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Seeing Washington is on many Americans’ travel wish lists. Make your trip to this special destination even more memorable by visiting during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, when our nation's capital is at its loveliest and liveliest! The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the anniversary of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C. in 1912. And the annual celebration continues to recognize the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.
Every spring, a downy robe of cherry blossoms enfolds the city, sparking this two-week celebration that includes parties, talks, tours and shows, and culminating in the annual Cherry Blossom Parade. You'll have reserved grandstand seating for the parade – the largest public event of the festival – as well as the chance to enjoy many other festival activities, including free concerts on the mall, lantern lighting, dances and races.
Our nation’s history blossoms at other major D.C. sights as well. You’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Library of Congress, and the National Mall museums and memorials, including the new Pentagon Memorial honoring the victims of 9/11. Explore the new Gettysburg Museum and the historic Gettysburg Battlefield with a professional Civil War guide before sitting down for dinner in an 18th-century inn. Also enjoy a tour of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, a nighttime Illuminated Monuments driving tour, and a free day to explore Washington’s many attractions at your leisure.
• 6 nights at Renaissance Washington DC DuPont Circle Hotel
• Meals - Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
• Events - Grandstand seating at the Cherry Blossom Parade
• Tours - Washington D.C. city tour that includes visiting the capital’s most famous memorials; nighttime Illuminated Monuments Tour; Gettysburg Museum and Battlefield; George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon
• Visits to: Washington National Cathedral, National Museum of American History, Arlington Cemetery, United States Capitol and Visitor’s Center, U.S. Library of Congress, National Museum of the Marine Corps and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (some visits subject to change)
Note: Pre-tour and post-tour nights may be available. Inquire at time of booking. This itinerary involves quite a bit of walking and standing for extended periods each day so be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.
Day 1 – Arrive in Washington, D.C.
Arrive in Washington, D.C. and transfer on your own to the hotel. The tour escort will be available in the hotel lobby to assist with check-in and answer questions from 12noon-6pm today. After check-in, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax.
Accommodation: Renaissance Washington DC DuPont Circle Hotel – 6 nights
Day 2 – Mount Vernon & Illuminated Monuments Tour
After breakfast, depart for Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. If you haven’t been to Mount Vernon since 2006, you’ll have several new areas to visit, including the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, two facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. Enjoy lunch at Mount Vernon Inn followed by a visit to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Then take a tour of the many memorials on the National Mall, including the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, to name just a few. After a family dinner at Carmine’s, enjoy an nighttime Illuminated Monuments Tour before returning to the hotel.
Day 3 – Gettysburg Museum and Battlefield
Today, visit the Gettysburg Museum in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is the site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. While at the museum, watch the film A New Birth of Freedom.
After lunch on your own at the museum cafe, meet a professional Civil War battlefield guide for an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Battlefield. Enjoy a private curator talk at the newly restored, massive "Battle of Gettysburg" Cyclorama painting – the largest painting in the country. Later, enjoy dinner at the Fairfield Inn 1757, one of only five inns in America that has been in continuous operation since the 1700s.
Day 4 – Cherry Blossom Parade & Arlington National Cemetery
After breakfast, enjoy your reserved grandstand seats at the annual Cherry Blossom Parade! The Cherry Blossom Festival marks the celebration of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C. in 1912. The celebration includes a massive parade, which navigates down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street towards the Tidal basin. The parade is the largest public event of the festival and combines some of the event’s best entertainment into one particular show, including several free concerts on the mall, lantern lighting, dances and races.
In the afternoon, visit the Arlington Cemetery, America’s shrine to valor and sacrifice. Tram tickets are included for your visit. Depart and drive through Old Town Alexandria. Alexandria was a once thriving seaport for the young American nation. Dinner is included.
Day 5 – Free Day in Washington, D.C.
Today you are free to explore Washington D.C. on your own. Your tour escort will assist with any questions you may have before dropping you at the National Mall. There is so much to do Washington such as visiting The Smithsonian Institutions, the museums at the National Mall, the National Air & Space Museum and the National Archives, to name a few.
Day 6 – United States Capitol
This morning, visit the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Then head to the United States Capitol where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation and where presidents are inaugurated. Tour the outside of the Supreme Court followed by a visit to the United States Library of Congress. Established as an act of Congress is 1800, The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. Walk through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Art and drive by the Marine Corps War Memorial followed with a dinner at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place.
Day 7 – Depart Washington, D.C.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport on your own for your flight home. Your tour escort will be available today at the hotel to assist with any check-out needs.
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