Wilcox’s American Heritage & LDS Church History Tour
16 day tour - April 27, 2013
One Time Only! - SOLD OUT!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
For years Michael has wanted to do an American History Tour combined with an LDS Church History Tour. He wanted to include in the history of America in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Washington DC, Boston and more. For the Church History portion of the tour he wanted to visit the sites in chronological order. From the founding of the church in Palmyra, we would follow the saints to Kirtland, on to Independence, Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Liberty Jail and then finally Nauvoo and Carthage. We have never offered the two combined and may never do it again. This is a one-time tour for those that would like to learn about our Nation’s history and the LDS Church’s History with Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
The best part is we have cut out all the long drives. We fly into Philadelphia, work our way down to Washington DC and then fly rather than drive to Boston. After touring the Boston area, we fly to Rochester area to start our Church History part of the tour in chronological order. We visit Palmyra, Niagara Falls and Kirtland before flying to Independence. These three internal flights cut out 4 full days of 10 + hours of driving OR 4 months if traveling by wagon train.
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Places you will see and experience
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Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: April 27: Philadelphia
This morning we will fly from our homes to Philadelphia. We will overnight in the Philadelphia area.
Day 2: April 28: Historic Philadelphia – Gettysburg, Washington DC.
This morning we will start early with a tour of Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Carpenters Hall, Christ Church. We will then drive across Pennsylvania to Gettysburg, site of the famous civil war battle and Lincoln’s famous speech. We will have a special Battlefield Tour Guide scheduled to ride with us on our bus and give us a very informative two hour tour while stopping at the famous battle sights. We will then continue on to Washington DC to overnight.
Day 3 & 4: April 29 & April 30: Washington DC.
During your stay in Washington DC we will visit the LDS Temple, Arlington Cemetery, Ford Theater (where Abraham Lincoln was shot), visit all of the monuments and memorials, plus you will have free time to explore the Smithsonian museums at the mall.
Day 5: May 1 : Washington DC – Boston
This morning early we will fly from Washington DC to Boston. Today you will experience the Freedom Trail by visiting South & North Church, Bunker Hill & the USS Constituion. We will overnight in Boston.
Day 6: May 2: Boston Area
Today will be a full day of history. We will visit Louisa May Alcott home, Waldon Pond, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower and more. Overnight Boston.
Day 7: May 3: Boston – Niagara Falls – Palmyra
This morning we will fly from Boston to Buffalo New York. Upon arrival we will head north to witness the majesty of Niagara Falls. You will also have the option to enjoy a boat ride on the “Maid of the Mist” boat up close to the falls. We will then travel to Palmyra to overnight.
Day 8: May 4: Palmyra – Church History – Pageant
Today will be a full day visiting all of the Church History sites in Palmyra, including: The Joseph Smith Sr. Home, the Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah, the Grandin Printing Complex (where the first Books of Mormon were printed), and the Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette (where the church was organized). We overnight near Palmyra.
Day 9: May 5: Palmyra – Kirtland
We will finish any sites not visited this morning before driving to Kirtland Ohio. We will overnight in the Kirtland area.
Day 10: May 6: Kirtland
Today will be a full day visiting all of the important sites around Kirtland. Our tour will include the Kirtland Temple, the Newel K Whitney Store (School of the Prophets), the Morley Farm, the New LDS Visitor Center and more.
Day 11: May 7: Kirtland – Independence Missouri
The saints went by wagon train, most tours today go by bus. We just can’t spend two days on the road by bus so we are going to fly. Upon arrival we will immediately start our tour of Independence that will include the Independence Visitor Center and Temple Mount. There should be time to visit the Headquarter of the Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints. We will then visit Liberty Jail before checking into our hotel.
Day 12: May 8: Far West – Adam-ondi-Ahman – Nauvoo
This morning we will visit Far West and Adam-ondi-Ahman before heading to Nauvoo. We will do an overview of Nauvoo tour before heading to our hotel.
Day 13 & 14: May 9 & 10: Nauvoo & Carthage Jail
You will have plenty of time to enjoy your experience in Nauvoo. We spend two full days in Nauvoo and Carthage area. You will have time to explore, take in a Temple Session, walk the trail of hope, tour the restored buildings and hear from our special Educator Dr. Wilcox.
Day 15: May 11: Nauvoo – St. Louis
This morning we will travel to St. Louis. Along the way Dr. Wilcox has several stops that he would like to make which will include the new Salem State Historic site, Abraham Lincoln's home, Lincoln's Tomb, and more! We transfer to our St. Louis hotel and overnight.. Do no Do
Day 16: May 12: St. Louis - Home
This morning we will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.