Experience Washington, D.C. like never before with a trip loaded with national history and exclusive touring events. Visit Arlington Cemetery, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of D.C., and witness the glory of an Illumination Tour of our famed national monuments. While you’re there, don’t miss out on a visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Ford Theater where Lincoln once stood!
Day 1 - Arrive Washington, D.C.
This morning, our journey takes us into our nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C.! Our first stop along the tour will be Arlington National Cemetery for a guided tram tour. We will have a chance to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There will also be stops at President John F. Kennedy gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing’s gravesite, and the Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial) just to name a few. From here, we check into the Holiday Inn Capitol for the next three nights, which is located right in the heart of the Capitol District and within walking distance to the Smithsonian Museums, Restaurants, and so much more.
Day 2 - Washington, D.C.
A full breakfast is included this morning followed by a guided tour of Washington, D.C. See the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Wall, FDR Memorial and the new Martin Luther King Memorial. This Afternoon, you will have free time to explore D.C. on your own. You might want to visit the Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, The Spy Museum, or even Newseum. Maybe you will want to walk to the Capitol or White House. Freshen up at the hotel before dinner which is included this evening at Theismann’s Restaurant, located in historic Alexandria. After dinner, we meet with a local guide who will take us on an Illumination Tour of the Monuments. (B,D)
Day 3 - George Washington's Mount Vernon
After breakfast, our journey continues to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In 1754, George Washington began residing at Mount Vernon which is a 3,000 acre estate and a house that was approximately 3,500 square feet and was originally built by his father in 1735. By his death, Washington’s Mount Vernon consisted of approximately 7,600 acres and an almost 11,000 square foot mansion. Lunch this afternoon will be included before we make our way to Ford’s Theatre which is the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. After John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln, he was carried out of the theatre and into a boarding house across the street ~ the Petersen House. The remainder of the day is one at leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 - Depart Washington, D.C.
From breakfast, we check out of our hotel and make our way over to the National Museum of African American History and Culture where we have timed entry tickets. There will be time for lunch, on own, before heading home. Evening return is planned. (B)