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Cruising Article – 2012-10-18

Travel back to the nation's founding on a Historic America cruisetour

Historic America, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Gettysburg, New England, Staunton, Williamsburg

If you're on the hunt for an all-encompassing tour that will take you right into the pages of history, you can't go wrong with a Historic America cruisetour paired with a Canada & New England cruise with Princess Cruises.

For eight days, you'll enjoy an amazing trip into our nation's past, exploring monumental sites from the colonial era, Revolutionary War and Civil War along with an array of historic monuments that represent the American character. Eager explorers will depart from Washington, D.C. to visit Williamsburg, Staunton, Gettysburg and Philadelphia before embarking on your cruise in New York Harbor and making your way into New England for the cruise part of the vacation.

Here are some of the amazing historic destinations you'll encounter along the way.

The Jefferson Memorial
Principle author of the Declaration of Independence, statesman, scholar and our third president, there's little doubt that Thomas Jefferson was one of the most important founding fathers in U.S. history. From your port of call in Washington, D.C., you'll have the opportunity to pay homage to Jefferson's legacy at the Jefferson Memorial. Located along the National Mall, this incredible monument was completed in 1947 and features an impressive dome sheltering a solid bronze status of this important American figure.

Gettysburg National Military Park
One of the deadliest conflicts in our nation's history, the Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point for Union forces in the Civil War. The battle led to President Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. Today, you can visit the site of this major American event, marvel at the vintage cannons, Civil War re-enactors and the expansive graveyard left behind.

Independence Hall
A little farther north and east of Gettysburg lies the city of Philadelphia, one of the nation's oldest and most historically significant metropolises. In particular, the City of Brotherly Love is the home of Independence Hall, where the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In these halls once stood the likes of Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson. And across the street from Independence Hall, you can also visit the cracked Liberty Bell.

So if you're looking to immerse yourself in folds of U.S. history, look no further than a Historic America cruisetour from Princess Cruises. You're bound to learn a thing or two about our great nation, all while enjoying traveling on a premium cruise. Click here to begin your journey back to the past and visit historic ports and cities throughout Canada and New England.