Your faith will be encouraged as you visit these four Christian faith-based sites. Start out at the Creation Museum and nearby Ark Encounter spotlighting the Genesis accounts. Then travel to Lancaster County. Here you will see religious freedom on display with the unique Amish Communities and then be amazed at the stage production at Sight and Sound Theater - a faith-based performance rivaling any Broadway production. Finally head south to Washington, D.C. and time to explore the amazing Museum of the Bible.
Program HighlightsAlmost all American Christian Tours Education Programs doing The Pilgrimage will typically include:
- Creation Museum
- Ark Encounter
- Amish Countryside Tour
- Amish Farm Stop
- The Amish Experience - theater
- Amish family-style meal
- Amish House Tour
- Sight and Sound Theater
- 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
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Museum of the Bible
ClimateTrips doing The Pilgrimage can experience climate that varies greatly. Through most of the region of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Washington, D.C. are the winters can be cold and bitter with temperatures not much above freezing to mild with highs in the 60's. Snow is also a likely possibility. In the summer, the temperatures throughout this region are usually hot and the air humid.
The best time to visit is in the spring and fall when the air is clear and the temperatures and precipitation mild. Short heavy periods of rain are to be expected in the spring months.
GeographyNorth Central Kentucky, where the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter are located, is along the Ohio River in the Bluegrass Region. It is characterized by rolling meadows in the central portion.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which is found in the south central portion of the state of Pennsylvania, in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley. The land is mostly flat, with mild rolling hills, lending itself to farming. The farmland of Lancaster County is considered to be among the most fertile non-irrigated farmland in the world. Popular crops include tobacco, soybeans, and corn. There are a large number of dairy and chicken farms as well.
Washington is surrounded by the states of Virginia (on its southwest side, and a small part of its northwest one) and Maryland (on its southeast and northeast sides, and most of its northwest one). It interrupts those states' common border, which is the Potomac River both upstream and downstream from the District. The land ceded from Virginia was returned by Congress in 1846, so what remains of the modern District was all once part of Maryland.
The District has three natural flowing bodies of water: the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, and Rock Creek. Both Anacostia River and Rock Creek are tributaries of the Potomac. The famous Tidal Basin was actually man-made in the early 1900's.
The city of Philadelphia is situated in Philadelphia County in southeastern Pennsylvania, at the junction of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and covers almost 130 square miles. It lies approximately 100 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and about halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C. Philadelphia is located on a narrow strip of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, separated from the Piedmont Plateau by the fall line.
- Walking through the Garden of Eden at the Creation Museum.
- Standing at the base of the replica of Noah Ark and being amazed at God's plan of salvation.
- Enjoying a world-class stage production at Sight and Sound Theater telling one of the exciting stories from the Bible through art, drama, and special effects.
- Engaging through the Hebrew Bible exihibit at the Museum of the Bible.
That’s a Fact videos from the Institute for Creation Research showcase one truth at a time about the Bible, creation, and science in a fun, visual, and engaging format—and in two minutes or less.
- The Bible. Read the Creation story and the Story of the Flood.
- Also read the passages that will go along with the performance you will be seeing at Sight & Sound Theater.
Listen to the soundrack from Jesus - Sight & Sound Theatre. This is from a former production at Sight and Sound. Check with your ACTS consultant for current available productions.
- Probably the best food on this trip will be in Lancaster County. If your tour is eating at one of the Amish family-style restaurants - be adventurous! Try the dried corn or the shoo-fly pie.
- At the Museum of the Bible there is the Manna Cafe which features foods with the spices and flavors of the Meditteranean.
In A Word:
- Creation Museum - Ex nihilo
- Ark Encounter - Saved
- Sight & Sound - Celebrated
- Museum of the Bible - Preserved
- The Noah's Ark at The Ark Encounter was built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. It is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen.
- Patrick Marsh, chief designer of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, also worked on the 1984 Olympic Games, the King Kong and Jaws attractions at the Universal Studios theme park in Florida, and more.
- The Creation Museum was gifted a world-class dinosaur skeleton. An impressive allosaur - nicknamed Ebenenezer - is believed to have one of the four best-preserved Allosaurus skulls ever discovered.
- Seeing the Bible coming to life at Sight & Sound Theatre - a 2,000 seat auditorium with a 300-ft stage that surrounds the audience on three sides, state-of-the-art technology and live animals.
- The Gutenberg Gates of the Museum of the Bible are 40-feet-high and bronze. They feature the first lines from Genesis in Latin from the Gutenberg Bible.