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Monumental DC

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Program #12392RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Anne from Orlando, FL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/06/13 - 05/10/13
We would recommend Monumental D.C. to anyone who has never been to our nation's capitol and to those, like us, who haven't been in years. It was excellent! Our coordinator was the youngest and one the best we have come across in our 14 programs! The other two group leaders were very knowledgeable and personable. This program was unique in several ways: smaller group than most, many Road Scholar newbies attending, listening devices to use the whole week, a professional photographer/videographer documenting the program, nice cloth name tags, and more. The Radisson we stayed in was quite nice and the staff were helpful and cheerful. As to food, we ate well---most meals at restaurants. Breakfasts at the hotel were mediocre and repetitive, in my opinion. We made "study visits" to at least 10 monuments and memorials. At each one, our leaders made us aware of the who, what, where, when, why and how. We also were able to visit the National Gallery of Art, several buildings of the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery. We had only a couple of seminars, usually called lectures, which was fine. We were on the go much of the time and most days our feet were extremely tired! The biggest regret: not enough time to see it all!

John from Orlando, FL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/06/13 - 05/10/13
Thanks Road Scholar, I visit the website several times before each trip. Add the videos that are produced by the photographers that document Road Scholar programs. Brian C. Ezeike is fantastic and I can not wait to see his work on Monumental D.C. Road Scholar program!!! Here is to our next program!

Eric from Haslett, MI Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/19/13
The Washington Monument (Memorials) tour is inspirational - makes one wish we could get back to that early patriotism and belief in God.

Maureen from Miami, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/19/13
Our 4/15-4/19/13 Washington DC Monuments program was Great! Be sure to stay at least an extra day or 2 to see the memorable Supreme Court lecture (once per hour on the half hour, ends 3:30PM) and movie. The Capitol also has a free tour which does NOT require an appointment. Allow at least an hour or more, as very crowded. The Metro is easy to use if you stay on the Blue line to the Capitol Bldg. stop, and then take it back to the Radisson-Reagan Hotel. Rush hour tickets cost more, so try to travel after 9:30AM and before 3:30PM. The hardest part of the Metro is buying the ticket for the correct amount of money, and then having to add money to it because you missed the pre-rush hour time of 3:30PM by 1 minute. Maureen and Mike Linden, Miami, Fl.

Ben from Fayetteville, AR Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/22/12 - 10/26/12
If you want to see the major monuments and sights of D.C. without the hassle of making your way around on your own, this is the program for you! Well organized and informative and pretty much covers everything but the area around the Capitol.

Rosemary from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 05/07/12 - 05/11/12
Thanks to everyone who expressed concern after I fell on steps behind me at the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) after dinner on 5/10. It was stupid of me to walk backward to get the whole thing in a photo when I also could have bumped into people behind me. A doctor I saw yesterday says I should elevate my right leg & maybe the bruises will go away in a month; he said I didn't need the leg x-rayed.

This program was very good but not perfect. My listening device didn't work the day we rode to Arlington Cemetery & I was sitting in back of the coach. Traffic noise woke me up early at the hotel, since my room was near the highway. Turning light near bed off/on was tricky. Guides were very knowledgeable & seeing Women in Military Memorial & African-American Civil War Mem./Museum were added to the schedule. Take the tram at Arlington; you'll still stand/walk a lot. I took subway to see some memorials after arriving early on 5/7, rode Old Town Trolley to the zoo on 5/11, and took subway on 5/12 to tour Capitol & see Union Station etc. Repairs caused subway delays but rush hour causes delays above ground, so I never saw White House Visitor Ctr. that closes at 4 p.m. Glad I didn't have to go through security to use restroom near Washington Monument on 5/12!


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