Extended Tours for Carolinas
What is included in all tours:
Unless we have made another arrangement all of our tours include:
- Roundtrip transportation and the use of the motorcoach for the entire tour
- Transfers and local transportation for airtours
- Quad accommodations for students, double occupancy for the chaperons
- All hotels have inside access rooms
- A ratio of 1 complimentary tour for every 10 paying tours
- Breakfast and dinner daily (lunches when requested)
- All admissions to the attractions
- A professional tour director aboard each coach for the entire tour
- Local licensed guides for sightseeing in cities that require a licensed guide
- Customized itinerary planning based on your students’ specific needs
- Flexible payment plans
Some of the most popular tours that our local schools select each year are featured on this website, but please note we can develop a tour to any destination in North America and Europe.
The Most Popular Tours
The following are some of the most popular tours our local schools select each year. We are knowledgeable in these areas and can develop a tour to any destination in North America and Europe.
Our Nation’s Capital is the most popular and most affordable destination. Your students will live American History and American government as our tour directors and tour guides execute a tour unique to your students. A typical tour includes a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol, a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery, the illuminated monuments (Lincoln, Jefferson, Iwo Jima) , the Vietnam, Korea, World War II, FDR , and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Mount Vernon, Newseum, Spy Museum, National Crime Museum, Holocaust Memorial, Postal Museum, National Cathedral, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, National Zoo, dinner/dance cruise, Madam Tussauds, Ford’s Theatre, King’s Dominion Amusement Park, Theatre, Dinner Theatre
New York City
No company can match the expertise and buying power of One If By Land Tours – a New York City based company for 25 years before relocating to the Charlotte area. We employ dozens of New York licensed guides and tour directors who live in New York. Let us show you the cultural diversity of the Big Apple from the eyes of a native. We not only visit the famous attractions of New York City, we indulge in the cultural diversity of the neighborhoods that make the Big Apple special. Our tours feature the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Chinatown, Little Italy, Harlem, Radio City, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Madame Tussauds, Central Park, and the United Nations.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Yankee Stadium tour or Yankees game, Citi Field tour or Mets game, dance cruise around Manhattan Island, Coney Island, ferry to Staten Island, Madison Square Garden tour or Knicks or Rangers game, Lincoln Center tour, Broadway performance workshops
This unique tour combines both colonial life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit Jamestown, the first colony in America. Experience the daily life of both the colonials who settled in Jamestown, and the native Americans at the Powhatan Indian Village. Climb aboard the replicas of the English ships that brought the colonists to Jamestown. Colonial Williamsburg is one of the world’s finest restorations. Our guide leads you through the houses and craft shops representative of the 18th century in Virginia. Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia and you may visit the Capital and the Governor’s Mansion (optional fee). Finally, we visit Yorktown, the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution. The newly renovated visitor’s center offers interactive exhibits. The encampment gives student a look into the life of a Continental soldier.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Busch Gardens,/Water Country, lantern and ghost tours, U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Nauticus/Battleship Wisconsin, King’s Dominion
Charleston has been named the #1 U.S. city (Conde Nast Traveler) for culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants and lodging. Stand on the site of the first shot in the Civil War. Come face to face with a giant sea turtle. Take a tour of an antebellum mansion. Climb aboard a WWII aircraft carrier. Learn about Charleston’s role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War as you visit Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. There are so many blossoming gardens, antebellum homes, and plantations. Of course get the real feeing of this great Southern city during your leisurely carriage ride. Some of the attractions included in a standard Charleston tour are the South Carolina Aquarium, a plantation (Boone Hall, Magnolia, Drayton Hall), ferry to Fort Sumter, Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum (battleship Yorktown), and a carriage tour.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Myrtle Beach, barrier island ecological tour, workshops aboard the Yorktown, ghost tours, Charleston Tea Plantation Savannah, GA The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. River Street is a glittering, multi-faceted gem along the broad Savannah River. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, unique nightspots, elegant inns and hotels. Bustling with welcoming hospitality, it’s also the place to see Savannah from the river that made her by taking a cruise or watching ships from around the globe sail into one of the busiest ports in America. Visit Fort Jackson for exhibits, canon firings, and re-enactments. Learn about the history and ecology of the Savannah River aboard a riverboat. Cruise along River street. Climb aboard a trolley for a tour of historic Savannah. MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS Tybee Island, ecology tours, African-American Heritage tour, ghost tours, movie location tours
