Outer Banks, North CarolinaMotor coach groups from Buffalo since 1983; sometime by air or rail.
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Outer Banks, North Carolina
May 22-26, 2017
5 days/4 nites $772 p.p. dbl
Dear Way To Go Traveler,
English settlers, sand dunes, wildlife, white sandy beaches, hurricanes, pirates, shipwrecks, first flight & the Wright Brothers, red skies, crashing surf, noisy gulls,
seafood restaurants are just some of the things that come to mind when we think of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Outer Banks are barrier islands and are further from the mainland coast than any other barrier islands. Features are wide beaches, sea oats, undulating dunes, and beautiful sun rises and sunsets. A world unto itself! Rated No. 5 most popular destination in the United States by USA Today for 2015. It has been so popular we are offering it for the 3rd year in a row. We made some changes for the better, it is time to go back again, or visit for the first time.
1. Hotels: Hampton Inn Richmond Airport, Sandston, VA ; Baymont Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC (2 nites); Hampton Inn South, Harrisonburg, VA
2. Meals: 9 included.
4 Breakfasts at our hotels
1 Box lunch on the Outer Banks
4 Dinners: Shoney’s, Mechanicsville, VA; Lone Cedar Cafe, Manteo, NC; Pamlico Jack’s, Pirate Hideaway, Nags Head, NC; Edelweiss Restaurant, Staunton, VA
3. Professional Tour Escort: Jerry Waldkoetter
4. Danny Couch, Outer Banks Local Guide (contributor to The Travel Channel and Weather Channel).
5. Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Places we will see & visit:
Wright Brothers National Monument and Visitor Center, Kill Devil Hills,
LIVE SHOW: THE LOST COLONY—80TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!
Jockey Ridge State Park—highest sand dunes on the East Coast!
Outer Banks National Scenic Byway;
Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse;
Bodie Island Lighthouse;
Oregon Inlet Pea Island;
Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, Ocracoke beach; and the Pony Pens;
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum;
Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hummers;
Boardwalk in Duck, NC;
Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration on Parade, Quicksburg, VA
$772 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $220. Please send a $150
deposit when deciding to participate on this tour. Balance of $622 is due April 22nd.
Or send $747 by March 9th and receive a $25 discount.
Send check to: Way To Go Tours
580 Ward Rd
North Tonawanda, NY 14120.
Questions: Call Jerry or Jeff at 693-0793. Thank You!
Itinerary – May 22-26, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
6:00am: Bus Report time
6:15am: Depart from McDonalds, 315 Meadow Dr., North Tonawanda
6:45am: Pick up at Tops Market, 5274 Main St., Williamsville
Noon: Lunch on own at Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, PA
5:30-6:00pm—Dinner: Shoney’s, Mechanicsville, VA
7-7:30pm at the latest—Check into the Hampton Inn, Sandston, VA
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00am: Breakfast at our Hotel
8:00am: Depart for the Outer Banks
Lunch on own in transit.
1:30pm: Wright Brothers National Monument, Kill Devil Hills. An architectural gem, the Visitor Center is a gift shop and museum. See exhibits about the Wright Brothers’ struggle to fly. Reproductions of their gliders, a ranger talk at 2pm, four markers outside the Center mark the distances covered in man’s first flight in 1903. Rated a gem by AAA.
4:00pm: Check into the Baymont Hotel, Kitty Hawk, NC
4:45pm: Leave for dinner
5:15pm: Dinner at Lone Cedar Cafe, Manteo, NC
7:30pm: 80th Anniversary of THE LOST COLONY longest running summer stock show in the United States. Tells the true story of a group of English settlers who came to America in 1585. When Sir Walther Raleigh returned the following year no one was to be found a mystery that is still unsolved to the present. Return to hotel immediately after the show.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Breakfast at our Hotel
7:45am: Depart for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. We will have a local guide for the day, Danny Couch who has been featured on the Travel Channel.
8:30am: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet & Pea Island National Wildlife:
Visit this stately beacon for a photo op before crossing over into Hatteras. It is one of the most picturesque of all lighthouses on the east coast. The 170 ft. lighthouse was built in 1872.
9:45am: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Visit the tallest brick beacon on the Atlantic coast, the “Granddaddy of American Lighthouses,” standing at 208’ high. Learn it’s
marvelous history, which includes its half-mile move away from the sea by the International Chimney Co. of Buffalo, NY in 1999. The Lighthouse was erected in 1870 with more than 1,000,000 bricks and 257 steps. This is the famous white with black stripes lighthouse!
11:30am: Ocracoke Island Ferry. Enjoy an hour ferry ride to Ocracoke Island, where the famous pirate, Blackbeard, was beheaded in 1718. (Box lunch will be provided.) Movie/TV star Andy Griffith is buried here.
1:00pm: Ocracoke Island Pony Pens & Ocracoke Beach—See & hear the intriguing story behind the famous “Banker” ponies and view the No. 1 Beach in America
2:00pm: Ocracoke Lighthouse. Nestled along Silver Lake, this whitewashed tower is as picturesque as a lighthouse can get! Built in 1823, it is the oldest operating
lighthouse in the Carolinas & 2nd oldest in the nation.
3:00pm: Board the returning Hatteras Ferry.
4:30pm: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Visit one of North Carolina’s premier maritime museums for a “Behind the Scenes” tour.
6:30pm: Pamlico Jack’s Pirate Hideaway. Experience one of the Outer Bank’s most intriguing restaurants. Dinner here!
8:00pm: Return to the hotel after dinner.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:00am: Breakfast at the Hotel
8:00am: Leave for Corolla, NC
8:30am: Wild Horse Adventure. Want to see wild ponies? They guarantee to find you the Outer Banks Wild Spanish Mustangs! “Discover some of the most unique sights that the Outer Banks has to offer. Our company has access to the Wild Horse Sanctuary. We take you thru 3 distinct ecosystems in our “Hummers!!!”
Noon: Duck, NC. Lunch on you own at the Duck Town Boardwalk
1:00pm: Leave for Harrisonburg, VA area
6:00pm: Dinner. Edelweiss German Restaurant, Staunton, VA—this was a big, big hit in 2015 and 2016!
8:30pm: Hampton Inn South, Harrisonburg, VA
Friday, May 26, 2017
7:00am: Breakfast at the Hotel & Check-out
8:00am: Depart for Shenandoah Caverns. At Shenandoah Caverns we take an elevator to see breath taking natural wonders, incredible geology and extraordinary crystalline formations on a one hour guided tour. American Celebration on Parade.
Late morning: Depart for WNY
Stop at Country Cupboard for break and/or shopping.
10:00pm: Tops Market, 5274 Main St., Williamsville
10:30pm: Arrive McDonalds, N. Tonawanda
Itinerary is flexible depending upon conditions