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Signature City Washington, D.C.

Program Number: 20744RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/12/2013 - 9/17/2013; 3/18/2015 - 3/23/2015; 4/22/2015 - 4/27/2015; 5/27/2015 - 6/1/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/7/2015; 10/7/2015 - 10/12/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Go beyond the monuments and memorials to discover the most fascinating aspects of Washington’s rich history and dynamic culture. Learn about the gargoyles perched on the Washington National Cathedral, walk in the footsteps of Lincoln and his assassin at Ford's Theatre, and hear tales of D.C.'s most notable and eccentric residents as you wind through the mansions and foreign embassies of Georgetown.


• Discover the iconography of the nation’s most treasured monuments, and delve deep into the history of the United States Capitol as you explore the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall and Crypt.
• Go behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, admire current exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, plus attend a seasonal performance from current offerings.
• From counterintelligence to Masonic symbolism, uncover D.C.’s clandestine side with local experts.

Activity Particulars

Walking two miles daily, some standing and uneven surfaces.

Extensive use of public transportation including Metro subway system.

Date Specific Information


Attend the Opening Ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


Attend a performance of "Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War" at the historic Ford's Theatre.


Performance details TBD.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


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.

Hotel near the Washington Metro, and within walking distance of iconic sites, including the Capitol and Union Station.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hyatt Washington
  Washington, DC 5 nights
 Grand Hyatt Washington
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
  Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)
  Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet DC Parking: $45 per night, including in/out privilege Self-Parking: $32 per night, with no in/out privileges
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details







Driving and parking can be difficult downtown; most people in DC choose to take taxis, use the Metro system, or walk. Passengers pay for the Metrorail via farecards available at self-serve machines, and must retain the farecards to exit. A single ride costs less than $5. One-day and multi-day passes are also available. The hotel is above the Farragut West Metro station, and one block from Farragut North Metro station.







Public Transportation
phone: 202-567-3040


The central core of Washington is served by a colorful group of buses known as the “Circulator,” and these red buses run on convenient routes. The circulators run every 10 minutes or so and the fare is $1.00 cash. A flyer with the Circulator routes is enclosed with your program materials. The closest Circulator stop to your hotel is at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue.









Washington is alleged to have more taxis per person than any other city in America, and taxis are readily available within the center of the city. All Washington taxis have meters, and a tip of 10-15% in addition to the meter fare is appropriate. Note that in certain circumstances, passengers share taxis in Washington, so your driver might stop for someone else while you are in a taxi…or might stop for you when he already has another passenger.

Driving Directions
  From Reagan National Airport to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take George Washington Memorial Parkway North. Merge onto US-1 N toward Washington. Stay straight to go onto 14th Street NW, then turn right onto New York Ave NW. Turn slight right onto H Street NW; The Grand Hyatt is on the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
  From the north to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-South to Exit 22 B (Baltimore-Washington Pkwy South); Follow onto New York Avenue for six miles. Turn left onto 5th Street NW and follow for three and a half blocks. Turn right onto H Street NW and follow for five blocks. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 10th and H Streets NW.
  From the south to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-N to 395 North. Continue over the 14th Street Bridge, then merge into the right lane. Take the exit for 12th Street, continue though the tunnel for eight blocks. Turn Right onto H Street and follow for one block. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
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: Hotel Check-In/Registration/Orientation/Dinner/Masonic D.C. Lecture
(Thursday, September 12)
 Afternoon: Check-in at the front desk in main lobby between 3-5pm in the main lobby. Then, register with the group leader and pick up your welcome packets.
 Dinner: Orientation at 5:00pm, follwed by Dinner at the hotel at 6:00pm
 Evening: Presentation- Discuss DC's Masonic roots with a 33rd degree Mason. Explore the influence Masonic teachings had on our nation's founding fathers, and examine the masonic symbolism imbedded in the city planning by George Washington-commisioned architect, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Monuments & Memorials Fieldtrip/ United States Captiol/Clandestine D.C. Presentation
(Friday, September 13)

Note: Walking up to 2 miles with periodic standing.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Discover the nations' most iconic monuments and memorials on a guided Coach Tour through the District.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in D.C.
 Afternoon: Visit the United States Capitol and explore the Rotunda with a guide from United States Captiol Historical Society. Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant
 Evening: Evening lecture: D.C.'s epicenter of esionage extends far beyond Foggy Bottom. In Washington and the surrounding area, an estimated 17 million square feet of space is occupied by buildings desginated for top-secret intelligence work. With retired State Department official, Jon Wiant, delve into DC's Top-Secret world and examine the perils of covert action.
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ford's Theatre/Free Afternoon & Evening
(Saturday, September 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Go inside Ford's theatre and trace the events leading up to Lincoln's assasination on April 14th, 1865. Then, go across the street to the Peterson House where Lincoln died the following day, and explore the recently opened Center for Education and Leadership.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore DC on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: U Street Heritage Trail / Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre / National Portrait Gallery&Smithsonian Museum of American Art
(Sunday, September 15)

Note: Metro Use.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Free Morning
 Lunch: Discover the U Street Heritage Trail and enjoy Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch at the recently restored Howard Theater. From Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to Lena Horn and Sammy Davis Jr, the reopening of the "theater of the people", is symbolic of DC's urban restoration over the past decade.
 Afternoon: Take the Metro to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art. As of 2006, both institutions share a newly renovated historic landmark building in downtown DC.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Coach to the Kennedy Center for an evening performance of "Shear Madness". Since its opening in 1971 as a living memorial to President Kennedy, the Center has hosted the greatest performers and perfomances throughout the world. Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. Shear Madness has been running in the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab for almost 20 years, giving more than 8,600 performances and is the second longest play in the history of American Theater
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: National Cathederal/Tudor Place/Georgetown Walking Tour
(Monday, September 16)

Note: Periodic standing. Walking up to 2 miles on uneven surfaces including cobblestone.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Fieldtrip to Georgtown for a walking tour of Washington's most notorious and affluent neighborhood.
 Lunch: Lunch and tea at Tudor Place in Georgetown. Overlooking the Potomac river, the former residence of Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, dates back to 1816. Tour the gardens, and then relax in the homes' historic rooms and enjoy a variety of tea blends accompanying tea sandwiches, scones, and petite deserts.
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the Washington National Cathederal. See Woodrow Wilson's Tomb, marvel at the ironwork, and learn the history behind the country's "National House of Prayer".
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Departures
(Tuesday, September 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Program Wrap Up/ followed by Check out by 12:00pm
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit
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

"They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

Author: Pitch, Anthony

The Sacred Geometry of Washington, D.C.

Author: Nicholas R. Mann

1812: A Nation Emerges

Author: Sidney Hart & Rachel L. Penman

Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Author: Ann McClellan

Frommer's Washington D.C.

Author: Elise H. Ford

Not For Tourists Guide to Washington DC

Author: Jade Floyd

Of Spies and Lies

Author: Sullivan, John

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