The Historic Triangle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia & New York City
Early settlement, Colonial Streets, and old battlefields. Marble memorials, government buildings, and national museums. Revered symbols of liberty and site of Independence. Statue of Liberty, bright city lights and tall skyscrapers. This tour takes it all in.
Program HighlightsAlmost all American Christian Tours Education Programs to The Historic Triangle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City will typically include:
Trips of moderate length will also typically include:
- Evening Colonial Tavern Dinner
- Evening "Lanhorn" Tour or Special Evening Program at Colonial Willamsburg.
- Guided Study Visit of Colonial Willamsburg
- Jamestown Settement
- Yorktown Museum of the American Revolution
- Yorktown Surrender Field
- United States Capitol Building
- Supreme Court
- Library of Congress
- Night Illumination Tour of the national monuments and memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, Jr., World War II, Vietnam and Korean War)
- Smithsonian Museums
- Ford's Theater and the Petersen House
- Liberty Bell Pavilion
- Independence Hall Tour
- Congress Hall
- The Constitution Center - "Freedom Rising."
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- Time on Fifth Avenue and at Rockefeller Center
- Observation Deck of the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock
- Broadway Play (additional expense)
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Trips of optimal length might also add the following:
- The National Archives
- George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate
- White House Photo Stop
- Jamestown Island
- Full visit of the Holocaust Museum or the Newseum or the International Spy Museum
- White House Tour - (dependent on approval of request)
- National Cathedral Tour
- NBC Studio Tour
- Madison Square Garden Tour
- United Nations Tour
- Visits to various NYC museums and galleries.
ClimateThis trip covers a distance of about 400 miles going south to north.
In the winter months travelers should be prepared for major temperature and climate changes. The trip could start off warm and sunny in the Historic Triangle with highs in the 70's and then then experience cold bitter temperatures with highs in the 20's and snow in the New York City area and everthing in between.
In the spring months, be prepared for comfortable temperatures but also be ready for periods of rain. The spring can also get warm and humid.During the summer months the temperatures up and down the East Coast tend to be warm to hot with highs in the 80's and 90's. There is usually a good chance of it also being humid. Showers are always a possibility.
Fall tends to be more comfortable with cooler temperatures. It also is usally drier.
The East Coast is a relatively low coast with northern portion shaped by glaciers with large offshore islands, The coastal plain broadens south of New York separated from the Piedmont region by what is known as the Atlantic Seaboard fall line of East Coast rivers. Usually at this fall line are prominent sites of cities. The coastal areas from Long Island south are often made up of barrier islands that line the coastal areas.
- Visting candlelight buildings on a Colonial Williamsburg evening Lanthorn Tour with a costumed guide.
- Gazing at the ceiling of the Rotunda 180 feet above you underneath the dome of the United State's Capitol.
- Watching the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
- Walking into the Assembly Room of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was approved and U.S. Constitution was written.
- Seeing the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
- Being dazzled by the lights of Times Square.
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, Columbia Pictures.
- National Treasure, 2004, Touchstone Pictures.
- Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, 1957, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- Liberty! - The American Revolution, 1998, PBS Home Video.
- 1776, 1972, DVD or VHS Directed by: Peter H. Hunt Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- This is a historical musical comedy about the events of 1776.
- Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain, Yearling, 1944, reissue edition (1987)
- Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the United States Constitution. This is where the Constitution establishes a district that will later be known as the District of Columbia - the capital of our nation.
- The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution.
- The New Colossus - a poem by Emma Lazarus about the Statue of Liberty.
- Colonial fife and drum music.
- Listen to and read about "The World Turned Upside Down" here. This song was played by the British army when they surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown.
- Patriotic marches;
- President's Inaugural Addresses;
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech;
- Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial.
- "Gonna Fly Now" - Bill Conti/Carol Connors. The song, from the Rocky movie, became part of American Popular Culture after main character Rocky Balboa completed his daily training regimen while the song plays. The song finishes as Rocky completes his famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raises his arms in a victory pose. The song is also often played at sporting events.
- New York, New York - Fred Ebb/John Kander, famous song about New York - normally found being sung by Frank Sinatra.
- There is a bakeshop just off of Duke of Gloucester Street behind Raleigh Tavern, the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop, that sells baked goods. The Shrewsbury cakes are very good as is the gingerbread.
- If you have time, eat lunch at one of the Colonial Williamsburg Taverns. They are located along the Duke of Gloucester Street. They tend to be busy in the spring, so it may be challenging to get in.
- Being a capital city, Washington, D.C. is home to people from all over the world. Be adventurous and try some ethnic food.Also Washington is close to the Chesapeake Bay. There is good seafood around Washington. We recommend the clam chowder at the Fish Market in Alexandria.
- A Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, a hoagie or a soft pretzel.
- Bagels with cream cheese
- New York-style pizza
- Hot dog, pretzels, or roasted nuts from a street vendor.
- The colonial-style bottled root beer and apple cider (found in shops along Duke of Gloucester Street or at vendors in the Market Square) is a tasty drink.
- If you can, find a water ice or Italian ice. Yum!
- Hires Root Beer - created in Philadelphi in 1876
- Starbucks. It seems like there is a Starbucks on almost every other corner in New York City.
- And, of course, water. Keep hydrated!
In A Word:
- Jamestown - Beginning.
- Colonial Williamsburg - Proper.
- Yorktown - Victory!
- Washington, D.C. - Monumental.
- Philadelphia - Independence.
- New York City - Awake!
- Eighty-eight (88) of the buildings in Colonial Williamsburg are original to the Revolutionary (1770's) period!
- From June until September of 1781, the French and American troops marched from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia where they forced the British troops to surrender. The distance they marched was 680 miles!
- The Powhatan Indian princess Pocahontas learned about Christianity, English culture and how to speak English from settlers that were detaining her for ransom. Pocahontas converted to Christianity, was baptized and given the name “Rebecca.” She met John Rolfe and they moved back to England with their son Thomas. Her baptism picture hangs in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
- The Capitol dome remains the tallest building in Washington, D.C., due to a rule within the building codes. The only exception to this rule is the Washington Monument, but this structure is not considered a building.
- Seeing how large the memorials are in real life, especially the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).
- Independence Hall seems so small compared to the large, tall buildings of the rest of downtown Philadelphia.
- The the statue of William Penn (Philadelphia's Founder) on the top of Philadelphia's City Hall is 37 feet tall. It is the tallest statue to stand atop any building in the world.
- In New York City, over 800 languages are spoken by a significant portion of the population - making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
- How small the Statue of Liberty seems compared with all of the tall buildings.
Included Cities or Destinations
- Historic Triangle - Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown
- Washington, D.C.
- New York City