Facebook   Twitter   Road Scholar Network   Pinterest   YouTube  
Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.

Call (800) 454-5768

New extended hours!
Now open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET

Create an account                             Forgot your password?

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.


Discover Washington, D.C.: The Best of the Capital

Select a Date



and receive your



E-Photo Book:

Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:




History & Culture

Price Range

$1000 - $1500

Start Date

End Date

More Options

Road Scholar
Program #2833RJ

Enroll Here
Add to Your Wishlist
6 Days | 5 Nights
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
See all of our Most Popular programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Richard from Montgomery, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
If you only have five days to spend in Washington DC this trip will make the most of them. I highly recommend it.

Natalie from Jackson, MS Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The speakers, as usual with a Road Scholar program, were excellent, and I loved the interesting and timely topics: Media and Politics, Constitutional Rights, Money and Politics, and Voting Rights. The program had a good balance between lectures and excursions; the local coordinator (Katherine) was well organized and helpful, and our guide (Gary) was interesting, knowledgeable, and fun; the hotel was convenient; and the participants were all pleasant to be around.

Karen from Grass Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
The program was fast paced, informative and very interesting, I felt so proud to be an American after visiting so many national treasures.

Carol from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
This was a jam packed experience and a wonderful introduction to Washington for a first time visitor. The selection of sites visited was varied and offered something for everyone. I was a solo participant and made friends easily within our group. The guides were superb and made sure all went smoothly and efficiently. Definitely an inspiration to return and enjoy more of the sites of our nation's capital.

Dixie from Burleson, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
Highly recommend. Wonderful first visit to DC. No wasted time. Dave and Katherine were super and very knowledgeable. The other participants were so nice and contributed to this positive experience.

Mary Catherine from Aurora, IL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/31/15 - 06/05/15
This is an excellent program--very informative and well-paced. The instructors were especially interesting and well-prepared. I was not disappointed.

Carolyn from Las Vegas, NV Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 05/31/15 - 06/05/15
The "Discover Washington, DC" Program is a meaningful Road Scholar experience for those who are interested in government and politics. You will receive a brief summary of significant sites, seminars, and history relating to these subjects. It will leave you with the desire to return and learn more about our seat of government. I truly enjoyed my travel mates.

Judy from Amityville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
I find it easy to navigate and have enjoyed all the programs offered to us.

Catherine (aka from Mississauga, ON Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
As the solo Canadian on this trip. I was eager to learn on my first Washington, DC trip. Gary and Dave were great tour guides, kept us moving. The itinerary was superb, loved the Metro ride from the Radisson in Crystal City to downtown. All other 32 travel mates shared their info on past RS adventures ... More learning for me. The National Mall is a place for a visit on its own....very moving at the war memorials. We were lucky enough to have some fellows in their 90s in our group ~ one veteran was wearing his "Veteran" baseball cap and had his hand shaken by a young busy taking his 'selfie'. A special moment in time for me! Loved to see as a Cdn that kind of American patriotism and respect. First trip of many I will take to Washington DC, so much more to see! 😄

Denise from Loveland, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
Wonderful. An "insider's" guide to experiencing DC. Chris, Gary and Valerie were helpful, informative and fun. I recommend this program.

Joseph from Flushing, NY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
Onsite and hall lectures provide sharp,often surprising, insights to our nation's soul.

Joyce from Novato, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
we did not know what to expect, other than what others had said. we were very pleased.

Sharon from Kirkland, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Pay one price, arrange your own airfare, and you're done planning because it's all done for you. It's a program we'll use again for sure!

Joan from San Rafael, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
If you would like to: learn interesting facts (and factoids!) in an entertaining manner as you travel; get the biggest and best comprehensive experience you can from your visit; benefit from warm, accommodating and informed guides who help you transition with comfort and ease, Elder Hostel's Road Scholar tours are for you! My experience was one of all pluses and no minuses!

Rita from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
Thoroughly enjoyable overview of DC -- flexible guides who had to accommodate bad weather conditions that are never in anybody's control!

Marie from El Segundo, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
This is a great tour and I would recommend it to everyone. It is best for "history people". If you are a "math/science" person, you might want to add a couple of days and see the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport and the National Cryptographic Museum at Ft. Meade.

Wendy from Sturgeon County, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
Wonderful trip and glad to meet so many interesting people. Dennis and I will enjoy all the great pics we took. I feel I have a better understanding of US history now. Missed having breakfast with all of our group this morning, our first day home. Thnking of all of you fondly.

Please enter your email:

Providers click here

Upload Your Photos and Videos
Add A Photo
Click on images to see larger view
"At Saudi Embassy an unusual experience awaited." Uploaded By: Cindy
"At Saudi Embassy an unusual experience awaited." Uploaded By: Cindy

"Watch out, Mr. President. Here we come!" Uploaded By: Cecilia

"The Capitol" Uploaded By: Sarah

"Cherry blossoms with Washington Monument" Uploaded By: Sarah

Uploaded By: Clara

Upload a picture

You can upload a jpg, jpeg, png, or gif file.
The maximum file size is 4 mb.

Upload a video

Select Video Host (Instruction)

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2015
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768