Day One, Thursday, September 2, 2021
This afternoon, visit your choice of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums on the National Mall;
- National Museum of African American History and Culture – American history through the lens of the African American experience. This is the newest museum on the National Mall.
- National Museum of American History – offers a spectacular view of the Star Spangled Banner and view the exhibits that top the list of must-sees for any visitor with a taste for true Americana. See the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, quilts, cars, locomotives and much, much more.
- National Air & Space Museum – experience the history of flight at one of the world’s most visited museums. Features an incredible collection of aviation and space technology treasures.
- National Museum of Natural History – This museum is the home to the Hope Diamond and dinosaur fossils. The world’s largest African bush elephant tops the amazing natural treasures on display along with a live insect zoo.
- National Museum of the American Indian – From the American Southwest, Hawaii, Canada, South and Central America you will feel the spirit of these native people.
- National Gallery of Art – houses an outstanding collection of masterpieces that trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.
- Freer & Sackler Galleries – finest museum collections of Chinese art outside of China, objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 700-ca.2000 B.C.E.) to the present.
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – The museum boasts a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures.
- National Museum of African Art – dedicated exclusively to the collection, exhibition, and study of the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa.
NOTE: Cafeterias are located in the following museums: American History, Natural History, African American, Air & Space, National Gallery of Art.
NOTE: As of 12/3/2018 the Air & Space Museum will begin a seven-year, $1 billion renovation. During this time access will be limited to certain areas and in addition to longer entrance times.
Enjoy dinner included at Buca Di Beppo, Gaithersburg, MD – the experience of an Italian restaurant that might have flourished in New York’s Little Italy in the ’50s.
Check in to Springhill Suites (301-987-0900) in Gaithersburg, MD – Baggage Handling is included.
Day Two, Friday, September 3, 2021
Enjoy Breakfast Included at the Hotel before we explore DC with our GUIDE – First visit will be to Arlington National Cemetery **All visitors 16 years of age and older, must present a valid photo I.D. upon entering the cemetery.** Tram tickets are included for your visit.
No land in American is more sacred than this square mile. It is America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice.
- Six stops: President John F. Kennedy gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington House, the Ord & Weitzel walking gate to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
Next, arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors to the seat of American government. Features include an exhibition gallery highlighting the House & Senate while in-session, orientation theaters, a 550-seat cafeteria, gift shops, and restrooms all within a secure public environment that will provide visitors shelter from the unpredictable D.C. weather.
- Enjoy lunch on own at Capitol Visitor Center Cafeteria.
Visit the United States Capitol. (Pending Availability) The most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world, the U.S. Capitol has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation, and where presidents are inaugurated. Its ceilings are decorated with historic images, and its halls are lined with statuary and paintings representing great events and people in the nation’s history.
- Visit the United States Library of Congress (exterior only). Discover. Be Inspired! DID YOU KNOW? The library has more than 650 miles of bookshelves, and more than 138 million objects in 470 different languages.
- Tour the Supreme Court Building (exterior only). Within the walls of this white marble monument the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit of the Constitution.
Explore the newly completed, one-of-a-kind, Memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II and 34th US President.
Enjoy dinner included at Texas Jack’s Barbecue in Arlington, VA. Menu TBD.
Then, continue our tour with an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour. Washington’s grand buildings, memorials, and monuments are impressive during the day; but in the evening they are illuminated, soft, focusing on the solid stones and bronzes; fountains and water features shimmer in reflection; shadows darken highlighting the floodlit detail. Impressive during the day – stunning at night!
Walk through The Kennedy Center and see a spectacular view of the city from the terrace. Stop at The National World War II Memorial, honoring the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Drive by the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), Drive by the Air Force Memorial, Drive by the Washington Monument, Drive by other memorials and monuments as time permits.
Return to Hotel. Meals: B, D
Day Three, Saturday, September 4, 2021
Enjoy Breakfast Included at the Hotel and depart with our GUIDE for a visit to the White House Visitor’s Center. Visitors can explore an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store, and view the 14 minute film, “White House: Reflections From Within.”
Stop for a photo opportunity of the White House!
Tour continues with a drive down Embassy Row. After the Civil War, the powerful and socially elite built large mansions along Massachusetts Ave. After the Great Depression, many of the families who built these homes went broke. Today, the area is known as Embassy Row. Embassies, associations, foundations, and clubs have claimed and restored these lovely homes.
Drive by the Washington National Cathedral.
Arrive at the Pentagon City Mall and have Lunch on Own. Food Court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. Ride to the Third Level more than 170 fascinating stores and restaurants.
After lunch our tour will continue with stops at the following Memorial sites;
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park – honors the 184 victims of September 11, 2001 attack at The Pentagon. At the heart of the memorial 184 illuminated benches are arranged according to the victim’s ages, and positioned to distinguish victims who were in the Pentagon from those on board AA Flight 77.
Air Force Memorial – The redesigned Memorial is both BOLD and graceful and truly representational of the Air Force. Central to the design are three stainless steel spires which soar skyward, all landscaped to create a memorial park and parade ground overlooking the nation’s capital.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial – privately funded memorial has drawn millions to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings and leave flowers, letters, flags, and personal mementos.
The Lincoln Memorial – Overlooking the Reflecting Pool, this 19-foot marble statue of our 16th President was patterned on a classic Greek temple.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial – The triangular field contains nineteen ground troopers, clad in foul weather ponchos, fully equipped for battle.
The Jefferson Memorial – Looking from the memorial across the Tidal Basin this 19-foot statue of the third president stands beneath a rotunda inscribed with passages from the Declaration of Independence
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial – The FDR is unique among the memorials of Washington, DC. Its shade trees, waterfalls, statuary and quiet alcoves create the feeling of a secluded garden rather than an imposing structure. Water cascades and quiet pools are present throughout.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial – reflecting the spirit of the message Dr. King delivered and the role he played in society, a sense of commitment to the promise of positive change.
Enjoy dinner included at The Mad Hatter, a lively tavern with an upside-down room & more.
Return to hotel Meals: B, D
Day Four, Sunday, September 5, 2021
Prior to checking out, enjoy Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Baggage handling is included.
Depart for Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, details the life of the “Father of Our Country”. Here George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. America’s most visited historic house, a southern plantation overlooking the Potomac River. Mount Vernon is both George Washington’s home and final resting-place.
- Visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon. The center contains sculptures, paintings, portraits, models, photos, films, documents, and diverse artifacts, with succinct descriptions and pithy quotations describing the life, times and accomplishments of our nation’s first president. With 25 state-of-the-art galleries the museum displays many objects shown at Mount Vernon for the first time
- Enjoy lunch at your own expense at the Mount Vernon Food Court.
Next, we arrive at George Washington’s Grist Mill – Come see the mighty gears turning and the stones grinding, where Washington produced flour and cornmeal. Within the functioning distillery, you can see where George Washington’s whiskey is made. In 1799, it was one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America.
Continue Home Meals: B
All itineraries are subject to change. Every attempt will be made to include all sites mentioned within this itinerary. At times, circumstances beyond our control such as lines, traffic, closures, weather, and late arrivals can severely restrict timing and cause items to be excluded.