There's no better way to get out and explore after a cold winter than to welcome Spring on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks!
There's no better way to get out and explore after a cold winter than to welcome spring on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks! Take in the lighthouses, the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, be amazed at the largest group of sharks in the state at the aquarium, explore the beaches, sit back, relax and do some people watching. Enjoy a day out with a ride in an open-air safari truck with the fresh ocean breezes and salt air while exploring the Outer Banks and delight in the beauty of the wild ponies running along the water's edge. If you're feeling really adventurous, you could even take a flight over the Outer Banks in a 1942 open cockpit bi-plane just like the Wright Brothers may have don ein Kitty Hawk! In the evenings, tak ea stroll along the beach that you view from your hotel room's private balcony with an ocean view. Before you know it, it's time to say goodbye to spring on the coast and hello to spring once more as experienced in the Midwest on your return back home. As you travel back home, enjoy the beauty of the many shades of green from the emerging leaves on the trees and keep an eye out for those spring bulbs and flowers that are popping up with the promise of sunshine and warm days to come.
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Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
7 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- 4 Nights at Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk with private oceanview balconies
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
North Carolina Aquarium
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The Christmas Shop
Wild Ponies of the Outer Banks
- Open-Air Safari-Style Truck Tour
Free Time on the Boardwalk
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial
$1750 per person Double / $2160 per person Single
Non-members add $25
Cancellations & Refunds:
A $250 deposit is due within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by February 5, 2021. No refunds will be issued after February 5, 2021. Travel Protection is available; please call 319-753-2864 x162 for more information.
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly on uneven ground or unpaved trails.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Join us from the available departure location of your choice this morning, meet your friendly on-board host, then settle in and get comfortable as we make our way to Dayton, Ohio. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Arrive in Dayton for your overnight stay this evening and enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia. Tamarack is a social hub for locals and travelers alike to shop, dine and support the fine craftsmanship of WV artisans. Here, you will find one-of-a-kind gifts made by jewelers, furniture makers, food makers, potters, glass makers, wood makers, painters, photographers, sculptors, metal artists, soap makers and more.
Enjoy Appalachian inspired recipes in the Deli, Grill and Bakery with many made from scratch dishes. Try their famous fried green tomatoes and famous trout recipes, or, tempt your appetite with street tacos, flatbreads and from-scratch desserts. Enjoy lunch, on your own, while exploring here today.
After lunch, arrive at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. At the coal mine, you’ll ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and travail of past and present-day miners.
Guests board a comfortable coal mine “man trip” that holds approximately 35 people for the duration of the tour. As the trip begins, guides give general information about the mine and the history of coal mining in the region. The Beckley Exhibition Coal mine is a “drift mine” and the track goes 1500 feet up and around various mined out areas. Stops are made at these areas and the veteran guides give in-depth information on the mining methods and equipment seen.
In addition to the mine, one can tour the period coal camp buildings situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life.
This evening, arrive at your Lewisburg, West Virginia hotel in time to refresh and have dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk. Enjoy your own private balcony in every room so that you may enjoy your own unique view of the ocean during your stay.
After a day of traveling to your beach getaway, you don’t have far to go for dinner this evening. Enjoy a great welcome dinner in a private banquet room at the hotel with some live dinner entertainment too. The remainder of the evening is free, on your own.
Monday, March 22, 2021
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a day on Roanoke Island. Visit the site which preserves known portions of Roanoke Colony, England’s first New World settlements from 1854 to 1590, including cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.
Enjoy lunch, on your own, along the Manteo Waterfront where a Boardwalk connects the town boat ramp and marina, waterfront gazebo, playground and picnic areas with the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and the George Washington Creef Boathouse.
See the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, an exterior reconstruction of the square cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse which stood at the southern entrance to Croatan Sound, near Wanchese. It now houses historical and educational activities in the auspices of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
Visit the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and explore this 10-acre historical site with plant displays and an antique statuary. A monumental bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth I is an ancient Italian Renaissance statuary with Elizabethan elements. The solitary figure of Virginia Dare provides continuity to constantly changing flora. The extensive horticultural collections, along with the many plants providing beautiful annual color, are planted every season giving the Gardens a different perspective throughout the year.
Arrive at the North Carolina Aquarium where the “Waters of the Outer Banks” are waiting for you to discover. Marvel at the largest group of sharks in the state in a 285,000-gallon shark tank. Witness the conservation efforts in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitations (STAR) Center. See live animal encounters, feedings, interactive exhibits and more!
