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 in front of the Lincoln Memorial and attending a National Symphony concert.
Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Meet your Encore Tour Managers 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.
After breakfast, provided each morning at your hotel, take a guided tour of the monuments on the National Mall including the Korean War Veteran's 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. Have lunch on your own, then perform for the public this afternoon in front of the Lincoln 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, an interactive museum of news and journalism with exhibits about the September 11 attacks (including a remnant of one of the World Trade Center towers that fell to earth on September 11, 2001), the First Amendment and the history of the Internet, among others. Next is the Air and Space Museum, where you can touch the actual Mercury 7 capsule in which John Glenn first orbited the earth. There you can also see a mockup of the Apollo 11 lunar module that first landed on the moon and the actual Apollo 11 Command Module that returned to earth. If the Air and Space Museum is not for you, there are many other Smithsonian Museums within walking distance that your group may visit. Tonight enjoy a DJ Dinner Cruise on the Potomac River.
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 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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