Dates: August 20 – 27, 2019
- Luxury Motor Coach Transportation
- Presque Isle State Park Tour
- Lady Kate Sunset Cruise on Lake Erie
- Eldred WWII Museum and Kinzua Bridge
- Carnegie Natural History Museum & Heinz History Museum
- Kentucky Derby Museum with an Interactive “gaming” experience
- Pittsburgh City Tour with Local Guide
- 3 Nights in Pittsburgh
- Flight 93 Memorial
- Gateway Clipper Captain’s Dinner Cruise on Three Rivers
- Greendance Winery
This tour is part of our Discovery in Depth series.
Have you ever driven through Pennsylvania on the Interstate and thought “how lovely the scenery must be” as you whiz by at 75mph? Now is your chance to visit some of those special things that makes Western Pennsylvania a meaningful entry on everyone’s bucket list.
Come with us as we wade into Lake Erie, ply the waters of Three (count ‘em…3!) major Rivers, pay homage to some brave and daring American heroes, and get selfies with Pennsylvania’s favorite mascot (besides the Pirates, Penguins and Steelers).
As part of a new Discovery In Depth series, we are going deep into Western Pennsylvania and visit some of the little-known but surprisingly scenic and entertaining spots in the Alleghenys, the Appalachians and in Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges. Join us on this special visit to the Keystone State in August!
$100/pp if booked by April 30, 2019
Deposit: $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: July 3, 2019
Day 1, Tuesday, August 20
Board the deluxe motor coach with your Sunnyland Tour Director and head east through the Middle West to Dayton, OH. After dinner, get acquainted over wine-and-cheese and spend the night resting up from a long day of travel. (D)
Day 2, Wednesday, August 21
After breakfast, head for Erie, PA. Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, join ol’ Joe Root for a tour of Presque Isle Peninsula and State Park, and dip your toes in the waters of Lake Erie. After checking into our hotel, enjoy a full dinner at Joe Root’s Grill, then board the Lady Kate for a sunset cruise on Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. (B, L, D)
Day 3, Thursday, August 22
Board the coach early for a day of sightseeing and new discoveries as we drive deep into the Allegheny National Forest. Stop in Eldred, PA (population 824) and visit the Eldred WWII Museum, called “a bit of the Smithsonian” by Fox News. Drive toy tanks over huge displays and walk through replicas of submarines and bunkers in this unique museum on the site of a munitions plant built to service the British military before the US formally entered WWII. Then walk the remaining skeleton of the Kinzua Bridge, and peer through glass panels down to the valley floor. After a box lunch, head to Punxsutawney for a choice view of the town made famous by a rodent, albeit a lovable one. End the day in Altoona, PA with dinner and evening of rest. (B, L, D)
Day 4, Friday, August 23
Following breakfast, the short trip through the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to Shanksville takes us back 18 years to a day which changed our world forever. As the now infamous final destination for 40 American heroes who saved countless lives by taking control of their own fate, the Flight 93 Memorial includes the nearly completed Tower of Voices. After a quick lunch stop, visit the Duncan & Miller Glass Museum in Washington, PA. Glassware production in Western Pennsylvania began in 1797, and Pittsburgh – then known as the Gateway to the West (pre-St Louis, MO) – became the perfect location for huge glass plants producing items needed by Frontier settlers. Stop at our Pittsburgh hotel (our home for the next 3 nights) on the way to a tasty dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5, Saturday, August 24
Join us this morning for a guided tour of some of the famous places, attractions and sights in Pittsburgh. Then it’s time for a bit of lunch and a little shopping in the Strip District. After lunch, soak in the beauty of Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Next, visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, a fascinating repository of all things interesting: from Minerals, Jewels and Gems to Dinosaurs, Dioramas and Archeological Digs. Then spend the evening dining on the Captain’s Dinner Cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper and take in the Pittsburgh skyline at night.
Day 6, Sunday, August 25
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel (eat hearty!), then it’s off to the Birthplace of Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt at the juncture of Three Rivers. Our own tour guide will be on hand to share stories of the “wild, wild West”. Journey uptown to the (Senator John) Heinz History Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian and the largest history Museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. More than the history of Heinz Ketchup: it’s a collection of the geographical, political and innovative commercial record of the State, and also the home of the Western PA Sports Museum. A box lunch is provided before heading to the Greendance Winery at Sandhill for a taste of liquid refreshment. Returning to Pittsburgh, our dinner-on-your-own options are to spend the evening at the Rivers Casino or use the Hotel shuttle to dine at a local restaurant. (B, L)
Day 7, Monday, August 26
Start the trip home with another great breakfast. Then it’s off to Louisville for a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. View “The Greatest Race”, a 360-degree media experience that will make your heart race, walk on the race track and look up at the stands from the finish line, and here’s your chance to get a feel for what live horserace gaming is about: with $5000 in “horsey-money” everyone is a high roller! Then check in to your hotel for dinner, a couple of drinks and an evening’s rest. (B, D)
Day 8, Tuesday, August 27
After breakfast, the motor coach will head home, but has one more meal stop in Illinois for a special Farewell Luncheon, hosted by your Sunnyland Tour Director. We thank you for choosing Sunnyland Travel Center as your motor coach tour company and hope you will join the new friends you met on this tour for another Sunnyland excursion. (B, L)