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I'm going to try to keep all of the info on this page so that you will know pick up times and locations. Brief info about the trip and any links that you may like to check out.

I pick up in Avis at the bus garage (near the highway), in Montoursville at the Wine and Spirit shop next to the Weis Market (formerly Scot's Lo-Cost) and the Bon Ton at Lycoming Mall. I also pick up at the Flying J Restaurant off of Route 80 at the Milton exit, at the Columbia Mall (Sears end) (if we are traveling East on I-80), the Big Lots Plaza (next to Evangelical Hospital) or K-Mart in Shamokin Dam (if we are traveling South on Route 15) and at Fry Brother's Turkey Ranch (if we are traveling North on Route 15).

Please be at pick-up points 15 minutes prior to bus departure. Sherry Ault Tours is not responsible if you arrive after the published departure time. A deposit or payment in full is due within one week of making your reservation. 

Wonder what the weather will be like on the day of the trip? I've added a link to weather.com for your convenience.  https://weather.com/

 
MARCH 2018





APRIL 2018


April 7th - YUENGLING BREWERY TOUR - $35 pp - Must be at least 21 years old
​    (price includes transportation and brewery tour)

I have been to this brewery before and thought it was time to go there again.  If you have never been here, you will be amazed at how beautiful this building  truly is. I was surprised by the large stained glass window.  There are a lot of steps and you are required to wear completely closed shoes, like sneakers. You will also get a tasting of their beers and time to do some shopping in their gift shop.

The story of Yuengling is the story of the American Spirit. It’s a tale of shared dreams, individual tenacity and an unwavering dedication to standards of quality. Like many American stories it starts amid the dreams of countless young immigrants looking for opportunity and emerges from the strength and will of one family determined to build their legacy in a new country. The story of America’s Oldest Brewery began when David G. Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg Germany to settle in the sleepy, coal-mining town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., is a 6th-generation family owned and operated business built on strong heritage and tradition. Established in 1829, Yuengling has been committed to supporting local communities and preserving the natural ingredients that make their quality products. Not only do they adhere to the belief that good water makes good beer, as a part of their long term commitment to the communities they operate in, Yuengling makes it a priority to protect the environment for generations to come. As America’s Oldest Brewery, they strive to reduce their carbon footprint, recycling and reusing materials whenever possible as well as conserving water and energy.  For more info, including recipes, please visit their web site:  https://www.yuengling.com/

Following our tour we will stop for a lunch/dinner break (on your own) at a craft beer pub.

Price includes transportation and tour.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
Avis - 8:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 8:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 8:45 a.m.
Flying J Truck Stop-Milton (Exit 215) - 9:00

Depart for home following our dinner break at approximately 4:30.



APRIL 21 -- BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR -- $54 pp (day on your own)
with Aquarium tickets: ADULT - $86 pp    STUDENT - 12-18 - $82 pp   CHILD - 4-12 - $70 pp
(price includes transportation only - unless aquarium tickets are requested)

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit. The National Aquarium features more than 16,000 animals, from sharks to a giant sea turtle.   Travel to an Australian river gorge, descend through an Atlantic coral reef, explore a tropical rain forest, discover dolphins and sharks, and interact with animal experts.  The Maryland Science Center’s highlights include two-story dinosaurs and interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy. The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features more activities for the little ones.  You may find the following web site helpful in planning your trip: https://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor

If you would like explore the area around the harbor, Fells Point is just a short walk or water taxi ride away.  Waterside Fells Point is known for its hip pubs and taverns, many with live music, as well as seafood joints serving Chesapeake Bay crab and oysters. Small galleries, record stores, fashion boutiques and eclectic restaurants line the cobblestone streets along the harbor and main square. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum explores African-American nautical history in a former industrial building.  For maps and info regarding shops and restaurants in Fells Point, go to: 
https://baltimore.org/neighborhoods-maps-transportation/fells-point

