This “classic” DC tour is perfect for first timers or anyone interested in the “touristy” side of Washington D.C. You’ll explore the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions. You’ll enjoy some of the capital’s best sights including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian, and many more!
This "classic" DC tour is perfect for first timers or anyone interested in the "touristy" side of Washington D.C. Youll explore the citys most famous landmarks and attractions. Youll enjoy some of the capitals best sights including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian, and many more!
Roundtrip Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
11 Meals including:
- Cafe Deluxe*
- Tony & Joes*
- Mad Hatter*
- Cedars Restaurant*
- Hillwood House Buffet
Arlington National Cemetery
Capitol Visitor Center
United States Capitol
Capitol Visitor Center Cafeteria
United States Library of Congress
Supreme Court Building
National World War II Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Illuminated Monument Driving Tour
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Marine Corps Memorial
Air Force Memorial
National World War II Memorial
White House Visitors Center
- National Museum of African American History & Culture
- National Museum of American History
- The Naitonal Air & Space Museum
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Gallery of Art
- Freer & Sackler Galleries
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
- National Museum of African Art
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington National Cathedral
- Choral Evensong Worship Service
* Please Note: These restaurants may be subject to change.
$1575 per person Double
$2040 per person Single
Non-members add $50
Activity level 2:
You may be required to walk on uneven surfaces (dirt paths, cobblestone streets, or hilly terrain) and up to a distance of 1/2 mile at a time.
Payment & Refunds:
A $250 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due in full by May 1, 2021. No refunds will be issued after March 25, 2021. Travel protection is available; please call to inquire.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as we travel towards Washington, D.C. today. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. We arrive in Maumee, OH this evening for an overnight stay. Enjoy dinner, on your own.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Enjoy an included breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart to continue on towards DC. After a day of travel, arrive this afternoon at the hotel for a four-night stay. We drop our bags and depart to enjoy dinner at Cafe Deluxe.
Dinner begins with a Mixed Greens Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette. Entree choices include Chicken Penne Pasta - grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, exotic mushrooms, spinach and creamy Bechamel sauce (may be made as vegetarian option), Grilled Salmon - grilled salmon with red pepper coulis, horseradish mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or Herb Roasted Chicken - roasted chicken rubbed with herbs, with horseradish mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert choices include seasonal pie, cake or fresh mixed fruit.
After enjoying a wonderful meal, we depart for the hotel and have the remainder of the evening free, on your own.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Breakfast will be included at the hotel this morning before we meet our local guide and depart for a day of touring. Our first stop will be a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
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 F. Kennedy, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. War. The Cemetery 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 Unknowns speaks of a nation’s debt to the many whose ultimate sacrifice helped make a nation free. Arlington averages 27 to 30 funerals, including interments and inurnments, each weekday, and six to eight services on Saturday. The crews, service members, and groundskeepers follow an elaborate choreography to ensure each funeral feels like it is the only one taking place.
We then visit the Capitol Visitor Center. (Please Note: Security check points are located at the front of the building and groups will be subject to high security procedures.) The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors to the seat of the American government. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the CVC is the largest project in the Capitol’s 215-year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol. 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.
While here, 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. (Please note: the tour of the historic Capitol building is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Escalators and elevators are available near public stairways.)
Enjoy lunch, on your own, at the Capitol Visitor Center Cafeteria before visiting the United States Library of Congress. Explore. Discover. Be Inspired! 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. The original Library of Congress Building, now called the Thomas Jefferson Building, is perhaps Washington’s most richly ornamented building.
Stop at The National World War II Memorial. This memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world.
Next, 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.
We then make our way to 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.
We also make a stop at 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.
This evening, enjoy an included dinner at Tony & Joe’s. Dinner begins with Mixed Salad Greens served with Green Apple, Sliced Almonds, Goat cheese, and a Vinaigrette. Entrée choices include (1) Broiled Atlantic Salmon in a honey-orange glaze, (2) Chicken Marsala, sautéed chicken breast with marsala wine mushroom sauce; (3) New York Strip Steak, grilled to a perfect medium in a red wine sauce; (4) Lightly Blackened Atlantic Cod with beurre blanc; (5) Broiled Maryland Style Crab Cakes with tartar sauce; (6) Mushroom Risotto, roasted garl
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Enjoy breakfast this morning before departing the hotel with our local guide for 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.” (Please note: Do not bring sharp objects into the Center. All bags, purses, etc. are subject to search.) After, we stop for a photo opportunity of the White House!
We then depart for the National Mall where you have the choice of visiting the Smithsonian Institution’s museums that interest you.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the newest museum on the National Mall. The NMAAHC is a museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.
The National Museum of American History enjoyed a complete make-over and renovation! Browse through the new state-of-the-art gallery that 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.
The National Air and Space Museum allows visitors to experience the history of flight at one of the world’s most visited museums. See the plane flown by the Wright Brothers and the Apollo 11 command module. The museum features an incredible collection of aviation and space technology treasures.
The National Museum of Natural History 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.
The National Museum of the American Indian is also a great museum to visit! From the American Southwest, Hawaii, Canada, South and Central America you will feel the spirit of these native people. See items from the great American pyramid builders to the beautiful craftsmanship of North, Central, and South America’s indigenous people.
