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Ride the Rails

Ride the Rails

Welcome aboard! It's full steam ahead on the historic trains of New York and a gold-medal-worthy adventure in Lake Placid. Travel back in time as you chug along by small villages and historic homes, past hillside farms and big red barns. Climb new heights in Lake Placid and venture out to exciting sights in New York State. This vacation offers something for everyone. Come along, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

  • Escorted

  • Ride on the Electric City Trolley

  • Steamtown National Historic Site Museum

  • Guided tour of Boehlert Transportation Center at Union Station

  • Admission to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake

  • Locally guided tour of Lake Placid’s Olympic Sites

  • Admission to the Olympic Jumping Complex

  • Admission to the Olympic Museum

  • Free time in downtown Lake Placid

  • Admission to Fort Ticonderoga

  • Lake George Cruise aboard the Minne Ha Ha

  • Free time in historic Kingston, NY

  • Ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad

  • Admission to the Historical Society Museum in Honesdale

  • Ride on the Stourbridge Line

  • 8 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

 

Day 1

With a morning departure from Pennsburg and Allentown, we will arrive in Scranton for a morning ride abord the Electric City Trolley. During our 45-minute, 10-mile narrated ride, we will learn why Scranton is called the Electric City and hear the story of the electric traction systems and the impact they had on the development of the Lackawanna Valley, Northeast Pennsylvania and the industrial northeast. The scenic route follows a portion of the former Lackawanna & Wyoming (Laurel Line) Railroad right-of-way as it parallels Roaring Brook and makes stops at the Historic Iron Furnaces and the north portal of the Crown Avenue Tunnel - one of the longest inter-urban tunnels ever built. After returning to the station, we will walk over to the Steamtown National Historic Site Museum. Here you will witness the history of steam railroad transportation, and the people who built, repaired and rode it, as the museum works to preserve a special era in America's industrial history. Lunch will be on your own at the nearby Marketplace at Steamtown. We depart Scranton and travel north to Utica. With a rest stop en route, we arrive in Utica, NY, the location of our lodging this evening. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner. We will then gather for an included dinner served in the hotel's casual, Moose River Restaurant. This eatery offers an ideal way to unwind and enjoy good food after a busy day of travel.

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Day 2

This morning, after an included breakfast at the hotel, we travel a short distance for a guided tour of Union Station. The historic Utica station was opened for the New York Central (NYC) Railroad on May 24, 1914. It became a union station in late 1915 when the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad moved their services to the riverside facility. Three stories high, this monumental building includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above. The interior is as impressive as the exterior. The main waiting room rises to a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling thirty-five feet at its peak. The vault is supported on each side by a row of concrete and steel columns faced with Botticino marble, and the floor is made of durable terrazzo. Grey Vermont and Knoxville marbles are used on the interior wall facings and ticket windows. After our tour, we depart Utica and travel deep into the Adirondacks to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The mission of the Wild Center is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together. There are five primary indoor exhibit areas, The Hall of the Adirondacks contains The Living River Trail that circles the hall with live animal exhibits and a waterfall with the Center's live otters. There are approximately 900 species of live animals at the Center. The Naturalist Cabinet contains hands-on exhibits and collections. Planet Adirondacks, is an installation of the NOAA's Science on a Sphere with shows focusing on the relationship between the Adirondacks and the rest of the Earth. There's also the fascinating Ways of Knowing exhibit where indigenous voices come together to broaden and heighten your understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The Wild Walk is comprised of a thousand feet of bridges and platforms that transform the way we see into the natural world by offering up the perspective of the rest of nature. You will be put at bird's eye level of some of the Center's most fascinating and elusive wildlife. Peer through glass walls for an underwater view of trout, turtles and playful otters in the "great camp," peer at goldfinches, blue jays and dozens of other types of birds flocking to surrounding bird feeders. Explore a four-story hollow pine from the perspective of a burrowing squirrel or owl. Sit in the full-size bald eagle's nest and look across the forest that stretches as far as you can see. Wild Walk is accessible to people of all generations and abilities. We depart late this afternoon and travel to our lodging in Saranac Lake. Surrender yourself to the natural and untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. This evening we gather for an included dinner served in the hotel's restaurant and enjoy casual dining with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains.

