Baltimore offers colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the waterfront Inner Harbor. Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner". Journey along the Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage while enjoying the exceptional views of Chesapeake Bay.
Narrated City Tour
This tour will bring you to places such as Federal Hill, Camden Yards, Little Italy and Mount Vernon Place, where you will find the Washington Monument. The tour will also take you to the Inner Harbor and grant you admission to Fort McHenry.
*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Baltimore, MD
Other Baltimore Attractions
National Historic Seaport
Visit this 300-year-old seaport to tour a number of historic locations, including Fort McHenry, Federal Hill and Canton. You will also be able to step onboard a decommissioned World War II submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.
Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived to America's shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Navy Base.
Narrated Beach Tour
Explore Virginia Beach on a relaxing riding tour. This guided bus tour includes stops at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse as well as the breathtaking Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which are made up of 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails.
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Narrated Bus Tour
Discover the rich maritime history of this charming city during a tour through the historic district of Norfolk. The tour will make a stop at the Naval Base, where you will have the opportunity to explore aircraft carriers and historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
Other Norfolk Attractions
Take a self-guided audio tour of the 5-star-rated Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last battleships ever commissioned by the U.S. Navy. Learn about its illustrious history as a battleship during WWII. Website
Chrysler Museum of Art
Discover and admire a large collection of exhibits at this museum, which also features two historic houses – The Moses Meyers House and The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House. The permanent collection housed at this site includes art on various media, including photography and sculpture. Website
Experience the birthplace of human flight when you visit the historic location of Kitty Hawk. In 1903, the Wright Brothers made history with the first controlled powered airplane flights. Walk on the soft sandy ground and feel the frequent breezes that made this town ideal for testing early airplanes.
Wright Brothers Memorial
Learn about the history, legends and lore of the Outer Banks as you travel to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC. Enjoy an introduction by a park ranger and learn about the fascinating history of aviation that took place at this site. After the introduction, tour the Visitor Center, where the Wright brothers' story is told through exhibits and reproductions. You may also climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea.
Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you continue on your journey through the Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage. Take in breathtaking views of the shoreline and relax in one of your ship's majestic lounges.
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
Tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, NC. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing on the other.
City and House Tour
See Beaufort’s historic district from atop a 1967 English double-decker bus. Local narrators will tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies. Following the tour, you will visit two historical homes of Beaufort, NC.
Other Beaufort / Morehead Attractions
N.C. Maritime Museum
This museum is dedicated to the coastline of North Carolina, displayed through exhibits and various education programs. Take a tour and see many artifacts from the ocean, including an exhibit featuring the travels of infamous pirate Blackbeard. Website
National Park Service Cape Lookout
A trip to this lookout is well-worth the three-mile boat ride. Discover North Carolina’s coastline from off-shore on this island, home to many fishermen and whalers since its establishment in 1966. Website
Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve
A visit to the Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve will expose you to beautifully-preserved habitats for tidal flats, sand dunes and shrub thicket. This reserve is perfect for the bird-lovers in your travel group – there are more than 200 species throughout the area. Website
The Carteret County Historical Society
Dig deeper into the history of Morehead City at this historical society, which features exhibits about a variety of local interests and customs. Website
Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today, the city continues to flourish and boasts an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian and antebellum-style homes, buildings and houses restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.
Wilmington City Tour & Bellamy Mansion
Enjoy a narrated trolley tour of Wilmington’s historic district and view numerous historical sites and magnificent mansions. Following the tour, you will visit Bellamy Mansion, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Make sure you take the time to browse the unique shops and sites within walking distance from the ship.
Other Wilmington Attractions
Changing from season to season, Airlie Gardens is a massive compound featuring lush gardens, historical sculptures, freshwater lakes and a whole host of other astonishing elements. Visit the 462-year-old Airlie Oak and stroll through the gardens’ massive collection of azaleas, which number in the hundreds of thousands. Website
Cape Fear Serpentarium
Explore one of the world’s most distinguished reptile collections at this Serpentarium, which is a staple on TV channels like Animal Planet and Discovery. Website
Wilmington Blackwater Adventure
Remaining largely unpopulated since its inception in the late 17th century, Cape Fear has become an intriguing region to visit during a stop in Wilmington. As you travel from the Rose Hill Plantation to the mysterious Black River on this boat tour, you will hear stories of early explorers that illuminate the history of this enigmatic region.
Recognized as one of America's most spectacular beaches, Myrtle Beach is an exciting city with dazzling theatres and unique shops located on Broadway on the Beach. Its fascinating lakeside entertainment includes the Grand Strand with over 100 specialty shops, the Palace Theatre and Ripley's Aquarium.
The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston abounds with history. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area and stroll through magnificent parks and gardens. Warm Southern breezes, gas-lit lamps and cobblestone streets welcome you to the city best known as the site where the Civil War began.
Charleston City Tour
The city of Charleston is as exquisitely preserved and aesthetically pleasing with its blend of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, flickering lanterns, and historic landmarks are a treat for the eye to behold. Tour the city with a knowledgeable guide who will take you to explore sights such as the colorful Rainbow Row, Catfish Row, the famous Battery, and more. Should you want to experience more of what Charleston has to offer, American Cruise Lines also offers a “hop on, hop off” shuttle which can bring you to any of your favorite attractions.
*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Charleston, SC
Other Charleston Attractions
In existence since 1676, the Magnolia Plantation has stood witness to the history of our nation from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Tour the estate, which includes a plantation house, several slave cabins, and magnificent gardens. The latter have been open to the public since the 1870s, making them the oldest public gardens in America.