1st Day: Upon arrival in Montgomery, AL, we will go to the Oakwood Cemetery, which is legendary country singer Hank Williams' final resting place. Williams is best remembered for such hit ballads as "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "Lovesick Blues." We will also see the Civil Rights Memorial. Designed by Vietnam War Memorial artist, Maya Lin, the memorial chronicles key events and lists the names of approximately 40 people who gave their lives in the struggle for racial equality from 1955-1968.
2nd Day: We depart this morning for Lafayette, LA. Upon arrival this afternoon, we’ll visit the Acadian Village, which tells the stories of the origins, migration, settlement of the Acadians (Cajuns). In order to recreate a typical 1800's Cajun village, the design team had to transform 10 acres of farmland into a shaded community with a bayou running through it. (CB)
3rd Day: Board the coach today for San Antonio, TX. Before checking into our home for the next two nights, we will go to the IMAX Theatre. Alamo - The Price of Freedom, isa 45 minute docudrama which tells the story of the 189 defenders, Texan and Tejano, who chose to die for freedom. The screen is six stories tall, ten times larger than a conventional movie screen. (CB)
4th Day: Today we will have a guided tour of San Antonio, to see the Alamo and downtown sights. The Alamo was established in 1718 and was the site of the famous battle of 1836 where 189 brave men gave their lives for the freedom of Texas. You will also have some time at the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Stroll along the river and visit shops, restaurants, boutiques and view beautiful tropical foliage. (CB)
5th Day: We depart for Waco this morning. We will visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos. There's a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market at the Silos. Shopping, games, the garden and even a bite to eat. The Market itself is staged and set up with one goal in mind: to inspire you to own the space you're in. This afternoon we will visit the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Discover the living history of cowboys and cattle along the red brick streets of this famous 10-block historical district. It's packed with shops and galleries, restaurants, saloons, and stores specializing in the finest in western wear and gear. We will continue on to Dallas for the night. (CB)
6th Day: This morning we will go to the Sixth Floor of the Texas Book Depository. Here the life of President John F. Kennedy is highlighted by exhibits featuring films, photographs and artifacts. After the tour, we will depart Dallas and head for Little Rock, AR, and our home for the night. (CB)
7th Day: Today, we will visit The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. The archival and museum holdings are the largest within the Presidential Library System. Included in these collections are approximately 76.8 million pages of paper documents, 1.85 million photographs and over 75,000 museum artifacts. Departing for Nashville after our tour of The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Upon arrival we will check into the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This evening, we will go to The Nashville Nightlife Theater, to attend “The Best of Country Music Show,” voted Nashville’s #1 Dinner & Show. Experience a celebration of Country Music from both past and present. Hear songs from many of the great artists in country music history and today’s hottest superstars. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline, to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith! (CB, D)
8th Day: Have breakfast and board the coach for our return trip back to North Carolina. Rest and meal stops en route. We head east through the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains on our way home. This is a sad day as we say “Good-bye” to all our friends until we travel together again with Holiday Tours. Arriving back approximately 8:00 PM
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