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Day 3

We start our day with a hearty breakfast served at the hotel. Today's outing gives you an up close and personal experience to witness the challenges of our Olympic athletes. A local guide will meet us at the hotel and join us for an immersion into the Olympics. It is often said that Lake Placid is where "miracles are made." We will visit the Ski Jumping Complex and the site of the Olympic Flame Cauldron. At the Jumping Complex, we will board a double chairlift for a 4-minute ride to the elevator at the ski jump. Then, board the glass elevator for a 2-minute ride to the observation deck. Once at the top of the elevator, the glass-enclosed observation deck offers spectacular, 360-degree views and the breathtaking realization of the steepness of the ski jump! As you depart the Complex, you will witness the Olympic Cauldron located across the street. We return to downtown Lake Placid and arrive at the Olympic Museum. Here, you will explore the legacy of the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games with many great exhibits, which include video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, collections of Olympic Games' torches, mascots and medals including the first gold medal ever awarded. During your visit, watch video of the "Miracle on Ice." After our "Olympic Tour" we will say goodbye to our guide and venture out to have lunch on our own at one of the local eateries. We depart Lake Placid early afternoon and travel south to Ticonderoga, NY. Later this afternoon you will step into history at Fort Ticonderoga, a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain. Experience the story of how the blood spilled to create an empire in the French and Indian War, resulting in the struggle for America's independence a generation later. Relive the defining moments in America's history when nations fought to control a continent. Venture out to explore the museum, grounds and King's gardens and witness the activities of the day such as the musket demo and fife and drum corps. Your visit includes a 30-minute introduction led by a costumed guide. We then travel to Lake George, NY and our overnight full-service hotel. After you have refreshed, have dinner on your own in the casual on-site restaurant. From lighter fare to hearty entrees, there's a selection certain to please any appetite!

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Day 4

After breakfast in the hotel we will head to the shores of Lake George to board the Minne Ha Ha, an authentic Sternwheel Steamboat, for a tour of Lake George's Southern Basin. Imagine the way people traveled this lake over 100 years ago. Step back in time, as the Calliope, powered by steam from the vessel's boiler, serenades you while you board. Enjoy beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and see stately homes along the water's edge. We will then board the coach and travel to Kingston, NY where you will have lunch on your own in one of the local eateries located near the Catskill Mountain Railroad's station. We gather at the station about 2:45pm and prepare to board for our 3:00pm departure aboard this heritage tourist railroad that began operations in 1982. Steam locomotives were the technology that helped build America's railroads. This steam locomotive was built by Baldwin in 1924, for the American Viscose Co. of Roanoke, Virginia. In the 1960s it was sold to Gem City Iron & Metal in Pulaski, Virginia. Scott Symans of Dunkirk, NY, purchased the locomotive in 2004 and restored it to operating condition in 2007. Because of its small size, it can be trucked anywhere in the country to operate on any railroad. During your ride you will witness the natural beauty of the Catskills as you travel along in vintage coaches. After disembarking, we travel to our overnight accommodations. Tonight, we join CIA trained, Chef Joel at his landmark eatery, Amici's, and savor the flavors of Italian fare. Amici's prides itself on creating guest relationships through remarkable service and amazing food. Chef Joel will personally welcome you upon arrival.

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Day 5

Say goodbye to the historic Hudson Valley after breakfast at the hotel. We will board the coach and travel west to Honesdale, PA, home to the first commercial steam locomotive run on rails in the United States, the Stourbridge Lion. On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion started in Honesdale, ran three miles to Seelyville, and returned; Honesdale, therefore, is known as the birthplace of the American Railroad. Our first stop upon arrival is at the Wayne County Historical Society Museum. This museum contains a full-scale replica of the Stourbridge Lion. It also displays many historical photographs, artifacts and other exhibits. During your self-guided tour, there will be time to visit the permanent exhibits such as Movin' Energy, Wayne's Glass and Faces in Clay that interprets the Native American history of the upper Delaware Valley. We depart the Museum and walk down the street to the Stourbridge Railroad Company. The railroad traces its beginnings to the Delaware & Hudson Canal transporting barges of coal up from Pennsylvania and destined for the Hudson River and eventually the ports of New York City. A gravity railroad was built to carry coal over the mountains from Carbondale to Honesdale in 1829. Coal would be transferred from train to canal boat at Honesdale. Seeking to haul greater amounts, the idea of steam-powered locomotion was proposed. The leaders in steam technology at the time were in Great Britain, and so three engines were ordered and delivered to America. According to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, this is the site of "the first commercial locomotive on rails in the western hemisphere!" Your "ticket to ride" includes a hearty, mobile lunch. During our 45 minute train ride through the Northern Poconos, the engineer will share tales of the region's rich history as you gaze out at the beautiful countryside along the Lackawaxen River Gorge. When the train arrives at the Hawley station, we will board the coach and begin our travels back to Pennsburg. Arrival home is scheduled for early evening.

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Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.

B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Easton - Shuttle William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10
Rt 33, Easton, PA
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Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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