Richard Norton Smith

Introducing Your Tour Host: Author and Presidential Historian, Richard Norton Smith




Presidential California: The Gold in the Golden State


September 8 – 16, 2014
For years folks have asked – “Why doesn’t Presidents and Patriots do a California tour?”  And for years we have sought to fashion an itinerary that would encompass the essence of that vast and picturesque state.  Also … one that would not exceed in cost our New York/New England Fall Foliage Tour (there’s a reason they call it the Golden State!).
This new itinerary (please click link) is the product of those labors. “Presidential California: The Gold in the Golden State” (Sept. 8 – 16, 2014) will take us from the singular history of Walt Disney (“Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”) to the Nixon and Reagan Libraries, Ronald Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo and the spectacular Hearst Castle (can you imagine Calvin Coolidge stayed here as a former president?).
At the world famous Huntington Library, we’ve scheduled a meeting with renowned presidential biographer Ron White (Lincoln, Grant).  Pala Alto, home to Stanford University and the Hoover Institution; gorgeous Monterey, with its world-class aquarium and John Steinbeck’s Cannary Row; the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where Warren Harding’s life ended in August, 1923; plus, “The Rock” – with firsthand accounts of life behind bars at Alcatraz; a visit to breathtaking Muir Woods and it’s towering Redwoods; Sutter’s Mill, where the California Gold Rush began; wine tasting at Fess Parker Vineyards, and a series of five-star hotels, many on or overlooking the Pacific Ocean – and you can understand why we think this may be our most memorable travel experience to date.
Please take a moment to
review the tour itinerary and, as always, feel free to contact us at (202) 657-7444 to answer any questions you may have.


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Welcome to Presidents and Patriots History Tours!

Discover the advantages of traveling on one of our guided, personally hosted, small group tours. Each of our two annual tours are hosted and led by renowned author and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith. A frequent guest on PBS' NewsHour, Mr. Smith also serves as C-SPAN's in-house historian, where he is responsible for such long form series as Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered, The Contenders, and the current Influence and Image: America's First Ladies. Mr. Smith has been director of the Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museums, as well as founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He has a rare gift for making history real, relevant, and entertaining. "There's no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum, or a dull tour," he says, "especially when dealing with history, the most fascinating subject I know."

Our deluxe motor coach tours are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, and our small group setting creates a much more intimate, personal setting when compared with other tours who attempt to fill their motor coaches to capacity. In fact, many of our guests are repeat participants. This, combined with a shared interest in the history being experienced, makes for an unusually relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere.

If you are a C-SPAN viewer, you may have seen one or more of our itineraries featured over the past several years. C-SPAN has been along with us on several past trips, and has broadcast segments on their history channel, C-SPAN 3.

What our guided tours include:
• Each tour hosted in its entirety by author and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith.
• Outstanding overnight accommodations, many in historic settings, and including all taxes and gratuities.
• Nearly all meals, including all breakfasts and lunches and most dinners (we do this to allow, at your option, some free time to explore, apart from the group setting).
• Special extras available nowhere else – from a poolside barbeque at the LBJ Ranch to informal encounters with world-renowned scholars or a behind-the-scenes history of the Waldorf's Presidential Suite from inside the suite itself.
• Admission fees to all historic sites, museums and attractions listed on the itinerary.
• Complete baggage handling throughout the tour for your primary piece of luggage.
• All taxes, fees and gratuities for all group functions, including meals, guides, bellmen, and motor coach driver.
• Deluxe ground transportation via climate controlled motor coach, featuring on-board restroom and the latest amenities, including 110-volt power supply (for cell phones, DVD players, iPads or lap tops), as well as free Wi-Fi (wireless internet) throughout the coach.

We handle all of this! All you need to do is:
• Since we are not a full-service travel agency, we can save you money by allowing you to make your own "to and from" arrangements ... you will be able to book your own transportation to the city where your tour will begin, and from the city where your tour ends.
• We do all the rest!

For more information, click on Civil War, Civil Rights: A Southern Odyssey tour itinerary or call us at (202) 657-7444.





Civil War, Civil Rights: A Southern Odyssey


MAY 16 – 25, 2014


Brand new in 2014 and organized to coincide with the most beautiful of seasons in the American South, Civil War, Civil Rights: A Southern Odyssey, will take us from Birmingham and Montgomery to Atlanta, Savannah and Charleston. We'll visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; the Rosa Parks Museum and the First White House of the Confederacy; world-famous Calloway Gardens and FDR's Little White House in Warm Springs; the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum; Ebenezer Baptist Church and nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Atlanta's Cyclorama - the largest painting in the world - and Margaret Mitchell's home. Not to mention the notorious prison and POW museum at Andersonville; Fort Sumter; the celebrated Millionaire's Club on Jekyll Island (our accommodations for the night); Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, associated with what local residents call, simply, The Book (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), and much more. Factor in some of the region's most distinctive hotels and inns, meals in equally memorable settings, and the chance to renew old friendships and establish new ones, all around a shared love of the American past – well, we can hardly wait for next spring in the south. Please click the above link for a complete tour itinerary.


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Reservation Line: (202) 657-7444 • email: info@presidentsandpatriots.com