Early Booking Reminder: This tour requires a very early reservation. Please make your reservation and pay your deposit for this tour no later than January 17, 2019. Final balance due 60 days prior to departure.
Early spring is the most beautiful time to see Washington, D.C., especially during Cherry Blossom Time! From the beauty of the Tidal Basin, where we see the white and pink blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees, to the power and authority of Capitol Hill, we’ll explore our nation’s capital on one of the most comprehensive tours to Washington, D.C. you can take.
Day 1 – HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – We travel today through West Virginia into the “Old Line State” of Maryland, where we overnight in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Day 2 – WWII MEMORIAL – SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE – This morning, we drive into Washington, D.C. to take in all the city has to offer. We begin by stopping at the WWII Memorial honoring the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Next we visit the Smithsonian Institution, affectionately called “America’s attic,” for a look at the history of this nation. We will visit the Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum. After exploring these exhibits we will visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial before stopping for dinner on our own. Our hotel accommodations for the next two nights will be in the D.C. area.
Day 3 – WASHINGTON, D.C. SIGHTSEEING – Today we will make every effort to get tickets for the U.S. Capitol (if open and available). In the meantime, we’ll visit the Lincoln, Roosevelt, Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials. As we drive through the city, we pass by the Tidal Basin, lined with the famous Yoshino Cherry Trees. Overnight same hotel.
Day 4 – ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY – We begin our day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to see the Kennedy Gravesites and the Changing of the Guard Ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As we depart the cemetery, we stop at the Marine Corps War Memorial, which portrays the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. Back across the Potomac, we have a guided tour of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Overnight in Hagerstown, Maryland
Day 5 – HOME – After an included breakfast, we leave Maryland this morning and make our way home, remembering the things we have seen on our trip that truly make our country great. Meals: 4B