The National Gallery of Art houses an outstanding collection of masterpieces that trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13th century, while its contemporary counterpart, the East Building, highlights works of modern artists.
Also available for touring are the Freer & Sackler Galleries. These boast one of the finest museum collections of Chinese art outside of China, with over ten thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 700-ca. 2000 B.C.E.) to the present. While the sheer number of items is impressive, it is their variety and quality that is truly remarkable, with nearly every medium and category of Chinese art represented.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is readily identified by its donut-shaped building. The museum boasts a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures.
The National Museum of African Art is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the collection, exhibition and study of the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Please Note: The Smithsonian Institution’s security policy is that all bags, purses, attaches, shopping bags, satchels, suitcases, etc. will be hand searched. To expedite this please bring only a small purse or fanny pack. DO NOT bring daypacks, backpacks, or luggage in to the museums. Most locker rooms have been closed. DO NOT bring sharp items into the museums, such as knives (including pocket knives), screwdrivers, corkscrews, scissors, nail files, etc.
Enjoy lunch, on your own, while you explore the museums today. Cafeterias are located in the Museum of American History and the National Gallery of Art.
We depart mid-afternoon for a tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This somber and moving museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photographs and oral histories. The museum’s primary mission is to inform Americans about the Holocaust, to remember those who suffered, and to inspire visitors to contemplate the moral implications of their choices and responsibilities as citizens in an interdependent world.
Walk through “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story,” at the museum, an exhibition for youngsters presenting the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. The Children’s Tile Wall (also known as the Wall of Remembrance) is located on the Museum’s lower level. Dedicated by the Remember the Children committee in April 1993, the Children’s Tile Wall memorializes the children murdered in the Holocaust, painted by American schoolchildren.
We depart this evening and enjoy an included dinner at Cedars Restaurant. Begin with a House Salad of mixed greens, pickled onions and fennel, cherry tomatoes and Balsa
Friday, June 11, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart for Ford’s Theatre with our local guide. Our first stop is the Peterson 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. Reopened in 1968, Ford’s Theatre is one of the most visited sites in Washington, D.C.
Then, visit the lower-level museum that paints a picture of Washington D.C. during the 1860s and exhibits Lincoln Memorabilia. Visit the Center for Education and Leadership. This museum features two floors of permanent exhibits, one floor of rotating exhibits and two floors of state-of-the-art education studios for distance-learning and on-site activities. The story of the Abraham Lincoln assassination continues in the Aftermath and Legacies galleries of the new Center, taking visitors back to 1865 in the weeks and months immediately following Lincoln’s death. Visitors can see the route of Lincoln’s funeral train, learn which president wore a ring containing a lock of Lincoln’s hair, explore Lincoln’s international influence, examine how Lincoln’s image has been adopted for use in pop culture and much more.
We depart for the Hillwood Estate and a tour of the Museum and Gardens. The mansion is the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and features one of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Highlights include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II, Beauvais tapestries designed by Francois Boucher; two Imperial Easter eggs by Carl Faberge; La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and a collection of costumes and accessories worn by Mrs. Post or her family. The greenhouse and formal gardens are set among 25 acres of wooded hillsides located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Mansion while visiting today, accompanied with complimentary audio guides.
Enjoy an included buffet lunch while at the Hillwood House. Dine on a selection of sandwiches – Ham and Brie (black forest ham, watercress, and pomJumery aioli on French baguette), Tuna Salad (celery, arugula and caper-may on whole wheat), Caprese (fresh mozzarella, plum tomato, basil pesto, and balsamic glaze on French baguette), and Turkey BLT sandwiches (oven roasted turkey breast, smoked turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo on brioche); House salad with balsamic vinaigrette, fresh baked cookies, water and iced tea.
After lunch, we depart for the Washington National Cathedral for a tour. In a city of impressive monuments, memorials, and historic sites, the National Cathedral is unique. Standing higher than the Washington Monument, it is the sixth largest church in the world. This 14th-Century-style Gothic wonder is situated on 57 acres and took 83 years to build. Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the only President buried within Washington, D.C., are interred here. It is a living symbol of our country’s heritage of faith and religious freedom.
Attend the afternoon Choral Evensong Worship Service at the Washington National Cathedral. One of the treasures of the Anglican tradition, Evensong is a service of sung evening prayer. It is the only Cathedral service led almost entirely by the choir. The interspersing of music - spanning from the Renaissance to our time – between familiar passages of Scripture and ancient prayers, creates a contemplative mood. Lasting an hour, the service is a wonderful way to end the day or begin the week.
After the service, we depart to enjoy an included dinner this evening at The Mad Hatter. Enjoy an entree from your choice of Steak Fajitas, Red Snapper, Cajun Chicken Pasta or Braised Short Rib Mac & Cheese.You’ll also receive the chef’s choice for dessert.
We say goodbye to our local guide after dinner this evening, and then have the remainder of the evening free, on your own.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
After enjoying one last breakfast in DC this morning, we depart the hotel and start our journey home today. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. We overnight in the Maumee/Toledo, OH area this evening, and will enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant, on your own.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
We enjoy breakfast before departing for home this morning. Enjoy rest and refresh breaks on this travel day, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. We arrive home this evening with memories of a wonderful time spent in our Nation’s Capital!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
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