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Trail of Tears & Tennessee Trains

October 29 - October 31

HIGHLIGHTS:   New Echota & Starting Point of the “Trail of Tears, Train Ride into the Hiwassee River Gorge,  Georgia Apple Country, Smith House, Fall Foliage, & lots more … 5 Meals






DAY 1 … We travel north into the foothills and mountains of North Georgia for a most interesting stop. New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation and was where the tragic “Trail of Tears” officially began. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears. Later we arrive in Chattanooga, TN, for a 2 night stay at the Embassy Suites. Enjoy the Manager’s Reception and a Welcome Dinner.  (D)

DAY 2 …  Breakfast and we transfer by motorcoach to the Etowah Station to meet the Tennessee Valley Railroad for a scenic Rail Adventure. We board the Fall Foliage Express for a train ride through the Hiwassee River Gorge. This rail trip takes you to the top of Hiwassee Loop where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain during this beautiful foliage season. Returning to Chattanooga, enjoy another Tennessee Dinner.  (B,D)

DAY 3 … Following the “Apple Trail” past huge groves and packing houses in north Georgia around Elijay, we make a fruit stop. There is plenty of room under our bus for bags of apples and homemade pies. On to Dahlonega, site of America’s first gold rush and we have time to enjoy the shops along the square before sitting down to a delicious lunch at the Smith House, family style. Later in the afternoon we return home after a grand fall foliage experience. (B,L)


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