Southern Style, Sass & Our Historic Past

Southern Style, Sass & Our Historic Past

Journey South with Yankee Trails to Texas where we'll visit Waco, home to HGTV's Fixer Upper as well as Dallas and Houston before heading to New Orleans and Atlanta!


Journey South with Yankee Trails to Texas where we'll visit Waco, home to HGTV's Fixer Upper as well as Dallas and Houston before heading to New Orleans and Atlanta!

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$3,099 per person (Double Occupancy)

$3,799 - Single Occupancy


Our Spring Journey is to fun, magical and time honored places, destinations that are sure to evoke memories of your own as well as of our historic past with some touches of style from our present day life.  We are visiting places that encourage us to come, stay for a moment and enjoy the aura, mystic and pleasure they offer.  Join us as we depart the Capital District via motor coach for our non-stop flight from Boston to Dallas, Texas where our Yankee Trails motor coach will be waiting to wisk us off on our adventures.  Yes, everything really is “Bigger in Texas”, come see for yourself!  Following a tour of Dallas, the downtown Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza that commemorates President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the George W. Bush Presidential Library, we are off to experience one of today’s television entertainment sites, Waco, Texas, home of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ famed HGTV show Fixer Upper.  We will visit their Silos location, retail store and recently opened bakery as well as tour locations featured on their show.  Then we are off for more history as we move across Texas to Houston with a stop at “Mission Control” at the Johnson Space Center, made famous during our early space flights. Leaving Houston, we continue on for a 3-day visit in New Orleans or “The Big Easy!” including a day to yourself for exploration.  Of course, New Orleans is where the “Sass” comes in!  Leaving New Orleans, we begin our journey north, stopping to visit Atlanta, GA, home to Coca-Cola and CNN, we ‘ll enjoy a ride through the Shenandoah Valley to Charlottesville, VA home of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, continuing on to our final stop at Baltimore, MD and Ft. McHenry to experience the birth of our national anthem!   What a Journey!!!  Come join us, we are waiting for you!!

Departure Points:

Yankee Trails, Rensselaer - 7:00am
Dick's/Field & Stream, Latham Farms - 7:30am
Catskill Commons, Walmart - 8:30am
Kingston Plaza, Kingston - 9:00am

Wednesday, May 9:

Today our motor coach will take us from our Yankee Trails Office in Rensselaer, NY to Newark, NJ for our non-stop flight to Dallas, Texas. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel the Holiday Inn, 4500 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas (214-219-3333). A Steakhouse Dinner is included this evening.

Thursday, May 10:

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning. Today a Step on Guide will join us for a Dallas Highlights Tour, including the Old Red Courthouse, the JFK Memorial at Dealey Plaza, the West End Historic District, Pioneer Plaza and their 40 bronze longhorns and more, before we end our day at the George W Bush Presidential Library. Dinner tonight is an authentic Texas Barbeque!

Friday, May 11:

Breakfast t is included at the hotel this morning and then we travel south to Waco, Texas to visit the city made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper! Everyone wants to see the Silos for themselves, shop Joanna's style at her design store, visit their new bakery and enjoy a cupcake or cookie, and this is your opportunity! Our Texas Tour Guide will accompany us to Waco and introduce us to sites made famous on Fixer Upper, point out some homes that have been featured and take us to the Silos for our own "Stylin" shopping experience. We will have lunch on our own at the Silos where Joanna has added a street of "Food Trucks" with a variety of food choices and has developed a lawn/park with picnic tables for our enjoyment! Our accommodations this evening are at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 570 Legend Lake Parkway, Waco (254-732-1028). Dinner is at the Saltgrass Steak House.

Saturday, May 12:

A hotel lobby breakfast is included. Following breakfast we depart for Houston, Texas and NASA's Johnson Space Center where we will see how astronauts work and live. Home of astronauts and Mission Control, we are sure to see an "out-of-this-world" experience. Trams are available for an approximate 90 minute tour including Mission Control, or visit Starship Gallery where you can touch the moon! Lunch will be on your own at Mission Control. This visit will take you back to when you sat in your living rooms, watching enthralled during our early space exploration! Our hotel this evening is the Holiday Inn Express, 7515 Garth Rd, Baytown, Texas (281-421-9988). Dinner this evening is at Johnny Carino's for a bit of Italian!

Sunday, May 13:

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning, and then our journey continues to "The Big Easy!" New Orleans! Location, location, location!!! Sassy, sassy, sassy!!! The French Quarter!! On arrival we will check into our accommodations for the next 3 evenings at the Sheraton 4 Points, 541 Bourbon Street, New Orleans (504-524-7611)!! I did mention location, right?? You will have time to explore and orient yourself before we walk a short distance for dinner at the Court of Two Sisters. Following dinner your evening is free.

