Presidential Library Tour
Embark on an historic rail tour to the libraries of some of America’s acclaimed presidents including William J Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S Truman and Abraham Lincoln.
American history comes to life on this 11-day rail tour to the libraries of some of the United States’ most influential Presidents. Explore and discover new places right outside your window. Rail travel allows you to admire scenery and relax without the stress of driving.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and deluxe motorcoach.
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for one night.
- First-class hotel accommodations for nine nights.
- Thirteen meals.
- Sightseeing tours of and entrance to all included attractions.
- Baggage handling, taxes, tips.
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago's Union Station.
This evening we'll board the City of New Orleans for the overnight journey to Memphis. Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Superliner Private Roomette and Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. Dinner in the dining car dinner is served upon departure. (D)
Day 2 - William J. Clinton Library
We'll arrive into Memphis this morning and board our comfortable motorcoach for the 130-mile run to Little Rock. But our first stop will be in Memphis for an included breakfast.The museum at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock is 20,000 square feet of information, video, photos, documents, and artifacts. A 2,000-square foot executive apartment used by Clinton is located on the top floor of the main building. Cadillac One, the automobile used during Clinton's presidency, is housed on the first floor. On the second floor, the main gallery houses a 110-foot timeline, representing each of Clinton's years as President. There also are replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. A restaurant is located on the lower level.This afternoon we'll continue by motorcoach to Longview, TX. Dinner is included en route. Our home for the evening is the Holiday Inn Express.(B&D)
Day 3 - En Route/Austin
Following an included Continental breakfast, we'll transfer to the Longview Amtrak station where, at 8:28 a.m., we'll board the famous Texas Eagle for the 359-mile run across central Texas to Austin. Relax in a comfortable, reclining coach seat with leg rest. You'll want to spend time in the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge Car. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase in the dining car. Snacks and beverages are located in the lower level of the Lounge Car. You'll have time for a trainside walk in Fort Worth. We're scheduled to arrive in Austin at 6:22 p.m. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the Hampton Inn Northwest Arboretum.(CB)
Day 4 - Lyndon B. Johnson Library
This morning we'll transfer to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Situated on a 30-acre site on the University of Texas campus, the Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos, and 5,000 hours of recordings from President Johnson's political career. The iconic ten-story building was designed by award-winning architect Gordon Bunshaft and features the Great Hall with a stunning four-story, glass-encased view of the archives collection. You're free following our Johnson Library visit. Our hotel is in an area referred to as the Arboretum, which has walking trails and a nice park. There are also restaurant options nearby.(CB)
Day 5 - George H.W. Bush Library
Following included Continental breakfast, we'll board a motorcoach and continue east 86 miles to College Station where we'll visit the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library. The Library and Museum opened in 1997 and is part of Texas A&M University. The Museum's main gallery is dedicated to “The Life and Times of George Bush.” Memorabilia includes the parachute used in his 1997 jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in Arizona The Library and Museum's documents include Bush's vice presidential and presidential records. The Museum collection holdings contain more than 100,000 artifacts, including more than 3,000 gifts from former heads of states.Following our visit we'll reboard our motorcoach and continue north 152 miles to Dallas. An included dinner stop will be made. Our hotel for the night will be the historic Adolphus Hotel.(CB&D)
Day 6 - George W. Bush Library
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. The Museum houses artifacts, documents, photographs, and videos from the Library's extensive collection and includes a full-sized Oval Office and a Texas Rose Garden. Following our visit, we travel north 190 miles to Oklahoma City. A stop for dinner will be included.Our home for the evening will be Oklahoma City's oldest hotel, the Skirvin Hilton. This hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.(D)
Day 7 - En Route/Abilene
The morning is free. Some may want to visit the Oklahoma City Memorial (site of the 1995 Federal Building disaster). This afternoon we'll travel 237 miles to Abilene, KS, where we'll spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express.
Day 8 - En Route To Chicago
Following a Continental breakfast we'll transfer to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.The Museum is divided into five major galleries consisting of an introductory gallery, a changing exhibits gallery, a First Lady's gallery, and a military gallery.We will stop at the Eisenhower home following the Museum visit. The Eisenhower family occupied this house from 1898 until the death of Eisenhower's mother in 1946. Her sons gave the house, on its original site, to the Eisenhower Foundation in 1966. Later this afternoon, we'll continue 140 miles to Kansas City where we'll spend the night at the Drury Inn and Suites, Kansas City Stadium.(CB)
Day 9 - Harry S. Truman Library and Museum,
Enjoy a Drury QuikStart® breakfast at our hotel this morning. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving papers, books, and other historical materials relating to the 33rd President. It was the first Presidential Library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. From the time the Library opened in 1957, President Truman maintained a working office there. He is buried on the grounds. In the office, he wrote articles, letters, and his book Mr. Citizen. The Museum offers an introductory film on the life of President Truman, and two floors of exhibits relating his life and presidency through photographs, artifacts, film clips, documents, and memorabilia. It was the first Presidential Library to contain a full scale replica of the Oval Office. The mural Independence and the Opening of the West by Thomas Hart Benton adorns the walls of the lobby. We board our motorcoach for our 294-mile ride to Springfield, IL. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made en route as well as an included dinner stop. Upon arrival we'll check in to the attractive State House Inn, our hotel for the next two nights.(CB&D)
Day 10 - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Enjoy a full hot breakfast in the hotel both today and tomorrow. You're free to relax before we transfer to the Lincoln Museum. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War. The Museum contains life-size dioramas of Lincoln's boyhood home, areas of the White House, the Presidential box at Ford's Theater, and the settings of key events in Lincoln's life, as well as pictures, artifacts, and other memorabilia. Original artifacts are changed from time to time, but the collection usually includes items like the original hand written Gettysburg Address, a signed Emancipation Proclamation, his glasses and shaving mirror, Mary Todd Lincoln's music box, items from her White House china, her wedding dress, and more. You're free to visit other Lincoln sites in the area. You'll return to our hotel for the night.(B)
Day 11 - En Route to Chicago
Following breakfast we'll transfer to the Springfield Amtrak station in time for the 8:37 a.m. departure of a Lincoln Service train for Chicago. Arrival into Chicago is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. This afternoon and evening, Presidential Library tour members will board connecting Amtrak trains for home destinations. Flying from O'Hare or Midway airports is an option.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. All meals are included on board the train.
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Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|21st September 2016||$2,495||Book Now|
|21st September 2016||$2,640||Book Now|
|21st September 2016||$2,740||Book Now|
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Included Coach: Departs 21st September 2016 ($2,495)
Roomette Upgrade: Departs 21st September 2016 ($2,640)
Bedroom Upgrade: Departs 21st September 2016 ($2,740)