OPTIONAL TOUR: Soar over the Outer Banks in a 1942 open-cockpit bi-plane or in a Cessna 172, Cessna 206 OBX high wing 5 passenger aircraft with all seats forward facing. See dolphins, sea turtles, shipwrecks, the Wright Brothers Monument, Bodie Island Lighthouse and other popular attractions from a new perspective. (On Own, $50 pp)
While in Manteo, you can’t miss a stop at The Christmas Shop. It has been a staple in the Outer Banks community for over 50 years. The shop is 15,000 square feet, full of unique gifts, décor, locally made candy, jewelry and much more.
Late this afternoon, return to the hotel for a relaxing evening, on your own.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing to see Wild Ponies of the Outer Banks. Today, you’ll find the largest herds of feral horses at the extreme ends of the Outer Banks. Corolla, to the north, and Shackleford Banks, the southernmost of the barrier-island chain, have herds of around 120 stallions, mares and foals that call their beaches and dunes home. A smaller, more domesticated herd lives on Ocracoke Island.
For 500 years, the most enduring – and endearing – residents of the Outer Banks, the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs, have called this sliver of land between sound and sea home. These feral horses descended from a herd brought here by explorers as early as the 1520s, and are recognized as the state horse of North Carolina. How they got there is a bit of a mystery. It’s said that some swam ashore from shipwrecks while others were castoffs of failed settlements, left to flourish on these untouched barrier islands for hundreds of years.
Sit back and relax inside the open-air safari-style truck, feel the fresh ocean breezes and soak in the salty sea air while experiencing the wonders of nature.
Enjoy lunch, on your own, along the boardwalk. The boardwalk allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty and nature of the area, visit some of the fine retail establishments, eateries, or just relax and enjoy the day.
This afternoon, arrive at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Climb the 220 steps to the top of the majestic, red brick lighthouse. First lit on December 1, 1875, the beacon filled the remaining “dark spot” on the North Carolina coast between the Cape Henry and Bodie Island lighthouses.
It is one of the only lighthouses in America that still houses its original first-order Fresnel lens. The light continues to flash today at 20-second intervals, serving as a navigational aid. The beacon, which can be seen for 18 nautical miles, comes on at dusk and ceases at dawn.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the last brick and mortar lighthouse built in North Carolina with its unpainted red brick serving as a day-marker to distinguish it from other coastal lighthouses.
Next stop is Whalehead Beach in Corolla. Enjoy a stop at this serene beach community on the Outer Banks that features large, beautiful vacation rental homes. Known for its nearby unspoiled beaches and close proximity to Corolla attractions, shopping and restaurants, visitors to Whalehead Beach enjoy its large lots and laidback Southern family atmosphere.
Return to the hotel to freshen up before an included dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Enjoy your meal at a family-run spot serving seafood, steaks and breakfasts in a casual, aquatic-themed setting with a bar. This is a place where the owners come around to check on everyone, where customers become friends and where entire families can dine together. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Today is your day to do as you please. Check out the bustling town of Kitty Hawk - it’s packed full of attractions, no matter what you are looking for. Eco-tour, watersports, golf, fishing and more. Or, hang out down at the beach and soak in all it has to offer - breeze, sand, surf and wildlie! It’s a great change for us Midwesterners!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
After breakfast this morning, head to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. This memorial commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flight in a heavier-than-air-machine. Wind, sand, and a dream flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.
Enjoy a rest and refresh break, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum.Visit the complex that houses the President’s birthplace, known as the “Manse,” a museum that explores his life and times, a research library and gift shop.
The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has 12 rooms with 12 fireplaces and cost about $4,000 to build. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855 as Woodrow’s father was ordained as a Presbyterian priest and assigned to serve as a pastor in Staunton. Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the “birth room” on December 28, 1856. The Wilson family left The Manse in 1858 to accept a call from a congregation in Augusta, GA. Wilson continued to visit Staunton throughout his life and often called it his “home.”
Arrive at the hotel in Staunton, Virginia and enjoy the rest of the evening and dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant of your choice.
Friday, March 26, 2021
After breakfast this morning we start our journey home. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Arrive in Cinicinnati, OH for your overnight stay. Enjoy the evening, on your own, with the included Kickback Reception at the hotel, orperhaps you may want to have dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Enjoy one last breakfast with your fellow travelers this morning before we depart for our final stretch home. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving back home this evening.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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