Monday, May 14:

A Breakfast Buffet is included at the hotel this morning. Our day begins with a French Quarter Carriage Ride following which a step-on guide will join us for a City of New Orleans Tour, (There is City beyond the French Quarter!) Our tour will include a visit to the Elms, a stunning 1869 Italianate-style mansion where a lovely deli buffet lunch (included) will be served in the garden patio, under the magnificent live oak trees. Following lunch, we travel back to our hotel and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is free or you may choose Option A, a buffet dinner cruise on the Natchez Paddle Wheeler on the Mississippi River.

Tuesday, May 15:

A Breakfast Buffet is included at the hotel this morning. Today is a free day for you to enjoy New Orleans on your own. All the delights of this amazing and sassy city await you.

Wednesday, May 16:

A Breakfast Buffet is included at the hotel this morning. Today our journey continues to Atlanta, Georgia where we will check into the Hyatt Place, 330 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta (404-577-1980). Dinner this will be at Pitty Pat's Porch where Southern Fried Chicken is on the menu.

Thursday, May 17:

A hotel lobby breakfast is included at the Hotel this morning. Our day begins with a step-on guided tour of Atlanta that includes a visit to the Headquarters for Coca Cola where the story of Coke is preserved and told for all generations. You will be surprised at the many flavors of Coke worldwide! Lunch on you own will be at the CNN Food Court, followed by a walking tour of CNN's Headquarters in Atlanta. Following our tour we will return to our hotel for freshening time before dinner at TBA.

Friday, May 18:

A hotel lobby breakfast is included this morning. Well, our journey continues northeast as we make our way up the Shenandoah Valley to our accommodations at the Days Inn, 2060 Rosser Ave., Waynesboro, VA (540-943-1101). Dinner is on your own this evening at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant adjacent to the hotel.

Saturday, May 19:

A hotel lobby breakfast is included at the hotel. Our day begins with a short ride to Monticello, to tour the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Thomas Jefferson's home is a testament to the interests, talents, ambitions, ideals and realities of an extremely creative and complex person. Visiting Monticello is a step back in time and a peek into our early Colonial life. The home and gardens are a reflection of Thomas Jefferson's skills as an architect and gardener as well as of his insatiable curiosity. Monticello is a must see piece of our American history. Lunch will be on your own at the site, before we depart for Baltimore, MD. We will check in at our overnight accommodations are at The Hampton Inn, 829 Elkridge Landing, Linthicum Heights, MD (410-850-0600). This evening, we will set sail on Baltimore Harbor aboard the Spirit of Baltimore for a 3 hour dinner cruise enjoying the Baltimore skyline and her stories before returning to our hotel.

Sunday, May 20:

a lobby breakfast is included at the hotel. This morning we will visit Fort Mc Henry, site of the Battle of Baltimore, Part of the War of 1812, that happened September 12-15, 1814. This is where Francis Scott Key penned the poem that became our National Anthem. The National Park presentation of the story of our Star Spangled Banner is a must for all Americans! Following our time at Fort McHenry, alas, it is time to travel home, taking wonderful memories with us that are sure to last a lifetime!

Tour Includes:

  • Round-Trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • Yankee Trails Program Director

  • Yankee Trails transportation to Logan Airport

  • Non-stop Air flight Boston to Dallas

  • City Tour of Dallas

  • John F Kennedy Sixth Floor Museum

  • George W Bush Presidential Library

  • Waco City Tour

  • Visit to HGTV’s Fixer-Upper’s The Silos, Design Store and Bakery

  • Fixer-Upper Sites

  • Johnson Space Center Tour

  • French Quarter Carriage Ride

  • New Orleans City Tour

  • Tour of the Historic Elms Mansion

  • City Tour of Atlanta

  • Tour of Coca Cola

  • Tour of CNN Headquarters

  • Tour of Monticello

  • Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise

  • Tour of Fort McHenry

  • 11 Breakfasts

  • 1 Lunch (Elms Mansion)

  • 8 Dinners including Baltimore Dinner Cruise

  • Optional Tour:  The Natchez Dinner Buffet Cruise (+$68pp)

  • 4500 Travel Points


What are Travel Points?

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

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

Name Address Contact Details
Kingston Kingston Plaza - Lot E (next to baseball field)
Westbrook Ln, Kingston, NY 12401
Yankee Trails Yankee Trails
569 Third Ave. Ext, Rensselaer, NY

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