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Washington, D.C.: A Capital Family Adventure

Program Number: 20969RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/28/2013 - 8/2/2013; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,084.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; History & Culture; Intergenerational
Family
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From learning who George Washington really was to what spies really do, see our nation's capital in a special way. Enjoy workshops and activities at Mount Vernon, the International Spy Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution's American history and natural history museums. As you explore great memorials and monuments, help your family learn what it means to be an American.




Highlights

• Learn how journalism and the first amendment have shaped our history at the Newseum.
• Spend an afternoon at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar Hazy Center, home to many of America's largest contributions to flight.
• See some of our nation’s most notable landmarks on field trips to the U.S. Capitol building, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.



This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 11 and up. For a comparable intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren, please see www.roadscholar.org/14802.



Coordinated by American Civics Center.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Conveniently located, comfortable hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
  Virginia 5 nights
 Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport, Arlington, just 1 mile from the Reagan National Airport, is within walking distance of many attractions such as the Crystal City Metro Station and 1 mile away from the Pentagon. The Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport is also within a couple of miles of all Washington, D.C. attractions.
  Contact info: 2020 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202 USA
phone: 703-920-8600
web: www.radisson.com/arlingtonva
  Room amenities: In-room amenities at the Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport include Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access, coffee makers, hair dryers and iron/ironing boards
  Facility amenities: High-Speed Internet, Pool, Fitness Center, Airport Shuttle
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please call hotel direct.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please call hotel direct.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hour by hour program schedule provided during hotel check in beginning at 3pm. Questions - stop by the program desk from 4pm to 6pm. Dinner and orientation start at 6:45pm. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport that night.
  End of Program:
After the concluding activity in the hotel around 10am. Checkout by 12pm. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Depending on demand, fee for parking is $10 to $20 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Virginia
  Nearest city or town:  Washington, D.C.
  Nearest airport:  Ronald Reagan National
  From End of Program
  Location: Virginia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hotel from Reagan National

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Radisson Van
phone: 703-920-8600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary 6am-Midnight
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

After claiming baggage, call hotel and ask to be picked up.

 

Hotel from Dulles International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$29 first person/$10 each additional to same destination
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

26 miles

   

Super shuttle van may make several stops between airport and hotel dropping other passengers at their destinations. Reservations suggested but not required.

 

Hotel from Marshall Baltimore Washington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$48 first person/$12 each additional to same destination
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

29 miles

   

