A trip to our nation's capital is a must for any American. Home to iconic monuments and memorials, fantastic museums and the pillars of US government, Washington DC is a place unlike any other.
See the amazing view from the Jefferson Memorial, tour the US Capitol Building, visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore a Smithsonian Museum on this packed 4-day trip. Musical highlights will be your performance at an adjudicated festival and attending a National Symphony concert.
Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Meet your Encore Tour Manager at the hotel before riding into downtown, where you'll have dinner and time to shop for souvenirs. After dinner, depart on an illuminated tour of the monuments and institutions of our nation's capital. The tour concludes with a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jefferson Memorials. The view from the Jefferson Memorial's steps is spectacular, especially at night when a halo of blue light crowns the dome. End your evening with a visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, one of the most beautiful and expansive memorials in the city. Its landscaped grounds are divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR's terms in office.
Today's highlight will be your Festival of Music performances. Each ensemble will have the opportunity to perform, be adjudicated and recieve a workshop from a panel of renowned music educators. If time allows, this afternoon take a guided tour of the monuments on the National Mall including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial - site of such memorable events as Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech - and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Tonight have dinner as a group and attend a National Symphony concert or similar performance (pending availability).
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the US Capitol Building that will include the magnificent 180-foot-high rotunda, the old Supreme Court chambers, and (if available) the House and Senate galleries, then have lunch on your own in the Capitol's visitor center. This afternoon, visit the Newseum where you'll have your Festival of Music Awards Ceremony (pending confirmation). The Newseum is an interesting and interactive museum of news and journalism. They offer exhibits dedicated to the attacks made in New York City on September 11, 2001 (including a remnant of one of the World Trade Center towers that fell to earth on this day), the First Amendment and the history of the Internet, and more. Next is the Air and Space Museum, where you can touch the actual Mercury 7 capsule in which John Glenn first orbited the earth, see a mockup of the Apollo 11 lunar module that first landed on the moon, and the actual Apollo 11 Command Module that successfully returned to earth. Or if you'd rather, there are many other Smithsonian Museums within walking distance that your group may visit. Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Potomac River followed by music and dancing with the professional on-board DJ!
Before heading home, visit Arlington National Cemetery this morning to explore the rich history found within the cemetery grounds. See the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Afterwards board your coach buses or flight for the return trip home.
Prices based on 45 participants and 3 free places for chaperones.
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