Two Day DC Tour
Day 1 You'll See:
- Capitol Hill / Meet Your Congressman
- Supreme Court Tour
- White House
- Monuments and Memorials
Day 2 You'll See:
- Holocaust Museum
- National Archives
- Air & Space Museum
- Natural History Museum
Capitol Hill / Meet Your Congressman
You and your group will kick off your DC excursion with a tour of the breathtakingly magnificent Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings, the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress and the U.S. Botanic Garden/Conservatory. This visit to Capitol Hill will include a truly exciting personalized touch: a prearranged meet and greet with your Congressional Representative. Come prepared for the possibility of an energizing and memorable exchange and be ready to ask - and answer – essential questions!
Supreme Court Tour
Very important work will be underway as you arrive at the magnificent Supreme Court building – home of the highest court in the Nation. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of educational programs including informative 30-minute Courtroom Lectures, a visitors’ film, and Supreme Court-related exhibitions; when court is in session, groups may elect to sit on oral arguments. Even if you never enter the building, its stunning Neoclassical architecture will sufficiently impress!
You’ve toured the Supreme Court; now, you’re off to see the White House – the epicenter of political life in Washington, and home of our President and the First Family - even more impressive up close and personal than one would imagine. This stop provides a fantastic opportunity for those “legacy” photos - a true lifetime memory in the making!
Monuments and Memorials
Whether you opt for a guided, narrated tour or decide to just wing it, this brisk scenic walkabout gets you and your travel companions around to all of the monuments and memorials of Washington DC, everyone unique and important in its own right. Your invigorating jaunt begins at the White House and continues through the National Mall, along with the Reflecting Pool, and around the Tidal Basin, winding to its conclusion at the US Capitol Building and Supreme Court.
At the laying of the Museum’s cornerstone in 1988, our 40th President Ronald Wilson Reagan remarked, "We must make sure that all humankind stares this evil in the face." This living memorial to the Holocaust artfully presents a poignant cross-section of those horrifying years through a series of relevant programs, exhibits, and displays - a truly moving and enlightening experience highlighting the unspeakable atrocities of Adolph Hitler’s despicable reign of terror and underscoring the importance of confronting hatred, promoting human dignity and crushing the future of genocide.
The National Archives and Records Administration stores and provides public access to the original documents that set up the American government as a democracy in 1774; additionally, records of the nation's civil, military and diplomatic activities are held here for present and future generations. The Archives is our nation's record keeper; of all the documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons they are retained and preserved forever. Guests are transported on a fascinating journey through time and tendered a priceless opportunity to view the United States Government's Charters of Freedom, the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
Air & Space Museum
Once inside, you and your group will encounter the largest and most significant assemblage of aviation and space artifacts, relevant artworks and educational materials in the world. Here, visitors may trace the fascinating history of flight and planetary exploration through examination of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s massive, unparalleled collections – which began in 1876 with a pair of Chinese kites and grew to include more than 3,500 objects from the historic Apollo Moon landing effort – including the Apollo 11 Command Module, "Columbia" – the only portion of the spacecraft to return to Earth – and a genuine lunar rock!
Natural History Museum
Every D.C. getaway should include a visit to this iconic treasury of natural history exhibits. The American Museum of Natural History is truly a behemoth - be prepared for lots of walking and a return trip or two; better yet, download and print the museum map and chart your travel group’s course of discovery by choosing from the myriad exhibitions to design a self-paced tour of this world-renowned scientific and cultural institution. Kick-off your cares in a lush butterfly rainforest, wrap your mind around the paradoxical “Power of Poison”, experience the awesome power of “Nature’s Fury”, excavate the Fossil Halls and discover mysteriously morphing denizens of the ancient deep in the Hall of Vertebrate Origins. Set your imaginations adrift in the 29,000 square-foot Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, hike the hallowed Hall of North American Forests, explore the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites – and more!