Super shuttle van may make several stops between airport and hotel dropping other passengers at their destinations. Reservations suggested by not required.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York, NY I-95 South/NJ Turnpike NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE S becomes I-295 S (Portions toll). Merge onto I-95 S via the exit on the LEFT toward BALTIMORE (Portions toll). Take the BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON PARKWAY exit- EXIT 22B- toward WASHINGTON Merge onto MD-295 S. Merge onto US-50 W/NEW YORK AVE NE toward WASHINGTON Take I-395 S toward TUNNEL for 4 miles. Take exit 8C (left exit) merging onto U.S. 1 South. U.S.1 South is Jefferson Davis Hwy. Hotel is 1 mile down on your right.
  From North Carolina I-95 North toward Virginia Merge onto I-395 N toward Washington Take exit 8C. Go straight onto S. Hayes Street. S. Hayes Street turns into 18th Street after 8 blocks. Turn right onto S. Eads Street and go one block. Turn left onto 20th St and then quick right onto Jefferson Davis Hwy and then hotel driveway is another quick right.
  From West Virginia I-270 S via EXIT 53 toward WASHINGTON Take I-270 SPUR S toward I-495 S/NORTHERN VIRGINIA Merge onto CAPITAL BELTWAY/I-495 S Merge onto VA-267 E via EXIT 45B on the LEFT toward I-66 E/WASHINGTON VA-267 E becomes I-66 E. Take Exit 75 to merge onto VA 110 S toward I-395 which turns into U.S. 1 which is Jefferson Davis Hwy.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Arrive To: Registration materials will be provided upon check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel will be followed by a staff led orientation of the program and Washington, D.C.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: George Washington's Mount Vernon/Old Town Alexandria/Spy Museum
(Monday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: A buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: A visit to George Washington's home. Step into the 18th century and experience life as our founders' did. Recent additions to the estate grounds include a state of the art Education Center and museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at Mount Vernon or a local eatery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
 Afternoon: Journey into the world of international espionage and intrigue. One of Washington DC's newest museums focuses on one of the world's oldest professions. Examine the secret history of history.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local eatery.
 Evening: No scheduled activities but the hotel's outdoor pool is available until 10 pm.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presidential Monuments Exploration/Smithsonian History Museums/Free Evening
(Tuesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: A buffet will be provided at the hotel.
 Morning: A staff led exploration of Presidential monuments includes the neoclassical memorial to Thomas Jefferson and the more contemporary park devoted to Franklin Roosevelt. The new Martin Luther King memorial is also on our schedule for this morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at one of the Smithsonian eateries.
 Afternoon: Explore two of the Smithsonian's largest museums - the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History are located right next to each other so you decide how to spend your time this afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the local ethnic restaurants or national chain eateries located within two blocks of the hotel.
 Evening: No scheduled activities but hotel's outdoor pool is open until 10pm.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: U.S. Capitol/Supreme Court/Smithsonian Option/Art Gallery Option/Folk Music Activity
(Wednesday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: A U.S. Capitol building tour, visit to the Supreme Court and stop at the Library of Congress are on this morning's agenda.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own on Capitol Hill.
 Afternoon: Explore two museums at your own pace on this afternoon - the Air & Space, American Indian and National Gallery of Art are located within three blocks of each other so you decide which one to visit.
 Dinner: Enjoy a neighborhood dining experience.
 Evening: Expore folk music's role in history.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Monument Exploration/Air & Space Museum/Constitutional Rights Activity/Hard Rock Cafe/White House/World War II Memorial
(Thursday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore conflicts in American History as you participate in staff led visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorials. Later, visit the Air & Space Museum's larger facility
 Lunch: Lunch at the Newseum's Wolfgang Puck food court
 Afternoon: Explore Washington's newest learning facility, the 250,000 square foot Newseum - the interactive museum of news. Explore the First Amendment Gallery or any of the other topical galleries located on seven levels along Pennsylvania Avenue.
 Dinner: Celebrate your last evening in Washington with your grandchild at (or near) kid friendly Hard Rock Cafe.
 Evening: Wrap up your exploration of Washington DC in the White House neighborhood and with a stop at the World War II Memorial.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Review Activity, Wrap Up and Departure
(Friday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.
 Morning: A review activity and wrap up session at the hotel are generally complete by 10am. Check out is 12pm. Luggage storage is available upon request if you wish to explore more of the city on your own.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Virginia Mall/Smithsonian Free Time
Most of the potential free time is spent at the Smithsonian Museums or the National Mall area. Program staff will try to accommodate participant requests for transportation to un-scheduled activities. We will often have a drop off and pick-up in the National Mall/Smithsonian area for participants. Staff will also try to direct participants to the best method of public transportation.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Washington National Mall


Author: Peter R. Penczer


Description: The Washington National Mall" is the first general history of America's greatest urban park. Learn the fascinating stories behind the monuments and museums, from the best known to the most obscure. The Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial are all here, as are forgotten landmarks such as the Fish Commission, the Redwood Tree House, and Braddock's Rock. This amply illustrated volume has more than 100 archival photographs, many never before published, as well as recent color photographs of the monuments and museums. A detailed two-page map of the Mall and the surrounding area serve as a handy reference guide for visitors. (for adults)



George Washington, Spymaster


Author: Thomas R. Allen


Description: How the Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War. (for grandkids)





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