The states largest city and capital, Atlanta, GA, can boast itself as a thriving business center with an eclectic mix of residents back dropped by a city with southern roots. A city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War, Atlanta is a vibrant and diverse city. Our tour of Atlanta features a blend of the historical with the current. Our most popular tour features the Georgia Aquarium – the world’s most magical aquarium, the World of Coca Cola, the CNN Studio Tour in the global headquarters of The Worldwide Leader in News. In the 1880s, before there were epic motion pictures, there were Cycloramas. This 42-foot-high cylindrical oil painting at the Civil War Museum depicts the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. Viewed from a 360-degree rotating platform, the vivid details of this historic Civil War battle are now restored and enhanced with music, narration and sound effects. Accompanying the Cyclorama is the Civil War Museum, highlighted by a steam locomotive from 1862. Complete your tour from the options that follow.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Fox Theatre, Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, Six Flags Amusement Park, Medieval Times, Stone Mountain
Wilmington/Cape Fear, NC
Coastal North Carolina is rich in history, culture, and ecology. Both the Ocean and the Cape Fear River offer a mobile classroom for students. The Battleship North Carolina beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Discover and build your personal connection by steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington offers an exciting studio tour. Since 1985, more than 350 film, television and commercial projects have shot on the 50-acre sound stage lot in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina. Recent films include “Iron Man 3”, “The Conjuring” and “We’re the Millers”. A short, scenic drive down the coast brings you to Fort Fisher and two excellent attractions. Visit the NEW Butterfly Bungalow. Touch a live shark. Meet an albino alligator. Talk to a Scuba diver. Climb along the Adventure Reef. Do it all at the North Carolina Aquarium. Nicknamed “the Gibraltar of America,” Fort Fisher’s massive earthen walls stretched almost a mile and a half and averaged 30 feet high. The fort also had 30 underground bombproofs and magazines. Under the protection of Fort Fisher’s 44 big guns, 4 field pieces, and 3 mortars, tens of millions of dollars worth of goods and war material came into the Confederacy. The audio visual presentation, exhibits, and trails tell the story of how the Port of Wilmington was kept open by Fort Fisher.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Cape Fear Serpentarium, Dinner cruise, Crab hunt, Poplar Grove Plantation, The Cape Fear Museum
Outer Banks, NC
The Outer Banks is a collection of barrier islands stretching over 100 miles along the coast of North Carolina. While it is a popular vacation spot, it has so much more to offer students. Many of the attractions are reached via ferry. The ferry to Hatteras brings us to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Towering 198 feet, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the nation and is the most famous symbol of North Carolina. Climbing the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a unique experience! The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe is the largest and most complete existing example of the life-saving stations that were built along the Atlantic coast in the late 19th century to attend to shipwrecks and to rescue survivors. The 1874 Station was the first operational Life-Saving station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offers Exhibitions cover five centuries, with shipwreck artifacts and memorabilia on display and changing exhibits telling the dramatic tales of lifesaving, shipwrecks, war and survival along the Carolina coast. View the original 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens, the Enigma machine from the U-85, the bell from the Diamond Shoals Lightship, artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and exhibits exploring Hatteras Island during the Civil War, including artifacts from the Monitor. Discover Hatteras’ amazing link to the Titanic. Heading north we come to Kill Devil Hills . Whatever the origins of its name, the dune was the site of the Wright Brothers first heavier-than-air flight in 1903, which placed Kill Devil Hills forever in the history books. In the 1930s, workers planted hearty grasses on the dune to prevent it from continually shifting, then constructed the impressive Wright Brothers Memorial which is visible for miles. A visit to Manteo brings us to Fort Raleigh. The area, which is managed by the National Park Service, has been identified as the original site of the doomed Lost Colonists, who disappeared off the face of the earth over 400 years ago, and whose fate still remains a mystery to historians and archaeologists from around the world.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Carova, The Lost Colony, The Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Mountains of North Carolina
