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.

AMERICA'S TRUSTED HISTORICAL TOUR CO.THE PRESIDENTS & PATRIOTS DIFFERENCE

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May 25, 2023 - June 1, 2023

Buckeyes and Hoosiers

Eight Days in Gilded Age America

Starting at $3,995

No one’s ever said it better than Harry Truman: “The only new thing in the world is the history you don’t know.” Americans have long neglected the history of the Gilded Age, that post-Civil War adolescence when a divided land gradually coalesced around railroads and robber barons, exploding industries and wartime promises tragically deferred, massive immigration and festering inequalities. And, oh yes – some of the most colorful, contentious, and occasionally corrupt, politics and politicians in our history. It’s an incredibly rich pageant, one that will serve as the backdrop for our travel back to the origins of today’s America. Situated in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Renaissance Hotel is our historical base camp for the entire tour. More presidents. Less packing.

Beginning the last week of May, we’ll visit sites associated with eight (mostly Gilded Age) presidents in Ohio and Indiana. Not to mention a host of historically significant women, from Lucy Hayes and Lucretia Garfield, to Florence “the Duchess” Harding, Nellie Taft and Ida McKinley. Such an itinerary allows for more in depth – dare I say, leisurely – exploration of the surprising McKinley era, the boyhood homes of Ulysses Grant and William Howard Taft, and the decidedly immodest post presidential estates of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes, and Indiana’s favorite son Benjamin Harrison. In Marion, Ohio we’ll tour the brand new Harding Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the newly restored Harding home as it appeared on Election Night, 1920. In fact, a majority of the 20 attractions we’ll visit are either themselves new to us, or places completely renovated/reimagined since any earlier travels.

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RICHARD NORTON SMITHYour Personal Guide

Richard is an American historian and author specializing in U.S. presidents and other political figures. In the past, he worked as a freelance writer for The Washington Post, and worked with U.S. Senators Edward Brooke and Bob Dole.

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WHAT SETS US APART

For more than 25 years, Presidents and Patriots History Tours has offered historically themed travel premised on a simple idea – that there is no substitute for being there. Our itineraries reflect a wide range of historical interests, periods and places, enhanced by the commentary of noted author and historian Richard Norton Smith. We are committed to offering you uniquely professional travel packages, value, peace of mind, and outstanding service.

Full Transparency

Unlike travel agencies that quote a “base price” before adding on multiple expenses as you “build” your tour, our tour pricing is all inclusive.  That means first-class hotels, deluxe motor coach transportation, all included meals, and admission to all museums and other attractions. The same price includes all taxes and gratuities for group functions, including meals, guides, bellmen, and motor coach driver. Also included is full-service baggage handing for one large suitcase per person.

QUALITY MATTERS

Our tours are historically immersive. That means staying in atmospheric hotels, dining in historic restaurants, and arranging special experiences that make for memorable travel – all the while avoiding the herd-like feeling of large, impersonal tour groups.

At Your Service

Our team is available to you 7 days a week 365 days a year to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. You may feel free to telephone us anytime at (202) 657-7444 or email us at info@presidentsandpatriots.com

It’s All AboutWhat sets us apart

For more than 25 years, Presidents and Patriots History Tours has offered historically themed travel premised on a simple idea – that there is no substitute for being there. Our itineraries reflect a wide range of historical interests, periods and places, enhanced by the commentary of noted author and historian Richard Norton Smith. We are committed to offering you uniquely professional travel packages, value, peace of mind, and outstanding service.
  • Full Transparency

    Unlike travel agencies that quote a “base price” before adding on multiple expenses as you “build” your tour, our tour pricing is all inclusive.  That means first-class hotels, deluxe motor coach transportation, all included meals, and admission to all museums and other attractions. The same price includes all taxes and gratuities for group functions, including meals, guides, bellmen, and motor coach driver. Also included is full-service baggage handing for one large suitcase per person.

  • Quality Matters

    Our tours are historically immersive. That means staying in atmospheric hotels, dining in historic restaurants, and arranging special experiences that make for memorable travel – all the while avoiding the herd-like feeling of large, impersonal tour groups.

  • At Your Service

    Our team is available to you 7 days a week 365 days a year to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. You may feel free to telephone us anytime at (202) 657-7444 or email us at info@presidentsandpatriots.com