If you would rather step back into history, Fort McHenry is just a water taxi ride away and if you have a "National Park Pass"
it can be used to enter the park.  In 1793, France declared a war on England that became known as the Napoleonic Wars. In 1794, Congress authorized the construction of a series of coastal forts to protect our maritime frontier. Construction began on Fort McHenry in 1798 and, by 1803, the masonry walls we view today were completed. The fort was named for James McHenry, our second Secretary of War. In 1809, the U.S. Army's first light artillery unit was organized here.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on England, in part to "preserve Free Trade & Sailor's Rights." In August 1814, British forces marched on Washington, defeated U.S. forces, and burned the Capitol. Then, on September 13-14, the British attacked Fort McHenry. The failure of the bombardment and sight of the American flag inspired Francis Scott Key to compose "The Star-Spangled Banner."  For the complete history, visit their web site at:  
https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/history-of-fort-mchenry.htm

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to and from the Harbor.

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.

We will be leaving Baltimore at 5:00 p.m.


MAY 2017

May 5 -- GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD AND EISENHOWER FARM -- $70 pp

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".  For more info on the Battle of Gettysburg please go to:  http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-gettysburg

We will start the day at the Visitors Center where we will meet our licensed battlefield guide.   The battlefield tour will be two hours and will include stops at several of the important daily battle areas.  We will also have time to tour the museum.  (Please be advised that back packs are not permitted in the Visitors Center)  For more info on the museum, please visit their website at:  https://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

We will also be touring the Eisenhower Farm located near Gettysburg.  The Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.  More information can be found at their website: 
https://www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm

Following our tours, we will have time to explore the town of Gettysburg.  We will spend the remainder of our day here, leaving at 7:00 that evening.  You should have time to eat a meal and explore the National Cemetery or visit a museum.  I found the following website a bit helpful in finding local restaurants and museums.  Almost anything that is listed on Steinwehr Avenue or Baltimore Street will be with in walking distance.  http://www.destinationgettysburg.com/index.asp#

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below.)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to and from Gettysburg

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Lewisburg or Selinsgrove area if necessary.

We will be leaving Gettysburg at 7:00 p.m.


May 19 -- LADIES DAY AWAY -- $70 pp 

This is my 4rd annual Ladies Day Away and it has become a very popular trip.  This year we will be traveling to Jim Thorpe.  
​Jim Thorpe, Pa is consistently ranked on national media “Best” lists, and recognized among the most fun, most beautiful, and best adventure towns to visit.

Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian town is teeming with history, romance and family fun. You’ll enjoy the walkable downtown’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, pubs, and wine-tasting. We will be touring the Asa Packer Mansion (this does include climbing stairs to get up the hill to the mansion).  The Mansion was the home of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. Built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan, the home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars.  My sister and I toured this house and it is absolutely amazing!  To get the complete history of the house visit:  http://www.asapackermansion.com/




I just love my "Ladies Day Away" trip - it does fill up fast so if you are interested please make your reservations early.  If you have a Sorority group or a Garden Club or just a bunch of ladies that need to get away from home for the day this is always a great trip!


​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to and from Lancaster area.

Avis - 5:30 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the New Columbia or Shamokin area if necessary
Leave Kitchen Kettle Village at 6:00 p.m.


May 21 -- MOHEGAN SUN CASINO -- $28 pp

Receive $25 in slot play and a $5 food voucher that can be used at any restaurant in the casino. 
Visit their website to see what promotions and events are going on: http://mohegansunpocono.com/
You must have photo ID to get the casino incentive or a players club card.  Anyone needing a scooter must now pay $20 for the day to the casino.- NON-REFUNDABLE

​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave Mohegan Sun Casino - 4:30 p.m.


JUNE 2017


June 3 -- NYC -- $58 pp
                Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island -- $79 pp    (children 5-12 -- $70)

Whether you decide to do this as a day on your own or visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island this is always a wonderful trip.

I have been to the Statue & Ellis Island several times.  The ticket includes the ferry to both islands and admission to the base of the Statue as well as admission to the buildings that are open to the public on Ellis Island.  If you are interested in going to the "Crown", you must purchase those tickets yourself.  Tour guides can not purchase those due to security.  If that is the case, you would pay the $58 pp price for this trip.  I am including the site for "Crown" tickets if you would like to check that option out.
https://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/visit-the-crown.htm
I will tell you that if you are planning to get tickets to the "Crown", the person ordering them must go on the trip, have photo ID and pick these tickets up at the "Will Call Window" at Castle Clinton.  If for any reason that person cannot go on the trip, no one else will be able to get those tickets.  I had someone learn this the hard way last year.  When ordering try to get a 10:30 - 11:00 time frame for your tour or earlier.  I would not get any later time than that.  

