2023 American Heritage & Early LDS Church History Tour with Tim Taggart

Dates September 4-14th, 2023
Destination Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY; Boston, MA; Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
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Join Morris Murdock Escorted Tours and one of our favorite tour directors, Tim Taggart, on this tour we journey to two very special time periods! We will go back to the beginning of our country and also to the time of the restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Some of the highlighted experiences will be: Witnessing the Historical sites in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, doing the Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls, singing in the Kirtland temple, praying in the Sacred Grove...the list can go on and on.

This deluxe motor coach tour has something for everyone! In the past, we have been delighted to take families, grandparents with their grandchildren, single ladies' groups, and couples of all ages who are ready to leave the driving up to someone else to be educated and entertained while we relive the past 200 years!

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1-bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as with your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and makes fast friends with those you traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

*Please note that while the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not significant, the days are full of touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director for the whole trip along with local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!

Tour ID # 9223C22

A CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit

To Book This Tour, Contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473

Email - swangsgard@morrismurdock.com

Day 1: Monday, September 4, 2023
Day 1: Monday, September 4, 2023

Arrive Washington DC

Our adventure begins as we arrive in Washington, D. C. At the airport we will meet up with other tour members and board our motor coach, while we make our way to our hotel.

Day 2: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Day 2: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Washington, D.C.- Mount Vernon  

Today we will take a ride along the Virginia countryside to Mount Vernon, the home and burial place of George Washington. The evening is free for you to enjoy Arlington or maybe take the Metro back to the Mall area for some nighttime viewing of the monuments.

Day 3: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Day 3: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Washington, D.C.    

What an exciting time to be in DC! Today we will cross the bridge into the capital city to tour the great monuments, we'll see the White House and many other well-known sights. Your afternoon and evening are free to visit the National Archives, the National Art Gallery, or any of the thrilling Smithsonian Institute buildings including the new Space Museum. 

Day 4: Thursday, September 7. 2023
Day 4: Thursday, September 7. 2023

Washington, D.C. - Fort McHenry - Philadelphia - New York City  

Today we leave our Nation's Capital and see Fort McHenry where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem was fought. We will continue to our first nations capital city of Philadelphia. We will get to tour Independence Hall and see the famed Liberty Bell. After a lunch stop, we will continue on to New York City. We will arrive with time for you to enjoy a free evening of your choice. You can plan a nice dinner, catch a Broadway show, or for those who would like you can do a session at the LDS Manhattan temple if time permits. 

Day 5: Friday, September 8, 2023
Day 5: Friday, September 8, 2023

New York City 

Today we will have a 1/2 day bus tour of the Big Apple including the NY Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Wall Street, the Top of Rock building, Radio City Music Hall, the United Nations, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lincoln Center. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours. You can choose to take time to rest, shop at Macy's or Fifth Avenue shops, or go over to Ellis Island. Tonight would be the night to plan a Broadway show if you so desire.

Day 6: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Day 6: Saturday, September 9, 2023

New York - Boston

Historic New England, here we come! See the countryside come alive as we drive through Connecticut and Rhode Island. In history packed Boston, our special step on Historian will share sites such as the famous SS Constitution (Old Ironsides), the oldest U.S. Naval ship in service. We'll stroll the Freedom Trail and see the Old North Church and Paul Revere's statue. You'll want to browse the quaint shops and choose a restaurant for some Boston clam chowder and seafood. Next, we motor through the scenic and quiet New England countryside past Lexington and Concord to our hotel for the night.

Day 7: Sunday, September 10, 2023
Day 7: Sunday, September 10, 2023

Sharon, Vermont - Lebanon, New Hampshire

This morning we will attend a local sacrament meeting and will depart from Boston to Sharon, Vermont - birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith. We will pass some historical sites along the way. At Sharon, we will stop and enjoy the peaceful woods, grounds, and Visitors center, which is located on the site of Joseph's birth.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Monday, September 11, 2023
Day 8: Monday, September 11, 2023

Lebanon - Fayette - Palmyra 

Today we'll visit the town where the Church was organized in 1830, Fayette, NY, before continuing on to Pittsford, NY which is near the Hill Cumorah. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Day 9: Tuesday, September 12, 2023


This morning we will spend time in the Sacred Grove and reflect on the special events that have taken place there. We will visit the Joseph Smith Sr. home, the Hill Cumorah and the Grandin Printing complex where the first Book of Mormon was printed. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Day 10: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Palmyra - Niagara Falls - Kirtland  

As we bid farewell to Palmyra, we travel to one of the Wonders of the World - the mighty Niagara Falls. Here we will have time to enjoy the sights and even take an optional boat ride behind the falls. After we leave the falls, we will get to then visit the Church's first temple in Kirtland. Tonight we will also stop at the Isaac Morley Farm.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Day 11: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Kirtland - Cleveland - Home   

This morning we will visit the backwoods home of John Johnson. It was at the Johnson farm that Joseph Smith received the vision of the three degrees of glory. Here the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon were mobbed, beaten and the Prophet tarred and feathered.  We will then make our way to the Cleveland airport for our flights home.  

Meals : Breakfast


  • 1 tour-bus size experience for the whole tour
  • Hotel accommodations in first class hotels or best available.
  • Morris Murdock escorts Tim Taggart and local guides at historical sites
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary: (CB) Continental Breakfast; (B) Breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D)Dinner 
  • Ground transportation via luxury air-conditioned motor-coaches
  • Tips for local sightseeing guides, hotels, and provided meals outlined in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and transfers as outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel document package and study books
  • Whisper headset's throughout the tour so you don't miss a thing

Not Included:

  • Air transportation from your hometown city to Washington DC/BWI Airport and -return from Cleveland, OH.
  • Transportation not scheduled in the itinerary
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Tipping for guide and bus driver
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, beverages, etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation insurance

Payment Information:

  • The deposit is $250.00 pp
  • Cash Discount of $65.00 pp is offered for final payment by Check
  • Final Payment is due June 30, 2023
  • Program based on a minimum of 25 travelers. Surcharges may be assessed if the number is not met.
  • Terms & Conditions

Optional Pricing:

    • Double - $2,179.00
    • Triple - $1,809.00
    • Quad - $1,709.00
    • Single - $3,299.00