From the Blue Ridge to the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina has so much to offer within a short distance. Whether it be the highest peak in the East, the deepest gorge east of Grand Canyon, a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a visit to a Native American Village, North Carolina has it all. Walk across the swinging bridge and visit the mountain animal habitat at Grandfather Mountain. Tour the Biltmore Estate, gardens and trails. Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Oconaluftee Indian Village as you learn the 11,000 year old Cherokee story. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock for a breathtaking 75 mile view. Get dazzled by the formations at Linville Caverns.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Lake Lure, Mount Mitchell, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Emerald Village
Whether you are a performance group, looking for a behind-the-scenes program, or just visiting the theme parks in the Orlando/Kissimmee area, we have something for you. Park hoppers to Disney attractions, offering unlimited entrance and transportation between parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon) are our most popular offer. Meal vouchers or dinners at theme restaurants are included.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens Tampa
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Take the Skyline Drive for incredible views of the patchwork quilt of the Shenandoah Valley. Visit natural phenomenon such as Natural Bridge and Luray Caverns. Just minutes away is the Booker T. Washington National Memorial, the National D-Day Memorial, and the Peaks of Otter overlooking the Jefferson National Forest.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Monticello, Poplar Forest (Jefferson’s Summer home), New Market Battlefield, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam
Lancaster, PA (Amish Country)
Visit the “plain people” and learn of their customs and way of life. Start your visit with a multi-media presentation “Jacob’s Choice” – a teenage boy’s lifelong decision to remain Amish or not. Our guide conducts a tour of a replica home and one room school house. All aboard our coach for a tour of the farmlands and attractions of the “Amish Country”. A family-style, Pennsylvania Dutch dinner is always a highlight.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Dinner theatre, Landis Valley Museum, Turkey Hill Experience (Ice Cream Factory), Strasburg Railroad, Hershey Park, Gettysburg, Philadelphia
Eastern Tennessee & The Smoky Mountains
Our first stop is Bristol Caverns where walkways take us through formations millions of years old. Learn the geological history along with stories of Native Americans and their warrior trails. The American Museum of Science and Energy at Oak Ridge takes us through the development of Atomic energy and the secret development of the Atomic Bomb during World War II. We head South to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Climb to the top of Clingman’s Dome (elevation 6,643 feet). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures—houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and grist mills—have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. Many can be found at Cades Cove. Ranger talks, and hiking trails are very popular with our students.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Chattanooga, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge (numerous musical theaters), Gatlinburg, Cherokee
Country Music and Nashville are synonymous to most people. However, Nashville has always been a mecca for musicians of all forms of music. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers an incredible experience for people of all ages and musical taste. Included in our tour is a visit to the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs. In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Our guide takes us on a tour of the homes of some of the most famous country singers. A tour of the Ryman Auditorium, birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry is also included.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Grand Ole Opry live performance, The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson), Belle Meade Plantation
Chattanooga attractions are world-class with breathtaking views surrounding you everywhere you turn. All aboard for ‘America’s Most Amazing Mile” as we take the trolley to the top of Lookout Mountain. The breathtaking 72.7% grade of the track near the top gives the incline the distinction of being the world’s steepest passenger railway. Wind your way through massive rock boulders and caverns that bring you to Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village at Rock City Gardens. Deep within Lookout Mountain is a thundering 145-foot waterfall known as Ruby Falls. In downtown Chattanooga, located on the banks of the Tennessee River, is the Tennessee Aquarium. Beneath its six magnificent glass peaks, you’ll explore three living forests and meet amazing creatures that swim, fly and crawl in natural habitats.
MORE ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS Southern Belle Riverboat, River Gorge Explorer, The Lost Sea