Travel Programs
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Squeezed between two Appalachian ridges, the south branch of the Potomac cuts through a narrow wooded West Virginia canyon known as the Trough. Traverse it with rail historian Joe Nevin on a tour that includes a 3 1/2-hour excursion on the diesel-powered Potomac Eagle along the route of the South Branch Valley Railroad from Petersburg to Romney.

Date
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

Stunning spring vistas, vintage locomotives, and West Virginia history are on the itinerary for a weekend spent riding the Cass Scenic Railroad and other mountain routes.

Date
Depart: Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean. This session spotlights Liguria.

Date
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Elegant, Intimate Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city is fast becoming a not-so-hidden jewel among European destinations. Spend an evening discovering the charms of this great old city.

Date
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Unpack the Secrets of Better Vacations

The essential ingredient for a memorable vacation may not be something you can pack in your carry-on: It’s your outlook on travel. Jamie Kurtz, an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University, draws on the growing research on happiness and decision-making to offer practical advice on crafting a more meaningful, fulfilling, and joyful travel experience.

Date
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Cleared for Takeoff: An Insider’s Day at Dulles
All-Day Tour

Here’s a trip to the airport for which you don’t need to pack a single bag. Transportation expert and pilot Scott Hercik leads a close-up exploration of what daily life is like at Washington Dulles International. Once you’ve gotten some aviation and architectural history, seen the view from a ramp control tower, and gone inside the cockpit of a British Airways Airbus 380-800, you’ll never see this familiar place in the same way.

Date
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.