A Tour Of American History

Boston Freedom TrainLooking for a patriotic getaway this summer? Dave and Veronica, of the travel blog The GypsyNester, set out on a tour of America's great founding cities powered by our Northeast Regional service. Want to follow in their footsteps to celebrate America this summer? Here's your itinerary:

Stop 1: Boston - Discover the history of the American Revolution and the brave men and women who helped shape our nation along the Freedom Trail, a brick-lined route that will lead you to 16 historic sites throughout America's Walking City.

Stop 2: New York City - Did you know New York City was the first official capitol of the United States from March 4, 1789 to December 5, 1790? Although the city may look much different now than when it hailed as our nation's capitol, there are still tons of historic sites to take in, many of which are open to the public for little or no charge. Looking City Tavern Philadelphiafor suggestions? Check out the spots that Veronica and Dave visited just steps from New York Penn Station.

Stop 3: Philadelphia - Home to America's most historic square mile, Philadelphia offers a chance to walk in our forefathers' footsteps. Arrive in the heart of the city at beautiful Philadelphia 30th Street Station and head to Independence National Historic Park where colonists first gathered to plan their independence from the King of England. Here you'll find the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, President's House, National Constitution Center and many more historical sites worth visiting.

The Nation's Capitol with the GypsyNestersStop 4: Washington, D.C. - You may need more than just one day to take in all of the American history Washington, D.C. has to offer. From historic Washington Union Station you are only steps from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. Head to the Washington Monument to see a bird's-eye view of the city, walk the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and take a moment of reflection at the World War II memorial. Plan ahead so you can walk the halls of the White House and save time to explore the 19 free Smithsonian museums and galleries that  line the National Mall. 

Looking for more insider tips for exploring a few of our Nation's most historic cities? Check out Dave and Veronica's live blog and don't forget to book 14 days in advance to save! 

What is your favorite historical site to visit by train? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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