Historic American Cities by Rail

National Geographic Journeys, Boston to Washington DC

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Step back in time at the historic sites of the American Eastern Seaboard on a weeklong tour by rail. Stroll the cobblestoned streets of colonial Boston, and take in landmarks of New York City and the serene marble monuments and vast green spaces of Washington, DC (with a visit to the more-than-a-century-old headquarters of National Geographic). This trip is just the ticket for history buffs.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: NYC Photo Walk, New York City Your Journeys Highlight Moment: National Geographic Headquarters, Washington DC Your Discover Moment: New York City
  • Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • Evening walk along the Washington Mall
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore the us via rail
  • Walk the freedom trail with a history expert
  • Enjoy a nyc photo walk with a photographer
  • Visit the national geographic headquarters for a tour


Day 1 Boston There are no planned activities today, so spend the time exploring Boston. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Boston (1B) Opt to visit museums, go shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or visit Boston Common or Harvard square. If there's time, visit famous Fenway Park, home to baseball's Boston Red Sox, maybe even catch a game. For authentic Italian-American food and atmosphere, try Hanover Street in the North End. Included Activities: Guided Tour of the Freedom Trail
Day 3 Boston/New York City (1B) Catch the train to New York City. This afternoon, enjoy a photo walk with a local photographer through the trendy Bushwick neighbourhood. With vibrant street art, a German beer history, and a melting pot of culture, we'll have numerous opportunities for some great shots. We'll also visit a few local shops for tastings and samples. Included Activities: NYC Photo Walk Transport: Train (4.00-5.00 hours, 220km)
Day 4 New York City (1B) Enjoy a full free day (and night) to explore the city that never sleeps. Opt to stroll Times Square or Central Park, catch a show, visit museums, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or the 9/11 Memorial.
Day 5 New York City/Philadelphia (1B) Catch our train and continue on to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Visit some of the American Revolutionary sites including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. Included Activities: Liberty Bell Visit Independence National Historical Park Visit Transport: Train (1.00-2.00 hours, 100km)
Day 6 Philadelphia/Washington DC (1B) Continue by train to the capital, Washington DC. This evening, enjoy a walk with our CEO along the National Mall with the opportunity to view its iconic monuments and memorials including the Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and WWII memorials. Included Activities: Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Train (1.50-2.50 hours, 225km)
Day 7 Washington DC (1B) This morning, we visit the National Geographic headquarters for a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the history of the society, its explorers' past and present and what the future holds as they continue their pursuit of exploration, education, and storytelling to change the world. The afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to visit the many free museums, parks, or take a stroll past the White House. Included Activities: National Geographic Headquarters
Day 8 Washington DC (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day