|Day 1 |
Arrive in DC area and enjoy lunch on own at the Pentagon City Mall. The skylit food court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. A scenic glass elevator ride to the Third Level reveals more than 170 fascinating stores.
Meet your guide and depart for the Air Force Memorial. The redesigned memorial is both bold and graceful and truly representational of the Air Force.
Stop for a photo opportunity of the White House!
Stop at the WWI Memorial. The National World War I Memorial is a national memorial commemorating the service rendered by members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I.
Next stop the The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This privately funded memorial has drawn millions who have come to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings and leave flowers, letters, flags and personal mementos.
Stop at The Lincoln Memorial. Overlooking the Reflecting Pool, this memorial was patterned on a classic Greek temple. Inside, inscriptions from his Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address flank the 19-foot marble statue of our 16th President.
Stop at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The triangular field contains nineteen ground troopers, clad in foul weather ponchos, fully equipped for battle. Representing those who supported the ground troops are hundreds of faces etched on a polished granite wall.
Enjoy dinner at Tony & Joe's on the waterfront in Georgetown. (Dinner included)
After dinner head to your hotel to check in for the evening.
Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel (Breakfast included)
Meet your guide and visit Arlington National Cemetary. No land in America is more sacred than this square mile. It is America's shrine to valor and sacrifice. This is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. The Cementery is the former plantation and home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee.
Arlington House, Space Shuttle Challenger Astronauts' Memorial, and Monuments to nearly every major sacrifice that affected our country are located within these 624+ acres. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier speaks of a nation's debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. Tram tickets are included for your visit. There are 6 stops: President John F. Kennedy gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army General John J. Pershing's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington House, and the Ord & Weitzel walking gate to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
Observe Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unkown Soldier.
Stop at The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). One of the largest bronze statues ever depicts the American Flag being raised on Mount Suribachi during World War II and commerates all marines who have died in battle since 1775. The view from this hillside looking across the Potomac into Washington is spectacular.
Enjoy lunch on own at the Assembly Food Hall over Rosslyn Metro.
Arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capital Hill. Visit the United States Capitol. The most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world. The tour of the historic Capitol building is a walking tour.
Visit the United States Library of Congress. Established as an act of Congress in 1800, The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings.
Tour the Supreme Court Building (tour outside only).
This evening enjoy a rooftop dinner at one of the hottest restaurants in the District. (Included)
After dinner, depart on an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour. Under a moonlit sky, experience the majestic views of our Nation's renowned treasures. While Washington's monuments and memorials are impressive during the day, they're absolutely stunning at night! Stop at the National World War II Memorial, Drive by the Washington Monument and other monuments as time permits, Walk through The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a spectacular view of the city from the terrace, and see the famous bronze bust of John F Kennedy in the grand foyer.
Return to the hotel for the evening.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. (Included)
Depart hotel with your guide and head to Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington (Mansion tour). America's most visited historic house, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Many of the furnishings are original pieces acquired by Washington himself. Mount Vernon is both George Washington's home and final resting place. Visit the Ford Orientation Center & Donald Reynolds Museum and Education Center.
Enjoy lunch on own at the Food Court while visiting.
Tour President Lincoln's Cottage located on a picturesque hilltop. Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House.
Continue on to visit the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial, the Native American Veterans Memorial, the Disabled Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Dupont Circle this evening. (Included) After dinner, head back to your hotel and recharge for the next day.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. (Included)
Visit Ford's Theatre, Petersen House and the Center for Education and Leadership. Restored as it was the night John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, Ford's is still an active theater. The lower-level museum paints a picture of Washington D.C. during the 1860's and exhibits Lincoln memorabilia. See the newly renovated Petersen House where Lincoln died. Next visit the new Center for Education and Leadership.
Head to Old Town Alexandria for a guided walking tour of this historic area. Home to one of the oldest historic districts in America, Alexandria boasts a heavy dose of colonial charm.
You will have free time to visit the shops and explore Old Town Alexandria. Grab some lunch on your own while you are here.
Head back home!