You are also a short distance from the "9/11Memorial".  (https://www.911memorial.org/)  The 9/11 Memorial is free of charge and open to the public daily.  If you would like to purchase tickets for the museum please visit their website:  https://www.911memorial.org/visit-museum-1

I love this area of NYC.  There is so much to see and do.  This year I think I will check out the Staten Island Ferry.  The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it "One of the world's greatest (and shortest) water voyages." From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. http://www.siferry.com/

This area is also a great area to walk around.  You can walk along the water from Battery Park to the South Street Seaport.  There is a beautiful walk way and there are lots of restaurants at the Seaport.  My favorite is the Paris Cafe.  If you walk along Pearl Street you will come to the Fraunces Tavern (http://www.frauncestavern.com/).   I have eaten at the tavern several times when I have had trips to this area.  The history of this building is amazing.  On December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil, George Washington invited the officers of the Continental Army to join him in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern so he could say farewell. The best known account of this emotional leave-taking comes from the Memoirs of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge, written in 1830 and now in the collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum. You will also find other shops along this street.  There are old print shops and store rooms.  The Titanic Memorial is also located near the Fraunces Tavern.  

You are also a short walk to Chinatown and Little Italy.  There are so many restaurants and shops in these areas.  It's like being in a different part of the world when you walk these streets.  This was my adventure last year and I came home with more goodies - mostly food items - than I usually do when I'm shopping in Midtown.

​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a breakfast stop at McDonald's near the Northeast Extension of the turnpike on the way to and from NYC.
We will leave NYC at 7:00 p.m.





June 10th -- MARINE CORP MUSEUM AT QUANTICO -- $90 pp




My husband and I visited this museum a few years ago and it is incredible.  No matter what branch of the service you may be in or have been in, this museum evokes a pride in this Country and shows what our men and women have done through out the ages to keep the freedoms that we enjoy today.

​The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation’s current primary mission is to secure the necessary funding to complete the construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. They also support the Museum's volunteer and educational programs.  To do a virtual tour please use the following link:   http://www.usmcmuseum.com/

On our way home from the museum we will be stopping at the Mountain Gate Restaurant for a buffet dinner.  This meal is included in the cost of the trip.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)
We will have a quick stop at the Liberty Plaza on Route 15 going to the museum.

Avis - 5:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the New Columbia or Shamokin area if necessary
Leave the Marine Museum at 5:00 p.m.

AUGUST 2017

August 5th -- Atlantic City/casino or day at the beach—$63 pp -- CANCELLED

​This year we will be going to the Tropicana Casino.  This is one of my favorite casinos because of the shops and restaurants that they have and it is also close to the outlets.  They also have a beautiful beach. Check out their web site for more info on the casino:   https://tropicana.net/
This link will provide a list of stores at the Outlets: https://www.tangeroutlet.com/atlanticcity

I will take children 5 years old and up.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Only those 21 y/o and older will get the casino incentive-you must have phone ID (at this time I do not have any info on the incentive being given by the casino).  If you are planning on spending the day at the beach, there is room under the bus for coolers, beach chairs and beach toys.  Please be advised that if you take a large cooler or beach chairs you probably will not be able to take them into the casino.  I have had groups that have rotated their time in the casino and on the beach so that someone is with the beach items.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a breakfast stop at Hickory Run Plaza on the way to AC and a stop at the Allentown Plaza on our way home.
We will leave AC 8 hours after arrival in AC.  





SEPTEMBER 2017

September 9th -- Wine Trail (west side of Seneca Lake) -- $75 pp

This is always a popular trip.  We will start with breakfast at Fry Brothers Turkey Ranch (not included in price of trip) and then following breakfast we will stop at Fulkerson Winery www.fulkersonwinery.com/, Lakewood Winery lakewoodvineyards.com/ , Magnus Ridge Winery www.magnusridge.com/, Starkey's Lookout Winery www.starkeyslookout.com/ and Torrey Ridge Winery www.meadery.com/torrey-ridge-winery.php.  The price of tastings at each winery is included in the price of this trip.  

