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JUL-AUG 2017

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1 8 T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MIGHTY EIGHTH • DEPART FOR GOLDEN ISLES • LUNCH AT IGUANA'S • ST. SIMONS LIGHTHOUSE • TROLLEY TOUR • DINNER AT SOUTHERN SOUL BBQ The tour's third day began in Savannah at a wonderful patriotic attraction, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. After that, the group departed south toward the Golden Isles and stopped for lunch on St. Simons Island at Iguana's, a funky, tropical- themed seafood restaurant. After that they spent some time exploring and climbing the St. Simons Lighthouse, then took a trolley tour for an overview of the island, its beaches and its beautiful resorts. The day ended at Southern Soul BBQ , an award-winning barbecue restaurant in a former gas station. My most memorable experience along the Georgia coast was our visit to St. Simons Island. A real treasure with quaint shops and good Southern food, fol- lowed by a climb up to the top of St. Simons Lighthouse, was a lot of fun and beautiful views." — CRYSTAL DELORENZO, WADE TOURS 3 Day GEORGIA QUEEN RIVERBOAT DRIFTWOOD BEACH DUNHAM FARMS FAM participants were charmed by the mother-daughter pair who own and run Dunham Farms. This 10,000-acre property was originally created in a royal charter from the king of England in 1755 and is the oldest intact Colonial plantation owned by the original family. Today, the owners are dedicated to conservation and preser- vation on the property, which includes naturalized rose and azalea gardens and saltwater marshes. OLD SAVANNAH TOURS There's no better way to see Savannah's beautiful garden squares than on an open-air trolley tour, and the city treated its guests to beau- tiful weather as the tour guide told them stories of the city's unique history and highlighted some of its most photographed spots. Many films have been shot in Savannah, and the tour stopped at several of these film sites, where interpreters playing the roles of Forrest Gump, a Civil War soldier and composer Johnny Mercer stepped on board. AMERICAN PROHIBITION MUSEUM Workers were busy putting the finishing touches on the American Prohibition Museum in March, but the FAM group got a special tour of the city's newest attraction before its April opening. Located in a historic building downtown, this 6,000-square-foot museum has 13 galleries that detail the rise and fall of Prohibition and features a working speakeasy GEORGIA QUEEN DINNER CRUISE The day in Savannah ended with a dinner cruise aboard the Georgia Queen, a newly constructed vessel operated by Savannah Riverboat Cruises. The cruise features live music and dancing, as well as a buffet dinner featuring classic Southern seafood dishes. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MIGHTY EIGHTH IN SAVANNAH

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