The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks
Tue, Apr 26th, 2022
Fri, May 6th, 2022
  • • "Triple" : TBD
  • • "Quad" : TBD
  • • "Single" : TBD


Featuring Oceanside Rooms in Nags Head, North Carolina!

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Tour Highlights:

Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Carillion Historical Park
Wright Brothers Nationa Memorial
Jockey Ridge State Park
Elizabethan Gardens
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Chicamacomico Life Saving Station
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Whalehead Mansion
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Wild Horse Hummer Adventure Tour
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Southern Belle River Cruise
Lookout Mountain's Ruby Falls
Lookout Mountain's Incline Railroad
Lookout Mountain's Rock City Gardens
Grand Ole Opry

Day 1 Peru, IL
Today we depart on an adventure to the barrier islands just off the shore of the Atlantic Ocean which is home to America’s first colony, the Wright’s first flight and the nation’s first seashore. Spend the day getting acquainted with your fellow travelers as we make our way to Peru, IL.

Day 2 Dayton, OH
This morning we cross into Indiana, the Hoosier State and pass through the capital city Indianapolis. A stop for an included lunch at the Original MCL Restaurant & Bakery will be made here. Famous for their home cooked meals made from scratch right in their kitchen. This family owned restaurant has been in business since 1950. Crossing into Ohio to Dayton, hometown of "The Wright Brothers." On arrival, we visit the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where Orville and Wilbur Wright developed and tested the world’s first practical airplane. We will check out the Interpretive Center to learn about the development of this airplane from 1904 to 1905 and their flying school starting in 1910. Overnight is in Dayton, Oh this evening. (B, L)

Day 3 Waynesboro, VA
We begin our day at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton. This 65-acre open-air history museum includes nearly 30 historical buildings and thousands of artifacts that tell the story of the settlement of Dayton in the last 1700s and highlight the next two centuries of invention and innovation that made this city what it is today. Lunch is on your own here. From Dayton, we make our way south through West Virginia into Virginia. Our evening stay is in Waynesboro. (B)

Day 4 Nags Head, NC
Traveling through Virginia today, making our way to the ocean! A stop in Norfolk will be made for an included lunch at Doumars, home of the original waffle cone. Enjoy North Carolina-style barbecue, a yummy burger, shakes and of course a made-from-scratch ice cream waffle cone! This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving up only the best, classic fare for over 100 years. This afternoon we will finally arrive in the Outer Banks! Home to pristine beaches, quaint towns and historic sites! Our first stop is in Kitty Hawk-where we will learn more about Orville and Wilbur Wright at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. See where they made their world-changing first flights, the historic sand dune where they did most of their gliding, and the location they lived while they were experimenting here. Before we go check-in to our hotel, we must stop and check out the Sand Dunes at Jockey Ridge State Park. This is the the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast and is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and hang gliding. Spend time exploring the Dunes and the visitor center. Afterwards, we'll check-in to our oceanside hotel. Unpack your bags and enjoy your ocean view rooms, we're here for three nights! (B, L)

Day 5 Nags Head, NC
Back on the bus for another adventure and a lot of history! We begin at the Elizabethan Gardens and see all of their springs blooms. Walk over to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, see the site of the first English Colony, where Sir Walter Raleigh’s explorers and later colonists established settlements in 1585 & 1587; would later become known as the “The Lost Colony”, after 116 settlers disappeared. Lunch is on your own and you have some time to explore and do some shopping in historic Manteo. Not a shopper? Located here is the Roanoke Marshes and the George Washington Creef Boat shop. Admission is free to both. After lunch, we'll depart for Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks Scenic Highway. Stop by the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, A predecessor to the US Coast Guard, Chicamacomico is one of the most complete US Lifesaving Station sites in the nation, see historic buildings and a boathouse that housed the service that was the predecessor to the United States Coast Guard. Arrive at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick beacon on the American coast with its black and white stripes, it stands at 208 feet high. Learn the marvelous history, which includes its half-mile move in 2000 away from the ocean. (B)

Day 6 Nags Head, NC
We begin our day at the Whalehead Mansion. With its bold yellow paint, copper roof, and mahogany doors, we will have the chance to explore a fascinating period in Outer Banks history. Nearly every inch of the home has been carefully restored to the way it looked when Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, first opened the doors as a lavish hunting retreat in 1925. Next we will see the only lighthouse in North Carolina that is still housed in its original structure. Built in 1874, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands 158 feet tall. After lunch on your own, we will take an adventure of a lifetime on a Wild Horse Hummer tour. See North Carolina’s state horse the Wild Spanish Mustangs. These horses have survived for centuries on the barrier island. The only way to see them is to take a wild horse safari in a 4WD vehicle. (B)

Day 7 Charlotte, NC
We say goodbye to the beach to travel back towards home today. We'll go as far as Charlotte, North Carolina. Here we will experience the Billy Graham Library to discover the life and legacy of America's Pastor. Learn about his journey from a humble farm boy to an international ambassador of God's love, the barn shaped building is situated on 20 acres, only miles from where he grew up. We'll check-in to our hotel and then rest of the evening is on your own. (B)

Day 8 Chattanooga, TN
Experience the thrill of the race this morning. Whether you’re a history buff or a casual fan, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is your one-stop shop to experience special and interactive exhibits of the most popular form of motorsports in America. We spend the rest of the day driving to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon arrival, we check-in to our accommodations. Tonight, take in the views as we cruise the Tennessee River while enjoying live entertainment and dinner on the Southern Belle Riverboat. (B, D)

Day 9 Nashville, TN
You can come to Chattanooga without visiting Lookout Mountain, home to three world-famous attractions. First we'll visit Ruby Falls, the nation's tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. Descend 260 feet by elevator into the mountain to explore the underground cavern and see the falls. Next, board the Incline Railway, the world's steepest passenger railway. After an included lunch, explore Rock City. Stroll the Enchanted Trail, be amazed at the spectacular seven states view from Lover's Leap, and see the world in a whole new way from Rainbow Hall. We'll continue our travels north to Nashville. Upon arrival, we'll check-in to our hotel and grab a bite to eat before attending the fabulous Grand Ole Opry. (B, L)

Day 10 Rockford, IL
Continuing north, we briefly travel through Kentucky then into Illinois, stopping in Rockford for our overnight. Tonight, a farewell dinner will be at the Machine Shed. (B, D)

Day 11 Home
We spend our last day together traveling back into Minnesota reminiscing of our fun tour to the Outer Banks. (B)
3 dinners 
3 lunches and 
10 continental breakfasts
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