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:30 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Fry Brothers - 7:00 a.m.


September 10th -- MOHEGAN SUN CASINO -- $28 pp - CANCELLED

Receive $25 in slot play and a $5 food voucher that can be used at any restaurant in the casino. 
Visit their website to see what promotions and events are going on: http://mohegansunpocono.com/
You must have photo ID to get the casino incentive or a players club card. Anyone needing a scooter must now pay $20 for the day to the casino.- NON-REFUNDABLE

​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave Mohegan Sun Casino - 4:30 p.m.


September 30th -- Canal Boat and Train Ride -- $88 pp
            (children 5-11 -- $83 pp)

This is a great trip for the young or just young at heart.  This canal boat is located in Easton, PA and travels on the Lehigh Canal.  It is towed by two mules - Hank and George.  We will travel by canal boat from the National Canal Museum to the Locktender’s House and back.  Following our canal ride we will have time to explore the National Canal Museum.  I was very impressed with this whole lock system.  I never realized how far these canals ran.  This section of the Lehigh ran from what is now Jim Thorpe to Easton.  It was used mostly to transport coal which was then shipped down river to Philadelphia.  I did take some pictures when I visited there last fall.  I'll get some of them added to this site as soon as I can.  The picture that I have above is from their website but I have one very similar.  For more info please visit their website:  https://canals.org/visit/ride-the-canal-boat/

The New Hope & Ivyland train is located in New Hope, PA. New Hope is a Delaware river town chock-full of niche shops and restaurants, a fitting locale for a day with friends & family. It provide a glimpse into travel of a bygone era on historic trains traveling over tracks that were laid in 1891 by the North-East Pennsylvania Railroad.  We will have a 45 minute round trip ride from New Hope to Lahaska and back to New Hope.  Following the train ride you will have time to explore New Hope.  There are plenty of interesting shops and restaurants.  When I stopped by to check this out last year, I did manage to find a few Christmas gifts and I also found a beautiful silver and amethyst dragon fly pin that I just knew my husband would want me to have for our 40th wedding anniversary!  As usual, the gift I gave him was my charge receipt!   This is the website for the New Hope & Ivyland train:  https://www.newhoperailroad.com/

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:30 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a breakfast stop at Hickory Run Plaza on the way to and from.
Departure time from New Hope has not been determined.  At this time I am hoping to leave at 7:00.  


OCTOBER 2017

October 1st -- Mohegan Sun Casino -- $28 pp - CANCELLED



Receive $25 in slot play and a $5 food voucher that can be used at any restaurant in the casino. 
Visit their website to see what promotions and events are going on: http://mohegansunpocono.com/
You must have photo ID to get the casino incentive or a players club card. Anyone needing a scooter must now pay $20 for the day to the casino.- NON-REFUNDABLE

​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave Mohegan Sun Casino - 4:30 p.m.


October 7th -- New York Botanical Gardens and Chihuly Art Glass Exhibit -- $85 pp

The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.

Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons from spring through fall.

The Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. Among the singular sights is a monumental reimagination of his storied 1975 Artpark installation: three new works enliven the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.  For more information on the gardens and the exhibit, please visit their website. The photos that I have included were taken by my sister, Carol Johnson, on a recent trip to the Corning Museum of Glass.                 https://www.nybg.org/

​Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 6:00 a.m.
Montoursville - 7:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 7:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary,
We will have a breakfast stop at McDonald's near the Northeast Extension of the turnpike on the way
 to and from NYC.
​We will leave the gardens at 5:00 p.m.














October 21st -- Hudson River Cruise & Vanderbilt Mansion -- $100 pp -FULL

For over 35 years, Hudson River Cruises have provided passengers a first hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle. They are located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, Hudson River Cruises provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline.

As you relax on the cool shaded deck of the Rip Van Winkle, you can visit their beverage & snack bars for tasty refreshments. Your experienced guide will point out millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque Hudson river lighthouses and quaint sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.

