New York by Rail - Women of Influence
See the sights of New York State and important landmarks of the Women's Rights movement on this unforgettable rail and drive adventure.
Take a journey across New York State and immerse yourself into the stories of New York’s Pioneer Feminists who risked their lives for Women’s Rights—and equal rights for all. Experience the 170th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement as you walk the paths of the fearless Suffragettes and learn how their commitment to equal rights for all helped shaped our Nation. You will also encounter stories of other strong women who have made a mark in history. Join us for a celebration and commemoration of people who sacrificed their lives for what they believed was right. You will also meet a new era of strong and fierce women who empower others and their communities by making a difference today.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Amtrak Coach round trip from Penn Station to Albany, NY. Boarding train from other locations may be an additional cost
- Enterprise Rental Economy Car-insurance and taxes included in rental*
- Harriet Tubman Home
- Seward House Museum
- Women’s Rights National Historical Park
- The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
- Culinary Institute of America
- Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
- Erie Canal Boat Ride
- Prospecting for “Herkimer Diamonds”
- National Museum of Play
- All Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
- All Attraction fees-unless otherwise note
- Detailed Itinerary with directions and regional history
Day 1 - Depart from Penn Station, NYC
Depart early from Penn Station, NYC by coach class to the historic hamlet of Rhinecliff. Your train ride is only 1 hour and 30 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic views of the Hudson River Valley. The Valley is rich in American history, legends and folklore. From Sleepy Hollow to Slavery, Trade, War, Politics and Women’s Rights…this region was and still is the genesis for social movements, art, culture, cuisine and inventions. These stories are echoed in the architecture, landscapes and local narratives. As you travel on the train, you will get a snap-shot of what life was like for those who traveled this region hundreds of years before you.
When you arrive at the Rhinecliff Train Station, you will be picked up by Enterprise Car Rental and taken to their storefront to rent your vehicle. Once you rent your car, you will travel to Rhinebeck, a Dutch and Victorian influenced town established in 1688. The village has many locally owned shops, over 25 restaurants, cobblestone side streets, historic buildings and much more. This charming community boasts 347 sites on the National Historic Register of historic places including the Beekman Arms, America’s oldest operating inn. Check into the Beekman Arms for two nights. Eat lunch at a local favorite with an 18$ voucher for Bread Alone Bakery. The moment you walk into this café, you will immediately smell the sweet and mouthwatering aroma of pastries and bread. Dessert first! Before lunch, sneak up to the counter and take one, two, or three of their pastry samples the bakers leave out for their customers. The buttery and natural flavors will melt in your mouth. You can’t leave without buying something for a midnight snack!
After lunch, drive to Innisfree Garden and stroll its 185 acres of streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, and unique plants known as one of the top gardens in the world. The garden, of the early 1900s, is a merge of Modernist ideas and traditional Chinese and Japanese “cup” garden design principles with a nuanced reading of its glacial landscape.
Return to hotel and get ready for dinner across the street at Gigi Trattoria with a $30.00 voucher. The owner Laura Pensiero, is a nutritionist, author and chef. This restaurant is considered Hudson Valley’s best Mediterranean restaurants. Gigi’s menu celebrates the seasonal bounty of local farms with innovative, artfully crafted dishes prepared with the freshest Hudson Valley produce.
Day 2 - Val-Kill
After your breakfast travel to Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. This is site is the private home of Eleanor, called Val-Kill. She was one of the most esteemed women in the world. This home is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist; and the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. You will learn about Eleanor’s dedication to human and civil rights, and her pivotal role in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations.
After Val-Kill you will go to The Culinary Institute of America for a behind the scenes tour. The school was founded in 1946 by two pioneering women, Frances L. Roth and Katherine Angell and has grown to be the most prestigious and famous culinary school in the country. The tour will allow you to get a glimpse of future chefs preparing to be masters as they craft their culinary masterpieces before your eyes. Enjoy lunch at one of the CIA’s restaurants. Reservations are required prior to your arrival. You will receive a $40.00 voucher for lunch.
Next stop is the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, which provides access to breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 1.28 miles across, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. People from all over the world travel to this destination just to take in the breathtaking views.. You can either walk the bridge or take the elevator access.
Return to Rhinebeck. Before you end your day, you have the option (on your own) to Visit Straatburgh State Historic site for a view or tour of this Gilded Age mansion. You will see how “America Royalty” frivolously indulged in great works of art, furniture and decorum during this era. Return to the Beekman Arms and dinner on your own.
Day 3 - Herkimer
Depart early and drive 2 hours northeast to Herkimer Diamond Minds and Gems Along the Mohawk, Herkimer, NY. Owner Renee Shevat, educator, owner and entrepreneur features her “diamonds” on the Home Shopping Network. There is nowhere else in world to find these gems! Only here in New York! Spend the morning prospecting! These double-terminated quartz crystals are of exceptional clarity and are given their name due to both their clarity and natural faceting. Next, travel a short distance to Gems Along the Mohawk for lunch ($15.00 voucher) and a boat cruise on the Erie Canal. Gems also has a store that sells high quality locally made products from clothing, jewelry to food items. This destination is a stop you can’t miss!
Drive on to Syracuse and check into your hotel and dinner on your own. If you are interested, you can travel to Destiny USA, the sixth largest mall in America. Here you can shop, eat dinner or engage in some family entertainment.
Day 4 - Auburn
Drive to Auburn, NY to visit the Homes of Harriet Tubman and Frances Miller Seward. Learn how both women from two different worlds worked together to provide refuge for those seeking freedom. These were women who took a stand and fought against injustice. Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and then became one of the most celebrated conductors on the Underground Railroad by successfully making thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Mrs. Frances Seward, wife of William Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln was deeply committed to the abolitionist movement. In the 1850s, the Seward family opened their Auburn home as a safe house to fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Frances was a true rebel and pioneer. She broke federal law and risked her life and husband’s career to help slaves seeking freedom. Enjoy lunch at the Oak & Vine at Springside with a $20 voucher. You will get a voucher to taste some famous Finger Lakes Wine. Overnight in Auburn, Holiday Inn and dinner on your own.
Day 5 - Seneca Falls & Rochester
On to Women’s Rights National Historical Park and learnthe story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, equality and global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals. Next Stop is in Rochester at the Susan B. Anthony House and learn about this legendary American civil rights leader during the 40 most politically active years of her life. Hear about her connections to some of the most famous people of the day and how she sacrificed so much to get women’s right to vote. Lunch ($18 voucher) and Dinner ($35 voucher) at two of Rochester’s famed local eateries. A must stop is the National Museum of Play and Butterfly Garden before you retire to your hotel. This museum is the only one of its kind in North America and arguably the world. This museum is for ages one to ninety-nine. There is something for everyone here! Overnight in Rochester.
Day 6 - Tour Ends
Drop vehicle off at local Enterprise Car Rental and transport to Rochester train station. Early departure-train to New York City
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