock,” the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sweeping view of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up the teeming isle of Manhattan. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy—take in a Broadway show, visit the American Museum of Natural History, or just explore the bustling streets, soaking up the atmosphere of one of the world's greatest cities.
Enjoy an entire day on your own in the city that never sleeps. From the shops on 5th Avenue, including the famous Tiffany's featured in Audrey Hepburn's iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany's, to the moving National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the possibilities are endless.
Explore Boston on your own today. Rise early and hit the streets—or sleep late and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a copy of the Boston Globe. Explore many of the city's most famous sights. Stroll the green spaces of the Boston Common and take a summertime ride on one of the famous Swan Boats in the Public Garden, get lucky enough to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or discover the continental art collection at the lovely Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed to resemble a 15th century Venetian palace. Tonight, raise a glass with your newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.