Following our cruise on the Hudson we will travel to the East side of the Hudson to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.


The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site was established as a monument to an era rather than a tribute to any one person or family. The estate illustrates a way of life modeled on the English country house and is only unusual today because so few examples survive in the 21st century. More than a place to discuss the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the park offers a window into the philosophy of the American country house, the lives of its domestic staff, and its relationship to the surrounding community. In addition to a tour of the house, you will have time to stroll on the 211 acres of park land that boast centuries old tree plantings, stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views and Italian Gardens.

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave the Vanderbilt Mansion 5:00



NOVEMBER - 2017

November 4th -- New York City (Day on your own) -- $58 pp - FULL

This is always a great day away and it sells out quickly.  Whether you want to do shopping or catch a show this day is anything you would like it to be.  If you are planning on going to a Broadway Show, consider contacting Susquehanna Trailways at 570-322-5361.  They can get your tickets for you and they will be waiting for you on the bus the day of the trip.

This day is also a great shopping day.  Bryant Park is already for the Christmas season.  They will have all of their Christmas Shops and their ice skating rink ready for you.  You can also skate at Rockefeller Center - the Christmas tree may be there but it won't have any lights on it.  It is also still too early for the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall.  

Many times when we have been there at this time of year, they have Madison Avenue closed for a huge street fair.  You can get lots of bargains from the street vendors and there are lots of food carts also.  Believe me, between Bryant Park and the Madison Avenue fair, I get most of my Christmas shopping done on this day.

Not into shopping, New York is a great place to eat.  They have amazing restaurants with any type of cuisine you may want.  
There are also many museums with in walking distance or a short subway trip away.   Central Park and the Central Park Zoo are also close by.  You can get to the 9/11 Memorial by subway.  You could also take a "Big Bus Tour", visit the Empire State Building and Time Square.  

Can you tell, "I LOVE NY!"  

Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior)

Avis - 5:15 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:00 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:15 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
We will have a bathroom break on the way to NYC at the Delaware Water Gap. (no breakfast break)
We will have a fast food stop on the way home.
We will leave NYC at 7:00 p.m.



March 11 - Philadelphia Flower Show—“Wonders of Water”—$85 pp
  (Student 17-24 w/ID—$77 pp Children 5-17—$74 pp)  
  Price includes transportation and admission to the flower show.

This bus fills fast so make your reservations early!  

The theme this year is "Wonders of Water".  America’s leading floral and garden designers will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes, showcasing the astounding plants that thrive in each environment, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms.  

Guests will enter the show under a canopy of exotic flowers, and marvel at a modernistic,multi-level bamboo waterfall.  An ever-shifting rain curtain will guide guests over a “suspended” rope bridge, and through a brilliant green rain forest.  The creators want this to capture all the sensory elements of the rain forest –its fantastic colors, scents and sounds --and demonstrate its unique and vital role in purifying water and sustaining our environment. 

To learn more about the history of the flower show please go to: https://theflowershow.com/about/history/


Another great place to visit while at the "Flower Show" is the Reading Market.  It is across the street from the Convention Center.  There are lots of restaurants and specialty shops there and it is a great place to eat.  Please keep in mind that any shop that is Amish or Mennonite won't be open on Sunday.  There are still lost of choices for a bite of lunch or just a cup of coffee and a cookie.  The following link will give you more info on the market:
http://readingterminalmarket.org/

We are also within walking distance of the Liberty Bell if you would like to get some fresh air. The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The building is open year round. The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background. For more info please visit the following website: 
https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm

















Departures: (please be at departure sites 15 minutes prior to departure times listed below--CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD SATURDAY EVENING)
We will have a 30 minutes stop at the Hickory Run Plaza on our way to Philadelphia and a 30 minute stop at the Allentown Plaza on our way home.

Avis - 5:45 a.m.
Montoursville - 6:30 a.m.
Bon Ton - 6:45 a.m.
I will also pick up in the Milton or Bloomsburg area if necessary
Leave Philadelphia - 4:30 p.m.


This map shows the Convention Center near the upper left hand corner and the Reading Market just across the street from it.  The Liberty Bell is just right of the center of the map.