Join us for a fascinating trip visiting three of the nation’s outstanding military museums in the picturesque Deep South. First, we visit the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia, the only major museum dedicated to the American Infantryman. The signature attraction is the Last 100 Yards, which explores over 240 years of Infantry history. Next, we’ll travel through beautiful Alabama and Mississippi to New Orleans, where we’ll enjoy an evening in the vibrant French Quarter before visiting the National WWII Museum the following day. The WWII Museum provides a moving account of the American experience through exhibits, multimedia experiences, and personal accounts. After leaving the Big Easy, we’ll visit the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, where visitors learn the rich history of Naval Aviation and observe over 150 restored aircraft. We’ll stay the night in Montgomery, Alabama and head home the following day after a wonderful trip.
Double Occupancy – $1,099 Per Person
Single Occupancy – $1,429 Per Person
- National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
- National World War II Museum
- National Naval Aviation Museum
- Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
- 5 night’s lodging
- 8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
- All Tours and Admissions Listed
Meet your Kelly Tours coach and tour escort and travel to Ft. Benning, GA. There will be plenty of rest stops and a stop for lunch (on own) along the way. Water and snacks will also be available onboard the coach. As we near Ft. Benning / Columbus GA we stop for an included buffet dinner before checking into our hotel and overnight. D
After Breakfast we visit The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, voted USA Today’s Best Museum and one of CNN Travel’s 12 best military museums in the world. It is the only major museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman and preserves one of the greatest collections of military artifacts. The museum’s era galleries chronicle Infantry involvement in conflicts since our nation’s birth. There are additional galleries featuring Infantry training, Rangers, Officer Candidate School graduates, and Medal of Honor recipients. The museum’s signature attraction is The Last 100 Yards, which takes visitors on an introductory journey through more than 240 years of Infantry history. In addition to the museum, the 155-acre campus includes two major memorials: a ¾-scale replica of the Vietnam Wall and a memorial to the Global War on Terrorism featuring the names of all those killed in the conflict since 9/11 and a beam salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center. Make sure you stop at the Fife & Drum Restaurant, the perfect place to take a break and grab lunch during your tour of the museum.
Enjoy dinner on own at one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Columbus before overnighting. B
Continue our journey through Alabama, Mississippi and finally Louisiana and arrive late afternoon in the “Big Easy” New Orleans. As we will be staying near the French Quarter, spend the evening enjoying New Orleans vibrant dinner and entertainment scene. B
Today will be one of the highlights of the trip. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world, why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today, so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Through exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts, the Museum takes visitors on an immersive tour of World War II in every theater of war. Dinner is included this evening at one of New Orleans most famous restaurants, The Court of Two Sisters. B D
Bid farewell to New Orleans and head to Pensacola, home to the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. The Museum captures Naval Aviation’s heritage and brings its story of challenge, ingenuity and courage to you. Soar with the Blue Angels in the dazzling seven-story glass and steel atrium that showcases four A-4 Skyhawks in a diving diamond formation. The Museum’s West Wing is devoted almost exclusively to World War II carrier aviation and showcases a full-size replica of the aircraft carrier USS Cabot’s island and flight deck as well as famous World War II aircraft such as the Corsair.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the authentic Cubi Bar Café (on own), decorated with more than 1,000 squadron and unit plaques reassembled from the historic Officers’ Club at Cubi Point in the Philippines, before re boarding the coach for the journey to Montgomery where we shall overnight. A farewell dinner is included this evening. B D